It’s no secret, Donkey likes em young. There’s just something about the trusting innocence in those big soft rookie eyes which can’t be matched by an old weathered veteran. And fantasy sports are all about having fun; what’s more fun than drafting the youngster your buddies have never heard of and watching the kid grow into a superstar on your fantasy team as your closest friend cries their self to sleep while clutching the last place penis trophy?

To help you avoid the penis trophy shame, here’s my favorite rookies from this year’s draft class in order of preference for 2019 only:

1. Josh Jacobs OAK RB The Bama product fell into a great situation in Oakland where it seems he’ll have a chance to become the every down back in Chucky’s system. He also somehow dodged the dreaded Hard Knocks hype since the show producers forgot the first round running back even existed. I’m all in on Jacobs in the late third round.

2. Darrell Henderson LAR RB – Player number two and Donkey is already way out on a limb. It’s alright, I’m one of those climbing Donkeys. The Rams showed how much they like Henderson by trading up in the NFL draft to take him in the early 3rd round ahead of David Montgomery. Sean McVey described Henderson as a versatile, explosive, play-maker after the draft. I expect the Rams to use Henderson creatively and often out of the gates, keeping Gurley’s knees fresh for their playoff run. Give Henderson an extra boost in PPR leagues.

3. David Montgomery CHI RBSome scouts had Montgomery pegged as the top running back in this years class and he gave us a glimpse of why during his brief preseason appearances. He won’t have a three down job, but touchdowns should be plentiful as Da Bears go around stealing picnic baskets this season.

4. Miles Sanders PHI RB – There’s a pretty good argument for both Sanders and Montgomery ahead of my boy Henderson. The market has them priced as such with both being drafted around 30-50 spots ahead of Hendo in recent drafts. Philly spent a second round pick on Sanders so they think very highly of him. It seems like only a matter of time before he moves ahead of Jordan Howard in the pecking order.

5. Kyler Murray ARI QB – The polarizing two sport star has massive upside in Kingsbury’s air raid offense with the Cardinals playing from behind often this year. If he’s faded with the rest of the QBs in your league, why not take a shot? 

6. Justice Hill BAL RB – Hill will have a role in the Ravens offense immediately and there’s potential for him to play Alvin Kamara-lite to Mark Ingram. I’m not sure he has the size to handle more than a complementary workload, but if Ingram goes down we might just find out. Bump him up in PPR leagues.

7. Darwin Thompson KC RB – I wrote about Thompson in my recent RazzBowl article and discussed my love for him on our podcast back in June. Shady’s arrival in KC has dampened my excitement a bit, but I still think Thompson will have a very valuable stretch at some point this season. He moves down this list a few spots if your league has smaller rosters, but stash him where you can.

8. Tony Pollard DAL RBThis ranking assumes Zeke is going to sign in the near future, in which case I still think Pollard will have stand alone value especially in PPR leagues. But that scenario isn’t a given with Zeke seemingly set to miss week one; Pollard is a complete wildcard. If Zeke misses substantial time then Pollard shoots up to #4 or #5 on this list, but my buddy has been telling me a new contract is imminent since he spent $69 on Eze in our auction last weekend. Nice. 

9. Devin Singletary BUF RB – With Shady out of town, Singletary is the new hot thing. I wasn’t a fan when we profiled him on another podcast in early June. He seemed small and slow, with mediocre hands at best. That said, he has the opportunity in Buffalo and they must believe in him. This could be a severe under rating on my part.

10. Miles Boykin BAL WR– The Notre Dame product has shown great chemistry with Lamar Jackson and continues to turn heads throughout training camp. The LJax haters have done us a favor by suppressing the Boykin draft hype, providing us a nice discount. There’s a decent chance Boykin is the #1 rookie receiver to own in fantasy this year.

