The fantasy football rookie rankings for 2019 are like every year before them: in a constant state of flux. Whether it’s due to depth chart adjustment, battle for position, or injury, the season’s outlook has changed since the 2019 nfl draft in april, meaning the potential sleepers, shooters, and busts of the first year in your draft cheat sheets might have to change too.
What we thought in April is not necessarily what we think now because there is more information and perspective on the roles and talent of the league’s incoming class. Here’s an updated look (8/19) at the top 25 rookies for the redraft and dynasty leagues to help you with your preseason fantasy draft preparation.
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2019 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Draft’em
1. josh jacobs, rb, raiders
oakland is in desperate need of a three-down running back, and jacobs is capable of handling a busy running back/receiver role. There is some concern that Jon Gruden may be a wild card with the use of him in the backfield, but the team did not use a first-round pick on Jacobs only to give him limited touches due to Doug Marin and Jalen Richard. write it as an rb2.
2. david montgomery, rb, bears
There’s more reason to feel good about this Kareem Hunt clone stepping into a prominent role right away, as coach Matt Nagy has raved about Montgomery’s receiving skills and ability to break tackles as a power runner. Tarik Cohen (change of pace) and Mike Davis (swing backup) will reduce their touches in both third-down and red-zone situations, but Montgomery should flirt with 225-250 touches. write it as an rb2.
3. sander miles, rb, eagles
sanders has been impressive in training camp and is philadelphia’s most skilled running back overall. But the Eagles also have a major power role early on the roster for Jordan Howard, and both Corey Clement and Darren Sproles are set to steal the receiving job. If Sanders gets breaks in this committee-based competition, his explosive potential is worth tapping into. write it as an rb3.
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4. kyler murray, qb, cardinals
5. darrell henderson, rb, rams
It’s getting harder and harder to trust that todd gurley is taking the worry out of his knee injury to regain a dominant part of the workload. henderson is a dynamic running back, and the rams want him on the field often in receiving situations. Though Malcolm Brown re-signed as Gurley Insurance veteran and both Justin Davis and Robert Kelly are still around, Henderson has a much bigger advantage should Gurley ever be back on the shelf. before that, he can return some value of ppr flex. design it like a rb4 and high end handcuffs from gurley.
6. darwin thompson, rb, chiefs
the sixth round draft pick from utah state continues his rapid upward trajectory in the nfl’s premier offense. He’s on his way to displacing Carlos Hyde as the No. 2 behind damien williams, who has been battling some hamstring issues. Thompson has showcased himself in recent first-team work, both as an explosive change of pace and as a goal-line option. design it like a rb4 and williams high end handcuffs.
7. tony pollard, rb, cowboys
after the whole james conner-le’veon bell thing last year, there’s no ignoring how big pollard can be if ezekiel elliott continues to resist. With Elliott, Pollard doesn’t have much standalone value as a change of pace in an offense that has some of those players, including Tavon Austin. But as the more talented backup than Darius Jackson, Memphis’ fourth round makes him an excellent insurance policy. he showed that he could handle a short-carrying team well if need be in week 2 of the preseason. design it like a high end rb4 and handcuffs from elliott.
8. justice hill, rb, ravens
the ravens won’t change their running lamar jackson too much with new offensive coordinator greg roman. Mark Ingram was signed to be the new power leader, and both Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon remain in line for bunts on various downs. But Hill carries more explosiveness than either of them behind Ingram, making for an intriguing fantasy stash. he looked great in the second preseason game. write it as one of the first rb5.
9. devin singletary, rb, bills
singletary had a strong preseason and needed a break to move up through buffalo’s crowded backfield for more opportunities to showcase their wares in the regular season. He got it when the team released Lesean McCoy during the final cuts, leaving Frank Gore and T.J. yeldon as the remaining veteran competitor by touches. Singletary is a clone of McCoy physically and with wise thinking skills that he will soon be able to push into prominent roles over the venerable but faded gore. write it as one of the first rb5.
10. damien harris, rb, patriots
Harris was selected to join a New England backfield headed by first-round sophomore Sony Michel and James White. But there is an early indication that it is more than insurance for Michel and his knee problems. Harris, with his fresh legs, seems like a better swing option than Rex Burkhead to reduce the workload on Michel and White. Given the unpredictable year-round nature of the Patriots’ backfield, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Harris emerges as their most productive backfield in 2019. Write him as a late RB5.
2019 ppr ranking: runner | wide receiver | tight end | Top 200
11. dk metcalf, wr, seahawks
metcalf was taking full advantage of doug baldwin’s retirement to quickly emerge as world no. 2 open opposite tyler lockett. Metcalf’s volume will be limited in a run-heavy offense where Lockett is a strong No. 1, but targets should be in money situations on deep balls and red-zone looks from Russell Wilson. however, hit the brakes until metcalf fully recovers from his recent knee surgery, hopefully before week 1. select him as wr5.
