With a star-studded cast of fantasy rookies on the horizon, we rank the top prospects’ fantasy future.
1) Leonard Fournette (RB) LSU
Draft experts widely believe that Fournette is the number one RB prospect with the other elite rushers trailing by a significant margin. Fournette, weighing 240 at the Combine, has more of the classic NFL feature back body than the other elite rushers. With that being said, an injury-prone season with a significant ankle injury limited his effectiveness this last year. Fournette should go in the top 10 and most have him at #8 to the Panthers or even #6 to the Jaguars. He should be an immediate impact player that is a mid-to-high range RB2 as of Week 1.
2) Dalvin Cook (RB) Florida State
Many experts had Cook ranked ahead of Fournette, but after a mediocre combine most now consider the Nole either the second or third best. With that being said, Cook was the clearcut best in college football last season and is the perfect weapon for the pass friendly NFL with the ability to run between the tackles, kick it outside, and catch passes out of the backfield. He’s expected to go between the 12th to 19th pick and would be an excellent fit with the Buccaneers at #19 or the Redskins at #17. He’s in the low end RB2 conversation as well.
3) Christian McCaffrey (RB) Stanford
There was a lot of talk of how McCaffrey elected to skip his final college game, but the Stanford standout silenced the critics with a very strong combine this offseason. Most now have him ahead of Cook although I have some concerns about if he can last the grueling NFL season. McCaffrey is arguably the best receiver out of the backfield this draft and could be the perfect fit for a more pass friendly offense. He’ll also go in that 12th to 19th zone like Cook. He’s also in the RB2/Flex conversation.
4) Joe Mixon (RB) Oklahoma
The most mercurial prospect of the draft, Mixon has first round talent but off-the-field- domestic violence will take him off several team’s draft boards. As far as fantasy is concerned, this could help his value as he could fall to the right team for the right pick. If not for the domestic violence concerns, Mixon may be the top fantasy rookie prospect and is often compared to David Johnson thanks to his size and athleticism. He’s slowly climbing up draft boards and should go by the middle of the second round. As far as fantasy, he’s another RB2/Flex as of today.
5) Mike Williams (WR) Clemson
Anyone that watched the national championship game was aware that Williams was a large part of the reason why the game went down to the wire and was won by Clemson. Williams has that knack for coming down with the 50/50 balls down the field and will be an instant aerial threat in the league. Williams should be the first wideout taken off the board and is expected to go in the top 10 range. The Titans, Eagles, Bills all seem like realistic landing options and all three have picks in the top 10. He’s a WR4 until further notice.