Kudos to the NFL.
Whether teams are getting better at drafting or just got lucky, a bunch of rookies look like excellent fits in the offenses they landed in. That makes a deep rookie class even deeper. It's a good year to have dynasty picks.
Below you'll find our top 60 overall rookies for dynasty leagues -- and then QB, RB, WR and TE rankings.
The draft couldn’t have gone any better for CEH. He was the only RB to go in the 1st round and landed in what looks like the best offense in the NFL both short- and long-term. HC Andy Reid reportedly believes Edwards-Helaire is even better than Brian Westbrook, who spent 8 seasons playing for Reid in Philadelphia, topping 1,200 total yards 5 times. Reid has produced a top-16 PPR RB in 16 of his 21 seasons as a HC, including 10 top-10 finishers.
The only thing that could have prevented Taylor as a Colt from landing atop these rankings was the Chiefs taking a 1st-round RB. The Wisconsin product averaged 151 rushing yards per game over his 3-year college career and tested as a 90th percentile athlete. He’ll now be running behind an offensive line that returns all 5 starters from a group that ranked 2nd in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 run-blocking grades. We’ll see what kind of pass-catching role Taylor can earn in Indianapolis, but he could be competing for rushing titles very soon.
What a perfect fit. Dobbins is a physical, downhill runner that just looks like a Ravens RB. It’s also worth noting that a class-high 57% of his 2019 carries came on run-pass option plays. Baltimore, of course, easily led the league in RPO rush attempts last year. Dobbins should immediately challenge Mark Ingram for lead duties and could be a 250+ carry back by 2021.
Don’t be scared off by Dallas’ crowded WR room. Lamb has the talent to eventually emerge as the Cowboys’ #1 WR. Plus, Dallas can get out of Amari Cooper’s contract after the 2021 campaign, while Michael Gallup is set to hit free agency at the same time. Lamb is tied to QB Dak Prescott in what was a top-5 passing game last year.
He’ll be battling for targets with WR Courtland Sutton and TE Noah Fant. And QB Drew Lock remains a question mark. But Jeudy has the talent (and draft capital) to emerge as the top target in Denver’s passing game. And Lock could certainly develop into the answer at QB. Ultimately, Jeudy is just too strong a prospect to rank any lower than this.
This wasn’t a great landing spot for Swift. The Lions have a mediocre offensive line and a HC in Matt Patricia who has talked openly about preferring to use multiple backs. In Swift and Kerryon Johnson, the pieces are in place for a committee attack at least in 2020. (Detroit also added scatback Jason Huntley in the 5th round of the draft.) Of course, who knows how long Patricia will be around. And Johnson is only signed through 2021. Swift remains an exciting prospect capable of contributing on the ground and through the air.
The Rams took Akers 52nd overall — 18 spots higher than they drafted RB Darrell Henderson last year. Akers joins both Henderson and Malcolm Brown in Los Angeles’ backfield but could quickly emerge as the clear leader. The 5’10, 217-pounder ran behind a crappy Florida State offensive line last year but fared well in both yards after contact and missed tackles forced, tested as an above-average athlete and also caught 69 balls over 3 college seasons.
The Eagles are clearly high on this guy — taking him 21st overall, notably ahead of LSU’s Justin Jefferson. Reagor struggled through poor QB play last year but broke out as a true freshman in 2017 and posted a big 72-1,061-9 line in 2018. A dynamic athlete, Reagor earned a 93rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’s not as NFL-ready as Lamb, Jeudy or even Jefferson. But Reagor has the potential to eventually emerge as Philly’s #1 WR. Alshon Jeffery is reportedly on the outs, and the Eagles can get out of 33-year-old DeSean Jackson’s contract next offseason.
The Bengals reportedly passed on multiple trade offers to sit tight and take Higgins with the 1st pick of the 2nd round. Smart move. At 6’4 with 96th percentile arm length, Higgins has a massive catch radius. He broke out as a 19-year-old sophomore at Clemson and was uber-efficient last year, ranking 2nd among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects in yards per route run. Higgins has the potential to emerge as QB Joe Burrow’s #1 WR. A.J. Green is on 1-year deal, while John Ross and Auden Tate are only under Cincinnati’s control through 2021.
The Raiders made Ruggs the 1st WR off the board, so you know they love him. That’s good news for his immediate opportunity. And Ruggs is a better fit with the conservative Derek Carr than you might think because he’s actually better using his after-catch ability on short and intermediate routes than he is going deep. Ruggs still doesn’t project as a high-volume WR, though. And his shoddy college production gives him more bust potential than your average 1st-rounder.
