Jared Goff – Not the most promising in terms of projecting production, but when you look at the other rookie options, he stands out because of one factor: he’s undoubtedly going to start. His offensive line and weapons around him should be questioned. Good news? Todd Gurley is his running back and teams will stack the box to account for TG3, opening up the play action and deep passing game for Goff.
Ezekiel Elliot – The unquestioned best running back option of the rookies. Barring injury, he will be in line to have the most touches, yards and production. Darren McFadden managed to surpass 1,000 yards last season and only started 10 games. With arguably the most talented offensive line in the NFL and excellent college tape, Zeke has a ton of positives and minimal flaws. He is going in the top two rounds of standard leagues.
Other RB that I like: Paul Perkins (NYG), Josh Ferguson (IND)
Monitor: DeAndre Washington (OAK), CJ Procise (SEA)
Sterling Shepard – There were four wide receivers selected ahead of Shepard in the 2016 NFL Draft, you mean to tell me you’re highlighting Shepard over them? Yes. I will tell you why. To start off, Corey Coleman plays for the Cleveland Browns, who have a lackluster offensive line and no quarterback. Will Fuller is not expected to start over Jaelen Strong for the #2 position. I’m a HUGE Josh Doctson fan, especially in the red zone, but until either DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon departs, he will be third on that depth chart. There isn’t much bad to say about LaQuon Treadwell, but teams have no other receiver to account for and they’re a run heavy team.
I’ve read reports that are only absolutely raving about Shepard. He has excellent hands and route running ability. He knows how to get open and with teams strategizing against neutralizing Odell Beckham, Shepard should be open and ready to get tons of receptions.
Other WR that I like: Michael Thomas (NO), Tyler Boyd (CIN)
Hunter Henry – Was my #1 tight end of the 2016 NFL Draft. Of course, Antonio Gates is ahead of Henry on the depth chart, but we saw how much Ladarius Green had an impact on that offense last year. Gates has some injury issues, especially at his age. With a non-existent run game, the Chargers will look to pass a ton and I am expecting Henry to be involved.
Monitor: Austin Hooper (ATL)