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With the NFL draft over and fantasy football drafts just beginning, we only thought it was fair to give you some rookies you should watch out for this upcoming season.
Laquon Treadwell was a standout wide receiver at Ole Miss, catching 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Because of this monster year, Treadwell was selected 23rd in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. With not much competition at receiver, Treadwell will at the very least be the number two receiver along Stefon Diggs. With lots off opportunity and even more talent, Laquon Treadwell is starting to look like a high upside WR2.
Elliot was arguably the best running back in college football these past two seasons, rushing for 3,699 yards and 41 touchdowns. The Ohio state product was drafted number four overall by the Cowboys, and with a high draft pick comes high expectations. Behind the best offensive line in football, a chance at the starting gig, and ridiculous talent I expect a lot from Ezekiel.
A fellow Buckeye, Michael Thomas has done quite well for himself getting 781 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns last season. Taken in the second round by the New Orleans Saints, Thomas has placed himself in one of the most high-powered passing offenses in football. With Drew Brees throwing him the ball, and most of the attention of defenses being put on Brandin Cooks, Thomas could be a very productive fantasy wide receiver.
Fuller was one of the best wide receivers in college football last season, garnering 1,258 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Drafted 21st overall, the Texans have big plans for Fuller. Other than Cecil Shorts, Fuller doesn’t have much competition in a Texans offense lead by the newly acquired Brock Osweiler. With a solid quarterback at the helm and most of the attention being brought towards DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller will have a very productive season.
Jimmy Howard was a star at Indiana with 1,319 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage. Even though he was drafted in the fifth round the Chicago Bears have big plans for Howard, already mentioning him in a running back by committee that involves him and Jeremy Langford. So besides Ezekiel Elliot, Jordan Howard is the only running back coming into training camp with a strong chance at securing the starting gig. For these reasons Howard is a very smart bench pick, especially for Langford owners as the starting job could switch week-to-week.
With 1,288 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns his final year at Oklahoma, Sterling Shepard is very talented. Drafted 40th overall by the Giants, Shepard could be in line for some major production. Shepard is in a competition right now with Victor Cruz for the receiver slot across from Odell Beckham Jr. With Cruz not being who he used to be, Shepard will most likely win that battle and be the number 2 wide receiver on the Giants. Shepard is in for a monster fantasy year as there are no other productive receivers on the Giants besides him and Odell Beckham Jr. And with Odell distracting defenses, Eli Manning will be forced to pass to Shepard very often.
Out of all these receivers I’ve mentioned, Cory Coleman probably had the best college career with 2,482 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns over the past two seasons at Baylor. Coleman was also drafted the earliest out of all these receivers, being selected 15th overall by the Cleveland Browns. While his talent is undeniable, the Browns quarterback situation is murky at best which provides a major obstacle. But with what I’m seeing so far, I believe Coleman is in for a Josh Gordon type of year.