Playing in a dynasty league is all about the long game, but one year can still make a big impact. Unlike MLB or even the NBA, NFL rookies are expected to contribute right away and an entire career can be determined from that rookie season. It’s no different in dynasty leagues where countless trade offers will happen based on these rookie seasons.
With that in mind, and the 2019 NFL Draft just weeks away, we looked back at the 2018 rookie class and which players were hits and which ones were misses based on their first seasons. Below are four hits and misses along with their final rookie draft ADPs.
Saquon Barkley, RB NYG (ADP: 1)
After years of hype that culminated in being the first running back taken second overall in the NFL draft in a decade, Barkley more than delivered on his ADP. He totaled more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 15 times to finish as fantasy’s top back and win the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award.
It’s not often that the top pick in rookie drafts actually ends up being the best rookie, but Barkley was just that. Good thing too, as several dynasty players began trading for rookie picks the year before Barkley entered the league in the hopes of winning the chance to draft him. That doesn’t happen often and there won’t be another player like him for a while.
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