It seems every season more NFL rookies are ready for primetime, which means they’re ready to contribute to our fantasy teams.
Last year, rookies Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Jeremy Hill, Tre Mason and even linebacker Chris Borland all performed well above what we expected on draft day.
Which rookies should you draft and stash or draft and start, let’s talk about the best rookie or two on each NFL team. Start him players should be drafted or put on waiver wire speed dial in all leagues because they will get opportunities early. Stash him players should be drafted with the intention of holding them for a year or two in dynasty and keeper leagues to see if they develop into stars.
Other impact rookies:
2015 NFC East impact rookies
The general belief is that WR Nelson Agholor, who is already second on the depth chart in PHI, will have similar opportunities to Jordan Matthews and will be able to capitalize on them like the 2014 rookie did. Agholor was a 20th-round pick. He’s small for a wide receiver at 6-foot, 198 pounds, but he led USC in receptions and yards and had a 12-catch, 120-yard game against Notre Dame last season. Start him.
The Redskins selected RB Matt Jones at the end of the third round. The 6-foot-2, 231 pound bruiser could steal a few carries and maybe even force a full blown committee if he keeps up his preseason pace, 6.3 yards per carry as of this writing. He was drafted a couple rounds too early, according to NFL.com’s projections, and they didn’t project him to be an every down back. But, as a third-rounder, if he shows flashes of brilliance he’ll get opportunities. He probably should be a stash, but he’s just been too good this preseason. Start him.
Dallas didn’t add a skill player of note, but they did draft DE Randy Gregory with the 20th pick in the second round. The Nebraska product is a pass-rushing specialist, who will get an opportunity to shine early in the season as new Cowboy Greg Hardy fulfills his suspension. In just two seasons for the Cornhuskers, including missing two games and being limited in two others last season, Gregory piled up 17.5 sacks, ninth-most in school history. He’s probably a stash, but with his early opportunities, you have to consider playing him early. Start him.
New York Giants
The Giants, like a few other teams, didn’t add any offensive skill players of note, but they did draft safety Landon Collins, who is expected to start. New York picked the 6-foot, 228-pounder first in the second round. Collins led the vaunted Tide defense with 103 tackles and three interceptions. He suffered a knee injury in the first preseason game, but his profile at NFL.com makes it sound like he’d be a good fit for the Legion of Boom. That’s enough for me. Start him.
Draft well. May variance be in your favor today and every day.