The good news: 1st-round draft capital and a clear path to a top-2 role. The bad news: Minnesota’s run-heavy offense. No Vikings WR topped 94 targets last season. Jefferson still looks like 1 of the higher-floor rookie WR picks. But his ceiling is even lower than expected in this landing spot.
He waited until the late 2nd round to hear his name called — but Mims landed in a nice spot as the potential long-term #1 WR for Sam Darnold. The Baylor product needs to expand his route tree and clean up the drops. But at 6’3, 207 pounds with a 95th percentile SPARQ score and a clear path to big volume, Mims comes with a lofty ceiling.
Not exactly an exciting landing spot with questionable QB play (Gardner Minshew) and play-calling (Jay Gruden). But Shenault could quickly beat out Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley to join D.J. Chark atop the depth chart. And he remains a high-upside prospect: a 6’1, 227-pounder who’s a beast after the catch and also contributed on the ground at Colorado. Jacksonville spent the 42nd overall pick on Shenault.
Aiyuk has 1st-round draft capital. And his best trait is his after-catch ability, making him a nice fit in San Francisco. The ceiling feels capped, though, as the likely #3 target in a run-heavy offense. And the fact that Aiyuk didn’t break out until he was a 22-year-old senior adds bust potential.
Pittman looks like 1 of the more NFL-ready wideouts in this class and has a clear path to a top-3 role in Indianapolis. The 6’4, 223-pounder is a classic possession receiver, with nice route-running ability and reliable hands. There’s just not a whole lot of juice to his game, limiting his fantasy upside.
Burrow is coming off 1 of the best seasons in NCAA history: 5,671 yards and 60 TDs on 10.8 yards per attempt. He’s a heavy favorite to be under center come Week 1. And, unlike most #1 overall picks, he’ll have a nice group of weapons at his disposal in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Joe Mixon and fellow rookie Tee Higgins. Burrow should also bring sneaky rushing ability after tallying 767 yards and 12 TDs on the ground over the past 2 seasons.
Tampa somewhat surprisingly made Vaughn the 7th RB off the board, selecting him midway through Round 3. Vaughn isn’t truly special in any 1 area but is a solid all-around back. He racked up 2,272 yards and 21 TDs on 6.4 yards per carry — plus 41 catches for 440 yards and 3 TDs — at Vanderbilt over the past 2 seasons. Vaughn vs. Ronald Jones will be an intriguing camp battle to watch this summer, with the winner boasting exciting fantasy upside in the Brady-led Bucs offense.
This 5’9, 223-pound tackle-breaking machine is a perfect complement to Devin Singletary in Buffalo. Moss could come right in and soak up the 166 carries and 16 targets Frank Gore leaves behind. The biggest concern with Moss is his injury history, missing time in college with toe, knee and shoulder issues.
Edwards likely fell to the mid-3rd round because of durability concerns. He tore the meniscus in his right knee as a high school senior, strained a hamstring in 2016, hurt his left knee in 2019 and fractured his left foot while training for the Combine in February. When he was on the field at South Carolina, though, Edwards posted strong numbers. He broke out as a 17-year-old true freshman and then racked up 190 receptions over his final 3 seasons on campus. The 6’3, 212-pounder could be a nice long-term complement to Henry Ruggs in Las Vegas.
You know about the injury history: a sprained right knee in 2018, a left high-ankle sprain in 2018 that required surgery, a left high-ankle sprain in 2019 that required surgery and the dislocated right hip that ended his college career in November. But Tagovailoa is 1 of the best passing prospects we’ve seen come into the league in recent memory, completing 70% of his passes, averaging 11.2 yards per attempt and tossing 76 TDs vs. just 9 INTs over the past 2 seasons. Miami added 3 offensive linemen in this year’s draft and holds 2 first-round picks and 2 second-rounders next year. Throw in DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki, and this could soon be a strong supporting cast for Tua.
The 6th overall pick should be under center for the Chargers at some point this season, if not by Week 1. Herbert’s accuracy came and went at Oregon, but he has the size and arm to develop into a strong NFL starter. And his athleticism — he registered a 92nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine — gives him Josh Allen-level rushing upside. It’s worth noting that WR Keenan Allen and TE Hunter Henry are both entering the final years of their contracts, so Herbert’s long-term weaponry is a bit shaky.
