NFL rookies ready to make a fantasy impact

The NFL draft has come and gone and with it the expectations have been set for the incoming rookie class. Here’s a look at the rookies who can make an impact in your fantasy football leagues.

Early contributors

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars — He passes the eye test and has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson. I have a few doubts about that comparison, but he’s in a good spot and I’d expect him to get the share of carries next season despite the presence of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon. Last year’s running back picked at No. 4 (Ezekiel Elliott) turned out all right. Fournette is at least an RB2 in my book, and could end up being a top-8 running back by the time the season is over. He’ll probably go in the second or third rounds of fantasy drafts.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers — This is a great situation for the rookie; Jonathan Stewart is entering his 11th year and McCaffrey has the versatility to take over touches from the other backs on the roster. If what he did in college is any indication, he’ll be starting outright soon enough. McCaffrey will be expected to take a lot of pressure off Cam Newton, likely acting as an outlet in the passing game. Look for him to go in the second or third rounds if he’s taken early. He may end up putting up flex-to-RB2 numbers.

Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal scores on a nineteen yard touchdown run against the Rice Owls in the third quarter of their NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Mike Williams, WR, Chargers — Outside of Keenan Allen, who is a walking injury waiting to happen, the Chargers have a lot of mediocre options at the position. Williams can make an early impact if he makes the most of his targets. He’s likely to go in the sixth or seventh round.

O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers — This could end up being more beneficial to Jameis Winston, who now has Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate and now Howard as targets. Howard can line up almost anywhere on the field and will be a matchup nightmare. He might not be a TE1 to start the season, so don’t reach, but he could be a valuable late-round pick.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings — The offensive line is in rough shape, though they did address the need in the draft. If it improves significantly then Cook has a chance to produce. His ability to take it to the house on any play makes him an enticing pick. I see him as a flex player at this point, so he can be taken as early as the fifth, but maybe the sixth or seventh rounds are more appropriate given that Latavius Murray is in the picture.

Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles carries the ball in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Samaje Perine, RB, Redskins — Matt Jones is still in the doghouse, but Rob Kelley is the likely starter. Perine can be an instant short-yardage and goal line specialist, which could prove to be valuable for fantasy. He’s got the size to handle a lot of touches so he may end up as Kelley’s handcuff.

Corey Davis, WR, Titans — The Titans have Rishard Matthews as their No. 1 wide receiver but Davis has the opportunity to become the new No. 1. He’ll have a chance to prove himself early and that’s a big factor for rookie success. He has WR2 potential.

Needing some seasoning

Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints — Draft experts saw him as the fourth best running back in the draft, but going to the Saints where Mark Ingram has been the starter and Adrian Peterson just entered the picture doesn’t bode well for early production.

Alvin Kamara #6 carries the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals — So many questions surround this pick. From character issues to the fact that he enters a crowded backfield with a bruiser and a pass catcher already in play. That said, if he gets the opportunity he may end up being the value pick of the draft. People will shy away for various reasons, but the talent is there to be an RB1. It will take some mock drafting to figure out where, if at all, you’re willing to take him.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans — Lamar Miller will be the starter once the season gets going, but he’s had a history of getting run down in the latter part of the season. If Foreman makes a mark early, he can have a solid floor of production, even as a situational back.

Texas RB D’Onta Foreman goes through some pass catching drills as he performed for NFL scouts Tuesday March 28, 2017 during Pro Timing Day at the University inside the team practice bubble.
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Zay Jones, WR, Bills — He can turn into a possession receiver if he can click with Tyrod Taylor early. Sammy Watkins is the best option on the team, but Jones can turn into the No. 2 WR if he can outplay Brandon Tate and Andre Holmes.

ArDarius Stewart, WR, Jets — With Brandon Marshall moving on to the Giants, there’s room for a new playmaker to rise to prominence. Stewart’s ability after the catch can help him carve a role with the Jets, but is Josh McCown going to play well enough for it to matter?

Possible sleeper

Joe Williams, RB, 49ers — Bad play-calling in the Super Bowl notwithstanding, Kyle Shanahan is an offensive guru and he was very happy grabbing Williams in the fourth round. Williams is definitely a risky pick, which is why you have to make sure your starting spots are filled before taking a flyer on him.

