FANTASY rookies can make or break a team at times. Forget the fact that kickoff is still four months away, let’s overreact to the potential game changing rooks! Here are the 11 top 1st year players at each position and what to expect from them.

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Quarterback

Missed the cut: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), DeShone Kizer (Cleveland Browns)

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
THERE is still debate surrounding whether Watson will be the starter or not for Houston. Tommy Savage may get the starting role, but I expect Watson to get some snaps as a pro in his 1st NFL season. However, you can leave him on the waiver wire and add accordingly if need be.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chciago Bears
ANOTHER rook who faces the prospect of being No. 2 in the depth chart. If the Bears didn’t give Mike Glennon $45 million for three years this draft pick would make a lot of sense. Instead we are all just left scratching our heads. Avoid.

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Running Back

Missed the cut: Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints), D’Onta Freeman (Houston Texans), Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
ONE of the most intriguing draft candidates, Mixon could be a factor in the Bengal backfield from day one. Watch him closely as training camp progresses to see how his role unfolds.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
THE post Adrian Peterson era begins in Minnesota with another 1st round back. One of the rookies that should be a feature of the offense, Dalvin Cook could very well join the NFL’s promising young group of great runners with plenty of opportunity coming his way in 2017.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
MCCAFFREY’S versatility makes him a viable draft option once the fantasy season rolls around. He should line up as a runner and a receiver in different sets and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of the first rookies off the board.

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Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

MY pick to be the first rookie drafted in most fantasy formats the Jaguars debutant should be a workhorse for them next year. Expect Fournette to be given plenty of opportunity and should plenty of the offensive responsibilities next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was among the leagues top rushers too. Draft accordingly.

Wide Receiver

Missed the cut: JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers), Zay Jones (Buffalo Bills), Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams)

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
PHILIP Rivers newest weapon and the 7th pick in last years draft will fight for opportunities in LA. The Chargers have compiled a far amount of young talent and Williams, a traditional jump ball receiver could pose as a long ball and red zone target. I expect that he won’t feature in the offense during his rookie year though.

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
THE NFL’S new fastest man has plenty of value in the Bengals offense. He and A.J. Green should form a dynamic duo in Cincinnati although his value still remains cloudy. he could  become a Ted Ginn type player emerging as a deep threat, but I think he will showcase his talents raising his output as the season progresses.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
COREY Davis will have a legitimate case at being the Titans first receiver on the depth chart and accordingly should lead all first years in receiving yards. Expect Mariota to Davis to feature a lot in play by play’s throughout next season.

Tight End

Missed the cut: Evan Engram (New York Giants), Gerald Everett (Los Angeles Rams)

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’M going to make a bold statement here and say that O.J. Howard will lead rookies in TD grabs in season 2017. I can already forecast Winston rolling out of the pocket and hitting Howard with a bullet dime. Just be ready for his output to be a rollercoaster as he fights for touches in the offense.

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
WITH plenty of touches up for grabs in Cleveland the uber athletic Njoku could become an important piece right away. Regardless of who is passing the ball his output can fluctuate as the offense ‘finds itself’ be ready to snap him up when he has his inevitable breakout game.