2016 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings (Re-Draft)

May 13, 2016

There will be many more 2016 Fantasy Football Rankings and features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I’ll also have an extensive 2016 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.

2016 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Re-Draft

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
    Jerry Jones didn’t draft Ezekiel Elliott to stand on the sideline. Elliott will be starting in his rookie campaign, and with Dallas’ strong offensive line blocking for him, the sky is the limit. That said, everyone knows this, and Elliott will be over-drafted as a result. I’d let someone else buy into the hype.

  2. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
    Derrick Henry will likely have a chance to start several games this year, given DeMarco Murray’s durability issues. However, Henry was always overrated by the public, as most teams thought he was just a second-round guy. I imagine other owners in your league will be more optimistic about Henry’s outlook, so I think I’d avoid him.

  3. Will Fuller, WR, Texans
    Of all the first-round rookie receivers, Will Fuller appears to be in the best situation. He’ll have Brock Osweiler throwing to him; he figures to play a lot this year; and defenses won’t be able to focus on him because of DeAndre Hopkins. It’s difficult to trust rookie wideouts, but I’d be willing to take a flier on Fuller.

  4. Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos
    If C.J. Anderson gets off to another slow start, the Broncos may decide to start Devontae Booker. Some believed the Utah prospect was the second-best running back in the 2016 class. Take a chance with Booker late in your draft, and it could really pay off.

  5. Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins
    Kenyan Drake could emerge as Miami’s starting running back this year, and if so, he’ll be running behind an improved offensive line featuring Laremy Tunsil. Of course, there’s a chance he won’t beat out the competition, but he appears to be a solid option in the middle rounds of 12-team formats.

  6. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
    A current sleeper, Sterling Shepard could have a large role sooner than most realize. The Giants said that they’re going to give Shepard every opportunity to become the No. 2 wideout, and that’s a real possibility, considering Victor Cruz’s status.

  7. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Vikings
    Laquon Treadwell figures to have a prominent role this year as a starter across from Stefon Diggs. The issue, however, is that he’ll be inconsistent, given that the Vikings are so dominant defensively that Teddy Bridgewater often doesn’t have to throw very much.

  8. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
    Corey Coleman was the first receiver drafted in real life, but that may not be the case in fantasy, thanks to Cleveland’s horrid situation at quarterback. I would avoid Coleman in re-draft formats this year because you’re not going to get good value for him in your draft.

  9. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
    Any Saints receiver must be considered as a fantasy option immediately. Drew Brees will be throwing a ton because his defense sucks, which could mean a big rookie campaign for Thomas. Keep in mind, however, that he’ll be the third or fourth option behind Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and possibly Coby Fleener.

  10. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
    Tyler Boyd is a talented player who would’ve gone higher in the draft than No. 55 overall. However, the Bengals have enjoyed success with these types of players before, and there’s a big void across from A.J. Green. Boyd should be able to win the job, but it’ll be difficult for him to be very productive right away because of Andy Dalton’s limitations.

  11. C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks
    C.J. Prosise won’t see as many carries as Thomas Rawls – barring injury, of course – but he’ll have a pass-catching role in the offense. He’s someone to watch out for in PPR leagues, though he’s just a late-round flier at this point.

  12. Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins
    Josh Doctson’s outlook in re-draft formats is bleak this year, given that he’ll be stuck behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. However, both are free agents after 2016, so Doctson will have a big role in 2017 and beyond. He’s a much better option in dynasty formats for that reason.

  13. Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons
    Unlike Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper will likely be an instant starter. In fact, the Falcons have discussed using him as a major red-zone weapon this year. Hooper’s long-term outlook is also brighter, given that he’ll be with Matt Ryan longer than Hunter Henry will be paired with Philip Rivers.

  14. DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders
    DeAndre Washington was just a fifth-round pick, but he could start as a rookie. The Raiders were displeased with Latavius Murray, and there aren’t any other exciting running back options on the roster. Washington could be the one late-round pick who will allow you to collect some money at the end of the year.

  15. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens
    It’s not out of the question that Kenneth Dixon could start at some point this upcoming season. Justin Forsett isn’t the most durable player, while his backups last year weren’t very good. Dixon is worth investigating as a late-round flier.

  16. Paul Perkins, RB, Giants
    Rashad Jennings is the only quality runner on the Giants’ roster, and he’s injury-prone. There’s plenty of opportunity here for Paul Perkins, who could start at some point as a rookie.

  17. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears
    Matt Forte is gone, and Jeremy Langford was just fine (definitely not great) last year in Forte’s place, so there’s definitely an opportunity here for Jordan Howard. You could do worse in the final rounds of your re-draft league.

  18. Leonte Carroo, WR, Dolphins
    Leonte Carroo was Miami’s second-ranked receiver heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, and the team traded up for him. The Dolphins will give him plenty of opportunities to be part of the offense as a rookie. Still, he’s just waiver-wire fodder for now, but is worth monitoring.

  19. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
    Rookie tight ends typically aren’t big producers, but Hunter Henry is someone who must be picked up immediately if Antonio Gates sustains another injury. He’s not worth owning in the meantime, however.

