A Path to Early Fantasy Production

By: Prop Bet Fantasy Staff

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Trevor Lawrence (QB):

  • Dubbed a can’t miss prospect who figures to be the face of the franchise for years to come.

  • Lawrence will be the Day 1 starter for the Jags with D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault at his disposal.

  • He’ll be relevant in 2021 redraft leagues and remains the clear top dynasty quarterback in this year’s class.

Zach Wilson (QB):

  • He is entering the NFL with a clear path to a starting gig with the rebuilding Jets.

  • Wilson being the unquestioned starter from the jump should offer QB2 potential in the short term.

  • For Dynasty purposes he comes in behind Lawrence, Lance, and Fields in our rankings.

Najee Harris (RB):

  • Harris lands in an ideal situation for early fantasy production.

  • Harris should step right in and be the immediate bell cow for Mike Tomlins Steelers.

  • Harris is a three-down back who offers a similar skillset to former Steeler workhorse Le’Veon Bell.

  • The clear RB1 in this rookie class and firmly on the RB1 radar for redrafts with his expected heavy workload out of the gate.

Michael Carter (RB):

  • Carter lands in one of the better spots among this year’s rookie running backs despite not being taken until the 4th round.

  • The RB’s rostered by the Jets prior to Carter’s drafting included Tevin Coleman, Lamical Perine, and Ty Johnson who all don’t invoke much trust or intrigue for fantasy.

  • Carter, though not a true workhorse back, will be given the opportunity to become fantasy relevant very quickly, who has long-term fantasy staying power.

  • He has traits similar to CEH, which implies he will not be looked at as a week in and week out volume back, but he does possess the skillset and ability to take any play to the house. A likely 1A/1B backfield situation with him splitting early down work with Perine.

Kyle Pitts (TE):

  • Has the chance to transform the tight end position because he is that talented.

  • Pitts can line up all over the formation, whether it be as the X or from inside, which will create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.

  • Pitts will be fantasy relevant right out of the gate for this loaded Falcon offense.

  • Pitts is the best dynasty tight end we've seen enter the league in the last two decades.

Ja’Marr Chase (WR):

  • Lands with the Bengals which has former college QB, Joe Burrow, under center.

  • This offense has a chance to lead the league in pass attempts, which bodes well for the Alpha Chase.

  • Chase offers that high ceiling/high floor appeal that has him a top option in dynasty rookie drafts, as well as a WR3 with immense upside in redraft before even taking a snap on a pro field.

DeVonta Smith (WR):

  • The reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

  • Smith’s weight has been the talk of the offseason, but he showed in 2020 body type aside he could do special things on the field.

  • Smith should step right in and lead the Eagles wide receivers in targets, leap frogging last year’s first round pick Jalen Reagor.

  • Smith will make for a solid flex play right out of the gate, while offering long term high upside dynasty production.

Elijah Moore (WR):

  • Steps into a Jets wide receiver corps that was very thin last year, so there is definitely a path and an opportunity to get on the field right away.

  • Moore is explosive as they come and plays with physicality, drawing many Steve Smith Sr. comps this draft season, which makes him play bigger on tape, which is good, since he lacks that prototypical WR size.

  • We fully expect Moore to replace Crowder in the slot which means Moore’s high ceiling puts him on the redraft radar right from the get go, while also being a top ten dynasty option in rookie drafts.

Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR):

  • Tested out extremely well at his pro day, much like teammate Ja’Marr Chase did.

  • Marshall offers that big catch radius which contributed to him making big play after big play last season for LSU, filling the void left by the Chase opt out and the NFL departure of Justin Jefferson.

  • Really the only knock of Marshall is he will need to put on some muscle and bulk up, as he already has a tall frame.

  • Marshall should find the field early in his rookie campaign filling the hole left by the Curtis Samuel departure.

  • This and being reunited with Joe Brady has Marshall oozing with upside for both redraft and dynasty leagues.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR):

  • Absolutely love this landing spot for St. Brown. He landed on a Lions team that features the likes of Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, and Geronimo Allison atop the WR depth chart.

  • This lack luster line up should offer an early, easy, clear path to a starting role for St. Brown.

  • St. Brown projects as a slot man in the NFL, which fits new Lion’s QB Jared Goff’s favorite position to target on the field, Copper Kupp.

  • The opportunity, vacated targets from 2020, and QB’s eye for the slot all add up to early fantasy production for this fourth round gem of the Lions.

Nico Collins (WR):

  • Collins has a real opportunity to land second in the target pecking order behind Brandin Cooks.

  • Collins enters a Texans team low on passing weapons and question marks at quarterback.

  • Collins offers a big athletic target who proved he could be a playmaker, though truly never maximizing his talent at Michigan.

  • We do feel Collins could flash for a Texans team that will be playing from behind a lot in 2021, meaning flex appeal for deep 14 team leagues especially.

Dez Fitzpatrick (WR):

  • Lands with the Titans who will be able to utilize his deep ball specialty in the passing game, which the roster lacks.

  • Tape suggests that he is more than this one trick pony, and with coaching, could be multi-dimensional.

  • AJ Brown will lead the team in targets but Fitzpatrick who drawn comps to Davante Adams coming out could easily surpass Josh Reynolds in the target pecking order.

  • Much like Collins we could see opportunity opening a clear path to fantasy relevance rather quickly for Dez, which likely means flex appeal for the rookie in year one.

Dazz Newsome (WR):

  • Newsome is a true slot receiver who lands on a Bears team with an opening at the position.

  • Anthony Miller is likely out in Chicago after an underwhelming Bears tenure, which should open the door for the explosive man of the slot.

  • His time at North Carolina showed Newsome’s ability to move in a phone booth and quickly change direction.

  • With Fields likely being under center before long for the Bears, Newsome could emerge as a nice fantasy asset playing alongside Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney.