Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and already the 2017 rookie class appears to be as advertised. In our Week 2 Fantasy Football Rookie Report we’ll take a look at which rookies you should be starting, which should be rostered and which you should be keeping an eye on.
There were mixed reviews on this year’s rookie RB class. Some labeled the class as a home run while others felt it was overhyped. In Week 1, five of the top 17 RBs in standard scoring was of the rookie variety. I’m not sure that’s going to change anytime soon.
The WR class didn’t have quite as a productive day as the RBs but made enough noise for us to take notice of a few names. There were two rookies in this week’s Top 9 standard scoring WRs.
For as much hype as the 2017 rookie TE class received, early indications suggest history will continue to repeat itself and the TE position will take a year or two before becoming Fantasy Football viable. Two of the top 18 standard scoring TEs were rookies. What a bust.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Rookie Report
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
In Week 1, Fournette totaled 124 yards and scored a TD. He has a monopoly on the backfield in Jacksonville. Losing Allen Robinson hurts the effectiveness of the offense but Fournette remains a must start.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Cook looks like the real deal, as does Sam Bradford and the Vikings offensive line, surprisingly. Don’t look now but if Bradford can stay healthy, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Kyle Rudolph have the makings of a formidable offense.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
If you need me to explain this one then you’re not going to win your league and you should just give the league commissioner your money now.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 12, 2017
Davis was limited throughout training camp and the preseason with injuries. Apparently, that’s completely irrelevant. Davis displayed some freakish athletic ability as well as versatility, running routes on both the outside and out of the slot. He’s legit.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
Everyone’s favorite new jitterbug. If you don’t know much about Cohen, picture Darren Sproles, only 20 years younger. No, Jordan Howard isn’t going anywhere but no, he can’t catch either. Cohen will have a significant role in this offense, especially with Kevin White and Cameron Meredith out for the remainder of the season.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
I so badly want to list McCaffrey as a must start but unfortunately, Jonathan Stewart refuses to go away. McCaffrey remains a flex play at best in standard scoring leagues but is probably a safe RB2 in PPR formats.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The good news is Mixon finished with the most touches of any Bengals RB. The bad news is it was just 11. The other bad news is Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill each had seven. Marvin Lewis hates your Fantasy Football team. Mixon is a sit until we figure out what’s going on here, which may be a few weeks still.
Add If You Have A Spot
Deshone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
Laugh if you want but the reality is we’ve seen QBs in similar situations have productive Fantasy Football seasons. Kizer has a cannon for an arm, can run and will likely be playing from behind most of the season.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
One game in and we’re already frustrated with Sean Payton and the RB roulette situation in New Orleans.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
His size alone makes him a viable red zone option for the Lions. Turns out, he’s also pretty talented. Marvin Jones, it was nice knowing you.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angelas Rams
Jared Goff might be better than we thought.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore is so old.
Keep An Eye On
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
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