We were lucky enough to see the NFL draft come and go over the weekend. With the top talent players landing in favorable spots, we shouldn’t overlook some late-round targets. This WR and RB class is deep with talented players. While they aren’t all top tier players, they have the chance to be impactful fantasy players. Many of these players will be overlooked as they won’t have the perceived “draft capital.”
In this article, I will take a look at players who have a chance to still be impactful from a fantasy perspective. These are players drafted in or after round five of the NFL draft. They tend to be overlooked and forgotten about in rookie drafts. Target these players with one of your final rookie picks. Some of them will likely take a year or two before they hit their breakout year.
5th Round Players
- Drafted by- Tampa Bay
- Height- 6’2
- Weight- 205
- College Dominator Rating- 57.2%
- Age- 21
Tyler Johnson had an extremely productive college career. When you l at what he did in college on a bad offensive team, he should have been drafted earlier. It may have been an injury concern or missing out on multiple off-season games and camps. But, Johnson’s stock took a decent hit. However, this may have been a great thing for Johnson as he landed with the perfect team. The Bucs lost Perriman in the off-season, so the third WR role is open. He is easily the third-best option on the team. Bruce Arians have talked about wanting Chris Godwin to play mostly slot WR, which allows Johnson to slide into the WR3 role opposite of Mike Evans easily. Tamp Bay under Arians has run a three-wide receiver set 70% of the time in 2019. I don’t see that changing much in 2020.
Gronk coming over won’t hurt his targets much, and neither does having O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate. Tyler Johnson will likely get the weakest matchup while on the field and is someone not afraid to go up and get the ball. Brady will target Tyler Johnson if he has a better matchup and gets open. Tyler Johnson should be easily in the WR3 mix for the Buccaneers in 2020 and could be a solid sleeper.
- Drafted by- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Height- 6’6
- Weight- 220
- College Dominator Rating- 25.3%
- Age- 22
Collin Johnson was the second WR drafted by the Jags but could end up being the best for fantasy. Johnson joins the Jags as by far the biggest WR on their roster. In his sophomore and junior years at Texas, he was one of their best WR’s. However, an injury and the emergence of Devin DuVernay slowed him down as a senior causing him to slip into the 5th round. Johnson is a contested-catch machine and has an incredible catch radius. He will come in and gives “The Gardner” a legit red-zone target.
Johnson should start the season as the WR4 or WR5 for the Jags. Three of the WR’s ahead of him, Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole, are in the final years of their contracts. I could see Johnson having some fantasy value in 2020. I see him become the WR2 across from Chark and becoming a possession WR and red-zone threat in the future.
- Drafted by- Houston Texans
- Height- 6’2
- Weight- 198
- College Dominator Rating- 31.3%
- Age- N/A
Isaiah Coulter joins the Houston Texans from Rhode Island. Coulter showed off big-play ability at URI. During his time there, he became only the seventh player at URI history to have over 1,000 yards receiving season. He finished 72-1,039-8-14.4. His performance in college and showing at the combine landed him on the Texans radar. He completed his college career with seven career 100-yard receiving games and became the first player drafted from Rhode Island in 34 years. Coulter should fit easily into this offense as their X WR into the future.
2020 will likely have a shorter off-season. Coulter should start on special teams and be the 5th or 6th WR on the depth chart. Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb are all ahead of Coulter heading into the 2020 season. The only two players under contract after this season are Cooks and Cobb. That should provide a realistic shot for Coulter to step in in 2021. Moving forward, Coulter could be an upside WR3 with his explosive ability and incredible contested catches, especially having an elite QB like Watson calling the plays.
6th Round Players
- Drafted by- Cleveland Browns
- Height- 6’2
- Weight- 208
- College Dominator Rating- 25.1%
- Age- 21
Donovan Peoples-Jones is an extremely talented prospect who may have been let down by lousy QB play for years at Michigan. While he showed flashes of his incredible skill at WR, he was constantly underthrown and overthrown only having one decent season in college. As the combine came and went, DPJ started to get a lot of hype as he came in and showed off his athleticism, destroying the combine and finishing in the 99th percentile in almost every category. DPJ fits right into the Browns offense and immediately becomes the third best WR on the team. The signing of Rashad Higgins could affect him some with the shortened off-season, but he still has more talent than Higgins.