Let’s talk quarterbacks

The top four taken at the position all entered situations where they’ll sit or have to win a starting job. Not one is in a plug-and-play situation. Don’t draft any of them, but monitor closely. The key isn’t to wait on a big game before picking them up off the waiver wire. You have to see signs first. Then, only if you have room on your roster, you take a chance on the wire.

NFL Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings: Super Bowl

If you’ve been playing NFL.com’s Playoff Challenge, it all comes down to this Sunday.

The best piece of advice I could give you is if you’ve been starting a player since the first week of the playoffs, don’t change now. According to the rules, if you started a player like Julio Jones in every week so far, even though he didn’t have a Wild Card game, his points will be quadrupled. If you’ve started a player since the Divisional Round then his points will be tripled, and so on.

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots works out during a practice session ahead of Super Bowl LI on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots works out during a practice session ahead of Super Bowl LI on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

It would be a bad idea to switch quarterbacks at this point, but if you were banking on a QB other than Matt Ryan or Tom Brady you’ll have to change it up. It’s a tough choice between the two quarterbacks if bonus points aren’t involved. On one hand you’ve got the potential MVP in Ryan facing the Pats defense and on the other you’ve got Brady against a Falcon’s defense that was 28th in passing yards allowed per game. I’d give the nod to Brady in this one, but just barely.

At running back there are a lot of options. It’s hard to find anything that really worked well against the Patriots this season, but I think their biggest weakness may be in defending running backs catching passes out of the backfield. They lost just twice this season and in both games they allowed opposing running backs to hurt them through the air. When the Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24 in Week 10 rookie C.J. Prosise caught seven passes for 87 yards and rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries. In their early loss to Buffalo LeSean McCoy had a touchdown reception.

Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a three yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a three yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If the Falcons’ tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman can be effective out of the backfield, they have a real chance. I’d take Freeman as my top back in the NFL Playoff Challenge and go with Dion Lewis on the other side. Bill Belichick has taken his time with the dynamic talent since LeGarrette Blount has been very solid, but Lewis is a play maker and he could be unleashed against a middle of the road defense.

You’ve got to believe the Falcons’ Jones will show up in the biggest game of his life, double teams be damned. I’d make sure to start him.

Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The other side of the ball is harder to predict. Julian Edelman had just three touchdowns all year and eclipsed 100 yards receiving just twice. Chris Hogan had just as many 100-yard games and scored one more touchdown than Edelman and he’s been on fire lately. Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Floyd have combined for just four catches in the postseason, but who knows what Josh McDaniels has cooked up.

If you pass on Edelman and Hogan, you might be best served going with two Falcons in the passing game. Mohamed Sanu has scored a touchdown in three straight games and the Patriots are known for taking away a team’s best weapon (Jones). Another Falcons option is Taylor Gabriel who finished the regular season scoring six touchdowns in the final six weeks. He can make big plays and sometimes you need the lesser known players to have a shot at getting over on the more common picks. Gabriel hasn’t scored in the postseason so he may be due.

Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

People keep expecting Martellus Bennett to break out, and though he’s shown signs, he’s just not as reliable as you want out of the tight end position. That said, you might have to trust him more than his rookie counterpart in Atlanta.

Atlanta’s Austin Hooper has just three catches in the postseason for 33 yards. Bennett was held down by the Texans in the Divisional round of the playoffs but the Falcons have had bad games against tight ends. Travis Kelce lit them up for 140 yards in Week 13. Bennett is the better play among the tight ends.

NFL Playoff Challenge rankings:

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady, Patriots

Matt Ryan, Falcons

Running backs

Devonta Freeman, Falcons

Dion Lewis, Patriots

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots

Tevin Coleman, Falcons

Wide receivers

Julio Jones, Falcons

Chris Hogan, Patriots

Mohamed Sanu, Falcons

Julian Edelman, Patriots

Taylor Gabriel, Falcons

Michael Floyd, Patriots

Tight ends

Martellus Bennett, Patriots

Austin Hooper, Falcons

Kickers

Matt Bryant, Falcons

Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

Defense/Special teams

Patriots

Falcons

NFL playoff fantasy football rankings: Conference Championships

If you’re playing NFL.com’s fantasy football challenge get ready to set your lineups for the Conference Championship rounds. If you started Aaron Rodgers two weeks in a row, you were rewarded with a win against the Cowboys, which means his points will triple in the NFC Championship. Here’s a look at how the other skill players stack up.

