Fantasy Football: Brandin Cooks and other rookies to help your fantasy team

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Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books, here is a look at a few rookies that can help your fantasy team this upcoming season.

 Brandin Cooks (WR, New Orleans Saints)

The Saints traded up to get this guy.  That has to mean something… right?

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during their game in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Cooks will immediately fill the hole left by the departures of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles.

Cooks is elusive and fast (4.33, 40) and his speed will definitely be showcased in the speed track they call the Superdome.

Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around to his receivers and while Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are firmly in front of Cooks, he ought to get enough looks to showcase his abilities.


Sammy Watkins (WR, Buffalo Bills)

Watkins is probably the most polished receiver in this year’s rookie class.

He’s got the size-speed combination that could wreak havoc to opposing defenses. Now that Stevie Johnson’s been shipped away to San Francisco, Watkins will be thrust into a starting role.

However, his quarterback, E.J. Manuel, didn’t really overwhelm everyone, but if Manuel can play up to his draft position, Watkins might make some sweet music for your fantasy team.


Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Evans is big.

By big, I mean he’s 6’5’’ and 231 pounds of receiving goodness. While not a burner, he’s big and fast enough to scare defensive backs.

He’ll start opposite Vincent Jackson, since Mike Williams was traded to Buffalo.

Jackson will most likely be seeing double coverage freeing up Evans against single coverage.  Evans’ size will make him an immediate red zone threat.

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