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 North impact rookies
WR Stefon Diggs has an opportunity to be the star Cordarrelle Patterson was supposed to be. Diggs will return kicks and has impressed in camp, according to Rotoworld.com. The Maryland product missed three games last season with a lacerated kidney but played through the injury immediately after it happened. He could be the slot receiver of the future. LB Eric Kendricks will have a more immediate impact for the Vikings as the likely starting middle linebacker. He won the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT award last season when he racked up 149 tackles, including 11 10-tackle games, for UCLA. He was the 13th pick of the second round. Stash Diggs. Start Kendricks.
RB Ameer Abdullah has been one of the darlings of this preseason. Anyone who played fantasy college football — or paid attention to Nebraska’s games — recognizes his name. He finished last season with 1,611 yards and 19 TDs. He was also the first Nebraska runner since 1994 to record 100-plus yards rushing in his first five starts. He doesn’t have ideal size, but his explosiveness (130-inche broad jump) and pass-catching ability means he should get opportunities and may be able to capitalize on them in a big way. Start him.
Kevin White was one of the top rookie WR prospects and was considered the top dog by some. However, he injured his shin and underwent surgery that has put his season in doubt. He was primed for a big year after the Bears got rid of Brandon Marshall. White, selected seventh overall, started the 2014 season with 7 consecutive 100-yard games and amassed 109 catches and 1,447 yards for West Virginia. If it wasn’t for the injury concern, we’d be starting him. Stash him.
Green Bay Packers
The season-ending knee injury to Jordy Nelson certainly changes things in Green Bay — for the better in rookie WR Ty Montgomery‘s case. Montgomery was going to be stuck behind Nelson, Randall Cobb and Devante Adams, at least. Probably Jeff Janis, too. But, now Montgomery is closer to getting a shot in an offense that allows wide receivers to do a lot with their shots. He missed two games his senior season at Stanford, but led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns as a junior. Stash him.
Draft well. May variance in your favor today and every day.