Ranking the Fantasy Football Rookies

Rookie Quarterback Fantasy Rankings | by @jlomas72

1. Robert Griffin III | Washington | Rd 1, pick 2
Analysis: While Luck was the right choice for the Colts in the NFL draft, the Redskins are more equipped for RG3 to have short term success, which means more fantasy points for you.
Worth Drafting: Absolutely. If he is still on the board in Round 4 snatch him up.

2. Andrew Luck | Indianapolis | Rd. 1, Pick 1
Analysis: Luck is exactly what you want from the QB position and the TE position is stacked, unfortunately the Colts are too thin at WR to expect a high level of production from him in year one
Worth Drafting: Yes.

3. Brandon Weeden | Cleveland | Rd. 1, Pick 22
Analysis: Weeden gets a nod here because he is the last rookie QB with a “guaranteed” starting spot.
Worth Drafting: No, with a strong running game and no established number-one wide receiver there should be 20-25 other quarterbacks that should get more points per week.

4. Nick Foles|  Philadelphia | Rd. 3, Pick 88
Analysis: Foles is a smart player that gets to be the backup to a QB that rarely ever makes it through a season unscathed.
Worth Drafting: No, but just like with Osweiler keep an eye on the starter to see if he gets injured.

5. Russell Wilson | Seattle | Rd. 3 Pick 75
Analysis: Wilson is the dark-horse to start for the Seahawks, and if Flynn happens to get the nod but doesn’t impress it could be Wilson’s job to lose.
Worth Drafting: Maybe. Things will be clearer after training camp, but he could be the only other rookie QB to win the starting job on skill alone.

Rookie Running Back Fantasy Rankings | by @Matt_Falk

1. Trent Richardson | Cleveland | Rd. 1 Pick 3
Analysis: Richardson should hands down be the first rookie off the board in any league this year. Will see plenty of touches and should put up solid stats as a rookie.
Worth Drafting?: Yes, early.

2. Doug Martin | Tampa  Bay | Rd. 1 Pick 31
Analysis: Martin will be a sleeper pick, won’t have to do to much to take over the number 1 back in Tampa, given the chance should put up good numbers on a week to week basis.
Worth Drafting?: Yes, could actually be a solid starter in many leagues.

3. David Wilson | New York Giants | Rd. 1 Pick 32
Analysis: Wilson will be sharing the load with veteran Bradshaw, that said he should still see a handful of touches per game and is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.
Worth Drafting? Yes, especially in deeper leagues.

4. Isaiah Pead | St. Louis | Rd 2. Pick 50
Analysis: Not only can he provide insurance to Steven Jackson owners, but could actually be a good fit on a deep bench.
Worth Drafting?: A must for Steven Jackson owners, but also worth a spot on a deep bench when you need a running back in a pinch.

5. Lamar Miller | Miami | Rd. 4 Pick 97
Analysis: Miller has some work to do to get touches, he has Reggie Bush and Daniel  Thomas in front of him.
Worth Drafting? Nah, maybe for Reggie Bush owners, but until he proves worthy, i’de pass.

Rookie Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings | by @Matt_Falk

1. Michael Floyd | Arizona | Rd. 1 Pick 13
Analysis: Floyd steps into the best situation as a rookie receiver can. He gets to play opposite Fitzgerald and will be playing with a quarterback who has a chip on his shoulder to prove he is worthy to be the Cards quarterback.
Worth Drafting? Absolutely

2. Kendall Wright | Tennessee | Rd. 1 Pick 20
Analysis: Should get a handful of balls in Tennessee’s offense. With Britt’s recent issues could see even more than we think.
Worth Drafting? Yes. Should at least be the number 2 target for the Titans.

3. Justin Blackmon | Jaguars | Rd. 1 Pick 5
Analysis: Will have some big games, but the Jags quarterback situation makes him risky to play on a week to week basis. Should be a good option to have on the bench.
Worth Drafting? Yes, mid to late rounds.

4. Alshon Jeffery | Chicago | Rd. 2 Pick 45
Analysis: The fact he will be playing with Cutler immediately ups his stock. With a good training camp he could solidify the #3 receiver and possibly unseat Hester.
Worth Drafting? Yes, good player to have on the bench at least until you can see if he will get any action.

5. Mo Sanu | Cincinnati| Rd. 3 Pick 83
Analysis: Besides AJ Green the Bengals should have a pretty open competition for the number 2 receiver. If Sanu ends up winning that job his stock could rise, fast.
Worth Drafting? Possibly as a late round flier.

Rookie Tight End fantasy Rankings | by @jlomas72

1. Coby Fleener| Indianapolis | Rd. 2, Pick 34
Analysis: Fleener should be the leader in both receptions and yards on the Colts roster.
Worth Drafting: Absolutely, if the top 5-7 TEs are off the board Fleener could be a gem.

2. Dwayne Allen| Indianapolis | Rd. 3, Pick 64
Analysis: Allen should see a lot of time as the number two TE and could be used as a FB on some occasions.
Worth Drafting: Yes, late. Allen is a chess piece that has a chance to get some pretty easy matchups from a defense.

3. Orson Charles| Cincinnati | Rd. 4, Pick 116
Analysis: I’m not sure how often Charles will see the field, but he is a TE that can create matchup problems.
Worth Drafting: No. Huge potential, but he is only the second best TE on a team with a star WR that demands targets.

4. Taylor Thompson| Tennessee | Rd. 5, Pick 145
Analysis: NFL.com had a small story about Thompson’s potential here, and given Jared Cook’s propensity to start slow Thompson could end up seeing a lot of playing time.
Worth Drafting: Not unless you are in a Dynasty league. He holds a ton of potential value with Cook needing a big year to stay on the Titan’s roster, but otherwise just keep an eye on the waiver wire if you are thin at TE and Cook goes down.

5. Brad Smelley| Cleveland | Rd. 7, Pick 247
Analysis: Smelley is a tough, high-motor TE/FB that could make some plays on a team void of any established receiving threats.
Worth Drafting: No, but if Gordon busts and the Browns are playing him, he could be a decent TE2 if your TEs are injured.

About Matt Falk

Self-confessed NFL Draft addict and founder of DraftSeason.com. Nothing better than predicting each teams and players fate come April. For more, follow me @matt_falk and check out all posts here.

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