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Ten Impact Rookies for 2014 Fantasy Football

In fantasy sports, everyone wants to be that one person who took a chance on a rookie early in the draft to make them look like a fantasy GENIUS  and/or GOD [if that same gamble led them to winning their league].  If you’re like me though, you hate to gamble.  I’d rather do  my homework; research depth charts, consider a team’s style of play, and follow off-season trainings/camps into the preseason games before looking at multiple fantasy draft rankings and taking a flier on an unproven rookie.  But then again, the spiritual feeling of becoming a fantasy genius/god and irresistible urge to be a douche to your friends and fantasy foes for at least a year is just too much to pass up on.  To try and help you reach that pinnacle, I put together a list of this year’s rookies who could make a meaningful impact on your 2014 fantasy squad. May the picks be forever in your favor.

 

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1) Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: This guy has no competition on a run-first team. He’ll get all the touches he can handle as an every-down back. If the Titans can keep defenses honest with a pass game, look for Sankey to take full advantage. (low RB2 with RB1 potential)

 

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2) Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints: No Sproles? No Moore? Aging Colston? Enter Cooks. This playmaker landed in the perfect situation being Drew Brees’ air show. Look for Cooks to do work between the hash marks and being let loose in open space. (high WR3 with WR2 potential)

 

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3) Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles: Matthews has a bit of competition in Riley Cooper who turned in breakout numbers and had nice chemistry with Nick Foles in 2013. But word around the Eagles camp say this kid can flat-out play. Matthews is big, fast, and athletic. He’s sure to use all of those tools in Chip Kelly’s offensive machine. (high WR3 with WR2 potential)

 

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4) Cody Latimer, WR, Denver: Peyton Manning loves big targets. Makes his job easier to break single-season records. After losing big WR Eric Decker (and his hot wife, Jesse) to the NY Jets this offseason, the Broncos used their 2nd round pick on Latimer to fill the void. He’s 6’2”, runs a 4.3 40, and has a background in basketball. Simply learn the playbook by Week 1, and he’ll potentially see his 1st NFL touchdown before any of the other rookie wideouts on this list. (low WR3 with WR2 potential)

 

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5) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina: Benjamin is a tower of a man at 6’5, and won’t be hard for Cam Newton to find in the endzone. If Benjamin polishes up his route running and catch consistency, he could put the Panthers back in playoff contention. He may not post up much from a yardage standpoint, but, if defenses fall asleep on him in the redzone, he could be looking at an 8-10 touchdown kind of season. (low WR3 with WR2 potential)

6) Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland: If and/or when he surpasses Brian Hoyer on the depth chart, Manziel has the potential to become a big playmaker in the league. He has a lot of factors playing against him though (i.e. Josh Gordon, AFC North Defenses, himself), but, if he can overcome those, “Money” will cash in. (high QB3 with QB2 potential)

7) Terrance West, RB, Cleveland: Back in the Browns camp, there are other rumblings of a possible rookie with potential to start by season’s end. West is an injury-prone Ben Tate away from taking over the No. 1 spot at running back. Even in the Browns run-heavy offense, he could start the season in a timeshare with Tate which may not bode well for the starter later in the year. (low RB3 with RB2 potential)

8) Odell Beckham, WR, NY Giants: Beckham has the potential to reignite a Giants offense that used to strike fear in league and put the Giants back on top in the NFC East. From receiving to returning, he’s a TD waiting to happen. If Eli Manning can shake off the cobwebs or show some excitement to energize this team again, Beckham and the Giants could be fun to watch. (high WR4 with WR3 potential)

9) Marquise Lee, WR, Jacksonville: Over the past couple of years, the Jags have been able to squeeze out at least one Fantasy gem on offense. Lee could be that “diamond in the rough” this year. With Justin Blackmon no longer a factor and Cecil Shorts losing a bit of flavor, Lee has the potential to take over the #1 job in the Jax. Lee is a very athletic kid with decent hands and is comfortable in a pro-style offense. He and Blake Bortles will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future. (high WR4 with WR3 potential)

10) Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay: Evans has the potential to be a deadly downfield threat for the Bucs, but inconsistency at the QB position may sour his welcoming party to the NFL. Almost an exact replica of his veteran teammate, Vincent Jackson (i.e. the “Goose” to Vincent’s “Maverick”), someone will get to have a lot of fun throwing up jump-balls all over the field. (low WR4 with WR3 potential)

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Rookie Sleepers: Teddy Bridgewater (QB, MIN), Sammy Watkins (WR, BUF), Blake Bortles (QB, JAX), and Devonte Freeman (RB, ATL)

 

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