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ROOKIE ROUNDUP

THINKING OF DRAFTING A ROOKIE FROM THE 2019 CLASS? HERE’S WHO YOU SHOULD TARGET EARLY, MIDDLE OR LATE.

What’s the best way to describe the 2019 draft class? Hmm, that’s a tough one. It’s a deep group, but there appear to be more contributors and role players than superstars.

Take the running backs as an example. You’ll learn everything there is to know about Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery and Miles Sanders here, but beyond those three are plenty of backs with lots of potential to help a run game, not lead it. Maybe that changes in time in the case of Devin Singletary, but even he’s not a cinch to be a Fantasy legend.

The receiver class is equally challenging to sort out. All three of our CBS Fantasy analysts has a different receiver at the top their dynasty positional rankings — none being the first receiver taken in the actual NFL draſt ! The good news is several receivers landed in places where they can make a modest impact right away.

If there’s a position where there’s a consensus on long-term optimism, it’s tight end. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. Both have appeal as difference-making tight ends, even if it’s not happening in 2019. Same goes for Jace Sternberger and Irv Smith. This fab four could make appearances in Fantasy drafts for the next five years.

But the most polarizing rookie is the one taken at the top of the NFL draft : Kyler Murray. While the rest of the well-known rookie quarterbacks figure to struggle in limited playing time this season, Murray found a spot where he’ll start in Week 1. If his game is anything like it was in college, Fantasy managers will be excited to draft him now and into the future.

Whether you’re draft ing in dynasty leagues, or just window-shopping for some sleepers, our rookie class preview is designed to give you an idea of what to expect in 2019 and beyond.

*LISTED AGES AS OF WEEK 1OF 2019 SEASON

RB

JOSH JACOBS

OAKLAND RAIDERS 5-10, 220, 21 YEARS OLD

Jacobs doesn’t carry the sure-fire Fantasy stud label Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott entered the league with, but he’s pretty close. A prototypical three-down running back who should thrive in Jon Gruden’s off ense, Jacobs enters the NFL with minimal experience, with only three career games with 15-plus carries. He left Alabama with just under 300 career touches, but it was enough to prove he played with good speed and lateral agility with a knack for falling forward to pick up extra yards. He also displayed natural receiving skills and is a solid blocker to boot. In 12 years of playcalling, Gruden has developed a running back to over 1,000 total yards 10 times and at least seven touchdowns seven times. He also pushed one of the Raiders’ less-than-stellar rushers to 15-plus touches in 10 of 16 games last season. Jacobs is as good as it gets from this rookie class.

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