We were glad to hear the Redskins announce Gibson as a RB. He played both RB and WR at Memphis last year, but RB seems like his best bet as a pro: Just get the ball in this 83rd percentile athlete, tackle-breaking machine’s hands and let him go to work. Gibson will be competing with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson for touches in the short term — but Guice has had trouble staying healthy as a pro and is only signed through 2021, while Peterson is 35 and only signed for 2020.
We weren’t big fans of Dillon’s tape. But the Packers obviously like him — and that’s what's most important. HC Matt LaFleur is reportedly planning to run the ball more going forward, a plan Dillon figures to be a part of. The 6’0, 247-pounder racked up 4,382 yards on 845 carries (5.2 YPC) over 3 seasons at Boston College and tested as a 97th percentile athlete at the Combine. Note that RBs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are both currently slated to hit free agency next offseason.
Pittsburgh is reportedly planning to use Claypool primarily outside the numbers. We think he’d work best as a slot receiver — or even a TE — because he has trouble separating on the outside. Still, a 6’4, 238-pounder with a 98th percentile SPARQ score and 2nd-round draft capital is worth considering in the 3rd or even late 2nd round of dynasty drafts.
Johnson wasn’t invited to the Senior Bowl and opted not to work out at the Combine — so it wasn’t a surprise to see him drop to the 5th round. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s 1 of our favorite sleepers in this WR class. Johnson was a monster producer at Minnesota, including an 86-1,318-13 line this past year that earned him Pro Football Focus’ highest receiving grade. He could immediately push for #3 WR duties in Tampa. And Chris Godwin is currently set to be a free agent next offseason.
Denver was clearly looking to add speed to the offense in this draft — and Hamler in the 2nd round was a big part of that. A hamstring injury prevented him from running at the Combine, but he’s an absolute blur on tape. Hamler had a productive 2 seasons at Penn State and doesn’t turn 21 until July. The concerns: He’s just 5’11 and 178 pounds, struggles with drops and has a tough fight for targets on his hands in Denver with Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant.
McFarland had an impressive redshirt freshman season at Maryland (1,034 yards on 7.9 yards per carry) before struggling through a high-ankle sprain last year. His tape shows impressive burst and speed, which he confirmed at the Combine with a 4.44-second 40 time at 5’8 and 208 pounds. There are a lot of bodies in Pittsburgh’s backfield — but Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels look like replacement-level backs, while James Conner has struggled with injuries and will be a free agent next offseason. McFarland is at least capable of working his way into a committee role.
An intriguing prospect. Bowden spent his first 2-and-a-half seasons at Kentucky at WR, was asked to move to QB for the final 8 games of 2019 and was announced as a RB when the Raiders picked him. “Ultimately he’ll probably be what we call a ‘Joker,’ which I love in Jon’s offense,” GM Mike Mayock said. “Somebody that’s able to do multiple jobs.” It’s tough to find an immediate path to fantasy-relevant volume for Bowden. But he’s worth considering as a 3rd-round flier in dynasty drafts.
With 4.4 speed, an 84th percentile SPARQ score and 33 catches over his final 2 seasons at Appalachian State, Evans looks set to immediately replace Dion Lewis as a change-of-pace back behind Derrick Henry. Henry’s future in Tennessee beyond 2020 is uncertain, which theoretically opens up more opportunity for Evans. But the 5’10, 203-pounder is a finesse runner who doesn’t project as more than a committee back long term.
There are lots of red flags on Jefferson. He didn’t top 49 catches or 657 yards in any of his 4 college seasons, is already 23 years old and is currently recovering from surgery to repair a Jones Fracture in his right foot. On the plus side, Jefferson is considered 1 of the best route runners in this WR class and was selected in the 2nd round. Rams WRs Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds are both set to hit free agency next offseason.
Perine arrived in Round 4 despite never topping 136 carries in any of his 4 seasons at Florida. He really emerged as a pass catcher in 2019, scoring on 6 of 40 catches. Also an adequate pass blocker, the 216-pound Perine joins a Jets backfield that’s wide open behind Le’Veon Bell.
A 2-year starter, Kelley’s production declined after a promising 2018. He’s not flashy on tape and doesn’t do much to create yards after contact (just 2.80 YAC per rush, per Pro Football Focus). But he brings adequate size and enough all-around skills to potentially develop into a committee back. He’ll enter the offseason behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Ekeler recently signed a long-term extension.