11. D.K. Metcalf SEA WR – David Moore is hurt and Seattle just cut Jaron Brown who was expected to fill in as the #2 WR behind Tyler Lockett. Pete Carroll must have a lot of faith in the freakish Metcalf who has enormous upside to go along with his enormous body. It sounds like Muscles Metcalf might be ready to go for week one despite a knee scope procedure just two weeks ago. Don’t sleep on D.K, he could be special. 

12. Marquise Brown BAL WRWe talked up AB’s cuz on this podcast back in late June. Hollywood Brown was expected to miss the start of the season as he recovered from a Lisfranc injury, but he’s beaten those timelines and should be good to go for week one. It’s a good thing he didn’t listen to his cousin’s cryo treatment suggestions! 

13. Alexander Mattison MIN RBDalvin Cook has played a total of 15 games across his first two professional seasons. Need I say more about why it’s a good idea to roster Cook’s handcuff, Mattison, who the Vikings ponied up a 3rd round draft pick for?

14. T.J. Hockenson DET TEHock has drawn rave reviews out of Lions camp. My only concern is he might be too good of a blocker to contribute at the level we’d like as an offensive weapon in year one. Either way, there should be some big weeks in store. We profiled Hockenson on this podcast about a month ago.

15. Deebo Samuel SF WR – The 49ers wide receiver situation is an interesting one with Coach Shanahan publicly bashing Dante Pettis all preseason. I still believe Pettis is the most talented WR in the bay area and Jimmy GQ’s #2 threat behind Kittle, but Deebo may not be too far behind. 

16. Diontae Johnson PIT WR– Diontae was reportedly one of the most impressive players in Steelers camp before missing time with leg and hip issues. There were actually whispers of him shooting up to #2 on the depth chart. I don’t trust Donte Moncrief to stay healthy himself, so I expect Johnson to get some run at some point this season. Once he gets his chance, there’s nice upside with Big Ben slinging it his way.

17. Damien Harris NE RB – The Patriots 3rd round pick likely needs an injury to James White or Sony Michel for fantasy relevance in 2019. But if you haven’t noticed, running backs get hurt often. Harris is a great attrition play.

18. N’Keal Harry NE WR – The Arizona State rookie has a bright future, but he’s been stunted by injuries this preseason while trying to pick up a complex Patriots offense. There was talk that he might start the season on the IR, meaning he’d miss at least the first 8 weeks but those rumors might be false. Even if he’s healthy, there’s a lot of competition for targets with Josh Gordon back from the dispensary

19. Noah Fant DEN TE – Fant’s upside is just as high as Hockenson’s and he shouldn’t be asked to block as much either since it’s not really his game. An Evan Engram type rookie season is well within Fant’s range of outcomes if Flacco’s able to get him the rock.

20. Parris Campbell IND WR – Campbell’s stock has taken as big of a hit as anyone with Andrew Luck hanging up the horseshoes. It seems like a bit of an over reaction to me. This will be Brissett’s second season running the Colts offense and there’s a chance he surprises. Keep the talented Campbell on your radar.

The Best Of The Rest (Deep League Considerations)

21. Keesean Johnson ARI WR

22. A.J. Brown TEN TE

23. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside TEN WR

24. Mecole Hardman KC WR

25. Irv Smith Jr MIN TE

26. Andy Isabella ARI WR

27. Preston Williams MIA WR

28. Ryquell Armstead JAX RB

29. Jalen Hurd SF WR

30. Terry McLaurin WAS WR

30. Dwayne Haskins WAS QB

31. Daniel Jones NYG QB

32. Hunter Renfrow OAK WR

33. Benny Snell PIT RB

34. Juwann Winfree DEN WR

 

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  1. James Bolger says:
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    You have all the handcuffs covered with the exception of Justin Jackson, RB LAC. What are your thoughts on him, particularly with the Gordon hold out?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I like Jackson while Gordon is out, just know he’s worthless once Gordan returns which he almost certainly will at some point. Ekeler on the other hand will have value no matter what.

  2. southside dom says:
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    Great piece. I have a lot of guys in my 10 team redraft. Fingers crossed.

