The pleasure of an upcoming fantasy soccer season comes with renewed enthusiasm after an NFL Draft that noticed a slew of rookies who can present fast impacts formally land on their new groups.
Whether you play in redraft, dynasty, or keeper leagues, rookies signify the hope of discovering recent playmakers who can present huge statistical enhance. The most-hyped rookies will price you a excessive draft choose, however many come at a lower-tier low cost and qualify as “deep sleepers” or “lottery tickets.” You have little to lose by drafting one.
Some fantasy soccer managers get obsessive about drafting and including rookies as a result of they love upside. Other fantasy soccer managers prefer to keep away from rookie working backs, vast receivers, tight ends, and quarterbacks as a result of they signify unknown portions, as a substitute preferring to stack rosters with “tried and true” veterans.
There’s no proper reply on what number of rookies a supervisor ought to goal as a result of the depth of the rookie expertise pool varies throughout offensive talent positions in a given yr. However, there is not any doubt the 2021 class is loaded.
Based on their present post-draft conditions but in addition factoring in short-term fantasy potential and long-term worth, this is rating the highest 30 rookies for half-point PPR codecs.
- Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings 2021: Draft ’em
- 1. Najee Harris, RB, Steelers
- 2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Bengals
- 3. Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars
- 4. Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos
- 5. Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons
- 6. Justin Fields, QB, Bears
- 7. Michael Carter, RB, Jets
- 8. Trey Sermon, RB, 49ers
- 9. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
- 10. DeVonta Smith, WR, Eagles
- 11. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars
- 12. Trey Lance, QB, 49ers
- 13. Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens
- 14. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
- 15. Zach Wilson, QB, Jets
- Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings 2021: Watch ’em
- 16. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Lions
- 17. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Panthers
- 18. Javian Hawkins, RB, Falcons
- 19. Elijah Moore, WR, Jets
- 20. Amari Rodgers, WR, Packers
- 21. Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals
- 22. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots
- 23. Kadarius Toney, WR, Giants
- 24. Terrace Marshall Jr,. WR, Panthers
- 25. Nico Collins, WR, Texans
- 26. Tylan Wallace, WR, Ravens
- 27. Brevin Jordan, TE, Texans
- 28. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Steelers
- 29. Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers
- 30. Mac Jones, QB, Patriots
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings 2021: Draft ’em
1. Najee Harris, RB, Steelers
Mike Tomlin does not like committees. Pittsburgh had seen sufficient of James Conner’s diminishing sturdiness and patchwork backfields put up Le’Veon Bell. Harris was price Pittsburgh’s first-round choose due to his potential to hold the load. He has the power to complete drives as an influence runner and provides well-rounded abilities for the passing recreation. He will begin and see feature-like touches. Draft him as an RB2.
2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Bengals
Joe Burrow loves throwing to Chase. Chase comes from the identical explosive LSU offense that produced 2020 rookie fantasy stud Justin Jefferson and is the higher all-around receiver. Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are good complementary targets, however Chase profiles like a dominant No. 1, a giant cause why the Bengals took him early over cross safety for Burrow. There might be a ton of passing quantity, proven by Higgins and Boyd being viable WR3s final yr. That bodes properly for Chase following Jefferson’s fast manufacturing in Minnesota. Draft him as a WR2.
3. Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars
Etienne enters a crowed backfield with final yr’s undrafted rookie stud James Robinson and well-traveled backup Carlos Hyde. But with a giant mind-set change for the Urban Meyer period, the group ought to lean towards giving Etienne expanded touches in a extra restricted Alvin Kamara-like change-of-pace receiving function. Etienne’s first-round choice and expertise catching passes and getting handoffs from Trevor Lawrence cannot be forgotten. Given what Robinson did on a nasty group, a 20-touch Etienne would have nice attraction. Draft him as an RB3.
4. Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos
The Broncos traded as much as get Williams, which is a nasty signal for Melvin Gordon holding down the first function with Phillip Lindsay gone. Williams is extra of a pure energy again than Najee Harris and wishes work to be trusted in the passing recreation, however he can get there in a rush. Williams has an excellent probability to take over the early-down and red-zone work sooner quite than later. Draft him as an RB3.
5. Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons
Rookie tight ends are usually afterthoughts in fantasy soccer, as even essentially the most proficient want a yr earlier than breaking out. Pitts is a distinct beast. He additionally steps right into a spectacular state of affairs the place he might be enjoying off vast receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Pitts might be a juicy third passing possibility for Matt Ryan, racking up intermediate catches with some Travis Kelce-like big-play burst. He additionally ought to proceed to be a drive in the pink zone. Draft him as a TE1.
