Several players drafted last weekend will impact your fantasy football season one way or another, just as Kyler Murray, Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs, and A.J. Brown did in 2019.
Here’s a look at 10 freshly-drafted players walking into situations that could lead to instant fantasy success…
1. Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow: There’s little doubt he’ll start early after crushing it in the SEC last year, the Bengals are still bad enough that they’ll likely trail often, and Burrow will have the luxury of throwing to A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and John Ross III.
2. Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson: The Vikings might be a run-first team, but they still have Kirk Cousins, and the only receiver on the roster who is better than Jefferson is Adam Thielen. Look for the LSU product to step in and replace Stefon Diggs right away.
3. Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers: Todd Gurley is gone, while Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson both averaged fewer than 4.0 yards per carry last year in L.A. The second-round former Florida State star has all of the tools required to become a strong starter early in his career.
4. Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire: If Andy Reid uses a first-round pick on a running back, he likely has big plans for the dude. Edwards-Helaire should step in next to Damien Williams and contribute right off the bat in an offense that saw its running backs generate 18 touchdowns in 2019.
5. Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy: Coming off two wildly productive seasons in the SEC, the Alabama product should be an immediate starter opposite Courtland Sutton. Drew Lock and more talent across the board should enable him plenty of opportunities.
6. Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III: Similar situation for Ruggs in Las Vegas, where he and Tyrell Williams are really the only outside options for Derek Carr if you read the review on FanDuel vs DraftKings. The former Alabama speedster will get his as a rookie.
7. Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb: It’s fair to be concerned about the crowd at wide receiver for Dallas, but Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup should spend most of their time outside, freeing up Lamb to do plenty of work in the slot. In that stacked offense, he’ll have some big days.
8. Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift: Detroit also has Kerryon Johnson, but you don’t use a top-35 pick on a running back unless you envision him playing a significant role right away. The win-now Lions will use the highly-touted Georgia product in a wide variety of ways.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn: Vaughn will have to beat out 2018 second-round Ronald Jones II in order to become a fantasy starter right away, but he’ll likely eventually earn a lot of reps anyway. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry the last two years in the toughest conference in college football.
10. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor: Philly was in desperate need of a wide receiver, and the TCU product should at least play an immediate role in the slot. That could also eventually change for the better if Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson can’t stay healthy.