Dynasty Rookies

We take a look at the Top Keeper/Dynasty Rookies for a 3 year outlook, taking into account skill, scheme fit, organizational consistency, and surrounding cast. The indicated age of the player is how old the player will be entering next season. Dominant your Fantasy Football leagues but using our Top Rookie Dynasty and Keeper Rankings. Updated: May 1/17

1. Corey Davis, WR - TEN - Age 22 Injury Update
2. Joe Mixon, RB - CIN - Age 21
3. Leonard Fournette, RB - JAX - Age 22
4. Christian McCaffrey, RB - CAR - Age 21
5. Dalvin Cook, RB - MIN - Age 22
6. Mike K. Williams, WR - LAC - Age 22
7. Alvin Kamara, RB - NWO - Age 22
8. Samaje Perine, RB - WAS - Age 21
9. Kareem Hunt, RB - KC - Age 22
10. John Ross, WR - CIN - Age 22 Injury Update
11. Zay Jones, WR - BUF - Age 22
12. O.J. Howard, TE - TB - Age 22


13. Joe Williams, RB - SF - Age 24
14. Evan Engram, TE - NYG - Age 23


15. D'Onta Foreman, RB - HOU - Age 21
16. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - PIT - Age 20
17. David Njoku, TE - CLE - Age 21
18. Marlon Mack, RB - IND - Age 21
19. Chris Godwin, WR - TB - Age 21
20. Carlos Henderson, WR - DEN - Age 22
21. Curtis Samuel, WR - CAR - Age 21
22. Kenny Golladay, WR - DET
23. Deshaun Watson, QB - HOU - Age 21

When surveying the rookie quarterback landscape, Watson easily finds himself in the best landing spot of this year's class. The Texans have gone to the playoffs in back to back seasons despite lacking a legitimate NFL signal caller, which made moving up in the first round to take Watson a logical choice for Houston. While Watson may not have the same ceiling as some of the other quarterbacks in the 2017 class, he has the experience and resume to compete for the starting job from day one. The expectation is that Texans could very well roll with Tom Savage under center to open the season, but he's not the long term solution. And although Watson does need to improve some areas of his game, the former Clemson quarterback did lead his team to the National Championship game in each of the past two season, helping the Tigers to capture their second National Title in school history this past season. He should get his shot this season, and if he plays well he's going to hang onto the job for a long time.

24. Taywan Taylor, WR - TEN
25. Jamaal Williams, RB - GB - Age 22
26. Jeremy McNichols, RB - TB - Age 21 Injury Update
27. Cooper Kupp, WR - LAR - Age 24
28. Aaron Jones, RB - GB - Age 22
29. James Conner, RB - PIT - Age 22
30. Wayne Gallman, RB - NYG - Age 22
31. Patrick Mahomes, QB - KC - Age 21

Moving up to draft Mahomes sent a pretty clear signal that the Chiefs have decided they've gone as far as they can go with Alex Smith under center. While not in line for immediate playing time, Mahomes has arguably the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft. He has good wheels, but is far more concerned with using them to prolong plays than to take off downfield. He also has the biggest arm in this draft class by far. The trick is going to be settling him down and getting him to stay in the pocket. He's a straight up gunslinger who always thinks there's a play to be made, and his natural ability and enough positive outcomes kept him improvising throughout his career at Texas Tech. He won't be able to get away with some of that stuff at the NFL level, but that said, he's also so good that some of it is still going to work. You couldn't find a more polar opposite of Alex Smith if you tried so it will be interesting to see how that dynamic plays out, both with the coaches and the fans. Expect him to drive Andy Reid a bit insane early in his career, but if he develops he could be very very good.

32. ArDarius Stewart, WR - NYJ
33. Gerald Everett, TE - LAR - Age 23
34. Josh Reynolds, WR - LAR - Age 22
35. Jake Butt, TE - DEN - Age 22 Injury Update
36. Dede Westbrook, WR - JAX - Age 23
37. Adam Shaheen, TE - CHI - Age 23
38. Donnel Pumphrey, RB - PHI - Age 22
39. Mitchell Trubisky, QB - CHI - Age 23

The signing of Mike Glennon saves the Bears from having to throw Trubisky into the fire in Week 1. Still, it's hard to take a quarterback second overall in the modern day NFL and then leave him on the bench all season. Trubisky catapulted to top quarterback in the draft after just one full year as the starter at North Carolina. And while that does give some pause, there's little doubt that the physical tools are all there. He has a pretty high ceiling, but he's also not for faint of heart because there's virtually no floor here either. The situation reminds a bit of Carson Wentz last season, and frankly, their games are similar enough to make that a fair comparison. The top quarterback in the draft obviously needs to be owned in dynasty formats, even if there's no immediate path to playing time.

40. Elijah Hood, RB - OAK - Age 21
41. Brian Hill, RB - ATL - Age 21
42. DeAngelo Henderson, RB - DEN - Age 24
43. DeShone Kizer, QB - CLE - Age 21

Going into the 2016 college football season, Kizer was the top quarterback prospect on more than a few draft boards. But a poor junior season in which he failed to live up to expectations, and was even benched at times, sent Kizer's stock tumbling to the point where many questioned his choice to leave school a year early. Still, Kizer looks the part of NFL quarterback at 6'4" and 235lbs, with excellent mobility and a big time arm. He's still a long way from fulfilling the Steve McNair comparisons that have been thrown around, but you can't teach size and athleticism. The expectation had been that Kizer would land in a spot that allowed him to compete in camp, but ultimately had him spend most of year one watching from the sideline. And while that still may be the case, reports out of Cleveland suggest that he may be in the mix for early playing time after all. The Browns have done a solid job of acquiring building block-type talent on both sides of the ball, and if they believe getting Kizer under center sooner will help speed up the clock on their rebuilding effort, with his dual threat ability the rookie could offer some interesting upside for 2017 and certainly needs to be on the radar of every dynasty owner. He's going to open camp competing with Cody Kessler for the starting nod and should garner the backup role unless he's thoroughly and completely outplayed by Brock Osweiler, which no one expects.

44. DeAngelo Yancey, WR - GB - Age 22
45. Chad Williams, WR - ARZ
46. Chad Hansen, WR - NYJ - Age 22
47. Elijah McGuire, RB - NYJ - Age 23
48. Malachi Dupre, WR - GB - Age 21
49. Travin Dural, WR - NWO - Age 23
50. Isaiah Ford, WR - MIA - Age 21
51. Jonnu Smith, TE - TEN - Age 22
52. Bucky Hodges, TE - MIN - Age 22

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