In 2013, many rookies stepped up for their teams to make an impact on the field. Many people also were able to get a little lucky and take a chance on drafting a rookie runningback or they were able to find them on the waiver wire once the season started. Players like Eddie Lacy that won offensive player of the year. Le’Veon Bell who had over 1,000 total yards, Zac Stacy was a nice pick up on the waiver wire for some fantasy owners. DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, and Jordan Reed were also nice additions for some fantasy teams. On the other hand, some owners that took a chance on Tavon Austin, with probably a higher pick that they should have used, were extremely disappointed. Cordarrelle Patterson is said by many to be ready for a break out role in his 2nd year in the league. He showed flashes last year but he wasn’t much of an impact in fantasy.
Here are some 2014 fantasy football rookie targets that might be able to make an impact on your fantasy roster this year. There are also some sleepers that might not make a big difference this year but may be productive for teams in a dynasty draft or a keeper league.
1. Bishop Sankey- Tennessee Titans, 5’9”, 209lbs, 4.49 40
In the last 2 drafts the Titans have taken to high profile offensive linemen with their first picks. Chance Warmack and Taylor Lewan join a line of scrimmage that already has Michael Roos. The Titans have these road graders to help clear the path for Bishop Sankey he should have a nice impact in fantasy football this year. Sankey has good vision that every coach loves. He also catches the ball out of the backfield well and has good speed to break big plays. Sankey was the first back taken in the draft this year and the Titans don’t have many playmakers in the offensive backfield to give Sankey competition. Sankey should start from week 1 and could make an impact along the lines of Le’veon Bell last year.
2. Brandin Cooks- New Orleans Saints, 5’10”, 190, 4.33 40
Brandin Cooks ran the second fastest 40 time at the combine and jumps out at you on film. He is an incredible playmaker and is extremely elusive. Obviously Jimmy Graham is the number 1 target in New Orleans but with the diminished skills of Marques Colston and a young Kenny Stills in the mix, there will be plenty of opportunity for Cooks to make plays. Sean Payton is one of the most gifted play designers in the NFL and he will find interesting ways of getting his young playmaking wide receiver the ball.
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