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By: Doug Orth

Updated: 5/8/2021

Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
Top 60 Rookies Overall
Chg Rk Pos Rk Player Tm Age
  1 WR1 Ja'Marr Chase CIN 21
  2 TE1 Kyle Pitts ATL 20
  3 RB1 Najee Harris PIT 23
Tier 2
  4 WR2 DeVonta Smith PHI 22
  5 WR3 Jaylen Waddle MIA 22
  6 QB1 Trevor Lawrence JAC 21
  7 QB2 Trey Lance SF 21
  8 RB2 Travis Etienne JAC 22
  9 RB3 Javonte Williams DEN 21
  10 QB3 Justin Fields CHI 22
Tier 3
  11 RB4 Trey Sermon SF 22
  12 WR4 Rashod Bateman BAL 21
  13 QB4 Zach Wilson NYJ 21
  14 RB5 Michael Carter NYJ 22
  15 WR5 Kadarius Toney NYG 22
  16 WR6 Elijah Moore NYJ 21
  17 WR7 Rondale Moore ARI 21
  18 WR8 Josh Palmer LAC 21
  19 WR9 Amari Rodgers GB 21
  20 WR10 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET 21
  21 WR11 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR 21
Tier 4
  22 RB6 Kenneth Gainwell PHI 22
  23 WR12 Dyami Brown WAS 21
  24 WR13 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA 24
  25 RB7 Chuba Hubbard CAR 22
  26 WR14 Nico Collins HOU 22
  27 QB5 Mac Jones NE 22
  28 TE2 Pat Freiermuth PIT 22
  29 TE3 Brevin Jordan HOU 21
Tier 5
  30 WR15 Tylan Wallace BAL 22
  31 RB8 Khalil Herbert CHI 23
  32 WR16 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN 21
  33 TE4 Hunter Long MIA 22
  34 RB9 Javian Hawkins ATL 23
  35 RB10 Elijah Mitchell SF 23
  36 RB11 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 23
  37 TE5 Tre' McKitty LAC 24
  38 WR17 Cornell Powell KC 23
  39 RB12 Larry Rountree III LAC 24
  40 RB13 Demetric Felton CLE 23
Tier 6
  41 WR18 Dez Fitzpatrick TEN 23
  42 QB6 Davis Mills HOU 22
  43 TE6 Tommy Tremble CAR 21
  44 RB14 Jermar Jefferson DET 21
  45 WR19 Dazz Newsome CHI 22
  46 WR20 Tutu Atwell LAR 23
  47 QB7 Kellen Mond MIN 22
  48 WR21 Jaelon Darden TB 24
Tier 7
  49 RB15 Chris Evans CIN 23
  50 WR22 Josh Imatorbhebhe JAC 23
  51 WR23 Shi Smith CAR 22
  52 WR24 Jonathan Adams Jr. DET 22
  53 RB16 Jaret Patterson WAS 21
  54 TE7 Jacob Harris LAR 24
Tier 8
  55 RB17 Kylin Hill GB 22
  56 WR25 Sage Surratt DET 23
  57 WR26 Tamorrion Terry SEA 23
  58 QB8 Ian Book NO 23
  59 RB18 Stevie Scott NO 21
  60 WR27 Frank Darby ATL 24
  WR Ja'Marr Chase, CIN: Considered one of the most dynamic WR prospects in at least 10 years.

  TE Kyle Pitts, ATL: A 20-year-old likely to be a perennial high-end TE1 in two years or less? Yes please.

  RB Najee Harris, PIT: Only real downside is age (23); should be a RB1 constant throughout his stay in Pittsburgh.

  RB Travis Etienne, JAC: More than likely the next Urban Meyer Swiss army knife (Percy Harvin, Curtis Samuel).

  RB Javonte Williams, DEN: Youth and 2022 opportunity negated somewhat by likely short shelf live due to physcial running style.

  RB Trey Sermon, SF: Kyle Shanahan's constant churning of backfield a concern, but Sermon is a great fit for his offense.

  WR Rashod Bateman, BAL: Promise of more passing in Baltimore a positive, but crowded depth chart could limit his upside.

  RB Michael Carter, NYJ: Should emerge as starter quickly, but will size (201 pounds) keep his ceiling is a 1B back in an RBBC long-term?

  WR Josh Palmer, LAC: Likely to serve as Keenan Allen's long-term complement in likely Mike Williams moves on in 2022.

  RB Chuba Hubbard, CAR: Set to be Christian McCaffrey's long-term handcuff.

  TE Brevin Jordan, HOU: A bit of a Jordan Reed/Irv Smith Jr. clone headed to an offense lacking in playmakers.

  RB Javian Hawkins, ATL: Likely too small at 180-ish pounds (and too much of a freelancer) to start, but very explosive in open field.

  TE Tre' McKitty, LAC: Pay no attention to his six catches last season; has great chance to replace Jared Cook in 2022.

  RB Larry Rountree III, LAC: Has a fair chance of beating out Joshua Kelley for banger role alongside Austin Ekeler.

  WR Jaelon Darden, TB: Super slot WR option that appears to have little chance of seeing meaningful snaps in 2021.

  WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, JAC: Ridiculous athlete but raw receiver who flashed on occasion at Illinois.

  TE Jacob Harris, LAR: Long-term project who started playing football in 2019; only worth stashing in the deepest of leagues.

Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.