Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies

By Josh Collacchi (JCollacchiPFC)

There may not be as many impact rookies for fantasy football this year as there were last, but there is still a sufficient number of guys who can help bring you home a championship. Of course, it all depends on who drafts who, but here is a first look at some impact rookies in fantasy football for the upcoming season.

QB Geno Smith

Smith will likely be in the top 25 when it comes to fantasy QB’s but solely based on whether or not he starts. Rookie QB’s always get a chance to show what they have, and sometimes can pay dividends in fantasy football. If you take a QB early, and get Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Manning, or Newton; look to get Geno Smith in the late rounds. Low risk high reward is the key in fantasy football.

RB Eddie Lacy

Lacy is without a doubt the best RB in this draft, and if he is drafted by a team who will give him 20 carries a game, I would put him in the top 10 RB’s for the season. With a full workload Lacy will easily surpass 1400 yards and is big enough to get the goal-line carries.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

This solely depends on who drafts him, if he is the top offensive weapon (if he is drafted by the Jets) then he is worth a pick in the 7th or 8th round. If he is taken by a team who has a few playmakers, he is worth a flier in the late rounds.

TE’s Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz

TE’s in fantasy football depend on many things. Who is the QB and who is the starter? If these teams end up with a good QB and will get playing time, both are worth taking as starting TEs.

WR Tavon Austin

The same goes for Austin that went for Patterson, if he is going to be a focal point (if Austin goes to Minnesota) then he is worth a pick in the 7th or 8th, if not he is a good flier selection.

WR DeAndre Hopkins

This may surprise a few people, but Hopkins is the most NFL ready WR in this year’s class, and if in the right system, Hopkins can be a 800 yard and 5 TD receiver.

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