Fantasy Football: Top Ten Rookies
May 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) catches a pass during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
WR Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills
Watkins is a heck of a player but what the Bills gave up was ridiculous and WILL come back to bite them. The only time you give up something like that is for a franchise quarterback. Watkins will be the guy in Buffalo and will see opposing teams number one corner on a weekly basis. Where the upside can be found is targets and Doug Marrone will make sure that Watkins touches the ball 10 times a game.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
When I watched film of Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham Jr. I didn’t see Watkins being that much ahead of OBJ. In fact I would say Beckham Jr. was the best route runner in this years draft. He is another rookie what won’t have to be the guy, and also has a veteran quarterback to throw him the ball.
RB Terrence West – Cleveland Browns
West is in for a big change as far as competition, going from Townson to the NFL. He makes the list because Ben Tate will be out with an injury by the third week and West could approach 25o+ carries in his rookie year. West has decent hands and with Cleveland not possessing many pass catchers he will be inline for receptions out of the backfield and goal line duties as a rookie. My only warning with West is to not over draft him, he is the buzz rookie and shouldn’t be considered in the first 3 rounds.
RB Devonte Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
Freeman was one of the guys whose tape I really liked and he reminded me of a young Marion Barber. In Atlanta Freeman he is only behind aging and ineffective Stephen Jackson who can’t be counted on as a lead back at this stage in his career. Freeman has impressed already with his hands and blocking out of the backfield, if there was a rookie sleeper at running back it would be Freeman to me.
RB Andre Williams – New York Giants
Williams landed in a good spot with the Giants because they have a starter with Rashad Jennings but after that it’s wide open. Jennings also has never been a starter and the Giants could look to keep him fresh with another back rotating in. Williams isn’t flashy but he gets whats blocked and scored 22 touchdowns in his last year a Boston College. With Eli Manning in clear decline the Giants will be looking to get 400-500 carries out of their top two running backs.