Biggest Fantasy Impact: NFC Rookies

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: RB Tony Pollard

Dallas didn’t spend a ton of draft capital on offensive skill players.  The most significant skill player they invested in was Tony Pollard. Out of Memphis, Pollard is a patient runner that has great top end speed.  Pollard will initially contribute to the Cowboys as a kick and punt returner, but if he is given the opportunity, Pollard could be a nice change of pace back for Ezekiel Elliott.  Also, if your league gives points for return yards, Pollard definitely gets a bump.

Philadelphia Eagles: RB Miles Sanders

After acquiring Jordan Howard via trade, Philadelphia invested a 2nd round pick in Miles Sanders.  Sanders is the most talented and well rounded running back in this backfield. If Philadelphia can commit to Sanders and make him the primary running back, he can end up as a RB 2 as early as this season.  However, with Howard there and Philadelphia’s recent history, it’s hard to rely on the Eagles to give Sanders the desired workload this season.

Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

I really like what Washington did in this draft.  Even though I am not a huge Dwayne Haskins fan, getting him at 15 without having to move up was great for Washington. Then they snag his OSU teammate Terry McLaurin and NC State standout Kelvin Harmon.  Haskins is easily the most talented QB in Washington. Even if he isn’t the Week 1 starter, Haskins should see the field this season and instantly add some juice to this offense.

New York Giants:  QB Daniel Jones

New York has been catching a lot of heat since they drafted Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in draft.  Jones looks the part of a franchise QB, but his film leaves a lot of the community hesitant to buy in. I really hope we are all wrong about Jones.  I would love for him to be able to come in after Eli Manning and be the starter for the New York Giants for the next 10 years. Regardless of what GM David Gettleman says, Jones should get the opportunity to play this year or next. If that is the case, it’s hard to imagine he would be worse for the fantasy options then Manning.  

NFC South

New Orleans Saints: TE Alize Mack

Considering Mack was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL Draft, this may be a bit of a stretch.  However, Mack does have some intriguing skills that could one day translate into fantasy production.  Mack has decent speed and works the seam pretty well. With time to develop under Sean Payton, Mack could maybe become a decent TE 2 for fantasy some day.  He shouldn’t be drafted in rookie draft, but could be a nice stash on your taxi squads.

Atlanta Falcons: iOL Chris Lindstrom and OT Kaleb McGary

Rather then trying to sell you all on Qadree Ollison and Marcus Green, I think it would be better to talk about the 2 first round lineman Atlanta drafted.  Getting Lindstrom and trading up for McGary shows us that Atlanta is going to continue trying to improve the run game. Both guys are very good run blockers and will help Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith out of the backfield.  The lack of significant draft capital spent at running back says that Atlanta still has faith in Freeman.

Carolina Panthers: QB Will Grier

I am a huge Will Grier fan and really like the fit for Carolina.  Obviously Grier won’t be an immediate starter, but Grier is instantly a premier backup QB.  And who knows, if Cam Newton’s shoulder is really messed up, Grier can do enough to keep the offensive weapons in Carolina fantasy relevant.  If Newton continues to take hits and misses significant time, I would feel very comfortable having Grier as a QB 2.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  WR Scott Miller

Similar to New Orleans, Tampa Bay spent most of the draft improving their defense.  The only offensive player they picked was Scott Miller in the 6th round. Miller is undersized, but has a ton of speed. He may be a nice field stretcher, but I don’t think he’s even worth a spot on a taxi squad.

NFC North

Chicago Bears: RB David Montgomery

I absolutely love this fit for both Montgomery and Chicago.  For whatever reason, I’ve heard way to many people saying that Montgomery is just a slightly better Jordan Howard.  Montgomery has more talent and is way more versatile than Howard. Montgomery is the best pure runner on this roster and is lined up to be the primary 2 down back for Chicago. Montgomery showed solid pass catching chops and will also be able to contribute in the passing game. Be excited people! Montgomery is going to be a stud in Chicago.

Minnesota Vikings: TE Irv Smith Jr.

