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NFL Draft 1st Round Fantasy Football Impact


    • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Winston with the #1 overall pick, as expected.  He has two weapons in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans and possibly another in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, if he makes the leap in his 2nd NFL season.  Winston is not going to be worth a fantasy football draft pick in re-drafts, but will absolutely be used throughout the season during BYE weeks and when injuries hit.
    • Mariota was selected 2nd overall and will have some nice passing options in Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and newly acquired Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks.  I wouldn't go near him in fantasy for 2015, but like Winston, he will be picked up as used throughout the course of the season during BYE weeks.

Running Backs

    • The Rams picked Gurley with the 10th pick in the draft, after two years of NFL Drafts that went without a RB pick in the first round.  Gurley will start the season on the PUP list, ACL injury, but will plan on making his NFL debut in the middle of the season.  Tre Mason and Zac Stacy (if still on the roster) will take away some touches.  Gurley is not a guy you should target in re-drafts.
    • The Chargers did not trade up for Marcus Mariota and plan on re-signing Philip RiversInstead, they traded up to get Gordon with the 17th overall pick, and even though the Chargers have Danny WoodheadBranden Oliver and Donald Brown, Gordon will be worth drafting in fantasy football as a low end RB2 in his rookie season.

Wide Receivers

We were SPOILED last season with rookie WRs - Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks (when healthy) .  Remember, rookie WRs historically struggle to adjust to the NFL.
    • Cooper went 4th overall to the Raiders and Derek Carr is going to have a field day with him!  Not to mention they already have James Jones and added Michael Crabtree to the arsenal this offseason.  Carr's new WR could make him a weekly starter in 12, 14 team leagues.  Cooper will have WR3 value. 
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    • The Eagles replaced Jeremy Maclin with Agholor (20th overall) and he is the Eagles WR2 behind Jordan Matthews.  With Sam Bradford under center and DeMarco Murray & Ryan Mathews in the backfield, the Eagles offense could put up MASSIVE numbers.  Agholor will have WR3 value. 
    • Perriman looks like the old Torrey Smith with a helmet on.  That's a good thing for Joe FlaccoFind the dreads, throw the ball.  With a question mark at TE and no real WR competition (Steve Smith & Marlon Brown), Perriman could be the most productive rookie WR in 2015.  Depending on where you can draft him, he could have WR2 value, but I wouldn't draft him until I had two or maybe even three veterans on my team first.
    • Good luck finding playing time rookie!  The Colts drafted the Miami Hurricanes speedster with the 29th overall pick, adding him to T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte MoncriefAndrew Luck is in QB heaven.  Dorsett has no draft value in fantasy football re-drafts.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft are tonight, and there are still offensive weapons available that could make an impact on fantasy football in 2015:

NFL Draft