Trautman dominated the competition, albeit at an FCS school (Dayton). He posted 70-916-14 while playing all over the formation. If he can make the jump in competition, Trautman has the size and route-running to become at least a spot-start TE1 down the line. Note that Jared Cook is slated for free agency in 2021.
Duvernay ran a 4.39 forty at the Combine and showed that speed on tape. He’s still raw, but there’s a path to immediate slot snaps. The Longhorn lands with a Ravens’ WR corps that’s among the league’s most unsettled.
Gandy-Golden compiled 150 catches, 2,433 yards and 20 TDs across 2 seasons at Liberty. He brings excellent size but average speed (4.60 forty-time). He also flunked the agility drills (7.33 second 3-cone; 4.55 second 20-yard shuttle). Washington certainly provides an opportunity for this 4th-rounder to eventually see consistent snaps. Currently, there’s not much to like behind Terry McLaurin.
A big-time recruit, DPJ underperformed at Michigan. Blame it on the player, the staff or the QB play, but his performance caused a drop to Round 6. He possesses ideal measurables and turned heads at the Combine with a 44.5-inch vertical and a 139-inch broad jump. He added a 4.48-forty time at 6’2, 212 pounds. While you shouldn't expect much in 2020, there’s enough here to get excited about long-term.
Benjamin boasts proven production and durability. But he was just average in PFF’s Elusive Rating; below average in yards after contact per attempt. So it’s fair to question how his skill set will translate to the pros. He joins the Cardinals as a 3rd-stringer behind Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. Drake, as of this writing, is entering a contract year. The front office has expressed an interest in extending him long-term.
Barring an Aaron Rodgers injury, Love won’t see the field for Green Bay until at least 2021. Even then, he’s a major wildcard given the shaky decision making he showed in 2019. Love does add some intriguing rushing upside.
A former RB, Reed is built that way at 6’0, 224 pounds. He’s unpolished but has the YAC skills to earn targets on high percentage throws. He adds value as a returner, too. Meanwhile, the Chargers are thin at WR and have some long-term questions. Keenan Allen is slated for free agency next year; Mike Williams’ rookie contract can tie him to the team through the 2021 season.
A Michigan transfer, Asiasi broke out for 44-641-4 in 2019. He’s undersized height-wise (6’3) but brings excellent mass at 257 pounds. That surely helped him earn strong blocking marks from Pro Football Focus. He joins a Pats squad in need of TE help, although it’s noteworthy that they drafted Dalton Keene — another TE — just 10 picks later in Round 3.
Davis adds some much needed size (6’2, 216 pounds) to a Bills WR corps that includes Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. He’s mostly a downfield speed guy at this point, though, so it’ll likely take time for his game to evolve. Only 21, there’s an outside shot he develops into a future #2 WR.
It’s tough to get excited about Cephus, who ran a 4.73 forty at the Combine. His strong hands and adequate size should help add depth to Detroit's WR corps, but we don’t see much of a ceiling here.
Johnson towers over DBs at 6’6, 222 pounds. He missed time in 2019 due to a hamstring injury but recorded his 3rd straight season at 14.0 yards per catch or higher. Johnson didn’t run at the Combine, although his tape shows a productive downfield pass catcher who can maximize his size. Jacksonville also added Laviska Shenault in Round 2. Note that Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook are slated for free agency after next season; DJ Chark is signed through 2021.
We liked Hodgins as a later-round sleeper heading into the NFL Draft, coming off terrific numbers and strong market shares in 2019: 33.1% of receptions, 38.3% of yards and 43.3% of TDs. He could have landed in a better spot than Buffalo for realizing his upside. But John Brown is only signed through 2021, and Cole Beasley's contract could make cutting him a cap consideration beyond that season.
Dallas landed in a sneaky-good spot in Round 4. Chris Carson is expected back for the start of the season, but he's coming off a hip injury and headed into a contract year. Rashaad Penny is coming off a Week 14 ACL tear and has otherwise been a bust. Dallas arrived at Miami as a receiver but finished his 3 years as a versatile back with exciting run-after-catch ability, 5.8 yards per carry career and even a punt-return TD. He figures to fight Travis Homer this year for the #3 RB role ... which could actually be #2 if Penny isn't ready.