See ya later Kyle Rudolph! Irv Smith is the new sheriff in Minnesota.  With Kyle Rudolph being owed over $7 million and no guaranteed money left, it is looking like Rudolph will be cut before the 2019 season starts.  If that is the case, Smith will have the opportunity to start producing right away. Smith is a big, athletic target that should be a great fit in this offense.  

Green Bay Packers: TE Jace Sternberger

Jace Sternberger is a staff favorite over here at the Fantasy Fanalysts.  He plays tight end, but in all honesty, he’s more like a big bodied wide receiver. Sternberger has reliable hands and shows a lot of promise as a route runner. He may not have a ton of production his rookie season, but Sternberger definitely has potential to become a low end TE1.  

Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

TJ Hockenson is the best tight end out of this class.  On top of being great as a receiver, Hockenson is a wonderful blocker.  Hockenson plays with the type of energy and attitude that everybody loves.  His ability to block will allow him to be on the field every down and start contributing right away. When ranking him for dynasty purposes, Hockenson is already a top 12 tight end.

NFC West

Los Angeles Rams: RB Darrell Henderson

I was/am a huge Darrell Henderson fan.  He is extremely quick, is a capable pass catcher and had a ton of production while at Memphis.  I don’t think Los Angeles invests an early 3rd round pick on a running back unless they are at least slightly concerned with Todd Gurley’s knee.  I expect Henderson to take some of Gurley’s workload and have a ton of upside if Gurley were to ever miss time.

Seattle Seahawks: WR DK Metcalf

This was a great fit for DK Metcalf.  Russell Wilson is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL and is going to find ways to get Metcalf the ball.  Even if the Seattle offense is run heavy, Metcalf showed that he can produce on limited targets. Metcalf has one of the highest ceilings in this class.  If he can come close to reaching that ceiling, he is going to be a stud in this league.

San Francisco 49ers: WR Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel is possibly the most exciting prospect in this class when he has the ball in his hands.  He has good speed and is great after contact. With George Kittle and Dante Pettis returning, it’s hard to tell how much Samuel will produce right away.  If given the opportunity, Samuel has the talent to be a WR 2 for fantasy purposes.

Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

As it was speculated for months, Arizona picked Kyler Murray with the 1st overall pick in the NFL draft.  On top of that, Arizona drafted Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson. Murray has the talent, the weapons and hopefully the scheme with Kliff Klingsbury to be a big time fantasy producer.  With his arm talent and athleticism, I don’t think it is to crazy to think that Murray could be a top 12 QB in 2019. This Arizona offense has the chance to be extremely fun.

3 Rounds of Mock Draft for 2019 NFL Draft: NFC Teams

It is officially NFL Draft season! To celebrate the Fanalysts dynasty team performed a 3 round mock draft for all 32 NFL Teams. The results of the draft, broken down by division then team, are listed below. Every team has a full list of their draft picks and an analysis of their overall 3 round draft.

This article will will focus on the NFC teams.

For more on the fantasy football values of the 2019 Draft Class, check out the 48 Report: our 2019 Rookie Database

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

Round 1, 25th Overall: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Round 2, 53rd Overall: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington

Round 2, 55th Overall: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Eagles score solid support for their secondary with Murphy in the back end of the first round. Andre Dillard likely won’t fall this far in the NFL Draft but if he does he would give them great depth and would have the time to develop as an eventual replacement for their aging tackles. Justice Hill is a dynamic pass catching back who can perfectly compliment Jordan Howard’s role in the offense.

Matt Hicks

Dallas Cowboys

Round 2, 58th Overall: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

Round 3, 90th Overall: Renell Wren, iDL, Arizona State

Analysis: With just 2 picks in the first 2 days the Cowboys need to be strategic with their picks. Kahale Warring gives them a very athletic, but raw, tight end who could develop into a huge weapon for Prescott and the Cowboys offense. Wren helps them address their need on the defensive side of the trenches. Alternatively, Dallas could also look for help along the offensive line or look for a high upside wideout.

Matt Hicks

New York Giants

Round 1, 6th Overall: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Round 1, 17th Overall: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Round 2, 37th Overall: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

Round 3, 95th Overall: Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska

Bush and Winovich give the Giants two dynamic pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball. Gettleman wants to win in the trenches and Jawaan Taylor is the best pure offensive tackle in the draft; making him a clear choice with their 6th overall pick. Stanley Morgan is a gadget-type player who can help the Giants work the shortfield with Eli Manning at the helm. The Giants don’t yet have a clear vision forward under Gettleman but with these 4 players highlighting their draft class things are going to start looking a lot clearer in New York.

