In case you missed it, we published our overall composite rookie rankings yesterday. These rankings are position agnostic, and are a composite of each person’s scoring. The nice thing about those rankings is that you can sort them by individual ranker to see how they scored prospects vis-a-vis the overall rankings, or any other ranker.
I did that, and discovered that there are several prospects that I like much more than the rest of the RotoViz Rankers. Read on to see why I’m excesssively, and maybe irrationally, exuberant about these players.
Ten I Ranked Higher
I extracted this from our overall rankings, found here. In the table above, you’ll see my ranking for the player, then the composite staff ranking, and the difference. Some quick commentary:
Bishop Sankey, RB: Wait a minute, this is RotoViz, right? Why is a RB atop my rookie rankings? Good question. My thought process here was pretty simple: this year’s RB class is pretty shallow, but there’s an abundance of talent at WR and TE. Sankey is not only the best RB prospect in the class, he lands in an absolutely ideal situation for immediate usage. Given the dearth of great RB scenarios in this draft, I thought it made sense to prioritize the best player at the scarcest position. His outlook really is good; RBs drafted into similar situations average low-end RB1 numbers as rookies.
Jace Amaro, TE: I like him 5 spots higher than the general RotoViz concensus. Amaro is a very good prospect in his own right, and also lands in a really good situation. The Jets did draft a gaggle of WRs, but I like Amaro’s chances to see a lot of playing time, and targets, right away. Jeff Cumberland isn’t much of an obstacle. Also he should also figure in in the red zone right away- other than Eric Decker, he’s the Jets’ biggest target.
Terrance West, RB: Again, I like West because of the scarcity of running backs in this draft class. Not that I recommend ignoring the WR position, but if you’re like me your dynasty teams are already stocked with WRs, and there are many more available later on this year, too. Rich Hribar and Fantasy Gumshoe already explained why West’s landing spot is actually pretty good, so check those articles out. I’ll just add this tidbit: the Browns could cut Ben Tate next season and save $3 million against the salary cap. Cutting him this year would create some dead money, but be essentially neutral against the salary cap overall. The point is that Tate’s contract status isn’t going to keep West off the field. I like his chances.
Devonta Freeman, RB: Oh look, another RB. I actually don’t like Freeman much at all. But the Atlanta backfield has just the quickly expiring Steven Jackson and… Jacquizz Rodgers. So Freeman should be able to see the field immediately and potentially get a big workload if things1 break right. Atlanta’s offense is fairly high volume too, and drafting an offensive lineman helps the run game. In hindsight I might rank him a bit lower. If I end up with Freeman on any teams I’m probably waiting for a big game or two and then trying to flip him, but by this point in my rankings (22nd), all of the principal WRs and TEs are gone.
Quincy Enunwa, WR: At this point in my rankings I really like Enunwa. He’s got unbelievable comps and represents the ultimate lottery ticket. His report card highlights both the up and down side; in the short term, he’s got his work cut out for him, as the Jets drafted a couple other WRs. A strong preseason will help him a lot, so stay tuned. I like him as an end-of-draft pick.
John Brown, WR: Who? This diminuitive speedster has actually shown up on RotoViz a few times. Is he the discount Tavon Austin? Or maybe the discount TY Hilton? His collegiate dominance is fantastic, and although he’s likely to be volatile, he’s a long distance scoring threat when he’s on the field. He’s played out of the backfield and can return kicks. After the aging Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, Arizona doesn’t have much at WR. A definite long shot, but a worthwhile one, I think.
Albert Wilson, WR: Is it far fetched to suggest he’s already the Chiefs best WR? Maybe. But even as an UDFA, his situation is pretty good. He’s possibly the most underrated WR in this draft class. For a small WR, he’s really good at that whole scoring TDs thing, too.
Tim Cornett, RB: When Shawn Siegele says he has a chance to be the next Priest Holmes,2 and Lord Reebs also gives him a shout out, I pay attention. The RB situation in Arizona presents a window of opportunity. Although he’s just average physically, he looks pretty good on an age-adjusted basis. Probably not draftable, but worth keeping an eye on.
A.C. Leonard, TE: In our pre-draft rankings, he finished in a tier with Troy Niklas and C.J. Fiedorowicz, so consider Leonard an arbitrage play on them. If you look at him from just an age and dominator rating perspective, he looks a lot like Gavin Escobar, Fred Davis, and Martellus Bennett. He had the best height-adjusted speed score at the combine, and lands in a decent long term situation. Again, probably not draftable, but there are reasons to keep an eye on him.
Rob Blanchflower, TE: The argument for Blanchflower is basically his landing spot. Pittsburgh lacks big red zone targets, and Heath Miller is aging. Blanchflower could see an opportunity to contribute.