Fantasy Football 2019: Rookie Rankings, Top Team Names and League Names

Elizabeth FinnyFeatured Columnist IAugust 3, 2019

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) during NFL football training camp Monday, July 29, 2019, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos kicked off the NFL preseason on Thursday night in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

With attention now shifting toward the regular season, it's also time to begin to focus on your upcoming fantasy team. 

There are plenty of experienced players out there who will thrive on your team, but several rookies from the 2019 draft class have a chance to make an immediate impact.

The buzz surrounding 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray is enough to make him a top-15 rookie this season.

As per usual, the top rookies are mostly wide receivers and running backs, with players on the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots featuring high on the list of potential difference-makers.


Rookie Rankings

1. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

2. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

3. N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots

4. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

5. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

6. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

7. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

8. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

9. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

10. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

11. Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

12. Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts

13. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

14. Devin Singletary, RB Buffalo Bills

15. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington Redskins


Top Rookies

Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

The 24th overall pick out of Alabama has already sparked lots of buzz surrounding his fantasy potential headed into his rookie year with Oakland.

Immediately after the first round of the draft, the Raiders were already excited about what Jacobs could bring to the team. 

"He's physical, he's dynamic," Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said, according to 247Sports.com. "I'm not going to put any pressure on him, he's got a lot to learn. But we do have a good offensive line, we've got an experienced quarterback in our system now, we've got a couple of receivers that if you want to double them, perhaps this running back can do some damage. So we're excited at this addition to our team." 

Jacobs has an extra boost by playing alongside seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown. Brown is sure to attract defenses' attention, which should give Jacobs plenty of opportunities for big plays.


N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots

N'Keal Harry poses an interesting option as far as rookie receivers go this season.

Everyone knows that the Patriots are lacking in receiving depth this year. One of Tom Brady's favorite targets, Rob Gronkowski, has retired. Gone are Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola, too. Brady still has his go-to receiver in Julian Edelman, and Demaryius Thomas should get a decent amount of targets. 

However, Harry has the potential to make himself the second receiver behind Edelman, but even if he plays less frequently, Brady is known for targeting a wide array of his receivers.

It may be worth the risk to snag Harry. Edelman is sidelined with a broken thumb, and while he's projected to be back by the Patriots' regular-season opener, he may not play in preseason. This could give Harry some extra playing time, and if he impresses in preseason, he could become a consistent target when it matters.


Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals seem to be all-in on Heisman winner Kyler Murray, after selecting the quarterback first overall out of Oklahoma. 

Murray has impressed in training camp already and has secured his spot as Arizona's starting quarterback. He took every snap on the first day of training camp, according to Steve Wyche of NFL Network. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley doesn't seem to be in the race for the starting spot.

Murray is also the early favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, per Sports Betting Dime.

While he's shown great potential and will be on the field every week, Murray is still just a rookie, so you can't get too far ahead of yourself. He will make mistakes and have off weeks. If you draft him, you have to be patient.


Top League Names

Too Many Cooks

Here's a fun play on words for your fantasy league. Too Many Cooks is a comedy short, an idiom for too many people trying to control something and a play on Rams wideout Brandin Cooks' name. If you have a bunch of big personalities in your league who are all vying for the top spot, this is the name for you.


Fantasy Nerds

This one isn't very original, but it works for any league that is obsessed with fantasy football. You live for August, when you can finally start scouting players in training camps and preseason games to be able to build your own fantasy rankings.


We Want Seven

Are you in a family fantasy football league in which everyone loves Tom Brady? Or maybe you go to school in Boston so all your participants are die-hard Patriots fans. Either way, you're sure to get a lot of grief for this league name from any non-New England fans.


Top Team Names

Running Miles Around You

Are you pretty confident in your fantasy team this year? Not worried about the competition? Maybe you're a fan of rookie running back Miles Sanders, or just an overenthusiastic, bordering on obnoxious Philadelphia Eagles fan.

If any of the above are true, use this name for your fantasy team.


Patrick My Homie

Maybe you're from Kansas City or just a Chiefs fan for another reason, or you just really like Patrick Mahomes or his alma mater, Texas Tech. Either way, if you're excited to watch the third-year quarterback match up against some of the biggest names in football and try to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance, this is your fantasy name.


Hopkins Around The Defense

Houston made a splash in the NFL last season with a nine-game win streak and 11 victories overall. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is entering his sixth year with the Texans and has shown great chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson. The duo are fun to watch and will surely make some big plays this year down the field.