Matt Hicks

Washington/Salt Lake (RIP)

Round 1, 15th Overall: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Round 2, 46th Overall: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Round 3, 76th Overall: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

Washington will be looking for their quarterback of the future with Case Keenum bridging a terrible Alex Smith injury with last season’s Ohio State star. Haskins has a lot of developing to do but can fit in Gruden’s scheme after hopefully a “redshirt” year in 2019. Haskins gets paired up with his Ohio State teammate in Parris Campbell; who is fast, a good route runner, and could help break Washington’s streak of struggling wide receivers. Amani Hooker pairs up nicely with Landon Collins and helps their defense continue to be the foundation of their roster.

Matt Hicks

NFC North:

Chicago Bears

3rd round, 87th overall: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

The Chicago Bears have very little draft capital in the 2019 NFL Draft.  Luckily, the Bears don’t have a ton of holes on the roster. One of the glaring needs is a well rounded running back, especially with trading Jordan Howard away.  I think Chicago could have gone RB later and addressed EDGE or secondary here, but Josh Jacobs stood out for me here. Josh Jacobs is a very powerful runner, is very agile and is more than capable of producing in the passing game.  Jacobs and Tarik Cohen would be a deadly combo if Chicago could pull this off.

Mike Colaianne

Minnesota Vikings

1st round, 18th overall: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

2nd round, 50th overall: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

3rd round, 81st overall: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Minnesota needs to address the offensive line in this draft.  They just paid Kirk Cousins last season and invested solid draft capitol into Dalvin Cook.  The Vikings need to protect these weapons and allow the offense to produce at the level it should be.  Bradbury and Deiter should both be able to contribute right away and help take this offense to the next level.  I think Marquise Brown would be a great fit in this offense. Brown can help stretch the field, which would help create even more space for Thielen and Diggs.

Mike Colaianne

Green Bay Packers

1st round, 12th overall: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

1st round, 30th overall: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

2nd round, 44th overall: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

3rd round, 75th overall: Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

Defense, Defense, Defense! That should be the main priority for Green Bay.  They have had some nice signings in free agency, such as Adrian Amos, but this defense is far from being a complete unit.  Sweat is an athletic freak that can give the Packers some much needed pass rush. Gardner-Johnson is a very versatile player that can fill many different roles in the defense.  Giles-Harris is a very intelligent player that should be able to play right away. Finally, Arcega-Whiteside can be the huge red zone threat that Jimmy Graham never was.

Mike Colaianne

Detroit Lions

1st round, 8th overall: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

2nd round, 43rd overall: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

3rd round, 88th overall: L.J. Collier, EDGE, TCU

Pass rush, cornerback and tight end seem to be the biggest needs for Detroit.  Honestly, they can probably address these three positions in any order in the draft.  Hockenson is a rarity in the sense that he is a great blocker and pass catcher. His balance will allow him to play right away and stay on the field no matter the situation.  Layne was converted to a cornerback after his freshman year and has developed quickly. He is a very physical player that will fit nicely opposite of Darius Slay. Collier is a player that can be moved around the defensive line and will compete no matter what position he is in.

Mike Colaianne

NFC South:

Carolina Panthers

1st Round, 16th Overall: Rashaan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

2nd Round, 47th Overall: Greg Little, T, Ole Miss

3rd Round, 77th Overall: Tytus Howard, T, Alabama State

3rd Round, 100th Overall: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Analysis: I took mercy on the Panthers and gave them a very good pass rusher in Rashaan Gary out of Michigan. They could use a bit more pass rush and Gary was too good to pass up. The next two picks are tackles… Because the Panthers MUST PROTECT CAM AT ALL COSTS. There were reports that Cam might need shoulder surgery and could miss the season earlier in the year but he opted for a more minor procedure. This doesn;t change the fact that the Carolina Offensive Line was just that, Offensive. I rounded it out by taking Damien Harris. Imagine a 1-2 punch of McCaffrey and Harris? Sure, for fantasy is might be a bit of a downer but that tandem would be a PROBLEM.

