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.
— NFL (@nfl) August 8, 2014
Tre Mason, running back, St. Louis Rams
Will Mason pose a future threat to Zac Stacy’s future fantasy value?
— Jesse (@TimeLordDevious) August 6, 2014
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.
No Snelling this year & Jackson's already banged up. Atlanta rookie RB Devonta Freeman's the most important player to watch this preseason.
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) August 8, 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.
SuperCam won't be playing tonight (no surprise) but I'll be watching Kelvin Benjamin all night. #FantasyFootball
— The Fantasy Force (@TheFantasyForce) August 8, 2014
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.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 8, 2014
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.
IF Jordan Matthews is being 'overrated' it's only in #EaglesNation. He'll destroy the national media's expectations.
— Dawkovan McNabb (@EagleOzz) August 6, 2014
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.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 8, 2014