DPJ should slot into the WR3 role opposite of OBJ and allow Landry to move back into the slot where he is more comfortable. Higgins is back on a one year contract. There are rumors that the Browns may eventually move OBJ or Landry. While Stefanski ran the second-fewest 11 personnel sets with the Vikings, the Browns are a different team, and when DPJ is out there, he should get the more favorable matchup. I expect him to have a solid WR3-4 season for fantasy in 2020.
- Drafted by- Buffalo Bills
- Height- 6’4
- Weight- 210
- College Dominator Rating- 40.8%
- Age- 21
I personally love Isaiah Hodgins‘ skill set moving into the NFL. He played on one of the worst teams in college football for two years. Defenses still couldn’t stop him. He consistently showed off his hands and absolutely ridiculous catch radius. Hodgins broke out at the young age of 19 and continued to trend upward his final season with Oregon State. Being drafted by Buffalo isn’t the ideal spot for Hodgins as he will be stuck behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley. Add in the fact that Josh Allen struggles with accuracy, Hodgins has his work cut out for him.
Hodgins will likely be the 4th WR on the depth chart when the 2020 season kicks off. The good news for him is his game is much different than most on the roster. While his game and Diggs are similar, Diggs has a bit more burst. John Brown is under contract through 2021 but can be cut next season with almost no real dead cap hit. Hodgins will bring a specific skill set of being a top-end possession WR to the Bills. His catch radius and hands could help even an inaccurate Josh Allen. Hodgins is a guy you’ll likely have to stash for at least one season, possibly two but has WR2 upside.
7th Round Players
- Drafted by- Los Angeles Chargers
- Height- 6’0
- Weight- 196
- College Dominator Rating- 19.0%
- Age- 22
K.J. Hill had a prolific career at Ohio State going on to break all kinds of receiving records where some of the best WR in history have played. Hill has continued the recent line of Ohio State wide receivers who have become incredible route runners. Throughout his four year career, he showed how talented a route runner and how good his hands were.
Hill landing on the Chargers is a great spot for him. Even being a 7th round pick, he comes into the team as their third-best option. Hill fits perfectly into the Chargers’ slot position and will be the third option behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Hill is in a high powered offense that could benefit him even more. However, not knowing how Justin Herbert will perform will be a key factor for Hill. Also, likely operating on the same part of the field as Hunter Henry could limit some of his targets. Regardless for a guy, you can likely get as your last round rookie pick he is well worth the investment.
Eno Benjamin- Running Back
- Drafted by- Arizona Cardinals
- Height- 5’9
- Weight- 207
- College Dominator Rating- 37.4%
- Age- 21
Had Eno Benjamin come out in the 2019 NFL draft, there is a very realistic shot he would have been one of the top running backs drafted. Benjamin had an incredible sophomore season for Arizona State and produced as one of the top running backs in college. Many had high hopes for him coming into the 2020 college season. Some bad play dropped Benjamin’s stock. Yet the skill he showed in 2018 doesn’t just disappear.
Eno Benjamin will be behind Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds for the Cardinals. I would expect him to make the roster likely more as a special teams player at first. However, Drake and Edmonds have had injury issues, and not only did Benjamin show he could be a smart and patient runner in college. He also proved to be an excellent pass catcher as well catching 77 passes in two years with Arizona State. Benjamin will likely have to wait for his chance to take on a more significant role, he has the ability to keep the job. With Drake and Edmonds injury history, Benjamin likely gets a shot. For a guy you can grab as your last rookie pick, he is worth the shot.
That completes my late-round players I would take a shot on at the end of my rookie drafts. Each of these players, in my opinion, has the chance and ability to become starters on their NFL teams and therefore produce in fantasy. It’s always about taking the players with upside at the end of the draft, and I hope this article will help you get a steal at the end of your rookie draft. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more of my work, follow me on twitter @SportsfanaticMB, or listen to me on my podcast Fantasy Football Roundtable.
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