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  • NFL Rookies You Need in Your Fantasy Football Draft

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    Preseason is over, and it’s time to start drafting. Let’s take a look at some NFL rookies you can trust on your fantasy football teams this season.


    The NFL preseason is finished, and many people will have their annual fantasy football drafts over the next week. It’s always hard to figure out if rookies are going to hit in their first year. I will give you some players that will be successful based on the situation and what they have shown in the preseason. Let’s dive into fantasy football rookies to draft to help you win your leagues.

    Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders

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    Sleeper ADP: WR60; 165 overall

     The Washington Commanders moved up in the first round to pick Dotson. He finished in the top 20 in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns in his last season. Carson Wentz has been looking for Dotson, and he has played the most snaps with Wentz in the preseason. Holding steady at WR60 is crazy to me. Dotson should be the number two option in the passing game for the Commanders.

    Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints

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    Sleeper ADP: WR43; 101 overall

    Chris Olave was one of my top five receivers coming into the NFL Draft. He doesn’t get the same level of hype as Garrett Wilson from Ohio State, but he has speed and great separation skills. Michael Thomas is back but already has had an injury, so I see Olave becoming a favorite for Jameis Winston with his great route running. Olave should be a top 30 WR and, at his ADP, he is going for way too low.

    Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans

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    Sleeper ADP: RB39, 115 overall

    Dameon Pierce did not get much work at Florida but looks like he will be the number one running back in Houston. His preseason performance was so impressive that the Texans cut Marlon Mack. Pierce’s only real competition is an aging Rex Burkhead. Just look at James Robinson on the 2020 Jaguars to see that a bad offense can still have fantasy-relevant players. Getting Pierce at RB39 could help you win your league.

    Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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    Sleeper ADP: WR35, 82 overall

    I was not as high on Drake London coming out of college, purely based on his lack of separation deep down the field. He was taken as the first receiver, and the Falcons need playmakers. London is great at contested catches and does well in short and intermediate routes. I see QB Marcus Mariota throwing routes that London excels at. London should well outperform his ADP as WR35.


    Thanks for checking out my NFL Rookies article! If you want to hear more about Dameon Pierce, check out ” The Case for and Against Texans RB Dameon Pierce.” 

    You can read all my work on my IDP Guys Author Page and find me on Twitter @hayeb3. To get ahead on upcoming rookies and stay up to date with college football, check out Decoding Devy on Wednesday mornings.

    Brandon Haye

    Dog & Craft Beer Lover. Go Browns, Jags, & Wolverines. Devy Dude for IDP GUYS and fantasy football analyst
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