Rookie Report: Fantasy Impact
- Updated: May 5, 2014
As May 8th soon approaches and the quest to be ahead of your friends starts to pick up, I’ve decided to lift my ban on drafting to your team. So here are the Football Memo approved draftable rookies of 2014. I warn you, it’s not a long list.
First on the list is Sammy Watkins, WR, from Clemson. Watkins is the kind of player that you know wherever he goes he is going to be something special very quickly. The more film I watch on him, the more excited I get about being able to see what he will do with the competition at the next level. The other lock WR on this list is Maquise Lee, USC. Lee has the skill to have Keenan Allen-type rookie campaign. I really like him … especially if he goes to Carolina.
Mike Evans, Texas A&M, will be a nice 3 or 4 receiver with upside. If you’re in a dynasty, and are looking for some long-term love at the QB position, then go with someone else. Make them prove themselves first. It makes more sense taking a RB or WR flier than drafting a rookie QB anywhere above the 10th round.
Tight end is a spot where this class will make a lot of quarterbacks happy. Eric Ebron from North Carolina will be a top 10 tight end this year, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will most likely be right next to him. Jace Amaro will be a good pickup also, but his upside is not as high as the aforementioned rookies.
Depending on the team that drafts them, Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill could have shots to be workhorse backs, so you really have to look at the situation. Neither one could walk into any franchise and be the day one starter before a single snap, though.
I could see Arizona or Atlanta as clubs that they could have a good season with, and it is possible that the Texans will be looking for Ben Tate’s replacement with their first pick of the second round. I would definitely take either Hill or Hyde a little early if I am handcuffing Foster.
Check back for more updates as we get closer to your draft day.