Redraft Rookie Rankings 1.0

Redraft Rookie Rankings 1.0

Will be updated regularly
By: Pete Davidson : August 13, 2013 10:25pm

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This is a quick refresh of the rookie class for redrafting purposes. Some players have been flashing since we released our pre-camp rookie rankings so you’ll see some changes. The RBs have the most value as you’d expect but there are a few solid rookie receivers too. E.J. Manuel is the only rookie QB worth drafting and with the depth at tight end overall, it’s hard to place big value on any of the rookies, but it’s a deep class and a few will probably have fantasy relevance at some point this year.

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*****UPDATE*****  Avoid LeVeon Bell for now.  He's been diagnosed with a lisfranc tear and could require surgery.  Both Jon Dwyer and Isaac Redman get big bumps and that'll be reflected in our next rankings update.

Rank PLAYER POS TEAM Round College Height Weight 40 time THE SKINNY
1 Le’veon Bell RB PIT 2 (48) Michigan State 6’1” 230 4.60 We love his ability as you may know, but he’s a near lock for a starting gig and puts him at the top of the heap. He has RB1 upside as a rookie.
2 Montee Ball RB DEN 2 (58) Wisconsin 5’11” 210 4.66 Ball’s value as a rookie is high because he should be a starter from the get go or soon thereafter. He’s got RB2 upside.
3 Eddie Lacy RB GB 2 (61) Alabama 6’0” 220 4.55 He’s no lock to start, but he probably will and he has huge upside as the primary back. He should own the stripe. He could jump ahead of Ball in the next few weeks.
4 Giovani Bernard RB CIN 2 (37) North Carolina 5’10” 205 4.53 It may take him some time to unseat BJGE, but his upside in Cincy is very high. Should have flex value early on.
5 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN 1 (29) Tennessee 6’2” 216 4.42 We’re not backing off now. Patterson is simply a special talent and he’s going to play. Hopkins may be more of a sure thing, but Cordarrelle has the higher ceiling. He’s inside of our top 100 players for 2013.
6 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 1 (27) Clemson 6’1” 214 4.57 He’s good and he’s starting. Hopkins has a legit shot at WR3 value right out of the box.
7 Tavon Austin WR STL 1 (8) West Virginia 5’8” 174 4.34 His size is a concern from a durability standpoint, but his ability is off the charts. He should be heavily involved and should have flex appeal from the get go.
8 Aaron Dobson WR NE 2 (59) Marshall 6’3” 210 4.43 We love his ability and he should have a primary role plus he’s a potential red zone animal. That’s the big thing with Dobson. He gives the Pats something to lean on outside.
9 Kenbrell Thompkins WR NE UDFA Cincinnati 6’1” 193 4.50 He’s being heavily used so far and if that continues, he could have legit value as a rookie. Of course, the Patriots are playing without Gronkowski so far, so the snow globe will be shaken at some point. Still, Thompkins has speed and quickness and catches the ball well. He’s going to have a role. Our guess is that he’s the primary flanker, but it’s tough to figure at this point. We’ll be watching the Pats closely.
10 Kenny Stills WR NO 5 (144) Oklahoma 6’0” 194 4.38 Stills is a favorite of ours and he is in for some legit playing time as a rookie. You’ve heard of Payton and Brees, right?
11 Zac Stacy RB STL 5 (160) Vanderbilt 5’8” 216 4.55 He’s in a tough fight for time, but he’s the only back in St. Louis with legit every-down potential.
12 Robert Woods WR BUF 2 (41) USC 6’0” 201 4.51 He could really surprise if Buffalo can protect the QB. He is a complete player.
13 Tyler Eifert TE CIN 1 (21) Notre Dame 6’6” 251 4.68 There’s no way to tell exactly how much he’ll be used, but we like his potential with A.J. Green commanding double teams.
14 Markus Wheaton WR PIT 3 (79) Oregon State 5’11” 189 4.45 He may take some time to get up to speed, but if there is an injury to Antonio Brown or Emmanuel Sanders, Wheaton could explode. Definitely worth a flier in 12-team formats.
