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2019 Fantasy Football Rookie Impacts

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Year in and year out fantasy owners try to draft that one rookie that will bring them a championship.

Rookies can make or break your draft in a lot of cases because a lot of us want the next big thing, ala Saquon Barkley, and most get drafted earlier than they should.

To help you I’m going to break down the 2019 Fantasy Football Rookie Impacts.

I’m going to break it down by position and by type of impact, Immediate, Potential and Sleeper. You will learn which of the rookies you should target and when.

2019 Fantasy Football Rookie Impacts

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Quarterbacks

Immediate Impact: Kyler Murray

Right now, there is really only QB that is a lock to start week one, and that is Kyler Muray. Arizona selected him with the first overall pick, then proceed to trade the only competition that Murray would face in winning the job.

Murray will be tasked to run the spread offense that new coach Kliff Kingsbury has implemented. Dangerous through the air and on the ground, Murray should be able to put up numbers worthy of a fantasy roster spot.

He has some weapons around him in Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and David Johnson, but like all rookie quarterbacks, there will be a learning curve with him, and owners should be patient.

Potential Impact: Dwayne Haskins

Haskins fell into the Redskins lap at 15 in the NFL draft. A pure pocket passer, Haskins has a big arm, and when the Redskins start him, it should open up the offense more.

Coach Jay Gruden already said the starting job is up for grabs, so all Haskins has to do it beat out journeyman Case Keenum. It would not surprise to see Haskins as the Week 1 starter.

Sleeper: Daniel Jones

The New York Giants sent a shock wave through the NFL when they drafted Jones higher than anyone thought he would go.

Tasked as the heir apparent to Eli Manning, Jones could very well see the field this season. If Manning stumbles out of the gate or gets hurt, the Giants will not hesitate to turn to Jones.

Running Backs

Immediate Impact: Josh Jacobs

The talent all-purpose back out of Alabama, Jacobs was the first back selected in the draft by the Oakland Raiders.

A between the tackles runner, with underrated receiving skills, Jacobs is penciled in as the third-down back for the Raiders, making him a safe RB2.

Potential Impact: David Montgomery

To start the season, Montgomery will find himself in a bit of a timeshare with Tarik Cohen, ala Jordan Howard a year ago.

However, the big difference is Montgomery is the most talented back that Chicago has.  He is a confident receiver with great vision. The Bears will find a way to use him and will want him on the field as much as possible.

Sleeper: Devin Singletary

A shifty runner who exceeds at breaking tackles, Singletary was selected in the third round by the Buffalo Bills.

Singletary oozes talent and has all the tools to make it as a three-down back in the NFL. This one may be more of a deep sleeper but Singletary is surrounded by aging veteran backs and is a trade or injury away from making an impact both on the ground and out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers

Immediate Impact: N’Keal Harry

Harry landed in the ideal landing spot, on a New England team starved for wide receiver talent. He should line up on the outside for the defending champs, giving Tom Brady a deep threat that he has lacked for some time.

With Gronkowski out of the picture, Harry could develop into a red zone threat for the Patriots, as he really knows how to use his frame, and is not afraid of the hit.

Potential Impact: DK Metcalf

The workout, combine freak, Metcalf slipped to the 2nd round, to the Seahawks. He should step in and be a red zone target for Russell Wilson and help open up the offense.

If Metcalf can fine-tune his route running and stay away from the “drops”, he has a clear path to playing time and productivity.

Sleeper: Parris Campbell

Similar to Harry, Campbell also landed in an ideal spot. Parring Campbell’s speed with the arm of Luck was a no brainer for the Colts.

The impact that Campbell may have in year one will come off of the big play as he really has the ability to take the top off of the defense. He does, however, face some competition for targets. T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Deon Cain, and Eric Ebron all demand the ball in different ways. The good thing is, that Luck likes to spread the ball around, so Campbell should get his.

Tight Ends

Immediate Impact: T.J. Hockenson

The 2018 Mackey Award winner is a sure-handed, athletic blocking tight end. He fits right into the Lions offense and should be a go-to target for Matt Stafford.

The TE position does not have much of a track record in Detroit, but from early rumblings out of Detroit, they plan to feature Hockenson and run plays suited for him, specifically in the red zone.

Potential Impact: Jace Sternberger

The Packers run a high volume passing attack that should suite Sternberger strengths. He is a big-bodied tight end with sure hands, the type that Aaron Rodgers loves.

With a strong camp, I can see Sternberger being involved in the offense. He may not start out of the gate year one, but he is behind a fragile Jimmy Graham on the depth chart, and Graham is on the final year of his deal.

Sleeper: Josh Oliver

Oliver, in my opinion, will start week one for the Jags. He really does not have much competition around him, and he is a big (6’5″ 209 lbs) athletic tight end who should be a red-zone weapon.



The reason that he is a sleeper and not higher up on this list, is he is playing for the Jags. A methodical run-first offense with Nick Foles and Doug Marrone at the helm. Foles did show a knack of throwing to the TE in Philadelphia, so there is some appeal to Oliver.


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About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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