    Current predicament. I drafted Pollard and the Zeke owner is feeling desperate. Do I sell now at a slight profit or wait it out and hope for a James Conner/even better deal?

    Currently he’s offering Justin Jackson, 1 for 1. I’m deep at upside RBs. I was thinking potentially Pollard/McDonald for Engram? Or something to get DJ Moore?

    Here are our respective squads. Standard scoring.

    Me: Wentz, Murray | CMC, Carson, Sanders, Singletary, Henderson, Pollard | OBJ, Woods, Westbrook, J. Brown, D. Hamilton | McDonald

    Him: Rodgers | Zeke, Chubb, Freeman, Breida, J. Jackson | Evans, ARob, Moore, Sutton, Coutee, Boykin, Samuel

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Thanks! I’d rather have Pollard than Jackson.

      If he’s desperate I’d twist the knife and ask for Robinson or Moore. Breida would be a fair swap but I’d aim higher first…

      • southside dom says:
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        Twisting the knife but he’s holding firm for now. Would you do it for Engram + Jackson?

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yep if you can get those two for Pollard I’d do it

  3. Joel says:
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    Out of Adrian Peterson, Jordan Reed, and Marqueise Goodwin, who am I dropping to pick up a kicker? (PPR)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Probably Goodwin. Do you have another TE? Who are your other WRs?

      • Joel says:
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        Yeah I have Engram as my main TE. Other WRs are Juju, Julio, C. Kirk, Emmanuel Sanders, and James Washington.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Reed is pretty expendable for you also…probably don’t need to carry 2 TEs

  4. M says:
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    How do you like this team? (12 tm standard)

    QB Wentz
    WR Diggs
    WR C.Godwin
    WR. C.Samuel
    RB Kamara
    RB D.Freeman
    TE: A.Hooper
    FLEX T.Pollard/Miles Sanders

    K Lutz
    DEF N.England

    BN: Lamar Jackson, G.Allison, M.Boykin , T.Montgomery, Miles Davis

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Looks like a contender to me, lots of fun names there!

      • M says:
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        Thanks! Keep up the good work!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem!

  5. What's A Drexl? says:
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    bad news on zeke (not def bad, but not good). a friend of mine in a money league last night took zeke 5th and melgor at pretty good value (late 4th round) in SAME league. hahahahahahaha.

    12 team standard league dynasty, i have both of melgor/zeke. only 1 IR slot to stash melgor, who’s best RB to add here. i thought i had a deal for moving one of hilton/boyd/kirk for one of fournette/cook but owner backed out and moved mixon for diggs (i wasn’t willing to ask for mixon for hilton and certainly wasn’t moving m.thomas for anybody he had at RB, since the value of RB i’d get back i’d eventually not need at all for doing that)

    QB (1) mayfield (didn’t keep RW3 since i knew i needed to try to draft RB with my 1 or 2 picks total, not deep benches here)
    RB (2, no flex, so that’s good at least): both MIA guys, ogunbowale, AP, zeke
    WR (3): MT, AB, boyd, hilton, kirk
    TE (1): ertz (just had somebody try to trade me pollard for ertz, hahahahahah)
    IR (1) melgor
    K: NE kicker
    DEF: MIN

    best RB add out of these: hyde (recently dropped, guy who did it locked up both BAL guys gus and hill), d.lewis, richard, CJA, ito, ty mont, either GB williams

    • What's A Drexl? says:
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      i have the 10th waiver so obtaining hyde doesn’t cost much and will probably work.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d grab Dion Lewis. Hyde is probably worth owning too but Lewis over Hyde for me.

