2018 Rookies To Know

Injuries happen and it’s important to know the names others don’t.  Let’s take a look at players you may want to draft or keep tabs on this year.  Rookies can play an important roll on rosters.  Many lesser known names get early playing time.

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2018 Tight End Rankings

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

Oct 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (86) runs after a catch before the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Hunter Henry’s injury weakened the tight end pool.  There’s a lot of players who could pop this season.  Engram, Njoku and Burton could help the depth of the position.  I’d stay away from older injury prone names like Reed abd Eifert.

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2018 Preseason Runningbacks

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Gurley, Johnson, Bell and Elliott will be the top four rushers off the board.  Where should the chips start to fall after that?  A bunch of second year backs will be next in line.

Keep an eye on a few rookies.  Saquon Barkley will go early and has the makings of a star.  Rashad Penny could have a very productive career.  Seattle has needed a solution at runningback for years.  Ronald Jones steps into a great situation in Tampa Bay.  There’s no clear-cut leader and Jones could take advantage of that.  Derrius Guice and Nick Chubb have others around them to take some carries away.  But if they live up to the hype, both will be ownable options.  Royce Freeman could also be heavily used in Denver.

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2018 Preseason Quarterbacks Rankings

The 2018 quarterbacks have more parody than in years past.  Young players like Goff, Wentz and Deshaun Watson gave teams some major points in 2017. There’s also a big group of players who will score similar points this fantasy season in the middle of the pack.

Goff tossed 28 touchdowns in his first full year as a starter. Cooks is an upgrade over Watkins.  Cooper Kupp will be a year better and Robert Woods was a reliable deep threat when healthy.  Not to mention Gurley caught 64 balls.  Goff should eclipse the 30 TD mark.

 Wentz and Watson suffered season ending knee injuries.  It’ll be interesting to see when Wentz actually plays.  If things stay solid with Nick Foles, there’s no need to rush him back.  Wentz would’ve been higher on my list if it wasn’t for the ACL.  He could end up starting sooner than later.  If he does, he’s worth a top selection among other QB’s.  Watson’s injury was earlier in the year he should be ready to go at the start of camp.

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Russell Wilson threw 34 touchdowns in 2017.  He lost Jimmy Graham but gained rookie runningback Rashad Penny.  Penny is a threat to score on the ground and through the air.  He’ll help move that offense and keep Wilson on the field. But I believe his stats will go down from a year ago.  Let someone else draft him too early. Kirk Cousins is in a far better situation in Minnesota.  I expect him to throw over 30 touchdown this season.  Jimmy Garaoppolo is now the starter for the 49ers.  He looked good in late 2017. Garoppolo has the ability and good enough players around him to be a top ten quarterback.

Other interesting QB’s are Pat Mahomes. He steps in with good weapons around him and the ability to make plays outside the pocket.  Case Keenum had some monster weeks last year.  He finds himself in Denver with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

A major question again this season is Andrew Luck.  I wanted nothing to do with him last year at draft time.  The same applies this season.  Until I see him on the field consistently lighting it up, I’m out.  It seems like from the time it’s taking it’s a game changing injury.  If you want to take a flyer on him, go ahead.  But don’t build your team around him.

I’m going to stay away from rookies.  Baker Mayfield could end up starting at some point.  With the additions of Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon plus Hyde and Chubb.  The Browns offense could be solid.  So keep Mayfield in mind as a free agent pick up.  Josh Rosen has David Johnson as an outlet and Larry Fitzgerald as a constant.  Rosen could give you some spot starts if he ends up playing.

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