ESPN Fantasy Football Expert High on Derrius Guice, Calvin Ridley and John Ross Ahead of 2019 Season

Dan Israeli
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With the 2019 NFL season just three months away, fantasy football prep is already underway. Teams have held their mandatory minicamps, and one ESPN analyst assessed the biggest fantasy football question posing all 32 clubs.

ESPN's Mike Clay may have Raiders' RB Josh Jacobs as his top dynasty rookie, but he's not too wild about him from a re-draft perspective. Jacobs will be playing for a talent-deprived Raiders team, and the combo of a likely average offense and a questionable defense is usually not synonymous with running back production.

However, Clay is excited about Derrius Guice's prospects as the Washington Redskins' running back prepares for his NFL debut, following a rookie season that was lost to an ACL tear suffered during training camp. Guice has impressed so far in his rehab and has 34-year-old Adrian Peterson as his only major hurdle for a big workload in 2019.

Another name with its arrow pointing up is second-year Atlanta Falcons' WR Calvin Ridley. Playing across from fellow Alabama alum Julio Jones, Ridley will get more opportunities to shine in his sophomore season and is coming off a strong rookie campaign (64 catches, 821 receiving yards, 10 TD).

While there is a lot hype surrounding Rams' RB Darrell Henderson, Clay is not as into the idea of the rookie making a major impact. Henderson has been climbing up draft boards due to the uncertainty of Todd Gurley's health, but the two may end up cannibalizing each other this season when all is said and done.

Clay also doesn't seem to be expecting much from second-year Ravens' TE Mark Andrews, but he is buying the offseason hype surrounding Bengals' wideout John Ross. He points to Ross having real breakout potential in his third season and mentions that the WR showed some promise last year after A.J. Green's injury opened the door for a starting role.

No matter what Clay has to say right now, and with the majority of fantasy drafts still months away, we'll have to wait and see how things shake out in the coming months leading up to NFL Training Camp.

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