1st Round Draft Picks Fantasy Impacts

Kyler Murray – QB – Arizona Cardinals

The number one overall pick should be the week one starter for the Cardinals giving him a chance to make a fantasy impact.  However if the offensive line play does not improve it will be a challenge to be a viable fantasy starter.  Being the athlete Murray is there will be opportunity to get some points with his legs.  Great candidate in keeper and deeper leagues.  My predication is he will have a similar rookie stat line to the Lamar Jackson last season.  He is a much more accurate passer but will he have time to get through his reads?  You also get the advantage of him starting for the full season.  I see Murray as a late round selection in a standard fantasy league.

TJ Hockenson – TE – Detroit Lions

Hockenson will likely be the week one starter at TE.  He is a versatile player and I see him making an instant impact.  He will share some time with free agent pickup Jesse James but I see him becoming a bigger piece to the offense as the season moves along.  He will also have the benefit of good QB play with Mathew Stafford.  At a position that is not as deep I see Hockenson as a mid round selection with the upside of a top 10 TE.

Dwayne Haskins – QB – Washington Redskins

Haskins much like Murray will have a great opportunity to be a week one starter.  Unlike Murray Haskins will play behind a pretty good offensive line if healthy.  For Haskins his weapons on the outside will be the question.  To be a viable fantasy option there will have to be growth at the WR position from Players like Josh Doctson.  In a keeper league he is a mid to late round selection but in standard leagues I would take a wait and see approach with Haskins.

Noah Fant – TE – Denver Broncos

Noah Fant reminds me of Jimmy Graham his versatility will allow the Broncos to line him up in different positions to gain favorable match ups and Joe Flacco has long been been effective throwing to his TEs.  As with his college teammate Hockenson I feel like his upset is a top 10 TE as a rookie.  I would look at Fant as a strong mid to late round selection.

Josh Jacobs – RB – Oakland Raiders

Is Jacobs this seasons Saquon Barkley?  I don’t think we are looking at the kind of production but he is in a good spot with Marshawn Lynch’s retirement and the Raiders adding a lot of talent on the outside with Antonio Brown, he will not be playing against a lot of defenders in the box.  With RB always a position that flies off the board early I would look to target Jacobs in the middle rounds.  High upside!

Marquise Brown – WR – Baltimore Ravens

Brown is a solid deep threat so it could only take one play to make your week but with WRs it can take some time to develop especially with the route running.  Week to week you will be throwing a dart with Brown but he should get his share of targets as the Ravens are in need of play makers.  The Ravens want to run the ball and play defensive but with the big play ability you could justify a late round pick.

N’keal Harry – WR – New England Patriots

We will have to wait and see on Harry.  He will be a player to watch in the preseason.  If he learns the offense quickly the opportunities will be there and he will have a great QB getting him the ball if he can earn Tom Brady’s trust.  Let’s wait and see what we have with this one.

 

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