Rookie Watch; NFL Preseason Week 1

Rookie Watch; NFL Preseason Week 1


It’s time to focus on some of the NFL’s newest draftees in tonight’s matchups. Here are some rookies worth watching, who might just make a fantasy football sleeper option come draft time.

New Orleans Saints at the St. Louis Rams

Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver New Orleans Saints

There are many mouths to feed in New Orleans, however, Cooks has been looking really awesome in practice. Take him in tonight.

Tre Mason, running back, St. Louis Rams

Will Mason pose a future threat to Zac Stacy’s future fantasy value?

Miami Dolphins at the Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freemman, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons

Let’s face it. Steven Jackson is getting old. He is also battling a hamstring injury. Freeman should be observed and a possible heir to Jackson’s throne in 2014.

Buffalo Bills at the Carolina Panthers

Sammy Watkins, Wide Reciever, Buffalo Bills

Watkins was a disappointing rookie to watch in the Hall of Fame Game, as his quarterback, E.J. Manuel failed to land the ball in his hands. Will Watkins at least catch one or two balls tonight?

Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers

Benjamin unfortunately plays without his star quarterback, Cam Newton tonight as Newton is still healing up from his ankle surgery. Hopefully Benjamin will catch a few balls to just give us a sampling of what he can accomplish once he and Newton take the field together.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Jacksonville Jaguars

Charles Simms, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He could be up for a change of pace role behind Doug Martin. Keep any eye out for a goal line sniper.

Marquise Lee, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

With nearly every wide receiver missing in action due to injury or punishment, eyes will be on Lee, because someone needs to catch the ball.

Blake Bortles, quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars

Not likely going to start, but will play some snaps. Perhaps he’ll impress more than we’re expecting tonight.

Philadelphia Eagles at the Chicago Bears

Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

He’s going to be the man tonight as both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are dealing with health issues. I think Matthews makes a great late round draft pick, who might just surprise us later in the fantasy season.

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings

Derek Carr, quarterback, Oakland Raiders

Carr is a stretch to consider in any fantasy format at this time, but obviously he’s worth watching to see if he proves to play better than Matt Schaub.

Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

Yes! He is probably the crowd favorite whom all eyes will be on tonight. Should be fascinating to observe as he makes his NFL debut.

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