  20. Pharoh Cooper, WR, Rams
    The Rams are starved for talent at receiver, so Pharoh Cooper might wrap up one of the starting spots and produce this year. I’ll definitely be monitoring how much he’s used with the first-string offense in the preseason.

  21. Chris Moore, WR, Ravens
    Fourth-round receivers typically don’t do much as rookies, but given Baltimore’s wideout situation, Chris Moore might have a shot. If Breshad Perriman can’t make it back from injury, Moore will see playing time. He’s more of a long-term spec, though.

  22. Ricardo Louis, WR, Browns
    Any Cleveland receiver is worth taking a shot on because of the lack of talent at the position. Ricardo Louis could start this year. However, it doesn’t matter too much because of the quarterback situation.

  23. Alex Collins, RB, Seahawks
    Alex Collins is currently behind Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the depth chart, but he’s worth mentioning as someone who could win the job eventually because of his talent level.

  24. Tyler Ervin, RB, Texans
    Tyler Ervin will battle for the right to spell Lamar Miller this season. I’m not sure I like his chances right away, but he could develop into a solid third-down back in the future.

  25. Jared Goff, QB, Rams
    I like Carson Wentz more of a prospect than Jared Goff, but the fact remains that Goff is likely to start Week 1. Still, he’s not a very good option, as he’ll have to adjust to a pro-style scheme, all while working with a lackluster supporting cast.

  26. Braxton Miller, WR, Texans
    Braxton Miller will have to fight Will Fuller and Jaelen Strong for playing time, so his immediate and future outlook is hazy. He has long-term upside, but offers very little in re-draft value.

  27. Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams
    Tyler Higbee has major talent, but happens to be terrible off the field. If he can get his life together, he’ll be a solid fantasy tight end option. That’s a big “if,” but he’s worth taking a chance on in dynasty formats. He’s a non-factor in re-drafts, especially given that he might be suspended.

  28. Kelvin Taylor, RB, 49ers
    Carlos Hyde has dealt with durability issues thus far, so the opportunity could open up for Kelvin Taylor sooner than expected. If so, perhaps Kelvin will pick up where his father – former Jaguars great Fred Taylor – left off. But probably not.

  29. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs
    Demarcus Robinson was deemed uncoachable at Florida, but Andy Reid has gotten the most out of troubled players before. Robinson could amount to something eventually, but it probably won’t be this year.

  30. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Patriots
    The Patriots have a dubious history in terms of drafting receivers, so that’s one strike against Malcolm Mitchell. Another is that he’ll be no better than Tom Brady’s fourth target. I can’t find a third strike, but Mitchell isn’t worth a shot in re-draft formats.

  31. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
    Carson Wentz may not start until 2017, which is why I have him ranked so low. Sam Bradford has ended his holdout, so he’s the favorite to open Week 1 as the starter.

  32. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
    Dak Prescott could play this year if Tony Romo sustains another injury. His rushing ability will allow him to be a possible QB2 at the very least, so keep an eye out.

  33. Nick Vannett, TE, Seahawks
    Nick Vannett was chosen by the Seahawks in the third round, but before you get too excited, he’s going to focus primarily on blocking. There’s barely any value here, though I’m sure he’ll catch some touchdowns.

  34. Jonathan Williams, RB, Bills
  35. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans
  36. Moritz Bohringer, WR, Vikings
  37. Mike Thomas, WR, Rams
  38. Rashard Higgins, WR, Browns
  39. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles
  40. Jordan Payton, WR, Browns
  41. Jerell Adams, TE, Giants
  42. Kolby Listenbee, WR, Bills
  43. Keith Marshall, RB, Redskins
  44. Daniel Lasco, RB, Saints
  45. Darius Jackson, RB, Cowboys
  46. Seth DeValve, WR, Browns
  47. Aaron Burbridge, WR, 49ers
  48. Cody Core, WR, Bengals
  49. Devin Fuller, WR, Falcons
  50. Keenan Reynolds, RB, Ravens
  51. Paxton Lynch, QB, Broncos
  52. Thomas Duarte, TE, Dolphins
  53. Trevor Davis, WR, Packers
  54. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
  55. Jakeem Grant, WR, Dolphins
  56. Dwayne Washington, RB, Lions
  57. Cardale Jones, QB, Bills
  58. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Jets
  59. Cody Kessler, QB, Browns
  60. Charone Peake, WR, Jets
  61. Kenny Lawler, WR, Seahawks
  62. Devin Lucien, WR, Patriots
  63. Daniel Braverman, WR, Bears
  64. Demarcus Ayers, WR, Steelers
  65. Zac Brooks, RB, Seahawks
  66. David Morgan, TE, Vikings
  67. Rico Gathers, TE, Cowboys
  68. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, Rams
  69. Beau Sandland, TE, Panthers
  70. Jeff Driskel, QB, 49ers
  71. Connor Cook, QB, Raiders
  72. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Patriots
  73. Brandon Allen, QB, Jaguars
  74. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Redskins
  75. Jake Rudock, QB, Lions
  76. Kevin Hogan, QB, Chiefs
  77. Brandon Doughty, QB, Dolphins

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