Fantasy Impact for Round 1 of the NFL Draft
QB Baker Mayfield (Browns) — He’s got swagger, accuracy, and brings a passion for the game that is infectious. I see Tyrod Taylor starting the first 8-9 games of the season before Mayfield gets his chance to play. He’s got great weapons around him, and I do think he will change the culture of the franchise. I think he might even end up being startable in the Fantasy playoffs next season.
RB Saquon Barkley (Giants) — Fantasy Football owners can rejoice! Barkley will be given the keys to the Giants offense from Day 1. Look for him to be a first-round Fantasy pick come August. There is no reason that Barkley can’t have 1000 yards rushing to go along with 40-45 receptions, and 10 TDs this season. Wishful thinking? Possibly. Is he good enough to get those numbers? Absolutely.
QB Sam Darnold (Jets) — I am fully convinced that the Jets got the player at #3 that they would have taken at #1. Darnold goes into a great situation in New York as Josh McCown will be the perfect mentor to him. I see Darnold playing on or before Week 9 this season. Once he plays, I don’t think Darnold will be Fantasy viable this season, but I love him in dynasty leagues moving forward.
QB Josh Allen (Bills) — The Bills never expected Allen to be available at #7 and they made an aggressive move to go get him. He’s going to need time to mature and learn the pro game, so I think A.J. McCarron’s job is safe for most (if not all) of the season. This actually bumps McCarron’s Fantasy stock a bit as a potential QB2 in deeper leagues.