      • What's A Drexl? says:
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        funny as 2 or 3 times last year that’s exactly who i had as my worst RB in this league, back to the well

  6. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    12 teamer PPR redraft with only 2 WR’s starting. also 20 yards per point for returning yards (so hill and lockett move up to around OBJ value, hill actually probably higher. edelman/cohen also move up). i’m staring to be sure that in these types of leagues after WR 3 range i shouldn’t follow my board anymore (i’m using rudy rankings for RB/WR/TE and merging in QB’s based on FP’s rankings and ADP’s) as guys like sutton/j.brown/crowder/washington/parker/pettis/a.wilson/marv jones/moncrief/a.miller and the like are going in the last rounds or not at all. normally i just overdraft them since that’s who i’m trying to get depth at, here though from d.adams at 4th (GOOD thing this draft wasn’t last night where i’d have gone zeke) and kittle being around at 3.4 (i’ve yet to take him anywhere before, but top of my board and this isn’t a start 3 WR league so i think doable here) i was late to the RB 2-4 and just kept going and i ended up with nearly the same WR’s i would’ve had i alternated RB and WR for a long time anyway.

    QB ben (i had been paying up for goff or wentz, but this league of all my similarly sized 12 team yahoo money leagues this one people went QB’s earlier, 16th QB off the board, 10th round)

    RB (2): AAron (i now have aaron jones and d.adams in at least 4 leagues and all 3 money leagues, i have more interest in rodgers not getting hurt than anybody i know, 2nd), jacobs (5th), drake (7th), guice (8th), pollard (right around here i realized the zeke owner is really short at RB’s(9th), ballage (10th, got lucky to go the guice and pollard route and still have ballage here, my friend in this league probably would’ve snaked me but he was WR weak and also was busy going after his handcuffs)

    WR (2): d.adams (1), lockett (more value since return yards worth half of scrimmage, 4th), kupp (my entire draft would’ve went differently had i gone lindsay here instead of kupp, 6th), sutton (12th, right here, rudy’s bot had this guy about 80 slots higher or more, knew i could wait though), j.brown (BUF, 13th)

    TE (1): kittle (3rd)
    K: PHI kicker (15th)
    DEF: DAL (best week 1 matchup left, 14th)

    the zeke owner here has ONLY these at RB: zeke, michel, d.freeman, j.hill. i’m trying to extort this trade out of his fears: kupp + pollard for JJSS (who went later than i’m used to seeing at 19th overall)

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      1 flex here.

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        could’ve gone breida twice where i went guice and pollard too. if not for today’s zeke news would’ve over pollard.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Team looks solid all around, I like taking Kittle in that format. RBs still came out strong…

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        yeah it’s amazing in these leagues with not a ton of bench slots that only have to start 2 WR’s how long pretty good WR’s last. in a start 3 WR league it’s MUCH harder to draft kittle or kelce and come out strong everywhere else. i’ve named this team for now “pollard owner” and have contacted the absentee drafter owner of zeke. he might look at a grand total of j.hill/zeke/michel/d.freeman and freak out enough to give me JJSS for kupp + pollard (who the hell in a pretty decent sized buy in league skips draft anyway. these are all people that know the comish too, locals, not some rando off a message board)

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          hold p.williams for the upside here or drop for any of: enunwa, agholor, snead, dola, k.johnson?

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Johnson and Williams are both interesting fliers to me, pretty much a coin flip so might as well hold for now…

  7. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    still got k.johnson behind h.butler long term like you and BD had ranked a few weeks/months ago? i’m about to nab h.butler to stash on purpose needing min 7 ARI players in 16 team dynasty. i traded for j.hicks and swearinger in last few weeks but dropped the lead weight of RSJ when he was dropped/signed by CLE a few days ago. i had wasted a roster spot on that guy for a few years to get the ARI players. earlier you guys when averaging your top lists (given to me by BD) had them: butler, isabella, k.johnson (i’m aware k.johnson is now playing ahead of isabella and butler’s out all year, but long term is what i’m about here). and yeppers, butler was 6th overall rookie for you weeks/months ago. after averaging between the 2 lists he’s still 14th. during bye weeks we can RES/IR stash players on bye, as long as we take the bye week guys off of that when their week is done. also infinite IR slots but in season we cannot add anybody not active/suspended/IR/PUP, can add shorter term injuries. now with this:

