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Top 5 Fantasy Players From the 2018 NFL Draft

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Some of the top online betting sites  already have seasonal player props out. These will be updated with ROTY odds as well as more props for the top draft picks. But as we get closer and closer to the 2018 NFL season, one question is on everybody’s minds. Who will be the next big rookie breakout for our fantasy action? Which of the young prospects selected in the 2018 NFL draft will be the next Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliot, or Deshaun Watson; players that will make an immediate impact?

Well, there are three critical things to consider:

Are they likely to get significant playing time? Are they going to start?

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What position do they play? An impact rookie playing LB won’t mean much in the fantasy realm.

Who will be positioned around them?

After asking myself these three questions, I can tell you this … None of the guys at the top of my list are Quarterbacks. They are almost all running backs with a couple of receivers thrown into the mix. So let’s look at my list.

Top 5 Fantasy Players From the 2018 NFL Draft

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

It probably won’t come as a surprise that the first player that comes to my mind is Saquon Barkley. We’re assured—almost—that he will come in as an immediate starter. Not only does he have the durability of a 3-down back that can pound the ball, but he can catch the ball as well.

He has the raw talent to be a breakout running back, but he is getting gifted with an offensive line that could end up being one of the best in the NFC EAST. Nate Solder and Will Hernandez are going to help prop up Barkley and carry him for a lot of additional yardage.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The quick RB out of USC is primed for a FLEX spot. Because of his disposition of blasting defenses by taking passes out of the backfield, Ronald Jones II is a PPR league breakout waiting to happen.

The Buccaneers are not in the best place when it comes to their O-line, but they do have some decent talent downfield which will keep defenses honest and afford him some room to run. Plus, he is likely going to step in as a starter.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

This kid is known for his ability to get additional yards after catch. He also may be the best thing to happen to Cam Newton since Steve Smith. And the bright side gets even brighter because many a fantasy statisticians and pundits have him ranked way back as a PPR league receiver. This means he will likely be off the general public’s radar. Those that pick him up, will get him for a steal and he’ll work like a sack of bricks to the face of your opponents.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins

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The Guice is loose. The Redskins may have finally found stability in the 3-down back department. Derrius Guice is a powerful tailback who can also shake defenders and take off like a rocket if he gets in the open field. I see him as an RB2 with a lot of potential in 2018.

Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers

What better receiver for a West Coast Offensive Scheme than a top Pac-12 wideout? We are likely to see Garoppolo come into his own this season and Pettis give him a dangerous downfield playmaker. Use him as a late round pick up for your WR4 or perhaps FLEX position.

The Sleeper

‘Rolls Royce’ pounded the rock for Oregon. In a lot of ways, he was a departure from the tradition of a smaller, speedier back. Freeman has it all, massive upper-body strength, speed, leg power, and vision. Freeman is accustomed to carrying the ball over and over again with little rest. So he should be able to pick up a lot of the backfield burden for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He could easily be a freebie that pays off dividends in the RB3 role.


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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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