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Bank on these 3 rookies in your fantasy football draft

Marcus Mosher
Sportsbook Wire

A key to winning any fantasy football league is figuring how which rookies to pick and which ones to fade. Today, we are taking a look at three rookies that you must target in your fantasy drafts.

For the purpose of this article, we will be looking at rookies to target at their current price in fantasy football drafts. The average draft positions (ADP) listed below are from standard 12-team PPR leagues via MyFantasyLeague.com.

Fantasy Football Rookies to Target

Here are the three rookies you must leave your fantasy drafts with this season:

Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ADP: 22.6)

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs with the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

With the news of starter Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 NFL season, first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire instantly becomes the most valuable rookie for redraft leagues this season.

Edwards-Helaire was the first running back drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and he is a perfect fit for Andy Reid's offense. While he certainly lacks elite size, his ability to win in the passing game makes him a perfect sidekick to Patrick Mahomes out of the shotgun.

While the Chiefs could certainly ease Edwards-Helaire into the offense, he's easily the most talented runner in the backfield. He's currently a steal at the bottom of the second round, but expect his ADP to rise significantly over the next month. But given his upside, he's a steal anytime in the second-round of PPR drafts.

Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs (ADP: 116)

Nov 16, 2019; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Matt Bush - USA TODAY Sports

Despite being the No. 1 receiver drafted in April, three other receivers ( CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Jalen Reagor) are being picked higher than Henry Ruggs in rookie drafts. In fact, Lamb and Jeudy are often being selected two-to-three rounds earlier than Ruggs.

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That doesn't quite add up as Ruggs is projected to be the Raiders' starting "X" receiver in Week 1, while Lamb and Jeudy will be playing behind multiple receivers in their respective offenses.

While Ruggs will likely be streaky from week to week in fantasy, it's not hard to envision him seeing 100 or more targets in the Raiders' offense. The team desperately needs a No. 1 receiver to emerge and he is the only player on offense with game-breaking speed.

In the 10th or 11th round of your fantasy drafts, Ruggs provides both a solid floor given his involvement in the offense and a high-ceiling due to his speed. Consider taking Ruggs as your WR3 or WR4 in the middle of your draft.

Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss (ADP: 125)

Dec 31, 2019; San Antonio, Texas, USA;  Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Daniel Dunn - USA TODAY Sports

Every year, there are a few late-round rookies that emerge at running back into fantasy starters. This year, that player could be Zack Moss of the Buffalo Bills. Replacing Frank Gore, the Bills are hoping Moss can be the "thunder" to Devin Singletary's "lightening" in the run game.

While that could limit Moss' upside some, Gore received 179 touches from the Bills last season despite averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. With Buffalo having a dominating defense and a solid offensive line, the plan is to run the ball early and often.

It's likely that Singletary will still lead this team in touches, don't be surprised if Moss sees close to 200 and is the team's primary runner near the goal line. And if anything happens to Singletary, Moss could turn into a league-winner as the Bills' workhorse back. With Moss currently being selected in the double-digit rounds, he is just too good of a value to pass up.

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