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The Top 10 Rookies You Should Know to Crush Your League in 2015

With the first week of August upon us, three things can be safely assumed. The kids are going back to school, winter is gradually approaching, and football season is about to start! With football comes Fantasy Football, and with Fantasy Football comes a new crop of rookies for fantasy owners to be aware. The rookies of 2015 will be hard pressed to follow up the successes of the 2014 class which featured standout performances from the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, and Derek Carr. While predicting the top ten of anything is typically a futile exercise, consider this an early attempt to project the top ten fantasy football rookies of 2015. Be sure to check back at the end of the season to see which players hit, and which players did their best Ryan Leaf impersonation. Without further ado, the top ten fantasy football rookies of 2015:

1. Amari Cooper-WR-Oakland Raiders. The rookie wideout from Alabama is arguably the early favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and is pegged by many as the next Odell Beckham Jr. While the later statement might be a bit of a stretch, Cooper figures to the primary target of Derek Carr in the Raiders revamped offense, and with Michael Crabtree on the other side, figures to receive plenty of one on one opportunities.

2. Melvin Gordon-RB-San Diego Chargers. The window is slowly closing on Philip Rivers and the Chargers to beat the Broncos in the AFC West, and advance in the playoffs. With Ryan Matthews leaving for the Eagles in the offseason, Gordon figures to receive plenty of carries as the Chargers aim to balance what has recently been a passing offense.

3. Todd Gurley-RB-St. Louis Rams. The first surprise of the list. While Gurley’s talent at Georgia was unquestioned, he is coming off a torn ACL and has thus far been held out of some of the Rams drills. While he might be somewhat of a fantasy football gamble, if/and when he can get healthy expect a breakout season.

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4. Nelson Agholor-WR-Philadelphia Eagles. Agholor, the USC product, jumps several wideouts drafted before him in April, in the fantasy football rankings. The unique genius of Chip Kelly, did not draft Agholor, and let Jeremy Maclin leave for Kansas City, to let Agholor languish on the bench. Expect plenty of touches and electric plays from the USC product.

5. Dorial Green-Beckham-WR-Tennessee Titans. Green-Beckham as the fifth best fantasy football rookie might come as a surprise to many, but it should not be. Dropping to the second round only due to character concerns, Green-Beckham is a big-time rookie out of Missouri that should form a strong early connection with Marcus Mariota. Expect plenty of receptions, yards, and a few big plays out of Green-Beckham this fantasy season.

6. Jameis Winston-QB-Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie quarterbacks are tough to predict in the NFL. With Buccaneers’ Head Coach Lovie Smith’s recent announcement that Winston will start at QB for the Bucs, the Florida State product earns his way on to the list. While off the field concerns surrounding Winston are legitimate, having both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans at Wide Receiver bodes well for his fantasy numbers.

7. Leonard Williams-DE-New York Jets. Defensive players are not typically picked as Fantasy Football impact players. In leagues that draft defensive players, Williams figures to make a strong impact. With a stellar secondary behind him, and with Sheldon Richardson potentially out for the year due to off the field issues, Richardson figures to have rack up high sack totals.

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8. Phillip Dorsett-WR-Indianapolis Colts. Dorsett has one advantage over all the aforementioned rookies on this list, Andrew Luck throwing him the football. With T.Y. Hilton drawing double coverage on the other side, and both Corby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, working the middle of the field at the Tight End position expect big plays and solid fantasy numbers from Dorsett.

9. Shane Ray-DE-Denver Broncos. See the discussion on Leonard Williams, two slots above. Having both Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to draw double teams away from him, Ray might very well lead all rookies in sacks, and could easily reach double digits in this category.

10. The Field. Kevin White? T.J. Yeldon? Sammie Coates? Your guess is as good as mine regarding the 10th best Fantasy Football Rookie of 2015.

Regardless of how these predictions turn out, it will surely be an exciting 2015 Fantasy Football season, and an exciting crop of rookies!

GRFF Staff

GRFF Staff

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