There are always a couple of rookies each year that burst onto the scene in a big way and can help you win your fantasy leagues, here I give my best guesses as to which first year players could be big contributors!
Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
You’d better believe I’m including the top running back off the board from the 2019 draft. Jacobs averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his final season at Alabama. Although he didn’t compile huge numbers in a highly talented ‘Bama backfield, he averaged 4 yards after contact, making him the perfect bruising back for an Oakland offense that needs a younger version of the recently retired Marshawn Lynch.
Prediction: 900 rushing yards, 8 TD, 200 receiving yards, 2 TD (170 pts)
N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots
Rookie receivers have never had amazing seasons in New England as it usually takes them a while to understand the offense and gain Brady’s trust. However, Harry is highest they’ve ever drafted a receiver and he isn’t in their usual mould of a 5’10 slot receiver. He is a 6’2, 228lb monster than can make plays at all levels and Tom Brady is going to love finding him with the few targets he has this year.
Prediction: 55 receptions, 800 yards, 6 TD (116 pts)
David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
After sending Jordan Howard packing to the Eagles, the Bears traded up in the third round to nab Montgomery out of Iowa State. He will join the shifty Tarik Cohen in the backfield who will take most of the receiving duties, but that will allow the 5’10, 222 lb former Cyclone to do what he does best, put his head down and run through defenders for positive gains all game.
Prediction: 1000 rushing yards, 10 TD, 150 receiving yards, 1 TD (181 pts)
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Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The former Buckeye might be the most explosive receiver in this class and he is lightning fast. Year one for Campbell might not be as productive as some might hope as Andrew Luck now has other legitimate receiving options in Indianapolis. T.Y. Hilton will have another dominant 1,000 yard season and Ebron might take away the lions share of the touchdowns, then they have Jack Doyle and Devin Funchess too. I expect a promising rookie season but not many opportunities for Campbell in 2019.
Prediction: 40 receptions, 600 yards, 4 TD (84 pts)
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
The last time the Lion’s drafted a tight end high in the first round it worked out well, just not for them, in the case of Eric Ebron. Hockenson is the highest rated tight end to come out of college in years and Stafford could use some more weapons in what was a stale offense last year. Hockenson can catch, run and block and although tight ends usually take time to adjust to the league he could be considered a top tight end this season.
Prediction: 45 receptions, 500 yards, 8 TD (98 pts)
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Without much other receiving talent on the team, Samuel could quickly rise to become the No. 1 option for Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco. It’s been 2 years since Shanahan came to the West coast and he must be itching to fully unleash his offense with a healthy and knowledgeable Jimmy G and Samuel will benefit hugely from that with his crisp route running.
Prediction: 35 receptions, 450 yards, 5 TD (75 pts)
Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
With a potential suspension looming over Tyreek Hill, Hardman could be the beneficiary. One of the fastest players in this year’s draft should come with a cautionary label, he only caught 60 balls in three years at Georgia, however, Mahomes could turn this short speedster into a monster that defences fear for years to come.
Prediction: 30 receptions, 400 yards, 3 TD (58 pts)