    QB (start 1, max 2 unless a 3rd or more is from same team as one of the first 2): trubisky, haskins

    RB (2, max 6): DJ, d.will (KC), breida, samuels, drake, hyde
    WR (3, max 7): m.will, t.will (OAK), evans, kirk, hamilton (DEN), aj brown (best overall player at my 1.16 pick)
    TE(1) ertz
    1 flex
    K: LAC kicker
    DEF: MIN
    LB (2, max 4): vander esch, cunningham (HOU), trevathan, j.hicks (might have to drop one of these later, but they are too good to drop in 16 teamer)
    DB (2, max 4): mcdougald, swearinger, b.baker
    DL: (2, max 4): c.jones, c.campbell

    so i could draft k.johnson but that means i’d have to drop hamilton or trevathan, or h.butler and what’s probably his longer term upside and just IR stash. this would get me to min ARI players. i could also probably trade hamilton to the DEN owner for some sort of next year draft pick, then actually draft BOTH of k.johnson and butler (nobody wants an all year out WR almost certainly). our slow draft stops with me picking here at 3.16 then online to finish it up tomorrow night (most teams won’t draft anybody else anyway).

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      DEN owner has no worthwhile 2020 draft picks, traded them out, i’m asking about 2021 draft picks now. like i give a 2nd to get a 1st along with hamilton.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, I’d move Hamilton to the Denver owner if possible and own both the Cardinals.

      I do like Butler more long term but you really can’t ignore what Johnson has been doing. I’d own Johnson over Butler if push came to shove and you could only own one…figure out the future later.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        yeah, got a 2020 3rd, drafted k.johnson, should get butler in a bit here in round 4.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          isabella was drafted in the later 3rd also, but k.johnson seems ahead of him for now, i think also was draft graded higher than him too

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Johnson is ahead of him right now but I think Isabella is the better long term talent

  8. wheezy says:
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    12 team Standard Redraft. Start 3 WR and a Flex

    should i trade my Curtis Samuel for Royce Freeman and Anthony Miller.

    my WR are Hopkins, Odell, Samuel, Marv Jones, Valdez Scantling, Fitzgerald

    my RBs are Michel, Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Ekeler, Damien Harris, Malcolm Brown

    Seems like a good deal for me getting that 5th RB, but i absolutely love Samuel this year.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s fair but I’m with you on Samuel, would want a little more. Is there a little better RB on this team you could go after one for one?

      • Wheezy says:
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        Not much there IMO. He has Zeke, Chris Carson, Latavius Murray, Justin Jackson, CJ Anderson, Gio Bernard in addition to Royce.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Any chance of prying Carson away? Tevin and Samuel for him? Maybe Ingram and Samuel for Carson and Freeman?

          Latavius and Miller for Samuel isn’t bad either if there’s no budging on Carson…

  9. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    14 team super flex standard dynasty (actually QB’s are even MORE valuable here it’s a super standard, 15 rush or caught yards per point)
    QB: goff, allen, tannehill (seemed most likely in draft with last pick to take over a job, all the rookies gone in round 1 so i went harry)
    RB (2): gurley, breida, coleman, guice, ballage
    WR (2): cooks, m-will, pettis, a.wilson, quinn (highest projected WR left in rudy’s bot, i just added)
    TE (1): howard, walker
    1 regular flex
    1 super flex
    IR (2) green, harry
    K: NO kicker
    DEF: MIN

    best add out of:
    QB: finley, hill, grier, stidham, glennon
    RB: samuels (just dropped), CJA, gio, mal brown (handcuff value), snell, richard
    WR: lee, foster, ginn, humphries, isabella, d.moore, callaway, renfrow, k.johnson, aj brown

    • Donkey Teeth

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      AJ Brown 100% needs to be owned there

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        i’ll drop t.quinn (have added mal brown for gurley protection by now). he was my 1st rounder in a 16 team dynasty also aj brown.

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