Mulligans or do-overs, whatever you might call them, are the best. Being able to start over with the knowledge you’ve gained is a great thing. I’ve decided to redraft the 2017 rookie class with a season of actionable data in the ledger.
1.01 – Alvin Kamara RB NO
Yes, the Saints offensive line has been great (as evidenced by both of the teams running backs being among the league’s most productive), but Kamara has been truly special this year. His 6.2 yards per rush so far is reminiscent of a in his prime Jamaal Charles and his success in the passing game lifts his floor that much more. Keep in mind Kamara’s stats would be even more impressive if he did not have to leave after the first drive against Atlanta in week 14. Also, Ingram is an unrestricted free agent after next season.
1.02 – Christian McCaffrey RB CAR
75 receptions through 15 games?! CMC is pure PPR gold. I expect him to do much more damage in the run game next season. After finishing in the top 10 in fantasy points at his position as a rookie, McCaffery shows he does not even need a full rushing workload to be effective. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in 11 out of 14 games this season. Give me that consistency all day.
1.03 – Dalvin Cook RB MIN
Cook got off to a wonderful start, but unfortunately had his season cut short to an ACL injury. Assuming a full recovery, he should be in the conversation for RB1 status going into next year.
1.04 – Kareem Hunt RB KC
Hunt had a TOUGH stretch in the middle of the season, but now he is back to producing. I thought he was just a guy before the season, but now he has a very real chance to top 1800 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. Even if he regresses next year, he will still be an asset.
1.05 – Leonard Fournette RB JAX
The way the Jaguars are playing football sets up Fournette perfectly for scoring fantasy points. If he was in Joe Mixon’s situation would he be having the same success? No way. However, this Jaguars defense is here to stay and Fournette is likely to continue to get 20 carries a game. All five of these running backs are going to be put in a position to produce for their owners.
1.06- JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT
What the youngest player in the league has done as a rookie has been truly eye-opening. The fact that Big Ben’s career is coming to an end hurts, but I believe in Juju’s talent. Just wait until this guy hits his prime.
1.07- Evan Engram TE NYG
I said it at the beginning of the year, all Engram has to do is produce like a slightly below average NFL wide receiver and he will be one of the best tight ends in fantasy. A top-five fantasy season as a rookie is nothing to sneeze at. Assuming he can hold on to the tight end classification, Engram will continue to give owners quality seasons going forward.
1.08 – O.J. Howard TE TB
Howard caught 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie before landing on IR after week 15. Tight ends usually do not produce that much early in their careers. I expect Howard to be a TE1 for the better part of the next decade.
1.09 – Deshaun Watson QB HOU
Quarterbacks are easily replaceable in fantasy, but Watson looked special when he was on the field this year. On top of that he is throwing to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Sign me up.
1.10- Corey Davis WR TEN
I was a little weary of Davis, given the fact that NFL teams and the scouting community have historically struggled to identify which small conference wide receivers will succeed at the next level. It is too early to give up on Davis, but he is not off to a great start.
1.11- Joe Mixon RB CIN
The Cincinnati offensive line has been atrocious this season. Mixon has done a decent job with the lanes he has been given, but until the team makes some line upgrades, his upside will be capped.
1.12 – Cooper Kupp WR LAR
Kupp was a much older prospect, so it was crucial that he broke out this year. He did just that and will likely finish the season with almost 1,000 yards. With the rookie year he has had, I cannot leave him out of this first round.
2.01 – David Njoku TE CLE
Njoku failed to break out as a rookie, but we should not be spoiled by Engram and Howard. It usually takes a couple of seasons before guys start producing at the tight end position. I still like Njoku quite a bit going forward.
2.02 – Kenny Golladay WR DET
Golladay was a beast in the preseason and exploded for two touchdowns in week one. Since then injuries and competition for targets has slowed him down, but I love his potential. The high flying Detroit passing offense is also a great situation to be in.
2.03 – John Ross WR CIN
It was a redshirt year for Ross. Not the start you want, but let’s see what he does next year. I would recommend buying if you can get him for dirt cheap.
2.04 – Mike Williams WR LAC
Williams was overdrafted, but that does not mean he is a lost cause. With Keenan Allen in place as the Chargers WR1 and Philip Rivers’ career coming to an end, the situation is not great. But hey, we are in the mid second round, you could do a lot worse.
2.05 – George Kittle TE SF
Good rookie season. Love his situation with Jimmy G.
2.06 – Aaron Jones RB GB
Jones had some big flashes as a rookie. He will be in competition with Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams going forward, but he may just be the best runner of the three.
2.07 – Chris Godwin WR TB
Godwin is only 21 years old and had a role in the Tampa offense this year. I would not break the bank for him, but he’s worth a flyer.
2.08 – Marlon Mack RB IND
Mack will be the only show in town after Frank Gore moves on. Indy will likely add another capable body at the position, but Mack has shown enough to deserve this draft slot.
2.09 – Tarik Cohen RB CHI
After a hot start, Cohen has slowed down as the season has gone on. He will never be a workhorse, but he has flashed enough skills in the passing game to earn touches.
2.10 – Keelan Cole WR JAX
Small school guy who has come out and contributed in a big way for the 10-4 Jaguars.
2.11 – Jamaal Williams RB GB
Green Bay has a crowded backfield, but they seem to like Williams (maybe more than they should). I believe he is the third best back on the team.
2.12 – Jonnu Smith TE TEN
Smith has managed 14 receptions and 2 touchdowns as a rookie playing behind Delanie Walker. Going forward, he may have a chance to take the over the role as the top tight end in Tennessee.
3.01 – Mitchell Trubisky QB CHI
Not the greatest rookie year, but Trubisky has shown some flashes.
3.02 – Wayne Gallman RB NYG
He is in one of the least crowded backfields in the league. The Giants have shown they do not want to put resources towards the position, so there is an outside chance Gallman enters next year as the starter.
3.03 – Chris Carson RB SEA
Carson was not my favorite prospect, but he looked good early in the season and the Seahawks seem to like him.
3.04 – Patrick Mahomes QB KC
Soon enough he will get a chance to start, although it may have to be on a different team.
3.05 – Elijah McGuire RB NYJ
A sleeper running back entering next season, who can earn a role in New York.
3.06 – Taywan Taylor WR TEN
Decker likely will not be around in Tennessee next year. Taylor should slide in the number two role.
3.07 – James Connor RB PIT
Worth rostering, especially for Bell owners.
3.08 -Dede Westbrook WR JAX
I think Westbrook is probably a career backup, but he could have some big games at times.
3.09 – Adam Shaheen TE CHI
Could be a huge weapon for Trubisky going forward.
3.10 – Matt Breida RB SF
I do not see Breida as the running back of the future in San Fran. Worth a roster spot though.
3.11 – D’onta Foreman RB HOU
Foreman is no Lamar Miller.
3.12 – Samaje Perine RB WAS
I am not a believer. Washington will re-address the position soon enough.