We’ve already covered some of the winners and losers from this year’s draft and it’s never too early to start preparing for the upcoming fantasy football season, so let’s take a look at some potential impact rookies for your fantasy team.
SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio broadcasted live from Chicago for all seven rounds of the NFL Draft and introduced the fantasy football stars of tomorrow and the rookies that will help lead fantasy owners to a championship in 2016.
Possibly the biggest fantasy impact occurred when the Dallas Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State University with the fourth pick. Bob Harris of The Football Diehards says Elliott should carry the load from day one, which is music to the ears of fantasy owners. “We (fantasy owners) couldn’t be happier. Forget about Darren McFadden, forget about Alfred Morris, this is a complete back. They didn’t pick this guy fourth overall to let him watch.”
Despite being the first wide receiver drafted and landing on a team that is lacking receivers in the Cleveland Browns, Jeff Mans of the Fantasy Alarm thinks Corey Coleman is a bad fit for the AFC North team. “I don’t like the fit, they (Browns) have so many needs. Build the defense, build the offensive line.”
Even though the former Baylor wide receiver is undersized, Mans says Coleman could succeed on another team, but with the Browns, “in 2016, Corey Coleman’s a failure.”
There’s nothing more frustrating for fantasy owners than deciding which running back will get the majority of the carries from week-to-week and heading into the draft. Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray appeared to be in perfect position to have a bounce back season but the Titans used the 45th overall pick to select former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, which now complicates the situation.
Jeff Ratcliffe of Pro Football Focus says, “I’m at a three (on excitement level), I’m really not happy with Henry being drafted by the Titans. Things were starting to fall in place for DeMarco Murray, he was going to get heavy volume of touches, potentially 300 carries, and now that doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case. That is not good whatsoever.”
The Seattle Seahawks are looking for a replacement at running back for the retired Marshawn Lynch and there’s a chance their 3rd round selection of C.J. Prosise could be that guy. There is no timetable for the injured Thomas Rawls to return after injuring his ankle in Week 14, so Prosise could win the job for Seattle in 2016.
Mike Dempsey of the Football Diehards says, “the way Russell Wilson plays, plays into the hands of a receiving running back (like Prosise). He extends plays and looks to throw to running backs.”
Listen to the experts of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio break down other draft selections, such as the Houston Texans taking wide receiver Braxton Miller and the Miami Dolphins adding depth in the backfield with the selection of Kenyan Drake.
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