Football season is here, and fantasy football drafts are in full swing. There are many big-name players that we all know and love, but there are also a lot of new faces that you should know about. In the list that follows, look for some of the top rookies that could take your fantasy football team to number 1.
Best NFL Rookies to Keep an Eye on for Fantasy Football
1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville
This comes as no surprise as the buzz around Trevor Lawrence is now three years in the making. He takes over for a Jacksonville offense that has sneaky good talent at the wide receiver and tight end spots and a veteran running game. Look for Lawrence to put up big numbers once he understands a new Jacksonville offense under Urban Meyer. In two-quarterback leagues, Lawrence could be a solid number two or backup quarterback.
2. Justin Fields, QB, Chicago
Fields exploded onto the college football scene two years ago for Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. Since then, he has shown big-play ability and explosiveness. He’s got a cannon of an arm and speed to match the best in the game. His playstyle and ability is similar to that of Patrick Mahomes, but don’t expect that kind of productivity for a couple of years. That being said, Fields could put up some big numbers and be a solid number two or three quarterback.
3. Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta
Out of all of the players on this list, Pitts has the most potential and the biggest upside. He’s too big for cornerbacks and safeties and too fast for everyone else. He’s got good hands and joins an Atlanta offense in search of another big playmaker with the surprise departure of Julio Jones. Alongside Calvin Ridley, look for Pitts to be productive from day one.
4. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a long history of great running backs, and Alabama has a reputation for producing some of the best. Najee Harris should join both lists of greats. He’s big, fast, intelligent, and could easily win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Expect big things from Harris out of the Steelers’ backfield.
5. Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets
Zach Wilson isn’t as secure of a lock as the other quarterbacks on this list, but he has the potential to get some looks from fantasy owners. He’s got the physical tools to fit well in today’s league of running quarterbacks, but his experience against good competition is a valid concern. Wilson could require a few years to mature in the Jets offense, but he could be a late-round steal in Keeper Leagues.
6. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati
Chase was a prevalent offensive threat in college, and that should continue in the NFL. He will be reunited with his old partner in crime, Joe Burrows, and if both of them can stay healthy, expect some fireworks.
7. Javante Williams, RB, Denver
Javante was a standout at North Carolina, and he joins a Denver offense that is starving for star players. He will have to split carries with Melvin Gordon and will most likely play second fiddle to the Pro Bowler. Expect production from Williams in the running game as well as out of the backfield.
8. Trey Sermon, RB San Francisco
Trey Sermon is a bit of a sleeper but could be a big surprise for a San Francisco offense that has been in search of consistency for a while. He’ll have to compete with Raheem Mostert and Wayne Gallman Jr. for touches, but running back competitions are nothing new for the Ohio State standout. Sermon is a proven big-play threat in the running and passing game alike and could be a great fit as a FLEX or number 3 running back.