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    Featured Article: Ranking the Rookies

    By Jeff Paur
    RealTime Fantasy Sports

    Just like sleepers, everyone seems to love rookies. But much like sleepers, the rookies that pan out to be impact fantasy players are normally few and far between. This doesn't mean you should just ignore rookies, but do your homework and take the players with the best chance to succeed.

    There are guys that will make a difference for fantasy teams. Just look at Eddie Lacy and Keenan Allen last season. Both guys were impact players at their position for fantasy teams and helped many fantasy teams to championships. Both these guys aren't the norm when it comes to rookie seasons but there can be rookie players that help fantasy teams. Here is our ranking of the Top 20 Rookies for the coming season. Keep an eye on these guys come draft day.

    1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans. Sankey might be the only back in the draft to start from day one and handle three-down duties for the team. He is a big-play back that can catch the ball and do well between the tackles. He has big total yardage potential as a rookie in an offense that should run the ball often.
    2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills. If he played on a better team with a more reliable quarterback, Watkins would be No. 1 on this list. But his quarterback situation and offense is a bit of a concern. He'll be the top receiver for this team from day one, though, and will get plenty of chances to make big plays on a weekly basis. He is the real deal at receiver.
    3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns. Manziel might not start from day one but he'll take over at some point. And you have to love his potential because of his ability to make plays with his legs and take chances downfield. He has some big fantasy potential in a starting role - even as a rookie.
    4. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers. The Panthers lack options at receiver and Benjamin will be given every shot to be the No. 1 receiver in this offense. He projects to be a top red-zone target for the team and get plenty of weekly targets, especially to stretch the field. He'll be heavily targeted as a rookie. He might lack some consistency but we like his chances to produce good numbers as a rookie.
    5. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers. Evans is a great fit for the Bucs' offense and will be a starter opposite Vincent Jackson. Both players play a similar style and should produce well in an offense that likes to take chances downfield. Evans sees his value take a bit of a hit because Jackson is the star at receiver on the team right now.
    6. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints. Cooks is going to get plenty of chances to work out of the slot and fill the short-passing role for the Saints. He could be the top possession receiver on the team. His yards might not be off the charts but you have to like his potential to get plenty of receptions and some touchdowns in this prolific offense.
    7. Terrance West, RB, Browns. Ben Tate was signed to be the starter for the Browns but he has a history of injury and been slowed by injury this offseason. West has a real shot to grab some playing time at running back and run away with the starter's job if he produces with his chances. He is a big back that produces between the tackles but lacks some big-play ability.
    8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings. Bridgewater has a legit chance to open his rookie season as the starter. He will be given a shot to win the job. He could help in a reserve role for fantasy teams if that happens. The Vikings should have an improved passing attack with Norv Turner calling plays and some emerging talent at receiver.
    9. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals. Hill is going to form the one-two punch at running back with Gio Bernard. Hill could eventually be the top short-yardage option in the offense, giving him good touchdown potential. He is a good downhill runner that does well between the tackles, providing some power to go with the big-play ability of Bernard.
    10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants. Beckham might not start for the Giants but he'll be in the top-three rotation at the position. And the top three receivers for the Giants have produced good fantasy seasons in past seasons. Beckham is a big-play threat with big-game ability.
    11. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles. The Eagles have some solid options at receiver but really don't have an elite option. Matthews has a good shot to carve out a big role in the offense. He should work out of the slot and has plenty of potential in this explosive offense. Matthews will have some big games his rookie season.
    12. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers. Hyde is the future starter at running back for the 49ers. He probably opens the season as the top backup to Frank Gore but could overtake him before long. Gore isn't getting any younger and could finally show some signs of decline this season. Hyde is a legit three-down back that is capable of carrying the load, and doing well both as a runner and receiver.
    13. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions. Ebron was the most talented tight end in the draft and the Lions are going to find ways to use him offensively. He'll get plenty of chances to make plays over the middle of the field with Calvin Johnson drawing most of the attention in college. He won't be a surefire No. 1 fantasy tight end this season but just outside that group.
    14. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars. Lee gives the Jaguars a different dimension at receiver. He is a big-play threat with a lot of speed. He can really stretch the field in a hurry. If he can show he is healthy, Lee could emerge as a starter and maybe even the No. 1 receiver in this offense.
    15. Tre Mason, RB, Rams. Mason gives the Rams a different look at running back. Zac Stacy will start but Mason will provide the big-play threat off the bench. He also does well as a receiver, which gives him more chances in the Rams' offense. Mason will really need to improve as a blocker, though, if he hopes to grab a lot of playing time as a rookie. This is a big concern for Mason.
    16. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars. The Jaguars want to bring Bortles along slowly but if they are losing, you can expect Bortles to find his way in the starting lineup at some point his rookie season. He is the future at the position and wasn't drafted first overall to sit on the bench.
    17. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. Steven Jackson is an injury waiting to happen and his age is another concern. Freeman has a real shot to supplant him in the starting lineup at some point his rookie season. Freeman isn't a flashy back but does everything pretty well and has the makeup to be a three-down back in the NFL.
    18. Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos. The Broncos have an opening at receiver with Eric Decker gone. Latimer has a shot to win that role and even if he doesn't, he'll get plenty of targets as a rookie in this pass-first offense. He is worth a shot come draft day for fantasy teams.
    19. Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams is another guy that will get a chance to fill a vacancy at receiver for a prolific passing team. He could take over as the No. 3 receiver if Jarrett Boykin has any struggles, which is possible. Adams has a much better skill set than Boykin but needs to learn the offense to get significant playing time.
    20. Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers. Rodgers has a real shot to grab the starting job in Green Bay. He isn't really a big-play threat at tight end but does well on shorter routes and could be a top red-zone target in a high-scoring offense.

    Featured Team: San Diego Chargers

    Running Backs
    Wide Receivers
    Tight Ends
    Key Additions Donald Brown, RB.
    Key Losses None.
    The Chargers got back to their winning ways last season and should have another solid team this year. Remember, they had a ton of injuries last year but still managed to go 9-7 and make the playoffs. They are healthy for the start of this year and could improve on last year. The defense is getting better and better, and the offense remains potent with a lot of solid offensive weapons. The Chargers will be a tough weekly opponent that should challenge for a playoff spot once again.

    2014 Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/31/14

    1.69 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.08 LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
    3.26 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.16 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.54 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.76 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.80 Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
    9.00 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.33 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    11.72 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete ADP Listing

    2014 PPR Average Draft Pos

    Last Update: 08/31/14

    1.69 Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN
    2.07 LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
    3.26 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
    4.14 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
    5.53 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
    5.77 Eddie Lacy, RB, GNB
    7.80 Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
    9.00 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
    11.31 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
    11.80 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
    Complete PPR ADP Listing

    Top Sleepers

    1. Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
    2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
    3. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
    4. Ladarius Green, TE, SDG
    5. Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
    6. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
    7. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
    8. Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE
    9. Khiry Robinson, RB, NOR
    10. Carlos Hyde, RB, SFO

    Top Busts

    1. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
    2. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
    3. Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
    4. Antonio Gates, TE, SDG
    5. Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
    6. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
    7. DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
    8. Frank Gore, RB, SFO
    9. Jason Witten, TE, DAL
    10. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND

    Top IDPs

    1. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
    2. Robert Quinn, DE, STL
    3. Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC
    4. Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN
    5. Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR
    6. Lavonte David, LB, TB
    7. Patrick Willis, LB, SF
    8. Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA
    9. Karlos Dansby, LB, CLE
    10. Chandler Jones, DE, NE
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