By: Adam Martin
Which Young Dynasty Studs Reign?
Jonathan Taylor (Running Back for the Indianapolis Colts)
Jonathan Taylor has had a great season for a rookie running back and is in a great situation with the Colts. Taylor rushed for 1,169 yards from 232 attempts during the 15 games he was involved in. Only Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook rushed for more yards this year. Not only was his yardage impressive but he also rushed for 11 touchdowns and an average of 14.5 points per game.
Not only has Taylor had a great rookie year but he also has a bright future at the Colts. Although he doesn’t do much in the passing game he does own the rushing side of it. Nyheim Hines does not offer the strength of Taylor and so will not eat into his attempts. Also, with Phillip Rivers as quarterback the run game will always play a significant role.
Antonio Gibson (Running Back for the Washington Football Team)
Antonio Gibson is another rookie running back that has shown he can do it in the NFL. His rushing yards might not have been amazing at 795 yards but his 11 touchdowns is impressive. He has also shown that he can be part of the passing game by adding another 247 yards to his overall total in 14 games. He has averaged 11.9 fantasy points per game which would be great for your flex position.
Gibson also is in a great position at the Washington Football Team. He is the main guy at running back for this team and that wont change anytime soon. They currently have J.D McKissic, Peyton Barber and Lamar Miller but none of them will concern Gibson’s workload.
J.K Dobbins (Running Back for the Baltimore Ravens)
J.K Dobbins might not have been the best rookie running back but his stats are very impressive. Dobbins rushed for 805 yards over 15 games and he got nine touchdowns from only 134 attempts.
He didn’t do loads in the passing game but still managed to gain another 120 yards. He averaged 10.0 points per game which is a solid amount for a rookie and you would expect that to increase next year.
The biggest positive for Dobbins is that he is in a great situation for the next few years. Baltimore is a well known run first team and Dobbins is now their number one guy.
For the first half of this year Mark Ingram was playing but that has changed. Also, Baltimore has Lamar Jackson at quarterback and with him running the ball as well it provides misdirection. This is something that will help Dobbins in the long run.
Justin Jefferson (Wide Receiver for the Minnesota Vikings)
Justin Jefferson had a superb rookie year for the Vikings breaking the receiving record for a rookie. He amassed 1,400 yards from 125 targets finishing the number six wide receiver for the season.
Only Stefon Diggs and Deandre Hopkins had more yards this season. Also, he managed to get seven touchdowns which is a decent total for a rookie receiver. Another positive is that he averaged 11.6 points per game showing he would be big for your team.
Also, Jefferson is in a great position for many years to come at Minnesota. He has a quarterback who although not great is capable of making big plays. Along with that he has another quality receiver in the team that takes the defence away from Jefferson. Adam Thielen only had 925 yards but he had 14 touchdowns showing the opposition he is still a threat. This can only be a good thing for Jefferson and his future with the Vikings.
CeeDee Lamb (Wide Receiver for the Dallas Cowboys)
CeeDee Lamb had a good first year in the NFL but is someone you want in your flex position for the future. Lamb managed to amass 935 receiving yards from 111 targets which tipped him into the top twenty. He also managed to get five touchdowns in a team that struggled throughout the season. He averaged 9.0 points per game showing that he was decent but there is scope for improvement.
Lamb is in a really good situation at Dallas due to the team’s strong offensively minded team. The main reason you would expect Lamb to improve next year is the comeback of star quarterback Dak Prescott.
Dak only played five games due to his injury and him playing all year will be a big positive for Lamb. Also, in a similar story to Justin Jefferson, Dallas have other quality receivers who will cause defensive problems. This is another big plus for Lamb.
Tee Higgins (Wide Receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals)
Tee Higgins is another wide receiver who had a good rookie year and will be great for your flex spot. Higgins received 908 yards from 108 targets and also six touchdowns.
Higgins averaged 8.0 points per game which is a bit low but he has loads of potential. He finished as the wide receiver 28 for the season and with a quarterback like Joe Burrow you would expect him to improve.
Another positive for Higgins is that fellow receiver, A.J Green, is a free agent this year and “does not look likely to stay in Cincinnati”. This is great for Higgins as not only can he see more targets but also he has another quality receiver already there in Tyler Boyd.
Tee Higgins is worth picking up and putting in your flex and will get better as his relationship develops with Joe Burrow.