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 South impact rookies
Trying to stay away from multiple players per team, but in some instances there’s not much of a choice. Devin Funchess was considered by many to be a project wide receiver, but the season-ending injury to Kelvin Benjamin has thrust him into the role as Cam Newton’s top WR target. The tight end-sized Funchess, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, should get plenty of end zone targets. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him emerge as the rookie WR with the most fantasy points at the end of the season. There isn’t much standing between Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne and the backup job behind the brittle Jonathan Stewart. Payne was drafted in the fifth round, but has impressed this preseason after finishing 2014 with 1,608 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Tigers. Start Funchess. Stash Artis-Payne
RB Tevin Coleman became the third player in Big-10 history with a 2,000-yard rushing season. His. 2,036 yards were an Indiana school record. He piled up more than 300 yards against Rutgers. The only thing standing between him and the starting job is Devonta Freeman and a wonky hamstring. Luckily, for Coleman owners, Freeman’s also had a sore wheel. I don’t think the Falcons would have spent a third-rounder on Coleman if they were confident Freeman could shoulder the load. Start him.
New Orleans Saints
With the second-to-last pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Saints picked linebacker Stephone Anthony from Clemson. He’s currently listed as the No. 2 MLB on the depth chart, but he’s likely the week one starter, which means he should be on all of our IDP lists. Anthony led the Tigers with 90 tackles last season, forced two fumbles and made an interception. Despite being 6-foot-3, 243 pounds, Anthony crushed a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Freak. Start him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In just a few preseason snaps, QB Jameis Winston has shown why the Buccaneers took him first overall despite the off-field character issues that plagued him in college. The Florida State University star won his first 26 consecutive games as a starter before losing in the 2014 national semifinal. He amassed 65 touchdowns in 27 games, including at least one in every game. He won the Heisman Trophy his junior year. Winston will get every opportunity to excel and the Buccaneers have one of the easiest schedules on paper. Start him.