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2015 Rookie Fantasy Football Rankings

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Draft 560x165The 2015 NFL Draft is coming up fast. The draft is followed by a three months of anticipation, projections, and hope that this will be the year of the Tiger. (Also known as, your year to win at Fantasy Football) There is never a bad time to get ready for Fantasy Football and this is just the beginning. If you have not already begun looking into the upcoming season and the different players you would like to draft, you are already falling behind. You need to start preparing yesterday if you want to win. No one wins simply by showing up.

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The NFL Draft is going to bring a handful of producers and scorers that may or may not be useful in your 2015 Fantasy football championship campaigns. Not every year do you run into an Odell Beckham Jr. but for the ones that did grab him last season, congratulations on your keeper in 2015. Below we’ll take a look at some names to pay attention to on NFL Draft Day, so you aren’t caught with your pants down when they turn into Fantasy Football Studs in Week 6 of the upcoming season…

2015 NFL Draft Potential Studs

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Without knowing what offense they are running or who is throwing them the ball, this is going to be a ranking based solely from which players have the best chance, regardless of who drafts them, to help you win some games in 2015. Realistically, these are the only rookies currently worth drafting in Fantasy Football this year.

Pos.: Player Name, School – Projected Stats (16 Game Season)

Quarterbacks

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QB #1 : Jameis Winston, Florida State

  • Passing Yards: 2,900
  • Passing TDs: 17
  • Interceptions: 11
  • Rushing Yards: 200
  • Rushing TDs: 2
  • Fumbles Lost: 2

QB #2 : Marcus Mariota, Oregon

  • Passing Yards: 2,100
  • Passing TDs: 14
  • Interceptions: 15
  • Rushing Yards: 800
  • Rushing TDs: 7
  • Fumbles Lost: 5

Running Backs

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RB #1 : Todd Gurley, Georgia

  • Rushing Yards: 1,200
  • Rushing TDs: 10
  • Receptions: 20
  • Receiving Yards: 270
  • Receiving TDs: 1

RB #2 : Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

  • Rushing Yards: 1,100
  • Rushing TDs: 6
  • Receptions: 10
  • Receiving Yards: 125
  • Receiving TDs: 0

RB #3 : Jay Ajayi, Boise State

  • Rushing Yards: 300
  • Rushing TDs: 2
  • Receptions: 35
  • Receiving Yards: 550
  • Receiving TDs: 4

RB #4 : Tevin Coleman, Indiana

  • Rushing Yards: 575
  • Rushing TDs: 3
  • Receptions: 25
  • Receiving Yards: 345
  • Receiving TDs: 2

RB #5 : Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

  • Rushing Yards: 650
  • Rushing TDs: 5
  • Receptions: 30
  • Receiving Yards: 450
  • Receiving TDs: 4

Wide Receivers

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  • Receptions: 71
  • Receiving Yards: 1,100
  • Receiving TDs: 12

WR #2 : Kevin White, West Virginia

  • Receptions: 65
  • Receiving Yards: 1,000
  • Receiving TDs: 8

WR #3 : Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma

  • Receptions: 50
  • Receiving Yards: 775
  • Receiving TDs: 9

WR #4 : Breshad Perriman, Central Florida

  • Receptions: 60
  • Receiving Yards: 800
  • Receiving TDs: 5

WR #5 : Devante Parker, Louisville

  • Receptions: 65
  • Receiving Yards: 1,000
  • Receiving TDs: 7

Tight Ends

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  • Receptions: 45
  • Receiving Yards: 600
  • Receiving TDs: 11

TE #2 : Clive Walford, Miami

  • Receptions: 30
  • Receiving Yards: 450
  • Receiving TDs: 8

Those are the NFL draftees that have the biggest upside and have the best chance to help you win a fantasy football league.

We do not want say they are a sure thing but when it comes to risk, they have the least amount. This next part is the long shot sleepers.

2nd Tier Rookies to Look at in 2015

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When you start looking at the kids coming into the NFL in 2015, there are a few positions that are weak, QB and RB, while others like WR and TE have a plethora of possible future heroes.

This is the part of the post where we throw a bunch of names at you and hope some stick. For the most part, a lot of these guys, outside of the QB, should get enough playing time to make plays but it all comes down to who goes where.

Quarterbacks

  • Bryce Petty, Baylor
  • Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Running Backs

  • T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
  • Duke Johnson, Miami (Fl)
  • Buck Allen, USC
  • Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
  • Matt Jones, Florida
  • Mike Davis, South Carolina

Wide Receivers

  • Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Fl)
  • Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
  • Nelson Agholor, USC
  • Devin Smith, Ohio State
  • Devin Funchess, Michigan
  • Rashad Greene, Florida State
  • Sammie Coates, Auburn
  • Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Tight Ends

  • Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
  • Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

The Longshots

Diggs 560x280It is not normal to go into a Fantasy Football draft with a list of rookies but over the past few seasons, the NFL has changed. The word rookie does not mean as much these days as players are coming into the NFL more prepared than ever before. There were players in 2014 that made teams regret their draft day decisions.

Offensive players like Alfred Blue, Devonta Freeman, Andre Williams, Martavis Bryant, and Lorenzo Talleferro were all drafted in the fourth round or later. Quarterbacks were also taken later on and put up solid numbers like Zach Mettenberger, 6th round draftee. So how about a peek at a few guys that you might end up picking up off the waiver wire come week four.

Quarterbacks

  • Brett Hundley, UCLA
  • Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana

Running Backs

  • David Cobb, Minnesota
  • Terrence Magee, LSU
  • Malcolm Brown, Texas
  • Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
  • Dominique Brown, Louisville
  • Karlos Williams, Florida State

Wide Receivers

  • Justin Hardy, East Carolina
  • Kenny Bell, Nebraska
  • Ty Montgomery, Stanford
  • Stefon Diggs, Maryland
  • Jamison Crowder, Duke
  • Josh Harper, Fresno State
  • Devante Davis, UNLV
  • Tre McBride, William & Mary

Tight Ends

  • Wes Saxton, South Alabama
  • Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts
  • E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

Review – 2015 Fantasy Football Rookies

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99% of everything we said today can change based on who drafts them. For example, Brett Hundley can get drafted as a backup QB like Matt Barkley has become. If that happens, forget drafting him because he will not help your team at all. Ever.

On the other hand, when a team like Chicago drafts a wideout late in the draft, pay close attention. That kid could end up being the monster you have been searching for next season. When you line up opposite Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte, all you have to do is not fall down and you will catch 55+ balls.

So try not to worry about the rankings until the draft. Then come back and match up the players according to the teams that took them. If you do that, life and Fantasy Football will be much easier.

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