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12. alexander mattison, rb, vikings
mattison is a direct replacement for latavius murray as dalvin cook’s main full backup. a healthy cook should stay on the field for 20-plus touches per game, but given his injury history, it’s wise to invest in his new late insurance. recruit him as cook’s wives.
13. tj hockenson, te, lions
hockenson is the third best receiver for the lions behind kenny golladay and marvin jones. He will be on the field for nearly every offensive snap, as Detroit uses more than 12 personnel (two tight ends) this season to facilitate new coordinator Darrell Bevell’s heavy-running approach. Hokenson will have opportunities to both stretch the field and finish drives in the red zone. Write it as one of the first te2.
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14. deebo samuel, wr, 49ers
Samuel has a good chance to fill in opposite rising sophomore candidate Dante Pettis, pushing Marquise Goodwin into a role more akin to Taylor Gabriel. Samuel has a complete inside-out skill set in an offense that should have a much higher passing ceiling with Jimmy Garoppolo. redact it as a wr6.
15. parris campbell, wr, foals
There is a lot of buzz that the speedy former Ohio State star is a key target to outflank t.y. Hilton will call on Jacoby Brissett to spread things out, but often to tight ends, and for now Devin Funchess is the No. 2 wide receiver with sophomore sprinter Deon Cain also getting some buzz in the preseason. write it as a wr6.
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16. n’keal harry, wr, patriots
new england’s first-round pick is overdrawn in fantasy in the 10th or 11th round of 12-team, 17-round drafts. He’s struggling with his chance to help replace both Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski. Like many young players, learning the Patriots offense has been a challenge, and Harry has been outplayed in practice by several other receivers both in training camp and in training camp. Because he’s Tom Brady and there are plenty of unoccupied targets, Harry is worth redrafting, but only as a cut-able late flyer. draft him in the penultimate round.
17. dwayne haskins, qb, redskins
haskins first has to win the early job of case keenum and then try to make the most of one of the weakest wide receiving corps in the league to trust him even as a passer.
18. noah fant, tea, broncos
there’s a sense of early eric ebron with him as a guy who can miss a lot of passes due to an unstable qb situation. fant, despite real first-round pedigree behind his former varsity teammate hockenson, probably won’t be a viable fantasy producer until year 2.
19. marquise brown, wr, ravens
Whenever he gets his full strength back from his foot injury, he’ll get the clear shot to be a no. 1 wide receiver. The bad news is that he’s wasting key time building chemistry with Lamar Jackson, and he already has a low ceiling in a run-first and run-second offense.
20. andy isabella, wr, cardinals
There will be plenty of balls to go around as Arizona throws the whole park with Murray, but at best, Isabella remains fourth in the pecking order behind Christian Kirk, David Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald.
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21. mecole hardman, wr, chiefs
With tyreek hill back in the mix, hardman is back to being a last minute rookie with more early work on special teams. Consider this a developmental season on offense.
22. aj brown, wr, titans
This rookie brown is also suffering and unlike marquise, he probably ends up being an outsider. 3 behind corey davis and slot ace adam humphries in an offense that will revolve around the power of derrick henry.
23. daniel jones, qb, giants
With Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram, there are some weapons in case Jones gets a chance to start sometime in the second half of the season. for now, think more about him for next year with eli manning still in charge.
24. diontae johnson, wr, steelmakers
could be juju smith-schuster’s opposite guy over time, but right now donte moncrief and james washington are major roadblocks to key goals.
25. preston williams, wr, dolphins
the undrafted player from colorado state is ready to make the team after an impressive camp and preseason. Williams’ size (6-5, 218 pounds) and speed make him a name to stay on the radar, but now he’s behind a crowd of Devante Parker, Kenny Stills or Albert Wilson in Miami.
26. ryquell armstead, rb, jaguars
jacksonville also added alfred blue and thomas rawls as fournette’s new insurance policies to replace yeldon, but armstead is the best built to replace fournette’s power job. be on the lookout in time for it to become the preferred primary backup.
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27. terry mclaurin, wr, redskins
Washington’s wide receiver situation isn’t resolved, mainly because Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson don’t inspire much confidence as veteran starters. Don’t fall asleep on McLaurin winning a key role early, especially considering his college chemistry with Haskins.
28. jj arcega-whiteside, wr, eagles
could rack up some red zone touchdowns on subpackages as a rookie, but he’ll have to wait a season because he’s currently behind alshon jeffery, wish jackson and nelson agholor.
29. miles boykin, wr, ravens
He’s also coming off an injury, but over time he could end up making more noise with Lamar Jackson than Marquise Brown.
30. irv smith jr., you, vikings
kyle rudolph is back, but alabama’s second round smith proved he’s a worthy heir apparent with his full set of skills he led. If Rudolph, who turns 30 in November, sits out, Smith would see a key replacement role in Kevin Stefanski’s offense.
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