Top Rookies

Everyone loves the new shiny toy and many fantasy owners have a tendency to reach for rookies, seeing only their potential, and overlooking trustworthy veterans. While rookies typically don't provide high end fantasy production, there are of course exceptions and here we outline the best bets for rookie draft picks this season, in PPR scoring. The following are must-draft players for Keeper and Dynasty leagues and are ranked for redraft leagues, sorted by WP Value - their value adjusted for roster settings. The projections are for the 2018 season and the player's age indicates how old that player will be when the season begins.  Updated: Aug 2/18

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Top Projected Rookies for 2017

1. Saquon Barkley, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 268 1,042 8 53 516 3 274.80

His mid-preseason hamstring strain seems to be healed so Eli Manning's struggles getting the ball to running backs out of the backfield and a suspect offensive line are about the only knocks against Barkley going into his rookie season, and he has the talent to overcome those.

2. Royce Freeman, RB Injury Update

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 236 951 8 32 285 1 209.60

3. Rashaad Penny, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 168 657 4 32 269 1 154.60

4. Ronald Jones, RB Injury Update

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 172 694 4 28 236 1 151.00

5. Sony Michel, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 157 643 6 22 172 1 145.50

6. Calvin Ridley, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 55 702 4 149.20

7. Kerryon Johnson, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 142 507 4 36 251 1 141.80

8. D.J. Moore, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 52 674 4 143.40

9. Anthony Miller, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 51 635 4 138.50

10. Nyheim Hines, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 69 286 2 41 347 2 128.30

11. Courtland Sutton, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 46 593 4 129.30

12. Michael Gallup, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 45 603 3 123.30

13. Christian Kirk, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 44 603 3 122.30

14. James Washington, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 38 466 3 102.60

15. Josh Allen, QB Injury Update

Buffalo Bills, Bye: 11
Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 311 2,956 18 15 22 94 1 190.64

It's hard to imagine a scenario where Allen is fantasy relevant this season, particularly because outside of an aging LeSean McCoy, the supporting cast in Buffalo is forgettable at best.

16. Sam Darnold, QB Injury Update

New York Jets, Bye: 11
Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 295 3,051 16 11 12 43 1 185.34

Proceed with caution on Darnold for redraft purposes, as he comes into camp behind two capable NFL quarterbacks and he's probably in the least pressure-filled situation of the the first round picks, even in New York. The Jets aren't going anywhere in 2018 and they have enough in McCown in Bridgewater that there's no need to throw Darnold to the wolves. Despite the conjecture that he'll play early, the Jets don't need to rush him and it wouldn't be surprising if he logged a few late season starts and not much more.

17. Jordan Wilkins, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 104 426 3 10 96 1 86.20

18. Antonio Callaway, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 32 376 2 81.60

19. Josh Rosen, QB

Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 236 2,195 14 8 25 128 1 154.60

Rosen probably gets every opportunity to win the job in camp, but Bradford is probably the safer bet to be under center in Week 1. Still, his injury history suggests he probably doesn't play 16 games and at some point in 2018 Arizona will turn the offense over to Rosen, who is helped significantly by the veteran presence of Larry Fitzgerald and the multi-dimensional David Johnson in the backfield.

20. Hayden Hurst, TE

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 37 393 2 88.30

21. Mike Gesicki, TE

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 37 364 2 85.40

22. Nick Chubb, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 95 386 3 8 58 0 70.40

23. Keke Coutee, WR Injury Update

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 24 321 2 68.10

24. Chase Edmonds, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 62 257 2 13 145 0 65.20

25. D.J. Chark, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 21 315 2 64.50

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