3 Rookies in Great Situations for Fantasy Success

RB J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens (Rd.2 Pk.23)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

I must commend the Ravens for their selection of Dobbins, they have no complacency. From the outside it seems like a waste, why get another runner when you were #1 in the league last year? Well, because it’s not everyday you find a 2,000 yard, 20 touchdown running back in the 2nd round. The Ravens did and the league should be on notice right away. According to pro-football-reference.com, the 2019 Ravens ran the ball 98 more times and for nearly 1,000 more yards than the 2nd ranked team in the league (49ers). Of course Lamar Jackson having a legendary season was the main component for Baltimore’s ground attack, but with success comes attention, and with all that attention going towards Jackson, I predict Dobbins will reap the rewards. Ahead of Dobbins on the depth chart is 30 year old Mark Ingram. Ingram has had a successful pro career, thriving in his role as backup to Alvin Kamara. A role I think the Ravens will implement him into with Dobbins on the team. Spotrac.com notes that the Ravens will have the option of releasing Ingram after this season with little dead money. Aside from Ingram, the Ravens have last year’s 4th rounder Justice Hill and former un-drafted free agent Gus Edwards, who I figure will mainly be used as spell backs.

All of that being said, I like Dobbins to get roughly 900 yards and 9 tds in his rookie year, with extraordinary dynasty value for years to come.

WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Rd.5 Pk.16)

By no means am I saying Tyler Johnson is going to overtake Mike Evans or Chris Godwin statistically. With that being said, Johnson, who averaged roughly 80 catches, 1200 yards and 12 tds his last two years at Minnesota, is a prime example of excellent college production not translating into an early draft selection. The dude basically holds every Minnesota receiving record and was a 2x 1st team Big Ten player. He might not have the potential as certain guys drafted ahead of him, but to grab him in the 5th when guys like Michael Pittman and Chase Claypool go 2/3 rounds earlier is outstanding value.

The opportunity is there for Johnson. Breshad Perriman is on the Jets, leaving a vacancy at WR3 for what should be an elite offense. I haven’t even mentioned who his QB is… oh ya, Tom Brady! That might help his career, just a little… I would not be surprised if Johnson creeps into the top 50 receiver range in fantasy this season.

WR Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders (Rd.3 Pk.17)

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I am a SUCKER for SEC receivers drafted on Day 2. After last year, can you blame me? Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown, Mecole Hardman, and DK Metcalf were all selected in the 2nd last year. This year, if it wasn’t for an injury leading up to the draft, I absolutely believe Edwards would’ve gone earlier. But, in the NFL it’s about where you go, not when you go. I think Edwards found a pretty great place to complement his skill set. The Raiders have been working hard to develop a physical brand of football and I believe Edwards is a perfect fit, sliding into Michael Crabtree’s old role back when the Raiders were still polluting the bay.

Much like Tyler Johnson, Bryan Edwards holds just about every receiving record at his university. South Carolina’s team site, gamecocksonline.com, noted that Edwards made a catch in every game he appeared in (48)! I am really hoping Edwards can shake of the nagging injuries. If he does, I think he has a legit chance to establish himself as the team’s WR1.

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