By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
Published May 9, 2019
This season you will see a wide variety of dynasty rookie rankings out there because this isn't a stacked field to choose from, but there are going to be some lottery tickets who will pay off. Hitting those will be tough, but still worth the endeavor. We looked at the 12 best rookies for dynasty last week, and now lets look at the last 12.
- Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
- David Montgomery, RB, Bears
- N'Keal Harry, WR, Patriots
- Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
- Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles
- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
- Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions
- A.J. Brown, WR, Titans
- Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens
- Hakeem Butler, WR, Cardinals
- Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
- Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams
- Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs
- Damien Harris, RB, Patriots
- Justice Hill, RB, Ravens
- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Redskins
- Noah Fant, TE, Broncos
- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Eagles
- Andy Isabella, WR, Cardinals
- Irv Smith, TE, Vikings
- Miles Boykin, WR, Ravens
- Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers
- Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs
- Jace Sternberger, TE, Packers
Sternberger landed in a great spot for his dynasty value, as Jimmy Graham is a shell of his former self and despite going wide receiver crazy in last year's draft, the Packers still feel thin at the position, which should give Sternberger opportunity moving forward. He's also talented enough to become a top-three target for Aaron Rodgers and likely the best Rodgers has worked with, as Graham came to Green Bay late in his career. The potential for stud status is there with all the top tight ends drafted this year, so get one of them.
- Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings
Mattison is a capable running back who makes up for his lack of top-end speed with vision and balance. He should be able to win the Latavius Murray role in Minnesota sooner than later and take on relief work for Dalvin Cook. Cook's injury troubles early in his career are what elevate Mattison, as he should be in line for a good workload if Cook were to falter again.
- Benny Snell, RB, Steelers
The Steelers will likely lean on James Conner and Jaylen Samuels this year, as they learn to cope without Antonio Brown. That extra usage could leave Snell in a backup role that might be needed as a starting role at some point. Snell is mostly a power back without a ton of ability across the board, but enough to soak up rushing attempts in a committee with Samuels, if Conner were to get hurt again.
- Jalen Hurd, WR, 49ers
Hurd has ability at multiple positions but it's difficult to know where he fits in San Francisco. The good news is that Kyle Shanahan can get the best from players by putting them in good position, but the 49ers also don't have many positions open for someone without a position. Hurd will likely be used in a variety of ways, but without many snaps per game. He's a bit of a lottery ticket, but one that has good odds to pay off down the line.
- Drew Lock, QB, Broncos
Lock will need to get better, but he will get to sit and learn with Joe Flacco at the helm in Denver. Lock will need that time to develop his decision-making skills, which led him to be inconsistent in college despite sporting plenty of physical talent. If I feel good about my quarterback situation in dynasty, I will likely let others grab him, but if you have the need and room to let him sit on your bench, then he makes for a strong developmental pick.
- Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
Singletary is short and slow, at least in relation to running backs who put up good fantasy numbers. He won't be able to pass LeSean McCoy or Frank Gore, but they may not be long for the league or the Bills. T.J. Yeldon would likely split time with Singletary if both McCoy and Gore were to be abducted by aliens this season, so even in that scenario his upside would be limited. If he can show well enough to become the lead back after Gore and McCoy are gone, he'll have value, but I expect the Bills would again go after a semi-early back in the draft to compete.
- Kelvin Harmon, WR, Redskins
Harmon has the ability to stick in the NFL, and with Washington, he should get plenty of time to compete, as the team is hurting for receivers. He's not a sure-fire hit, but he has great ability catching the ball. His trouble is separation, as he needed his great hands to beat out defenders on contested targets. That can work in the NFL if given the benefit of his ability when covered. He might not have the upside of the speedy Terry McLaurin, but he is a better receiver and has a leg up on McLaurin in everything except straight-line speed.
- Rodney Anderson, RB, Bengals
If the Bengals didn't already have Joe Mixon, this pick would have more people excited. Anderson, when healthy, was a great prospect at Oklahoma, showing that he could perform on all three downs. Unfortunately, health was a problem for him, and an ACL injury could already start his degeneration as a long-term running back. But, if he can stay healthy, he should be the main backup, as the Bengals don't seem to want Giovani Bernard as the lead back, even when Mixon is hurt.
- Bruce Anderson, RB, Bucs
Anderson put up gaudy numbers every time he touched the ball, as he averaged 7.5 yards per carry in 2018, but of course he didn't have the best competition at the FCS level. The reason I like him is that he's an excellent receiver and could easily fit in Tampa Bay's plans under Bruce Arians. The Bucs don't seem too interested in landing a stud running back unless they can get him on the cheap like Arians did with David Johnson from Northern Iowa. Anderson isn't Johnson, but he can catch and will likely specialize in that aspect for Arians.
- Terry McLaurin, WR, Redskins
McLaurin profiles more as a return man and deep threat, but if he can build off his deep-threat status, he could earn playing time in a wide-open position for Washington.
- Josh Oliver, TE, Jaguars
There is a good crop of tight ends in this class, and some are better or just as good as Oliver, but he has ability and room to improve after being transitioned from playing wide receiver. The Jaguars don't have much at tight end right now, but Geoff Swaim will likely start while Oliver acclimates himself to the NFL and improves his blocking. As a receiver, Oliver has enough ability to start soon, which could get him on the field this year despite lacking in other areas. If he can get on the field, he should be able to show well and push for more work as the season goes on.
- Kahale Warring, TE, Texans
Warring is similar to Oliver in that he's a good athlete with not many years as a tight end under his belt. The trouble for Warring is that he doesn't have an easy road to playing time, as the Texans have a group of tight ends with potential. The good news is Houston doesn't have a no-doubt starter and Warring has the ability to become that top-end starter with some more time at the position.
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