5 NFL Rookies That Will Have Biggest Impact on Fantasy Football in 2019

By Ian McCafferty
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Now that the 2019 NFL Draft is over, we finally get a clearer picture of what rosters throughout the league will really look like and begin pinpointing which players will be fantasy relevant this coming season.

With rookies often making an immediate impact, both on the field and in fantasy football, figuring out who is in the right situation to produce can lead fantasy owners to a title. Last year, the two biggest impact rookies were arguably UDFA running back Phillip Lindsay in Denver and consensus first-round fantasy pick Saquon Barkley with the Giants.

If you can pinpoint which rookies are in the best situations to succeed, and get them with mid-to-late round pick, there's typically a ton of value in that selection. With that in mind, here are the five rookies who will have the biggest impact on fantasy football in 2019.

5. Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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Marquise Brown should immediately be one of Lamar Jackson's top targets in Baltimore. While the Ravens have a run-heavy offense, Brown's combination of speed and receiving ability is something Jackson could lean on in his second season as a starter. Brown's fantasy output will be dependent on the QBs next step in his progression as a passer, giving the receiver late-round consideration as a boom-or-bust WR3.

4. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington Redskins

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Dwayne Haskins will almost certainly be the starting quarterback for the Redskins at some point this season. If he ends up starting from Week 1, he could be the top rookie performer in fantasy this year. Haskins put up big-time passing numbers at Ohio State and could put up similar rookie stats to Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold if he does ultimately play all 16 games for Washington in 2019.

3. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Every year there's a rookie running back that gets a ton of hype as a sleeper heading into the season. This year, it looks like that player could be be Josh Jacobs. With Marshawn Lynch retiring again, Jacobs will likely be the lead back in Oakland, making him instantly fantasy relevant. Putting him on your draft board as an RB2 isn't out of the question.

2. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

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The Lions continue to be a pass-first offense, which is great news for T.J. Hockenson. The tight end will immediately be the team's starter and likely No. 2 option in their passing game. Given how talented he is as a receiver, Hockenson should immediately be a TE1. He's got the chops to end up as a Top 5 tight end come season's end.

1. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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With Josh Rosen having been shipped to Miami, it's Kyler Murray's show in Arizona. While there are prop bets calling for a similar rookie season to the one Darnold had with the Jets, there's nothing but opportunity for Murray with the Cardinals. He'll likely start from Week 1 and is the heavy favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. While there will likely be some growing pains, given the overall quality of the team around him, Murray should be drafted as a QB2 with massive upside by the time 2019 fantasy drafts roll around.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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