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The Top 10 Rookies For Your Fantasy Football Team!

Publish Date: 05/06/2016
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

The Top 10 Rookies For Your Fantasy Football Team!

It’s almost that time for many of us. For those of us who belong to a Dynasty League (my hand is raised), you have to stay on your toes all year long as you watch for new transactions, trades, and especially the NFL Draft.

Whether you’re in a very casual league, a cut-throat PPR league, or a Dynasty League, here are ten rookies to consider for your 2016 Fantasy Football team:

10)ย Paxton Lynch – QB – Broncos

For Lynch, getting drafted by Denver should end up being a really good thing for his career. He enters into training camp behind Mark Sanchez and will have a chance to win the starting job.

He will probably not be anyone’s opening day starter, but he could be a late-round pickup on draft day or at the very least, keep on your watch list for a chance at a solid mid-season pickup.

9) Derrick Henry – RB – Titans

At the moment, he is likely penciled in as Tennessee’s number two or even number three back behind DeMarco Murray and Antonio Andrews. Obviously, a lot will depend on injuries and preseason play, but this could be another very late round draft pick or mid-season pickup to help your team.

8) Tyler Boyd – WR – Cincinnati

Boyd looks like a real talent and should fit in nicely with Cincinnati’s scheme. It certainly helps to have Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert already in the lineup and Boyd will have a great chance to either be the number two or number three receiver, now that Marvin Jones and Muhammad Sanu have found new homes.

Depending on how preseason goes, Boyd could be a sleeper pick. His biggest obstacle at this point is Brandon LaFell.

7) Will Fuller – WR – Houston

The Texans already have a stud receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and now hopefully have found their quarterback in Brock Osweiler. Fuller will be competing with fellow rookie receiver Braxton Miller for the number two spot. Keep an eye on the depth chart as both of these guys could be late-round steals in your draft. One of them will likely start and should be able to provide instant production.

6) Corey Coleman – WR – Cleveland

The good news for Coleman is that it is likely that he opens up the season as the number one receiver since Travis Benjamin is off to San Diego.

The bad news is, it’s Cleveland. At the moment, the quarterbacks are 37 year old Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III and rookie Cody Kessler. That doesn’t bode well for a lot of production, but he should still get a lot of targets.

5) Michael Thomas – WR – New Orleans

After being drafted by New Orleans, Michael Thomas finds himself with a great opportunity to not only see the field often, but have a lot of passes thrown his way. His main competition will be Brandin Cooks, but as a likely number two, snatch him up in the later of your mid-rounds in your draft and expect good numbers.

4) Sterling Shepard – WR – New York Giants

Similar to Michael Thomas, there is a very good chance Shepard sees the field and even starts next to Odell Beckham Jr. Eli Manning will continue to throw the ball often and that should make Shepard a value pick in the mid-rounds of your draft.

3) Josh Doctson – WR – Washington

Kirk Cousins is poised to prove that last season was not a fluke and he has a speedy arsenal at his disposal. Jordan Reed is his favorite target, but that secret is out.

Cousins will have to spread the ball around more and Doctson will have a chance to start or for sure be a slot receiver, which should allow him to receive a lot of targets.

As always, preseason will give us a lot more information, but for now, start planning on drafting Doctson near the mid-rounds.

2) Laquon Treadwell – WR – Minnesota

Minnesota looks quite ready to defend their NFC North crown as they upgraded their offensive line and defense. They also got possibly the best receiver in the draft and will be likely pairing him with last year’s rookie standout Stefon Diggs.

Treadwell has the look of a number one receiver and could be Teddy Bridgewater’s go-to guy on first and third downs. Treadwell could get picked as early as the fourth round in many drafts and he should be able to produce.

1) Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Dallas

Whether or not he is the best player on this list is certainly debatable, but he gets the number one spot because he is the player that isย most likely able to put up the most points in his rookie season.

He should be the opening day starter and he has the privilege of running behind the league’s best offensive line.

Most leagues value running backs very high and I would expect Elliot to be gone by the third round of most drafts.

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