15 Christine Michael RB SEA 2 (62) Texas A&M 5’11” 220 4.54 He’s worth stashing in bigger leagues just because of his monster upside. Check out our scouting report at the bottom of the page.
16 Johnathan Franklin RB GB 4 (125) UCLA 5’10” 205 4.49 His talent is outstanding, but Eddie Lacy should be the lead dog. Franklin is a guy to watch in preseason and is worth a flier in deep formats.
17 Vance McDonald TE SF 2 (55) Rice 6’4” 267 4.69 He’s going to play right away and he could be very good in the 49er offense.
18 Quinton Patton WR SF 4 (128) Louisiana Tech 6’0” 204 4.53 Sleeper alert. The General has been nursing a hand injury, but don’t forget about him. He could end up winning the job opposite Boldin at some point.
19 Denard Robinson RB JAC 5 (135) Michigan 5’10” 199 4.43 He’s failed to generate much buzz so far, but give him time. Definitely worthy of a late selection.
20 Zach Sudfeld TE NR UDFA Nevada 6’7” 253 4.71 Should have early value at minimum. The talent is real, but he needs to stay healthy. That’s been his issue. Plenty of upside.
21 Knile Davis RB KC 3 (96) Arkansas 5’10” 227 4.37 Davis is about upside and he’s currently the best way to protect and investment in Jamaal Charles, who is not exactly made of titanium.
22 Travis Kelce TE KC 2 (63) Cincinnati 6’5” 255 4.62 Kelce is a guy to watch in the coming weeks. If he plays a lot, he could be very good as a rookie.
23 Keenan Allen WR SD 3 (76) California 6’2” 206 4.71 With all the injuries in San Diego, Allen may end up on the fast track. He has redraft value now and some upside.
24 Josh Boyce WR NE 4 (102) TCU 5’11” 206 4.38 We love Boyce’s ability and he could play a lot as a rookie. Plus, you must consider Danny Amendola’s injury potential. Boyce could really go off if DA goes down.
25 E.J. Manuel QB BUF 1 (16) Florida State 6’5” 237 4.65 The only QB worthy of redraft consideration.
26 Joseph Randle RB DAL 5 (151) Oklahoma State 6’0” 204 4.63 Not locked in just yet, but if he wins the backup job, he has value behind the oft-injured DeMarco Murray.
27 Marquise Goodwin WR BUF 3 (78) Texas 5’9” 183 4.27 He’ll have to carve out a role, but he could be useful during the bye weeks in deeper leagues. Speed kills.
28 Zach Ertz TE PHI 2 (35) Stanford 6’5” 249 4.76 Could emerge as the season wears on. The thinning of the Philly WR heard could help the TEs.
29 Andre Ellington RB ARI 6 (187) Clemson 5’9” 199 4.61 If he gets a chance, he could do great things in that offense. Needs to get fully healthy. Ellington is a player to watch. Check out my scouting report linked at teh bottom of the page.
30 Stepfan Taylor RB ARI 5 (140) Stanford 5’9” 214 4.76 Somebody is going to play in Arizona and it could end up being Taylor. He is NFL-ready so he’s worth owning in large formats.
31 Kenjon Barner RB CAR 6 (182) Oregon 5’9” 196 4.52 We love Barner, but it’s a crowded backfield. He’s a flier in really deep leagues and a player to watch in all formats.
32 Stedman Bailey WR STL 3 (92) West Virginia 5’10” 193 4.52 Too many WRs for the Rams, but boy than this kid play the game. He looks NFL-ready to me. Worth a late flier in big leagues.
33 Justin Hunter WR TEN 2 (34) Tennessee 6’4” 196 4.44 Struggling so far, but his long range upside is sky high. Better for dynasty than redraft.
34 Brice Butler WR OAK 7 (209) San Diego State 6’3” 205 4.36 His scouting report is linked below. Butler has all the talent. He just needs to learn the system and get a chance. One of our favorite sleepers.
35 Terrance Williams WR DAL 3 (74) Baylor 6’2” 208 4.52 Has the talent but he’s looking more 2014 than 2013.
36 Marquess Wilson WR CHI 7 (236) Washington State 6’3” 194 4.51 If there is an injury in Chicago, Wilson could really emerge. He was a damn fine receiver at Washington Sate playing with Jeff Tuel.
37 Mike Gillislee RB MIA 5 (164) Florida 5’11” 208 4.55 Value still up in the air as he is fighting Daniel Thomas for a backup role behind Lamar Thomas. Could be a solid handcuff option.
38 Jordan Reed TE WAS 3 (85) Florida 6’2” 236 4.72 Huge upside if he gets healthy and gets enough snaps as a rookie. Definitely a name to remember.
