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2016 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings

NFL rookies ranked by their potential to help you win your fantasy football league.

1. Ezekiel Elliott  RB   Dallas Cowboys

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Ezekiel Elliott's 2016 projected stats.

Elliott ran through, around and over collegiate defenses the last two years, collecting 41 touchdowns and 4,125 yards from scrimmage. As dominant as Elliott was in the Big 10, he was even better during three career Bowl games: 83 carries, 625 yards, 10 touchdowns, 7.5 a carry. Not too shabby for someone who finished eighth in the Heisman voting as a junior; maybe they should run that election after the season is over. He showed the ability to play on all downs and in all packages, making him an unusually polished running back entering his freshman season in the NFL The Pokes snagged him with the fourth overall pick in May. You can have a long discussion about who should go No. 2 in a rookies-only draft, but Elliott is going to be the obvious No. 1 dynasty league pick everywhere mostly because of his talent, but it also speaks to an unexciting crop of rookies. With that in mind, the isolation of Elliott is only going to make him more expensive in most pools. Ah, but there's plenty to like. The Cowboys still have the consensus No. 1 offensive line (it graded first in both run and pass blocking last year, per Pro Football Focus), and Dallas has a paper-thin schedule.The window to win is narrow in Dallas, given the age of the key core and with that, it's unlikely the Cowboys will make Elliott wait to prove much.

2. Josh Doctson  WR   Washington Redskins

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Josh Doctson's 2016 projected stats.

The 22nd overall pick, Doctson is a nice combination of size (6-2, 202), speed (4.5 40), athleticism (131-inch broad jump) and college production (25 TD in his last 23 games). Assuming the Redskins don't cut Pierre Garcon at press time they indicated they'd keep Garcon and DeSean Jackson despite drafting Doctson - it's likely they'll integrate Doctson into the offense gradually. But Jackson doesn't have the frame to be a go-to receiver, and Garcon is a borderline No. 2 at this point in his career, so Doctson could be Kirk Cousins' top target out wide by midseason. Keep in mind, tight end Jordan Reed is the team's star pass catcher, and he'll get most of the work near the end zone.

3. Corey Coleman  WR   Cleveland Browns

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Corey Coleman's 2016 projected stats.

The first receiver taken in the draft (15th overall), Coleman could immediately start, as he's battling the likes of Andrew Hawkins. It's unclear how much value there will be in the Cleveland passing game, however, as a broken Robert Griffin III and journeyman Josh McCown are the two options under center. At 5-11, 194, Coleman has merely average size, but he ran a 4.37 40 at his pro day at Baylor, and he was elite both in the broad jump (129 inches) and vertical leap (41 inches), i.e., he's incredibly explosive and athletic. Those attributes far outweigh his questionable hands and transition from a limited route tree in Baylor's spread offense. Coleman proved adroit at using his quickness to get separation and make big plays after the catch. It's not a good situation in Cleveland, but the opportunity for targets should be there.

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