Here are five rookies I’m looking to impact the fantasy landscape in a big way this upcoming season. I left the top two QB’s off the board because nobody expects either of them to start for fantasy teams in 2015, and Gurley, while the most talented player in the draft, may not be ready for week one.
5. Melvin Gordon, RB, BadgersREAD MORE: Norcross Inn Homicide Suspect Arrested
The Chargers running game loses Ryan Mathews and in comes Gordon, a highly productive player in the run based offense they ran at Wisconsin. His doubters will mention Ron Dayne, Montee Ball and others as players who came from UW and had or are having minimal success at the NFL level, but Gordon is cut from a different cloth. He should be a second or third round pick in your draft.
4. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
2000+ yards at Indiana last year, a dynamite pass blocker and entering a situation without a lead back. All ingredients are there for a productive first year in a Falcons uniform. Devonta Freeman should gain a bigger role in the running game but they drafted Coleman to be the home run hitter. With his pass blocking ability, it would be an upset to see anyone but Coleman out there week one as the starter.
3. Amari Cooper, WR, RaidersREAD MORE: Gov. Kemp Announces Amazon Fulfillment Center in Savannah
The Raiders have looked for a franchise wideout since the days of Tim Brown and look to have it in Amari Cooper. Ultra productive player at Alabama with three different QB’s during his career in Tuscaloosa and now goes to play with the strong arm of Derek Carr. I’d expect a Sammy Watkins first year floor for him in silver and black and maybe as good as Beckham. He’s that good and that team is bereft of other playmakers.
2. Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
Out steps Jeremy Maclin and in steps Agholor, a late riser in the draft process who along with Jordan Matthews will lead the WR core in 2015 in Philadelphia. A good route runner out of USC (key in the Chip Kelly offense) and really good after the catch (another staple of this offense). I’d be targeting him mid to late rounds and you may get 4th or 5th round value when all is said and done.
1. Kevin White, WR, BearsMORE NEWS: Bird Striking Windshield Forces Atlanta Delta Air Lines Flight To Turn Around
You factor all of this in – Brandon Marshall leaving, the defense is bad forcing shootouts on a weekly basis, Jeffery can’t catch every pass and his size/speed combo – and you have the makings of a top 10 fantasy wideout on a week to week basis. People will say he was a one year wonder at West Virginia and didn’t face a bunch of press coverage, but he’s big enough to beat his man more often than not off that press. I’d take White as soon as the second or third round. He’s THAT good.