39 Chris Harper WR SEA 4 (123) Kansas State 6’1” 229 4.55 Not likely to play much as a rookie, but could do well if pressed into action.
40 Kerwynn Williams RB IND 7 (230) Utah State 5’8” 195 4.48 Plenty of upside here if he can find a way onto the field. My best bet for long term value amongst the Colts’s current backs, but 2013 could be a learning year with Bradshaw in town.
41 Mike James RB TB 6 (189) Miami 5’10” 223 4.53 Should end up being the most valuable back if anything happens to Doug Martin.
42 Latavius Murray RB OAK 6 (181) Central Florida 6’2” 223 4.40 Speed kills and Murray has size to go with it. He’s a talent to watch, especially with two injury-prone players ahead of him on the depth chart.
43 Rex Burkhead RB CIN 6 (190) Nebraska 5’10” 214 4.73 Rex is a player and we expect some good things this year, but he won’t be a fantasy force until BJGE is gone. At that point, he’ll be the 2nd back behind Gio Bernard.
44 Michael Ford RB CHI UDFA LSU 5’9” 210 4.50 We like him, but he’s got Forte and Bush ahead of him. A player to know about if there’s an injury in Chicago.
45 Ace Sanders WR JAC 4 (101) South Carolina 5’7” 173 4.58 If they get the passing game going, he could have some PPR value.
46 Tavarres King WR DEN 5 (161) Georgia 6’0” 189 4.47 It’ll take an injury to get him on the field this year, but he is a name to know since he has talent and plays with Peyton.
47 Cierre Wood RB HOU UDFA Notre Dame 5’11” 213 4.56 If the big dogs get hurt, he could post big numbers. First he has to make the team.
48 Dion Sims TE MIA 4 (106) Michigan State 6’5” 262 4.75 Dustin Keller will catch more passes in 2013, but Simes is a player to keep an eye on.
49 Nick Kasa TE OAK 6 (172) Colorado 6’6” 269 4.71 A player to watch in the Oakland passing game.
50 Chris Gragg TE BUF 7 (222) Arkansas 6’3” 244 4.50 Should be a learning year for Gragg, but we like his ability.
51 Aaron Mellette WR BAL 7 (238) Elon 6’2” 217 4.54 Could evolve as the year progresses but more likely a long term option.
52 Spencer Ware RB SEA 6 (194) LSU 5’10” 228 4.63 He’s down on the depth chart, but he can play and would be worth a pickup if he ever starting getting carries due to injuries.
53 Charles Johnson WR GB 7 (216) Grand Valley State 6’2” 215 4.38 We’ll be keeping tabs on Johnson for you. He’s probably more of a long term option, but if Jordy Nelson’s knee woes don’t clear up, a player like Johnson could do good things.
54 Corey Fuller WR DET 6 (171) Virginia Tech 6’2” 204 4.43 He’ll take some time, but he could do something at some point in 2013.
55 Theo Riddick RB DET 6 (199) Notre Dame 5’10” 201 4.68 Rissick is a player without a role right now, but he will become a part of the offense at some point, though that could be 2014. He has upside as a slot receiver too.
56 Jawan Jamison RB WAS 7 (228) Rutgers 5’7” 203 4.68 All Redskins backs have relevance.
57 Kevin Dorsey WR GB 7 (224) Maryland 6’2” 207 4.48 As with Charles Johnson, he’s a guy to watch long term. He’ll really need to impress to do anything in 2013.
58 Cobi Hamilton WR CIN 6 (197) Arkansas 6’2” 212 4.56 Buried on the dpeth chart, but there were injuries in Cincy last year so who knows.
59 Michael Hill RB SD UDFA Missouri Western State 5’10” 205 4.59 He’s a guy we like and he could make a splash if he gets playing time.
60 Dennis Johnson RB HOU UDFA Arkansas 5’7” 196 4.45 Fighting for a roster spot with Cierre Wood. The one who wins will have some value in deep leagues and long term formats.
61 Gavin Escobar TE DAL 2 (47) San Diego State 6’6” 254 4.84 It’s a crowded depth chart in Dallas, so he’ll probably be learning more than playing this year.
62 Joseph Fauria TE DET UDFA UCLA 6’7” 259 4.72 If he gets a chance, he could do good things, but most likely a year away.
63 Da’Rick Rogers WR BUF UDFA Tennessee Tech 6’3” 206 4.52 He may not even make the team, but he has serious talent.
64 Luke Willson TE SEA 5 (158) Rice 6’5” 251 4.51 Willson (yes, he spells it that way) is a guy to watch if Zach Miller’s foot fails to heal quickly. He’s a catch-first TE but he is a little raw.




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