Every year we get excited over the new crop of players entering the NFL. We expect them all to make immediate impacts, not only on their respective team but on our fantasy football team, as well. However, NFL rookies seldom produce the way fantasy owners expect them to in their first season. With that said, there is still some fresh blood out there making their fantasy debut that can help you win your league.
In the name of Odell Beckham Jr., let’s break down the top four rookies you’ll want to target in 2015 fantasy football:
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite landing on one of the worst offenses in the league, this Alabama product has the chance to produce immediately. Listed at 6’1″ and 225 lbs., Yeldon has already been named the starter for week 1. Expect him to get the ball early and often as Gus Bradley has stated he plans to commit to the run this year. With limited competition from Toby Gerhart and last year’s starter Denard Robinson likely having his role reduced to passing downs, Yeldon will have plenty of opportunity to make a name for himself in his first season.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
If you never watched football before and decided to tune into any Alabama game last season, you would have been at some point or another gawking over one player and asking “Wow, who is that #9 guy?!”. Perhaps the rookie with the most upside, Cooper dazzled in the college ranks and looks to do the same as a Raider. His blazing speed, sure-handedness, and ability to get open will surely help Cooper to launch an impressive rookie campaign and having watched him in preseason he already appears to have established some rapport with Derek Carr as well.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
If you watched any NFL preseason games this year you might have noticed that there is plenty of football to go around in the Eagles high-flying offense. That’s why, even with so many playmakers on the field, Nelson Agholor has the opportunity (as the #2 wide receiver) to contribute immediately this season. In his very first catch of the preseason he painted a picture of what the regular season could look like. He hauled in a short and poorly thrown Mark Sanchez ball, made some nifty moves, and blazed his way to the end zone. While the targets and opportunities may not be as many as his fellow Eagles, do not be surprised to see Agholor heavily involved in the Eagle’s passing attack.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
With leading receiver Kelvin Benjamin out for the rest of the season after an ACL injury, in comes life-like replica Devin Funchess. At 6’5″ 245 lbs, Benjamin was asked to be the leading receiver and handle a significant amount of goal line looks. At 6’4″ 225 lbs., Devin Funchess will now be asked to do the same. Funchess makes this list primarily due to the immediate insertion as a #1 receiving option. With a lingering hamstring issue limiting the amount of time he has had to acclimate himself to the offense, expect Funchess to start slow. However, the upside is there if Funchess can develop into a reliable target for Cam Newton.