Rookies are entering the NFL more prepared than ever to play and produce at the next level. Last season’s fantasy owners of Keenan Allen, Eddie Lacy, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington and LeVeon Bell, can attest to the value rookies can have. Many of this year’s rookies have an excellent chance at putting up big numbers this season. Here’s my top three rookies. These rookies are some of the key winning pieces to the puzzle that is your fantasy draft/roster.
Jeremy Hill RB CINN – My #1 Rookie of 2014. This cat is going off and is a killer value given current ADP. See why right here. He's an RB2 that will put up RB1 numbers - even with Gio in the mix.
Jordan Mathews WR PHI – Most Fantasy Ballers think Brandin Cooks will be the top rookie WR this season. I agree that Cooks is in a great spot but Jordan Mathews will do just as well. Chip Kelly may have hit the lottery with this pick. Not only is Mathews an elite physical specimen, he also is a mature, hard-working professional who will have a major role in this offense starting as early as week 1. Mathews used his 6’3 frame and 4.46, 40 yard dash speed to rewrite the SEC All-time record for receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Mathews size, strength, elite speed and leaping ability will make him an elite redzone threat. Playing in the offense (PHI) that finished 2nd in total offense last season will also help Mathews find great success.
Brandin Cooks – This fast lil’ F’r will get it done in PPR. Can you imagine him and his 4.33, 40 yard speed flying around on that artificial surface in New Orleans with Drew Brees slinging it to him? Damn son. Get ready for some fireworks. Like Mathews, Cooks can be had late in your fantasy draft. Both of these rookies are the real deal and they are in great spots. Don’t be afraid to reach a round or two early on these guys. Plus, he gets to play Atlanta twice.
Grab both these rookie's as WR3's and enjoy their WR2 production this year.
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