With the 2018 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, I decided to take a look at who I thought were the top fantasy rookies heading into the 2018-2019 season!
Spolier Alert: No 49ers make this list.. yet.
5. Royce Freeman
The Broncos released starter C.J. Anderson, leaving a hole at their running back position. Enter Freeman, who was drafted in the third round. He was Oregon’s work horse back rushing for over 5,600 yards and 60 touchdowns in 4 years! He will be competing with DeVontae Booker, but should win the starting job in preseason.
My only receiver on the list, mainly due to the fact that receivers usually need time to adjust their rookie year. However, Moore should be able to come in and make an impact right away. Cam Newton needed more weapons around him, especially with the trading of Benjamin last season. He can run all the routes and make the tough catches, so look for him to be Cam’s go to receiver this season.
3. Derrius Guice
Considered the second-best running back in the draft, Guice fell later than expected by most. He joins a Redskins team that could desperately use some help at running back. He should easily start the season as at least the first and second down back. The big question is if he will get the ball on the goal line. He should get his share of touchdowns, being the most talented back on the roster and all.
2. Ronald Jones
Rojo has home-run speed and luckily for him, he has landed in a perfect landing spot. The Buccaneers definitely need help at the running back position, so Jones will complement that offense nicely. With Winston and Evans on the field, you can’t stack 8 in the box against Jones. I bet he will have a great rookie season.
1. Saquon Barkley
Many have said he’s the best running back to come out of the draft in a long time! Barkley can do it all — carry the rock, catch passes and return kicks. He lands on an extremely talented offense, and just like Jones, you can’t stack 8 in the box against this team either. He should get the bulk of the carries with not much competition behind him. I’d easily spend a late-first-to-early-second-round pick on Barkley.
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