The NFL Draft is over, and the dust is starting to settle. In the first ADP update of 2013, no rookies have gone higher than the 6th round, where Le’Veon Bell is being drafted on average at 6.12.
Here is a highlight of the top four rookies in standard scoring ADP for 12-team leagues:
Le’Veon Bell – RB (PIT) ADP: 6.12
Bell stayed under the radar until the Steelers grabbed him in the second round. He has a clear shot at the lead role, and could become a bruiser that racks up yardage. He doesn’t have the upside of an elite-level running back, but could be a solid RB2 this year.
Montee Ball – RB (DEN) ADP: 7.01
Montee Ball was drafted in the late second round into a solid situation in Denver. He has a clear path to getting a lot of carries if he can prove that his college production translates well to the NFL. He’s a bruiser with a slow 40 time (4.66) but good instincts.
Eddie Lacy – RB (GB) ADP: 7.08
Going into the draft, Lacy was the highest rated running back in many mock drafts, but ended up as the 4th RB off of the board. His landing spot seemed ideal until Jonathan Franklin (ADP: 11.01) got drafted by the Packers two rounds later. His value will stay capped until he can prove that he’s better than Franklin and that he can stay healthy.
Tavon Austin – WR (STL) ADP: 8.04
The speedster out of WVU was the first receiver off the board in the NFL draft, and he’s the first receiver going in fantasy drafts as well. Tavon Austin is expected to produce immediately in St. Louis and should do even better in PPR leagues. If you don’t think that his size is an issue (only 174 pounds) then target him in the mid-eighth round.
The rookies are starting low, but are climbing up the ADP charts. Go do a mock draft now to stay on top of where these guys are being drafted.