Fantasy Football: Rookies to Watch

Melvin Gordon

The 2015 NFL Draft has produced so many fits I am excited about that I had to come back with more rookies to watch for fantasy football. Some of these guys are obvious fits that make too much sense, like Melvin Gordon. Other names are guys who went later than they probably should have, but fell to teams that make a ton of sense. These guys are going to be targets in both redraft leagues and dynasty leagues. The fantasy football player pool gets another great group of prospects.

Melvin Gordon | RB | San Diego Chargers

This one is kind of obvious. Melvin Gordon is a talented back that is going into a situation where the potential to be a monster is there. San Diego has a quarterback in place, allowing Gordon to avoid 8- and 9-man fronts. Gordon should be able to contribute on all three downs. His one-cut-and-go running style should fit well with the Chargers. While he won’t be my number one pick in rookie drafts, I expect him to be pretty close.

DeVante Parker

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DeVante Parker | WR | Miami Dolphins

DeVante Parker didn’t go to my dream scenario with the Minnesota Vikings. A Parker and Teddy Bridgewater reunion was something I thought would make a ton of sense, but with Mike Wallace headed to Minnesota and their belief in Charles Johnson, they didn’t take the Louisville wide receiver. Parker did go to an interesting landing spot. He will likely start opposite Jarvis Landry, who is in his second year. Kenny Stills will see time as a field stretcher and in the slot. Ryan Tannehill should take another step in Miami with all the talent around him. Parker should be able to impact right away with a ton of upside down the stretch.


Jay Ajayi | RB | Miami Dolphins

Jay Ajayi was my second-ranked running back heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. He fell into the 5th round, being selected by the Miami Dolphins. There is serious concern about the long term health of his knee. For me, Ajayi is well worth the risk associated with him. In dynasty formats, I wouldn’t plan on Ajayi being a fixture on your team for many seasons to come, but I don’t know if there are many running backs you can say that about. I expect Ajayi to be a productive back once he gets his shot. Miller finally eclipsed the 200 carry mark and produced 1,100 yards. Much of his value came from his 8 touchdowns. I’d expect Ajayi to get at least a share of the carries to start and do very well with them.

Tyler Lockett

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Tyler Lockett | WR | Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Lockett to the Seattle Seahawks is a great fit. Seattle moved up in the third round,swapping picks with the Washington Redskins to go get him. Clearly they like the talent and see him as a fit. Lockett can get open and can make plays on the ball despite his size. I expect Lockett to be a monster in point per reception leagues. He should have value this season with an opportunity to improve for next season and beyond. He can do much of what made Golden Tate successful in Seattle.

Tre McBride


Tre McBride | WR | Tennessee Titans

Tre McBride has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft. He is a super talented wide receiver who is headed to a situation with potential. McBride will have the opportunity to line up in multiple spots in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. It may take time for him to see consistent targets. With Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright already in place and Dorial Green-Beckham going to the Titans in the second round, he is likely fourth on the depth chart. The future is bright for this prospect, who will have the opportunity to gel with fellow rookie Marcus Mariota. He will be a target for me later in dynasty drafts.

Mike Davis

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Mike Davis | RB | San Francisco 49ers

Mike Davis to the San Francisco 49ers in round 4 was another selection that seemed to make a ton of sense. Carlos Hyde is entering his second season in the NFL and will get a chance to prove he can be the guy. But with Frank Gore elsewhere and Marcus Lattimore forced into retirement due to his knee injuries, an opportunity behind Hyde is open. Davis is a big, physical back that has the potential to be a Frank Gore in the NFL. He can produce on all three downs. He is another guy you will likely have to wait on, but the potential reward is a big one.


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