Quarterbacks

After Rodgers, you really have to just go with who you think will make the Super Bowl so you can multiply their points in that game. Tom Brady is the odds on favorite to advance.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
3. Matt Ryan, Falcons
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Running backs

Le’Veon Bell can score triple points this week if you started him in the previous two rounds. The Patriots went away from LeGarrette Blount as Bill Belichick used the dynamic Dion Lewis a lot more effectively.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
2. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
3. Dion Lewis, Patriots
4. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots
5. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
6. Ty Montgomery, Packers
7. James White, Patriots
8. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers
9. Aaron Ripkowski, Packers
10. Christine Michael, Packers

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown has to start since you probably had him going the previous two weeks. Julio Jones could have an amazing game given the Packers secondary isn’t very good. Speaking of the Packers, I’m not sure Jordy Nelson has an impact even if he does play. When breathing is a chore with the kind of injury he has, it’s not likely he’ll have a good game if he plays.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) scores on a 7-yard touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) scores on a 7-yard touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Falcons
3. Julian Edelman, Patriots
4. Randall Cobb, Packers
5. Davante Adams, Packers
6. Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots
7. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
8. Eli Rogers, Steelers
9. Michael Floyd, Patriots
10. Geronimo Allison, Packers
11. Taylor Gabriel, Falcons
12. Chris Hogan, Patriots
13. Cobi Hamilton, Steelers
14. Jordy Nelson, Packers

Tight ends

Jared Cook has been great in the postseason, but if you started Martellus Bennett last week you might as well bank on his double points.

1. Martellus Bennett, Patriots
2. Jared Cook, Packers
3. Austin Hooper, Falcons
4. Jesse James, Steelers

Kickers

As I predicted last week, Chris Boswell will be able to start multiple weeks for you after the Steelers upset the Chiefs. Gostkowski is at the top of the list since you’ll be able to double his points when he plays in the Super Bowl, which I’m expecting.

1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
2. Chris Boswell, Steelers
3. Matt Bryant, Falcons
4. Mason Crosby, Packers

Defense/special teams

At this point, this is basically a prediction of who you think will last another game so you can double their points during the Super Bowl.

1. Patriots
2. Falcons
3. Steelers
4. Packers

NFL playoff fantasy football rankings: Divisional round

If you’re playing NFL.com’s fantasy football challenge it’s almost time to set your lineup for the divisional round of the playoffs. Last week we saw big games from Aaron Rodgers, Thomas Rawls and Antonio Brown. If they were in your lineup in the Wild-Card round, you need to have them back in  your lineup this week as points double for players you start in consecutive games. You’ll likely be rooting for their teams to win as their points would triple during the conference championships if you start them again.

Quarterbacks

One strategy for the NFL playoff challenge was to start Tom Brady last week, even though he didn’t play, so his points this week would be doubled by virtue of you starting him twice in a row. Another great strategy would’ve been for you to start Aaron Rodgers who did play, very well, and whose points will double this week against the Cowboys. Rodgers, however, isn’t favored to advance. Ben Roethlisberger is another high prospect given that his Steelers have the best chance to advance.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and strong safety Jordan Richards (37) warm up during an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and strong safety Jordan Richards (37) warm up during an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Matt Ryan, Falcons
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
5. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
6. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
7. Alex Smith, Chiefs
8. Brock Osweiler, Texans

Running backs

Your best bet for scoring big points in the playoff challenge is to have multiple players hit those bonus points. Le’Veon Bell has a great chance to score triple points next week if he and the Steelers can get past the Chiefs in the divisional round. Even if they end up bowing out, Bell will still likely give you nice production this week, times two if you started him last week. The Patriots are heavily favored over the Texans and LeGarrette Blount should pay off when they get a lead and want to run the clock.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the second half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the second half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
2. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
5. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
6. Dion Lewis, Patriots
7. Ty Montgomery, Packers
8. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
9. Spencer Ware, Chiefs
10. Lamar Miller, Texans
11. James White, Patriots
12. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers
13. Charcandrick West, Chiefs
14. Aaron Ripkowski, Packers
15. Darren McFadden, Cowboys
16. Alfred Blue, Texans
17. Alex Collins, Seahawks
18. Christine Michael, Packers

Wide receivers

You have to start Brown this week if you started him last week to get double points, especially since the Steelers have a real chance to beat the Chiefs. One guy you’ll have to keep an eye on is Jordy Nelson. If he has fractured ribs, as reported by NFL.com, he may not be able to play. Even if he can go, you’ve got to believe he would be limited. Look for Malcolm Mitchell to be pretty productive this week and in later rounds.

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Falcons
3. Davante Adams, Packers
4. Julian Edelman, Patriots
5. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
6. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
7. Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots
8. Randall Cobb, Packers
9. Jordy Nelson, Packers
10. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
11. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
12. Eli Rogers, Steelers
13. Cole Beasley, Cowboys
14. Michael Floyd, Patriots
15. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
16. Chris Hogan, Patriots
17. Taylor Gabriel, Falcons
18. Terrance Williams, Cowboys
19. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
20. Geronimo Allison, Packers
21. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks
22. Paul Richardson, Seahawks
23. Cobi Hamilton, Steelers
24. Will Fuller, Texans

Tight ends

Travis Kelce has been a monster all year. Even if the Steelers pull off an upset, he’s the tight end most likely to be productive. Jimmy Graham and the Seahawks are slight underdogs, but he’s had a nice bounce back year this season. Don’t be surprised if he’s a big factor against a Falcons defense that isn’t good at defending the position.

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
2. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
3. Martellus Bennett, Patriots
4. Jared Cook, Packers
5. Jason Witten, Cowboys
6. Austin Hooper, Falcons
7. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans
8. Jesse James, Steelers
9. Luke Willson, Seahawks
10. Ryan Griffin, Texans

Kickers

Sensing a Steelers upset of the Chiefs, I’m expecting Chris Boswell to be able to start multiple weeks for you. Same goes for Stephen Gostkowski, who tops this list.

1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
2. Chris Boswell, Steelers
3. Matt Bryant, Falcons
4. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
5. Mason Crosby, Packers
6. Cairo Santos, Chiefs
7. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
8. Nick Novak, Texans

Defense/special teams

The Texans are ranked last because they have to face the Patriots. The Seahawks face the Falcons who have been a terrible matchup for defenses all year. Dallas is favored over the Packers, so their defense is ranked slightly higher. Plus, Green Bay may be without Nelson.

1. Patriots
2. Falcons
3. Steelers
4. Cowboys
5. Packers
6. Seahawks
7. Chiefs
8. Texans

NFL playoff fantasy football rankings

If you thought the fantasy football season was over, think again. It’s playoff time and that means it’s time to form your fantasy playoff league.

Fantasy football during the NFL postseason is a bit different from a season-long league. For one, the talent pool is small compared to the regular season. Talent is at a premium.

Also, you need to draft players who are likely to advance. You can’t draft a lot of players who’ll be one-and-dones in the playoffs, though sometimes one or two great performances can be enough.

Quarterbacks

New England has the best chance to make the Super Bowl, which means they’re likely to play three games. Three games with Tom Brady’s typical numbers is a nice amount of fantasy points. If the Packers make the Super Bowl, which is a very real possibility with the roll they’re on, that means Aaron Rodgers will have four games of production to contribute to your team.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell , right, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stand on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell , right, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stand on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Matt Ryan, Falcons
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
5. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
6. Eli Manning, Giants
7. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
8. Alex Smith, Chiefs
9. Matthew Stafford, Lions
10. Brock Osweiler, Texans
11. Matt Moore, Dolphins
12. Connor Cook, Raiders

Running backs

It’s hard to keep Le’Veon Bell out of the top spot. The Steelers probably won’t make it to the Super Bowl, but since they’re in the wildcard round, they can still play three games without playing for the Lombardi Trophy. That’s why he gets the nod over LeGarrette Blount. Concerns about an upset by the Packers or Giants over the Cowboys has Elliott at No. 3.