Keene was the 2nd TE New England drafted in Round 3, but he was still just the 4th TE off the board overall. Keene posted limited stats at Virginia Tech -- including tying for just 4th on the team in receptions last year. But the Hokies limited him with only short passes. Keene added a rushing role in his final college season and could see some of the work that FB James Develin left behind by retiring. Most intriguing, though, was the athletic testing at the combine: 69th percentile or better in the 40, broad jump, 3-cone and short shuttle. That produced a class-leading SPARQ score.
We love Green Bay's 2019 third-round TE, Jace Sternberger, and it doesn't sound like he and Deguara will be in direct competition. According to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, HC Matt LaFleur said he plans to use Deguara like the 49ers do FB Kyle Juszczyk. So there's room for him and Sternberger to coexist on offense. Deguara led the Bearcats in receptions last season and grabbed 36.8% of the team's receiving TDs.
GM Les Snead says the Rams will play more 2-TE sets this season after defenses started to "catch up to what [the Rams] were doing in 11" personnel (1 RB, 3 WRs, 1 TE). That might not help Hopkins much as a rookie, but it factored into his selection. And Gerald Everett's contract runs out after the coming season. Hopkins delivered a 75th-percentile speed score at the Combine and caught 61 balls in his final Purdue season.
Noah Fant led last year's TE group in speed score. Okwuegbunam crushed him in that category (127 vs. 117.5). The problem is that Okwuegbunam's college peak came in his freshman season. The other problem now is that he landed on the same NFL roster as Fant. Okwuegbunam probably makes the most sense as a mild handcuff to Fant in dynasty.
We talked about Bryant as potentially the highest-ceiling receiver in this TE class when we previewed the position on the podcast. The 2019 John Mackey Award winner improved his receiving numbers across the board each season. He landed poorly for his fantasy outlook, though. Austin Hooper arrived in free agency and will be in the way at least through 2022. David Njoku's still there as well, and the Browns picked up his 5th-year option. So he'll be around through 2021.
Going undrafted doesn't help Warren's outlook, but he still landed in a good situation. The Eagles return only Miles Sanders and Boston Scott among RBs who touched the ball for the team last season. Neither brings the power that Warren -- nicknamed "Truck" -- provides, weighing 15 more pounds than Sanders. Warren racked up 36 total TDs over the past 2 years while topping 240 carries and 20 receptions each season.
Eason went 2 rounds after Jalen Hurts and presents far less fantasy upside than the new Philly QB. But he at least enters the league with a path to a starting opportunity. The Colts signed Philip Rivers to a 1-year contract this offseason. Eason brings size (6'6, 231 pounds) and arm strength but nothing as a runner.
Hurts landing with the Eagles sucked worse for fantasy owners than it did for Eagles fans. There, he can at least back up a QB who has lost time to injuries each of the past 3 seasons. But Hurts will need to escape Philadelphia to realize his vaulted fantasy ceiling. He improved his yards per pass attempt each season throughout college, including 11.3 per toss as a senior at Oklahoma. Hurts also topped 850 rushing in each of his 3 starting seasons across 2 schools.
Proche ranked 2nd in the WR class in market share of receptions (35.5%) last season and snared 204 catches over his final 2 campaigns at SMU. Lackluster athleticism for the position likely pushed him down the NFL Draft board, landing Proche in Baltimore 3 rounds after the Ravens drafted another slot candidate in Devin Duvernay. But the unproven nature of the young WR corps presents opportunity.
Coulter didn't even lead his Rhode Island team in receptions in 2019. (That honor went to Aaron Parker, who signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.) But Coulter built buzz as a prospect, helped by the 4.45-second 40 he ran at the Combine (71st percentile).
Jennings controlled the receiving categories for Tennessee last year: 29.5% of the receptions, 33.7% of the yards and 42.1% of the TDs. But his career proved up-and-down otherwise and finished with a 4.7-second 40 at the Combine. Landing in Round 7 with a crowded 49ers offense presents a challenge to make the 2020 roster.
Hightower combines decent size (6'1, 189 pounds) with terrific speed (4.43-second 40, 76th percentile among WRs). A 5th-round landing in Philly finds him in an Eagles WR corps with opportunity -- plus Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson potentially moving on within the next couple of years.
Watkins followed Hightower off the board less than a round later. He collected 31.3% of Southern Miss' receiving yards and 30% of the TD catches. Watkins then delivered a blazing 4.35-second 40 at the Combine (92nd percentile).
Ohio State's all-time receptions leader followed Joe Reed off the board 2 rounds later but might be ahead of the return specialist as a receiving prospect.
* 2-QB and Superflex considerations *