We are four weeks into the season and it seems like a perfect time to check in on the all-rookie team for fantasy purposes.
We have had several surprises so far and even had a UDFA take things over and chase a former top pick out of town. Needless to say, this year has proven any rookie given the right chance can thrive in the right situation.
I’m going to give an all-rookie team for both redraft and dynasty leagues. Position by position we will analyze and make decisions based on scoring, future projections, and team situations.
Some decisions may not be popular, some may be obvious, but you know it is going to be good content because it is coming from The Fantasy Authority!
Redraft: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Dynasty: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
This is a no-brainer, right? Joe Burrow has come onto the scene and through four games is the current QB11, meaning he is on pace to join the elite club of rookie quarterbacks to finish as a top-end passer in fantasy. Burrow is going to lead this team for a while, and he has shown that regardless of supporting cast ghosting themselves from games. Because of that, he will be a perennial top end fantasy option.
Long-term, the Bengals have plenty of cap room and they are still on pace for a high draft pick meaning more help is coming for Burrow. Will it be offensive line help? Will it be another receiver? Maybe it will be an actually good tight end not named Drew Sample. Much like the question of how many licks will it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop, the world may never know.
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Redraft: James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dynasty: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
This is easily the most entertaining of all the position groups. James Robinson has burst onto the scene and it all started when Doug Marrone said that his performance in camp caused the Jaguars to release Leonard Fournette. James Robinson, an undrafted rookie from Illinois State, caused the Jaguars to release former top recruit, former Heisman candidate, and former top pick Leonard Fournette. Everyone questioned the decision but with him being RB6 right now I don’t think anyone is anymore.
Obviously, the dynasty all-rookie team winner has to be Edwards-Helaire right now. He hasn’t had many monster weeks outside of Week 1 but he has had several “floor” weeks where he has around 12 points a week. You throw that consistency in with the occasional boom weeks and we have one of the best fantasy options long-term in the league’s best offense.
Redraft: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Dynasty: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Much like the running backs, this is a fun debate because we easily could have Lamb for both but, for now, he is the leader of the pack in redraft. Lamb has absolutely balled out this year, putting up numbers many expected Michael Gallup to have and even Amari Cooper. Instead, he has taken the torch and ran with it on this offense.
Now, the reason Justin Jefferson gets the nod from me is we don’t know what will happen with Dak Prescott long-term. When making this all-rookie team from the dynasty perspective we have to think long-term that Jefferson will have Cousins for the next couple of years, whereas Dak may be leaving Dallas after this year. Jefferson can overcome competition and poor quarterback play, we don’t know if Lamb will.
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Redraft: Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns
Dynasty: Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns
Pour some scotch, crack open a beer, or if you don’t like those choices open up a nice col carton of milk because this is a rough group to talk about. The 2020 rookie tight end class is nothing special, yet, but we have a late-round bloomer in Harrison Bryant.
Bryant only has 14 points on the year, and that’s after his first touchdown catch this past week. Bryant though is outplaying former first-round pick David Njoku and newly signed free agent Austin Hooper. Because of that, I think he will continue to earn Kevin Stefanski’s trust and more reps in this Browns’ offense.