The king of fantasy sports in back! Stop worrying about that daily MLB lineup because it is time to start talking fantasy football. Now that the 2017 NFL Draft is over we can start looking at the impact for the upcoming fantasy season. Most rookies don’t make a huge impact their first season, obviously there are exceptions, but even without huge point totals they can affect the fantasy game.
The first potentially fantasy relevant player to come off the board was Mitchell Trubisky at #2 to Chicago. A shock to many, Trubisky has a lot of developing to do and will probably sit behind free agent addition Mike Glennon. If he does play, I’d downgrade WRs like Kevin White and Markus Wheaton for this year.
Rookie backs have the easiest transition to the NFL and Leonard Fournette should win Rookie of the Year. QB Blake Bortles is on the hot seat and will look to Fournette to command a stacked box. The former LSU star will likely eclipse 1000 all purpose yards with a handful of TDs. TJ Yeldon is the big loser here, he is now a handcuff, at best.
Marcus Mariota needed a big time target to take the next step in his development and he may have just got it. Corey Davis will be the go to guy in Nashville sooner than later. Upgrade Mariota on your summer board and remove Tajae Sharpe from your sleeper column. Also, Rishard Matthews will see a reduction in targets.
Clemson standout Mike Williams goes to San Diego and will find it hard to see many balls his way. The big beneficiary here in Philip Rivers with another top target. I’d stay away from everyone else as there aren’t enough balls to go around. Williams has to share with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin at WR and then Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry at TE.
This is the impact of your top tier 2017 draftees. Some of the impact is immediate and some is felt more in a dynasty format. However, one way or another all these rookies will be felt on the fantasy landscape.