Eric Adams

New Orleans Saints

Round 2, 62nd Overall: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Analysis: Quite a bit to digest here, try not to get overwhelmed. Taylor Rapp is a draft crush of mine. This guy thumps with the best of them and a big hitting safety is just what the doctor ordered for a New Orleans team that would probably like to hit anything that moves at the moment. Other than that, take a load off New Orleans, don’t think you’ll be doing much drafting this year.

Eric Adams

Atlanta Falcons

Round 1, 14th Overall: Ed Oliver, iDL, Houston

Round 2, 45th Overall: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Round 3, 79th Overall: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Analysis: The Atlanta Falcons needed to shore up their deficiencies on the defensive end and this was a perfect start for them. With this draft, you want to go after some of these positions early before they dry up. Ed Oliver is a great get at 14 and sort of the best player available move. As good as he is, he should be able to win out in training camp and/or start sooner rather than later. Love and Walker are great depth picks who could also end up starting in the first couple of years.

Christopher Nelson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1, 5th Overall: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Round 2, 39th Overall: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Round 3, 70th Overall: David Long, CB, Michigan

Analysis: With Jonah Williams available at the 5th pick, it was an easy decision to add him to a offensive line that sorely needs him. Mack Wilson went a little higher than some expected, but with the loss of Kwon Alexander this was a move that was needed. This gives him time to learn and grow behind Beckwith and David while providing depth. The pick of David Long brings in a corner who works really well against smaller receivers who would work will in the slot.

Christopher Nelson

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals

Round 1, 1st Overall: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Round 2, 34th Overall: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College

Round 3, 66th Overall: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Analysis: The Cardinals have a lot of needs on their roster, replacing the franchise quarterback they traded up for in last year’s draft is not one of those needs. Instead, they need to stay the path of Rosen and take Bosa with the first overall pick. Lindstrom is a very valuable pick in the early 2nd; he would provide instant support for Arizona’s offensive line. Emanuel Hall would be a dangerous weapon for them along the outside. He would help stretch the field while Kirk and Fitzgerald work the underneath.

Matt Hicks

Los Angeles Rams

1st round, 31st overall: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

3rd round, 94th overall: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

3rd round, 99th overall: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

The one glaring need I didn’t address for Los Angeles here is the offensive line.  I could definitely see them addressing that early in the early rounds of the draft.  The reason for taking Oruwariye instead of o-line is that they need the depth there. Peters and Talib are both free agents after 2019 and Oruwariye is a versatile player that makes big plays.  Cashman is a great athlete that can play on all three downs in the NFL. If the Rams are truly worried about Gurley’s knee, getting Sanders in the third could be a steal. Sanders can do a little bit of everything and take some of the load off Gurley.  

Mike Colaianne

Seattle Seahawks

1st round, 21st overall: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

3rd round, 84th overall: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma

The recent Doug Baldwin news really influenced my picks for Seattle.  I planned on going cornerback, but as Baldwin is having a harder time staying on the field, Seattle can’t rely on Tyler Lockett to be their #1 go-to guy.  Butler would fit into this offense nicely and I think him and Lockett could be a very nice combo for Russell Wilson. Samia was a 4 year starter at Oklahoma and has the athleticism and technique to play right away.  Some other positions you could see Seattle address in the draft are cornerback and pass rusher.

Mike Colaianne

San Francisco 49ers

1st round, 2nd overall: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

2nd round, 36th overall: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

3rd round, 67th overall: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech

San Francisco needs to address a lot of needs, but they are also picking 1.02 for a reason. The most important thing to do is add talent, especially at the top end. Brian Burns is a top notch edge rusher and a worthy player of a top 2 pick. Possibly a better pure pass rusher than Bosa, Burns gives their defense a shot in the arm that they need to make some big plays and help support their increasingly high powered offense. Deandre Baker in the second round is another nice addition to that defense. He is a quality athlete that would step right in as a starter. Wesley is an upside swing that could really work out in that offense. He fills an archetype on the boundary that they do not currently have.

Josh Padgett