There will be many more 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings and features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2018 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I'll also have an extensive 2018 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.
2018 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Re-Draft
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
Saquon Barkley is more than just an ordinary running back; he'll be the centerpiece of the Giants' offense, much like Marshall Faulk was for the "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams teams. Barkley should be a first-round fantasy pick this year in all formats.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks
Rashaad Penny, chosen 27th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, will be a three-down back for the Seahawks, according to Pete Carroll. That's obviously great news for Penny's outlook, but the bad news is that he'll have horrible blocking in front of him.
Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Bill Belichick tends to use a million running backs, but given that he spent a first-round pick on Sony Michel, he obviously has big plans for the 31st-overall selection. Michel should be able to function as Dion Lewis' replacement in New England's offense.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions
Kerryon Johnson shouldn't have much of a problem bypassing the disappointing Ameer Abdullah on the roster. Johnson is a great fit for Detroit's offense, as he'll catch lots of Matthew Stafford's short passes. This obviously makes him more appealing in PPR leagues.
Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers
The Buccaneers lacked talent in the backfield heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, so the only person who can prevent Ronald Jones from thriving this year is Jones himself. I worry about the Tampa party lifestyle getting to Jones, as it has to many young Buccaneers over the years.
Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins
Derrius Guice fell in the 2018 NFL Draft because of character concerns. He even got into a shouting match with members of the Eagles' organization on his top-30 visit to Philadelphia. Guice is very talented, and he's the best pure runner on the Redskins' roster, but I wonder if his attitude will prevent him from becoming the player he should be.
Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos
Royce Freeman doesn't have much competition. With C.J. Anderson gone, the Broncos didn't really have any viable running backs. Of course, this assumes that Freeman won't be useless himself, so he's no guarantee. The opportunity will be there for him, however.
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
The Browns spent a high second-round pick on Nick Chubb. Carlos Hyde stands in his way this year, and I don't expect Chubb to pass him on the depth chart, barring injury. Fortunately for Chubb, Hyde has been very injury-prone throughout his career, so he could get some starts in the second half of the season.
D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers
The Panthers lacked a No. 1 receiver heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, but now they have one. Moore, taken 24th overall, was getting consideration from two teams picking in the teens, so teams obviously liked his talent. I'm sure Cam Newton will as well. The Newton-to-Moore connection is one to watch in the preseason, as it may dictate how great of a fantasy option Moore is this year.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
Calvin Ridley is a precise route-runner who should be able to integrate into an NFL offense quite easily, thanks to the superior coaching he received at Alabama. I don't think I'd draft Ridley before the late rounds, but I could see him ascending into WR2 status if Julio Jones were to suffer an injury.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
The Cowboys didn't really have any viable starting receivers on their roster heading into the 2018 NFL Draft - Allen Hurns doesn't count - so Michael Gallup should be able to quickly take hold of a starting job. He's a fantasy receiver I'd be interested in drafting this year, though I'd like to see how he performs in the preseason, just to make sure.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Colts
Jordan Wilkins was a fifth-round pick out of Ole Miss. He has a chance to start this year, given that his competition is Marlon Mack. Wilkins is a strong pass-blocker, so that could be a way he gets on the field.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars
The Jaguars lost their top receiver, Allen Robinson, to free agency. D.J. Chark gets to compete against some mediocre talents at receiver, and he should be able to move up the depth chart quickly. Unfortunately, Blake Bortles' incompetence will prevent Chark from doing great things.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals
A fourth-round rookie out of Fordham, Chase Edmonds figures to be David Johnson's direct backup. He'll obviously be worth grabbing on the waiver wire if Johnson were to get hurt again.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
Nyheim Hines will act as a very poor man's Darren Sproles in the Colts' offense. He's worth more in PPR formats.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins
I'm usually not a fan of drafting rookie tight ends, but the Dolphins didn't have a tight end on their roster prior to selecting the athletic Mike Gesicki in the second round, so he'll start right away.
Hayden Hurst, TE, Ravens
Hayden Hurst will need to bypass Ben Watson, who is still a functional player at this stage of his career. If Hurst can do this, he could come close to TE1 range, but I don't think there's any reason to draft him in standard leagues this year.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
Christian Kirk was once viewed as a first-round prospect, but he fell to the middle of the second frame. He should do well in the long term, but he might have a rookie quarterback throwing to him for most of 2018, making him pretty undesirable in standard formats.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
Courtland Sutton won't have an impact this year unless either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders goes down with an injury, which doesn't sound implausible. Even then, he's just a second-round rookie, so there's no reason to draft him in standard leagues.
J'Mon Moore, WR, Packers
J'Mon Moore has a chance to be productive right away, as there's a vacancy in Green Bay's receiving corps in the wake of Jordy Nelson's departure.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Dolphins
Kalen Ballage could take over as the starting running back in the event of a Kenyan Drake injury, so he's someone to monitor on the waiver wire.
Jordan Akins, TE, Texans
I'm not a fan of fantasy rookie tight ends, but Jordan Akins has a chance to be productive this year, given that the Texans had nothing else at the position.
Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers
It's difficult to trust rookie receivers, and Dante Pettis has a couple of solid players ahead of him on the depth chart in Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. I wouldn't draft him this year.
Tre'Quan Smith, WR, Saints
No Saints receiver should ever be counted out, and third-rounder Tre'Quan Smith could become the No. 2 wideout this year, depending on what happens with Cameron Meredith's health situation. Still, given that the Saints are more run-oriented, Smith is better left undrafted, barring some impressinve showings in the preseason.
Anthony Miller, WR, Bears
There's an outside chance Anthony Miller could become Chicago's No. 2 receiver this season, but I like him better for the long haul. I would not draft him in standard formats this year.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Cowboys
There's a chance fourth-rounder Dalton Schultz becomes Dallas' starting tight end in the wake of Jason Witten's retirement, so that puts him on the fantasy radar.
James Washington, WR, Steelers
James Washington is unquestionably the third receiver, at best, on Pittsburgh's roster, so he'll need Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster to get hurt to make any sort of fantasy impact.
Daurice Fountain, WR, Colts
Daurice Fountain is just a fifth-round rookie, but he'll have an opportunity to play right away in Indianapolis. If Andrew Luck returns, Fountain might actually be productive right away.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
Dallas Goedert was selected in the second round to be Trey Burton's replacement. He'll only be a fantasy factor if Zach Ertz gets hurt.