The NFL season has begun, and nothing brings football fans more fun (or agony) than fantasy football. I’m sure the usual culprits, Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, were the top picks, but here’s a few first year campaigners who can make the most impact on your fantasy team this year:
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
This one is a no brainer. Barkley, regardless of yards or touchdowns, should get 25-30 carries per game, as it’s obvious that he is above and beyond better than anyone else on the Giants roster not wearing the number 13. The Giants are also looking to take some pressure off of veteran Eli Manning. Honaving no help out of the backfield last season, as the Giants finished 26th in rushing yards per game last season. Barkley is already projected to have a monster year, and I 110% agree.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
For people who don’t know much about Sutton, all they have to hear are his numbers at SMU: 3,220 career yards to go along with 32 touchdowns. Finishing his collegiate career with back to back 1000+ yard and double digit touchdown seasons, Sutton is ready to blow up for Denver. At 6’4″, Courtland Sutton towers over almost all corners and safeties in the NFL, and will be a huge red zone “corner of the endzone lob pass” kind of guy. Look for him to put up great fantasy numbers, especially in a PPR league, as he’s already listed at Denver’s #3 wide out, behind only Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
Johnson is currently listed as the second running back behind LeGarrette Blount, but I believe Johnson will have the starting job by the end of the season. The breakout star at Auburn put up ridiculous numbers in his junior and final season, rushing for 1585 yards and 20 touchdowns. A bulldozer at 5’11” 206 lbs, Kerryon Johnson should be a red zone/short yardage type of back. Johnson also improved on his catching ability, so could be a threat out of the backfield.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Blowing up for 19 touchdowns in his last two seasons, Pettis is an electrifying receiver who is lightning quick. His speed was showcased at Washington as a punt returner, running 9 back for touchdowns, and 4 in his senior season. This speed could be utilized by Jimmy Garoppolo, and should be a top target once the season is underway. Pettis is already listed as their third guy, so should see plenty of time this season.
James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington was a freak in college, and having a QB like Mason Rudolph helped. 4,542 yards and 40 touchdowns is quite a career, and look for Washington to continue this trend in the NFL. Being apart of one of the best offenses in the NFL also helps Washington’s odds to breakout his rookie season, as well as being the third receiver on the depth chart. Look for Washington to be another deep threat for Big Ben, and a great under the radar receiver to have on your fantasy team.
The NFL and Fantasy Football seasons have begun, but not everyone can get Julio Jones and David Johnson, so look for these guys as free agents/later round picks.