Usually you want to stay away from rookies in Fantasy Football, but this year there are several young guys that I believe are going to come in and contribute right away, and might be a very good option for you in any league, but since I am running an IDP league here at Mocking The Draft, I will be putting up a Five best defensive rookies to pick up as well later on today. So check out the offensive rookies that I expect to come in and contribute right away first, which could all be great options in your league after the jump.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns – This kid if healthy is going to be a huge work horse in Cleveland. Everyone knows that the Browns are a ground team, especially in the winter time. If you can remember some of the Jamal Lewis games against Buffalo in the snow, you will understand what I mean by a running team in the winter time. Richardson will be the featured back in Cleveland and will get tons of touches. I expect him to be on the list for rookie of the year this year, because they will rely on this rookie quite a bit this year. He will be a huge pick up for you in this year’s fantasy draft.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins – I would not take RG3 to be my starting quarterback, but I would take him later on in the draft to make him my bye week quarterback. If you are in a league that gets major bonus points for running the ball as a quarterback, RG3 could be a huge option for you this year. RG3 is a very accurate quarterback, and has great weapons in Washington, plus he is in a Mike Shanahan offense, which means they will run the ball effectively. RG3 could be a mid-round steal, especially if your quarterback has injury issues you should be considering him as a back-up option.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – After listening to some of the readers here at MTD, I wanted to see a little more about Doug Martin. I went in and watched a little more film on Doug Martin, and to be honest this kid could be extremely special this year. Martin is already pushing Lagarrette Blount as the starter, and will see a number of carries from the beginning of the year. If that is the case, Martin could be a good RB3 option on your roster. Even a # 2 running back if you are in a deep draft of 16 teams. Make sure to keep an eye on Martin if he begins to fall in your fantasy draft.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts – This kid is special, he is a very small wide receiver, who will be a stud in the slot this year in Indy. He could be a very good option in a deep draft if you are looking for wide receiver depth. Hilton has already been impressive in workouts and I am sure will be a head turner in the pre-season. If Hilton is there in the later rounds he might be one of the steals of the draft. He will be a rookie that comes in right away and contributes, so keep an eye on him.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – I love this kids ability but he had problems taking plays off in college. Well he has a huge chip on his shoulder this year, since he fell to the second round. Watch out for Jeffery to explode as a huge wide out option in most leagues. He will be opposite of Earl Bennett and Brandon Marshall, they will be a very difficult team to cover, and let’s not forget Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. They have tons of targets in Chicago, but Jeffery will be a guy that takes away from guys like Dane Sanzenbacher. Only a deep league option in my opinion right now, but keep an eye on him.