Every season a few rookies jump on the scene and are league winners for many fantasy football leagues. Last season we saw Justin Jefferson, James Robinson, Jonathan Taylor & Cam Akers all make a big-time impact in their rookie campaigns. The 2021 rookie class has some elite prospects that have a path to being league winners and getting owners fantasy titles! Let us take a look at my favorite fits!
1. Ja’Marr Chase – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
Chase steps into the league and is going to be paired with his college Quarterback in Joe Burrow the chemistry is already off the charts. The Bengals have already solid wide receiver group with veteran Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Boyd is the move the chains guy in the slot, while Higgins is the big play threat who put up finished with 908 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie year. Chase has the skill set and opportunity to be WR1 for the Bengals even in his rookie year. (Excluding Quarterbacks)
PROJECTION – 71 – 901 – 8
2. DeVonta Smith – WR – Philadelphia Eagles
The Heisman trophy winner finds himself in what might be the best possible spot for fantasy football. Smith is going to be quarterback Jalen Hurts favorite target this season, Hurts and Smith were teammates during their time at Alabama. Smith ability to separate and his run after the catch prowess is going to have him flying up draft boards come august. Make sure you have some shares of Smitty this year!
PROJECTION – 62 – 811 – 5
3. Kyle Pitts – TE – Atlanta Falcons
Many experts have said Kyle Pitts is the best player in the 2021 draft class and his landing spot is perfect for fantasy owners. Pitts will be able to control the middle of the field for the Falcons while seeing fewer double teams then he did at Florida due to the presence of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on the outside. Pitts will be a fantasy star this year, do not be afraid to grab the Florida tight end in the mid rounds during your draft.
PROJECTION – 60 – 801 – 6
4. Najee Harris – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
This has nothing to with Harris the player and more and more with the Steelers offensive play woes. Najee is a one of the best offensive weapons in this drat class, with the ability to run between the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield. Pittsburgh is going to rely on Big Ben this season and their stud Wide receiver group, but Harris will obviously be in the mix. The offensive line is the one reason Harris is lower on my list then others, but no question his talent will be in full affect regardless this season. PROJECTION – 221 – 901 – 7
RUSHING) RECEIVING 54-401-4
5. Javonte Williams – RB – Denver Broncos
Williams is going to be in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon in the Broncos backfield, but that does not worry me much. The former Tar Heel back has all the tools to be a league winner in 2021. Gordon may still face suspension from the league for his drunk driving incident. William’s skill set is perfect for the Broncos scheme, tough one cut back or hits the hole and can take it to the house. Gordon is in a contract year and the Broncos seem keen on using a two-back system, Williams is in good spot to take off! PROJECTION – 173 – 803 – 5 RUSHING) RECEIVING 25-203-2
6. Jaylen Waddle – WR – Miami Dolphins
Waddle is the biggest game breaker at the receiver spot in the entire draft class with his breakaway speed and ability to separate from defenders. Id imagine Miami will play Waddle in the slot, which could lead to him being the top target for Tua. Miami used the #6 pick in the draft on the Alabama Wide receiver so they expect big things from him in 2021, so should fantasy owners.
- PROJECTION – 65 – 765 - 3
7. Terrace Marshall Jr. – WR – Carolina Panthers
The former LSU wide receiver is going to a spot with a loaded wide receiver room, but that should not scare you away from drafting him come August. The Carolina Panthers supported three top 25 receivers in Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore & Robby Anderson, with Samuel in Washington Marshall should take his spot. Joe Brady is the offensive coordinator in Carolina he coached Marshall during the 2019 LSU National Title run. With the knowledge of the system already there for Marshall I expect big things!
PROJECTION – 52-603- 5
8. Travis Etienne – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Urban Meyer came out and said that James Robinson & Carlos Hyde are the 1-2 down backs and that’s why Etienne is lower on my list. Etienne is explosive and brings sudden quickness, something to the Jags backfield that they do not have on their current roster. Urban Meyer knows how to get guys into space and that’s where Etienne will make his mark in the NFL!
PROJECTION – 112 – 583 – 4 RUSHING, RECEIVING 54-443-3
9. Michael Carter – RB – New York Jets
This is one of my favorite fits for the entire 2021 draft class. Carter is a versatile back who can make plays in the passing game which is exactly what the Jets are missing. There will not be much competition for touches in this Jets backfield with Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson & Josh Adams the guys currently on the roster. Carter is going to be a league winner in 2021, his path to getting on the field early and making an immediate impact are all right in front of him.
PROJECTION – 154- 632-5 RUSHING) RECEIVING 32-265-3
10. Rondale Moore – WR – Arizona Cardinals
Moore has such a great opportunity to make an immediate impact in the desert in his rookie campaign. Arizona deploys a ton of four WR sets, which most likely will put Moore into the slot where he can-do big-time damage. Moore has a real shot of being second in targets on the Cardinals roster behind DeAndre Hopkins. Make sure you get some exposure to Rondale Moore in 2021 as I think he will find his way into the top 5 in the rookie WR class.
PROJECTION – 51-565-6