Fantasy Football 2018 Rookie Rankings

Fantasy football rookie rankings are best used in dynasty-style leagues where you carry over most of your fantasy football team’s roster from year to year.

Some of these players will not have much value in single-year fantasy game styles in 2018; they won’t have a large enough role on their NFL team to make an impact. Be sure to see where each player falls in our fantasy football rankings and cheat sheets, which will be available later this summer.

2018 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Overall

Rk Player Pos Team Notes
1 Saquon Barkley RB NYG Every-down back, game-changer. Could be top-5 fantasy back.
2 Derrius Guice RB WAS Should be starter immediately, might not be three-down back with Chris Thompson on roster.
3 Calvin Ridley WR ATL Julio Jones will draw the coverage, should allow Ridley to run free… often.
4 Sony Michel RB NE Committee approach hurts, but talented enough to become feature option.
5 Rashaad Penny RB SEA Offensive line issues and questionable pass blocking a factor, but Penny should be solid, all-purpose RB2.
6 Nick Chubb RB CLE Has to beat out Carlos Hyde; will lose third-down looks to Duke Johnson. Limited ceiling due to committee.
7 Anthony Miller WR CHI Perfect situation; could step in as WR2 immediately. Lots of upside and might be top rookie receiver to own.
8 D.J. Moore WR CAR Slippery slot target, but might be 3rd or 4th among targets.
9 Courtland Sutton WR DEN Smooth, clean receiver who will be third among receiving options and starter as early as ’19.
10 Baker Mayfield QB CLE Limited starts in rookie year if Tyrod Taylor plays OK, but future is bright.
11 Christian Kirk WR ARI Should be no worse than team’s third receiver… long-term potential with Josh Rosen.
12 Kerryon Johnson RB DET Should share early-down carries with LeGarrette Blount; limited upside in ’18.
13 Royce Freeman RB DEN Should battle for playing time early in season, could be a committee approach.
14 Ronald Jones RB TBB Meh. Jones is just a guy, adding to a group of players of the same ilk. Flex-play may be best case scenario.
15 Josh Rosen QB ARI Backing up Sam Bradford out of the gate, so he’ll see playing time when injuries take out Bradford.
16 Sam Darnold QB NYJ May not start Week 1, but the countdown is on… Unfortunately, offense is horrible around him.
17 Hayden Hurst TE BAL Baltimore offense is tight end friendly, but rookie TEs rarely make big contribution.
18 Michael Gallup WR DAL Should be in top-three on team early; strong skills on WR-needy team.
19 Nyhelm Hines RB IND Versatile, speedy and a playmaker… all of the things Indianapolis was missing at running back.
20 Josh Allen QB BUF Longer-term propsect, raw with lots of upside… but might not start in 2018.
21 James Washington WR PIT Another deep threat for Steelers; limited looks in rookie year.
22 Mike Gesicki TE MIA Could be starting TE on day one.
23 Dante Pettis WR SF May not be an initial role for him in ’18, but potential is higher next year. Talented enough for force way onto field
24 Lamar Jackson QB BAL Long-term plan for Baltimore; may not see field until ’19 outside of trick plays.
25 Tre’quan Smith WR NO Size and wheels, but Saints are deep at receiver. Will likely have some packages for him rook year.
26 D.J. Chark WR JAC Size, good blocker and speed; Jaguars are now loaded with young talent at receiver. Future is bright.
27 Deon Cain WR IND Big body, speed and makes plays. Colts got a steal in the 6th round; could be force in a year or two.
28 Dallas Goedert TE PHI Burried among TEs on roster, but will see spot duty. More upside down the road.
29 Keke Coutee WR HOU Might step in right away as team’s slot receiver.
30 Dalton Schultz TE DAL Likely to replace Jason Witten, but will take time to round into form.
31 Chris Herndon TE NYJ Should be the team’s No. 1 tight end early into career.
32 Daesean Hamilton WR DEN Will need some time to find a role, but might be starting option in ’19 for Broncos.
33 J’mon Moore WR GB Green Bay rookie WRs just about always need time to develop; Moore will be no different. Value comes in ’19.
34 Cedrick Wilson WR DAL Dallas desperately needs some weapons at receiver. Could work into top-four rotation.
35 Jordan Akins TE HOU Texans have had trouble keeping tight ends healthy; Akins is a pass-catcher and can stretch the field.
36 Braxton Berrios WR NE Eventual replacement for Julian Edelman; will be burried on depth chart in ’18.
37 Ian Thomas TE CAR Will be groomed to replace Greg Olsen in 1-2 years.
38 John Kelly RB LAR Some depth behind Todd Gurley has been found.
39 Mark Andrews TE BAL Ravens re-stocked at tight end after some bad breaks in recent years. Will need some time.
40 Antonio Callaway WR CLE Longer-term potential here assuming the Browns cannot keep all of their talented receivers on roster.
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