Fantasy Football: Top Ten Rookies
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Mike Evans (Texas A&M) poses with his jersey after being selected as the number seven overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
WR Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Bucs
What makes Evans so attractive in his first year is that he doesn’t have to be the number one guy. Vincent Jackson will still see the majority of double teams allowing Evans to physically dominate number two corners. Evans may not get over a thousand yards in his rookie year but he could hit 10 touchdowns .
RB Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
During the draft process I wasn’t as impressed by Sankey as many others , but with that said he was the first RB taken and will be the guy for the Titans. The Titans have an excellent offensive line and should stay focused on the run. Sankey will also see looks as a pass catcher on 3rd downs. If you’re looking for a rookie RB2 Sankey is the guy.
TE Jace Amaro – New York Jets
It will be interesting to see how the Jets plan to use the “tight end” because 90% of his snaps were in a receiver role at Texas Tech. Because of a shortage of quality fantasy tight ends Amaro could approach top five status by the end of his rookie year. The Jets also have no one to throw to and Amaro will see significant playing time his rookie season.
WR Marqise Lee – Jacksonville Jags
Like Keenan Allen a year ago, Lee for some reason fell in the draft and like Allen he could be the most productive rookie pass catcher of the bunch. Lee is attractive from a fantasy aspect as he will see plenty of targets, is a great route runner, and I think in 3 years several reliever needy teams will be kicking themselves for passing on Lee.
WR Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints
The Saints traded up in the first to get Cooks and I don’t think they did that to ease him into things. Cooks will be a target monster in the Saints high-octane offense, who suddenly isn’t as deep as they once were. I also believe he will also see some time returning punts and possibly kickoffs.