If you haven't had a fantasy football draft yet I'm sure you have one schedule for this weekend. The 3-day Labor Day weekend is a good time to get your drafts done. I myself actually have 3 drafts with the first one being tonight. I am in a big 20 team lead; so you have to go out and find those rookies that are actually going to contribute to their teams. Let's see if we can find some to draft.

I believe that the top rookie on everyone's draft board is Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys still have the best offensive line in the NFL and with starting quarterback Tony Romo missing anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks the running game should be featured. Elliott has been slowed by some pre-season injuries, but should be fine for Week 1. Even though I have moved him down in the rankings I still like Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. With Teddy Bridgewater gone for the season I don't think Treadwell will put up the kind of numbers he had a chance to, but I believe he'll still be a productive enough fantasy player to carry on your bench. Wide Receiver Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints has looked good in the pre-season catching passes downfield. You know he's in an offense that likes to throw the football; so he should get targets. As a bigger wide receiver he may have his biggest fantasy impact in the red zone catching touchdowns. Corey Coleman wide receiver Cleveland Browns has gotten a lot of fantasy buzz. Coleman was the 15th selection in the last draft and should get plenty of targets from new Browns QB Robert Griffin III. If Josh Gordon looks anything like his former self he could take coverage away from Coleman and working one on one could help him get catches. The Denver Broncos added running back Devontae Booker in the 4th round of the draft and while he's not expected to replace C.J. Andersen as the starter there is a lot of talk that he'll get carries especially around the goal line. If Booker isn't drafted in your league pay attention to where he's getting his carries at. He could be a huge waiver wire pick up in a smaller league. It seemed as though the San Diego Chargers got a steal in the draft when tight end Hunter Henry fell to them in the 2nd round. Of course the Chargers have future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates n the team, but Henry should get some targets. In any double tight end set the Chargers would use Gates and a healthy Keenan Allen could draw coverage away from Henry making him a good target for quarterback Phillip Rivers. The New York Giants added wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the 2nd round of the draft to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants have been looking for some to team up with Beckham Jr. since Victor Cruz has missed most the last two seasons injured. The Giants want to throw the football and Beckham Jr. will draw the majority of the coverage; that could lead Shepard open to put up some good numbers as a rookie. A couple of wide receivers to look at that I wasn't a;; that sold on are Josh Doctson of the Washington Redskins and Will Fuller of the Houston Texans. Fuller and Doctson went back to back in the 1st round of the draft; Fuller at #21 and Doctson at #22. Fuller is a flat out speedster and he can stretch the field, but I'm not sure if that will translate into catches. Don't forget that the Texans also drafted former quarterback turned wide receiver Braxton Miller in the 3rd round. Miller may take away some of Fuller's time on the field. I've heard both positive and negative feedback on Doctson. I believe the toughest thing he'll have to deal with is getting targets. He went to a Redskins team that has Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon at wide receiver and while they're older they can still both produce. Also Washington has one of the top fantasy tight ends in Jordan Reed; so you have to wonder how many targets there will be for Doctson. Now I know a lot of people out there will do this. What is this you ask. Draft rookie quarterback Jared Goff. Goff was the #1 pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Rams and while he is looking to be the starter from Week 1 on you can't expect him to put up consistent numbers for you. Like a lot of rookie quarterbacks expect him to have his highs and lows. If you're in a keeper or franchise league Goff is someone you'd want to grab and put on your bench to see if and how he develops, but don't draft him looking for him to be your starter and win the league for you.

Thanks for reading. Let me know how your draft goes and what rookies you ended up with or where targeting. Also feel free to leave your comments.  

Published by John Burke