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) breaks tackles against Miami Dolphin defenders in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Patriots won, 35-14. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) breaks tackles against Miami Dolphin defenders in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Patriots won, 35-14. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
2. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
5. Dion Lewis, Patriots
6. Ty Montgomery, Packers
7. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
8. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
9. Spencer Ware, Chiefs
10. Lamar Miller, Texans
11. Paul Perkins, Giants
12. Latavius Murray, Raiders
13. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
14. James White, Patriots
15. Rashad Jennings, Giants
16. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers
17. Charcandrick West, Chiefs
18. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
19. Aaron Ripkowski, Packers
20. Darren McFadden, Cowboys
21. Alfred Blue, Texans
22. Alex Collins, Seahawks
23. Christine Michael, Packers
24. Zach Zenner, Lions
25. Damien Williams, Dolphins
26. Dwayne Washingon, Lions
27. Jalen Richard, Raiders
28. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown is the top pick for much of the same reasons Bell is the No. 1 running back. Jones is second because he’s been known to put up three games worth of yardage in just one outing. Edelman’s a top-5 pick because he should play at least three games. Odell Beckham Jr. is pretty high for a team not favored to make the Super Bowl, but it would be a mistake to underestimate the Giants at this point.

Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown pass over B.W. Webb #28 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown pass over B.W. Webb #28 of the New Orleans Saints during the first half at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Falcons
3. Jordy Nelson, Packers
4. Julian Edelman, Patriots
5. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
6. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
7. Davante Adams, Packers
8. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
9. Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots
10. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
11. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
12. Eli Rogers, Steelers
13. Cole Beasley, Cowboys
14. Chris Hogan, Patriots
15. Michael Floyd, Patriots
16. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
17. Taylor Gabriel, Falcons
18. Sterling Shepard, Giants
19. Terrance Williams, Cowboys
20. Randall Cobb, Packers
21. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
22. Golden Tate, Lions
23. Michael Crabtree, Raiders
24. Amari Cooper, Raiders
25. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
26. Kenny Stills, Dophins
27. Anquan Boldin, Lions
28. Geronimo Allison, Packers
29. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
30. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks
31. Marvin Jones, Lions
32. Cobi Hamilton, Steelers
33. Will Fuller, Texans
34. Seth Roberts, Raiders
35. Paul Richardson, Seahawks
36. Victor Cruz, Giants

Tight ends

Tight ends have been a tough group to pin down this season. We’re going with Martellus Bennett at the top spot at the position since he should play three games. Jared Cook is in the fourth spot and could pay off if the Packers reach the Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

1. Martellus Bennett, Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
3. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
4. Jared Cook, Packers
5. Ladarius Green, Steelers
6. Jason Witten, Cowboys
7. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans
8. Eric Ebron, Lions
9. Austin Hooper, Falcons
10. Jesse James, Steelers
11. Will Tye, Giants
12. Ryan Griffin, Texans
13. Luke Willson, Seahawks
14. Clive Walford, Raiders
15. Dion Sims, Dolphins
16. Richard Rodgers, Packers

Kickers

You can’t go wrong with Stephen Gostkowski. We didn’t even know the Dolphins’ kicker was someone named Andrew Franks.

1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
2. Chris Boswell, Steelers
3. Matt Bryant, Falcons
4. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
5. Mason Crosby, Packers
6. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
7. Robbie Gould, Giants
8. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
9. Cairo Santos, Chiefs
10. Nick Novak, Texans
11. Matt Prater, Lions
12. Andrew Franks, Dolphins

Defense/special teams

Facing a Matt Moore-led offense makes the Steelers the second-best choice at defense. A matchup against a rookie quarterback in the wildcard round makes the Texans a top-4 team.

1. Patriots
2. Steelers
3. Seahawks
4. Texans
5. Falcons
6. Cowboys
7. Giants
8. Packers
9. Chiefs
10. Raiders
11. Lions
12. Dolphins