Fantasy Football: Rookies proving their worth early
While Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Browns RB Trent Richardson have already proven themselves to be elite players to plug into your lineup every week, this year's rookie class goes deeper than those two.
Let's break down the rest of the newcomers and attempt to determine who else may help you make a championship run as they get more acquainted with the NFL:
Andrew Luck (QB, Colts) - He proved himself big time this week in a comeback effort against the Packers. When he has a favorable matchup, he can be a top 10 QB worth starting. If you have him in a keeper league, you should be especially pleased.
Ryan Tannehill (QB, Dolphins) - He is adjusting to the NFL speed quickly and exceeding preseason expectations despite very little talent around him. Granted, it is still too soon to plug him into your lineup unless you are desperate with your starter on bye or play in a deeper, two QB league.
Alfred Morris (RB, Redskins) - So much for the Shanahanigans. Morris seems to have earned the trust of his very fickle head coach and earned workhorse status. He'll be worth starting most weeks.
Doug Martin (RB, Bucs) - While he doesn't have elite talent, he does all of the little things well and Greg Schiano seems determined to run the ball often. He should be considered a fringe starter and regular flex play in most weeks.
Other rookies with little to offer this year but could have bright futures include Russell Wilson (QB, Seahawks), Brandon Weeden (QB, Browns), Ronnie Hillman (RB, Broncos), Robert Turbin (RB, Seahawks), Daryl Richardson (RB, Rams), David Wilson (RB, Giants), Kendall Wright (WR, Titans), Alshon Jeffrey (WR, Bears), Justin Blackmon (WR, Jaguars) and Michael Floyd (WR, Cardinals).
Alex Case is amNY's fantasy football columnist.