6. Justin Fields, QB, Bears
Andy Dalton might need been labeled QB1, however it will be shocking if Fields, who Chicago traded as much as take No. 11 total, is not beginning in Week 1. Fields has the baseline of speeding manufacturing to love in a rookie fantasy QB. He additionally inherits an offense with sturdy talent help, together with David Montgomery, Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. The Bears additionally invested to enhance offensive line and slot receiver. Heck, if Mitchell Trubisky can deliver some streaming worth like he did in the second half of final season, Fields has the upper ground and far increased ceiling. Draft him as a QB2
7. Michael Carter, RB, Jets
The Jets had been certain to draft a working again, and the explosive Carter has a fantastic alternative to see a giant function for Mike LaFleur, given the opposite choices are Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams and La’Mical Perine. Carter’s velocity and burst are a fantastic match for the zone blocking scheme, so be careful if the battles to be a key a part of the committee goes in his favor. Draft him as a RB4.
8. Trey Sermon, RB, 49ers
Sermon obtained into the Day 2 dialog together with his sturdy end to the season with Ohio State. Kyle Shanahan likes to have a number of types of backs obtainable for the zone-blocking scheme, from which LaFleur got here. Anyone who will get the touches for the 49ers has proved to be productive. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. obtained their turns final yr, however every had bother staying wholesome. If Sermon will get his possibilities to point out he is a greater big-back match in San Francisco than Coleman, he ought to be set as much as turn out to be an enormous steal in the center rounds. Draft him as an RB4.
9. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
Miami has shaken up its vast receiver corps properly between DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, taking a flyer on Will Fuller and drafting Waddle, too. There’s little question, between Fuller’s outdoors velocity when wholesome (and never suspended) and Waddle’s Tyreek Hill-like quickness for the slot, the Dolphins did it to take the reins off Tua Tagovailoa and get much more huge cross performs. Waddle ought to present loads of flash, helped by his Alabama-based chemistry with Tagovailoa, and it is tough to depend on Fuller being obtainable reverse Parker. The expertise is there to emerge because the 1B choice to Parker. Draft him as a WR4.
10. DeVonta Smith, WR, Eagles
Smith steps into a various receiving crowd with 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, Travis Fulgham, Johh Hightower, Quez Watkins, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, whereas Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz stay the 1-2 punch at tight finish. But like Chase with Burrow and Waddle with Tagovailoa, Smith has the distinctive early benefit of chemistry with Jalen Hurts. Plus, he is an distinctive route-runner with nice arms who toggles between elite possession man and home-run hitter. Don’t be shocked if, like Waddle, Smith emerges as a dependable WR3 with a bullet. Draft him as a WR4.
11. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars
Lawrence will take some lumps given Jacksonville’s transition with offensive scheming and total teaching. That stated, he can simply emerge as a mix of final season’s Burrow and Justin Herbert to have shock beginning relevance, a minimum of as a viable two-QB league and streaming possibility. The arm expertise and the athleticism add as much as a pure bump from Gardner Minshew. Draft him as an QB2.
12. Trey Lance, QB, 49ers
Lance would have a shot to be the high-end QB2 Fields is projected to be as a rookie if there was a greater indication of him beginning over Jimmy Garoppolo immediately. For now, let’s cool the jets on this good passer with an enormous ceiling and a excessive ground due to dynamic working. San Francisco would have the safety and weaponry to help Lance in a possible O-ROY marketing campaign if Shanahan gave him an opportunity to be the person early in the season. Draft him as an QB2.
13. Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens
The Ravens do not actually have the true to-go man at wideout for Lamar Jackson regardless of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown’s big-play aptitude. That prompted them to make use of one other first-rounder on Bateman, who profiles as a steadier route-runner with the sturdy body and arms to be extra constant everywhere in the area, together with the pink zone. The Ravens additionally dratted Tylan Wallace and signed Sammy Watkins to go together with a number of extra youthful receivers for a limited-volume passing recreation beneath Greg Roman. That caps Bateman for now as a penultimate fantasy choose. Draft him as a WR6.
14. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
The Eagles had been intent on grabbing a plug-and-play backup for Miles Sanders and settled on the under-drafted Gainwell. He has an excellent shot to displace Boston Scott because the true No. 2 and most popular handcuff. Draft him as an RB5.
15. Zach Wilson, QB, Jets
Wilson, like Lawrence, is assured to have a beginning job, and he steps into the superior offensive system with much-improved offensive line, working again, vast receiver, and tight finish conditions. Robert Saleh’s protection will spring some holes at first, resulting in some garbage-time passing quantity for Wilson. He can also pad a few of his numbers with slightly working. He’s a greater deep possibility with extra assist and expertise than Sam Darnold. Draft him as a QB3.
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings 2021: Watch ’em
16. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Lions
The Lions have tried to piece collectively viable veteran vast receiver group for Jared Goff minus Kenny Gollday, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amenolda. St. Brown was their solely drafted wideout, and popping out of the identical program as JuJu Smith-Schuster, he can flip right into a key slot goal for Detroit’s new QB.
17. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Panthers
After dropping Mike Davis in free company, Carolina needed to draft a brand new viable backup for Christian McCaffrey to scrub up some committee choices. Hubbard flashed huge manufacturing at Oklahoma State and is an effective guess to displace Rodney Smith and Reggie Bonafon as the popular handcuff.
18. Javian Hawkins, RB, Falcons
Speaking of Davis, the Falcons did not draft a again behind him, however do not sleep on the actual fact they signed Hawkins as an undrafted free agent. Cordarrelle Patterson is not an actual backup and the opposite choices are Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James. Hawkins, primarily based on expertise, ought to have been a Day 3 choose from Louisville.
19. Elijah Moore, WR, Jets
Wilson might be throwing to Corey Davis and Denzel Mims on the surface, and for now, nonetheless Jamison Crowder in the slot. Moore’s worth is proscribed with the present state of affairs, however it will enhance with extra big-play attraction if New York releases Crowder in favor of utilizing the second-round choose extra.
20. Amari Rodgers, WR, Packers
The Packers nonetheless have Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard behind Davante Adams, however neither of them may emerge as constant producer wherever they had been lined up for Aaron Rodgers final season. This Rodgers can have a various slot-based function at first, so the hot button is whether or not the opposite Rodgers trusts him to feed him sufficient as a rookie (assuming he is nonetheless in Green Bay).
21. Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals
This Moore is additionally an explosive undersized athlete and massive play ready to occur. The downside, even with Larry (*30*) mulling retirement, is that this group has DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, and Andy Isabella for Kyler Murray. It might be tough tor Moore to face out together with his quick stature, however be careful if Arizona works in his velocity and quickness extra on the expense of Kirk and Isabella.
22. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots
The Patriots prefer to have pure energy backs, and this Oklahoma smasher has an opportunity to carve out a key function in their committee with Damien Haris and James White. You cannot belief early-down backs in New England in common, however you can also’t completely ignore them, particularly if Stevenson takes over the scoring function of Sony Michel.
23. Kadarius Toney, WR, Giants
The Giants took Toney after dropping out on DeVonta Smith, and it wasn’t the very best place for him in fantasy. Kenny Golladay is the brand new No. 1, Darius Slayton has some chemistry with Daniel Jones as the surface deep menace, and Sterling Shepard can settle again into the slot with Golden Tate gone. There’s additionally Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, and Saquon Barkley to catch passes. Unless there’s an opportunity for Toney, a nice-sized, big-play slot, to get into 11 personnel as a rookie, he needs to be off the fantasy radar.
24. Terrace Marshall Jr,. WR, Panthers
Marshall ended up in a curious spot as a result of his measurement/velocity profile from LSU suggests he might be an possibility to exchange free agent-to-be Robby Anderson in 2022. There’s potential that the Panthers transfer D.J. Moore into the slot to take over the place Curtis Samuel performed, however additionally they drafted Samuel-like Shi Smith on Day 3. There’s additionally Christian McCaffrey again catching passes and tight finish may be viable, too, with Dan Arnold and Tommy Tremble. However you have a look at it, Marshall has his work minimize out to provide as a rookie.
25. Nico Collins, WR, Texans
The Texans now have 5 “C’s” in their vast receiver corps as Collins joins Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee, and Chris Conley. He offers Houston much-needed measurement and nice catch radius on the place. Unfortunately, he should navigate by means of a crowd, too, and has an unsure QB state of affairs.
26. Tylan Wallace, WR, Ravens
Wallace was an excellent worth choose for Baltimore, however he needs to be behind Hollywood Brown, Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins and is a extra developmental goal at first.
27. Brevin Jordan, TE, Texans
Jordan ought to have been drafted out of Miami on Day 2 however the Texans had been good so as to add him late as one other distinctive athletic goal on Day 3. It’s not the very best place with the aforementioned wideout crowd and QB uncertainty, however the expertise is there to assist as an intermediate receiver. Wait for Year 2.
28. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Steelers
The Steelers added Freiermuth, the well-round blocker and receiver, to exchange Vance McDonald as extra of an-line choice to pair with extra pure receiving Eric Ebron. His largest rookie worth may be serving to Harris in the working recreation, nevertheless. Beyond Ebron, Pittsburgh has few vacated targets as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool stay the wideout centerpieces for returning Ben Roethlisbeger, whereas Harris additionally will get appreciable backfield catches.
29. Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers
If Sermon may be the brand new Coleman for Kyle Shanahan, logic would say the sixth-rounder Mitchell profiles like the brand new Matt Breida. It’s the 49ers’ working recreation, so you possibly can’t sleep on any wholesome younger physique concerned with it.
30. Mac Jones, QB, Patriots
Jones has a good probability to start out for Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels over bridge Cam Newton, however ought to that occur, with out working potential on a protection/running-oriented offense the place the tight ends (Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith) appear extra dependable than the vast receiver combine, Jones is about up for a low ground, a far cry from what might need been with the 49ers.