The NFL and Fantasy Football season is just two days away! Here are our 5 Rookies to Watch for this Fantasy Football season.
QB: Deshone Kizer, Cleveland Browns
The Browns officially, named Kizer their starting quarterback heading into Week 1. Kizer is an extremely gifted athlete with a ton of potential and ability. He doesn’t have a lot to work with when it comes to the skill position players around him. The Browns have upgraded and solidified their offensive line and I think that will give Kizer enough time to operate in-and-out of the pocket.
RB: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
Hunt was definitely not the sexiest name of rookie running backs entering the NFL this year, but he now has perhaps the best opportunity out of all of them. Nine out of the last 10 years, Andy Reid has produced top-26 fantasy running backs. With the season-ending knee injury to the incumbent starter, Spencer Ware, Hunt’s value is hotter than Margot Robbie in Wolf of Wall Street. Hunt is a legitimate three-down back, who’s talent and rushing style, compliment Andy Reid’s system very well. I’m expecting big things from the Chiefs’ rookie in 2017.
WR: Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Davis’ rookie season is not off to a good start after missing the preseason. Fellow rookies, Cooper Kupp (LA Rams) and Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions) are ‘receiving’ all the praise and hype from team beat writers heading into 2017. No doubt, Davis’ talent clearly outweighs all of them. Kupp will be a usable commodity in PPR formats but he’s nowhere near as talented as the speedster Davis. Golladay is being highly overvalued and I’d be surprised if he finishes higher than third on his team in reception, yardage, and touchdown totals in 2017.
Davis has a clear path for playing time this year. Veteran wide receiver, Eric Decker, is injured already as well as, Tajae Sharpe who has been placed on injured reserve and is also facing a possible suspension (next year, presumably). With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Titans’ wide receiver corps, Davis will be given a chance to learn “on-the-fly” starting Week 1. Prepare for Davis in 2017, especially in the second half of the season.
WR: Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
Now the de facto number WR1 in Buffalo, Jones has the inside track to fantasy production out of the wide receiver position. The opportunity alone warrants a high-end WR3 floor with boom potential. I’m not high on Jordan Matthews and the Bills’ front office seems interested in trading away practically everyone on their roster. I’m certain Rachel Phelps took ownership of the Bills during the offseason. For those who don’t get the reference, I suggest you watch Major League. Anyways, I’m intrigued by the potential high-ceiling for Jones and he’s definitely on my radar this season. Someone has to catch passes in Buffalo, right?
RB: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
Ty Montgomery is the unquestioned starter in the Packers backfield. Montgomery clearly showed the willingness and discipline to grab the feature-back role by bulking up and adding much-needed muscle to his frame. The addition of size and proving his ability to run hard through tackles this off-season is impressive. But we haven’t seen him carry a full workload and his durability remains an area of concern. Jamaal Williams is a guy I’m keeping my eye on. He plays in a great offense and there will be a big opportunity if anything should happen to Montgomery. If there was ever a need for a handcuff heading into 2017, Williams is it if you’re the Montgomery owner.
RB: D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans
D’Onta Foreman has looked fantastic in the NFL Preseason. Lamar Miller is being overvalued and Alfred Blue is currently dealing with injuries. Unfortunately, Foreman is currently listed fourth on the depth chart. There is a lot of high praise being given to Foreman down in Texas as we enter Week 1. However, a suspension is looming in the distance. Foreman was arrested for marijuana possession in July and the mighty hammer of Roger Goodell will come down sooner than later.