The 2016 rookie class did not produce a ton of elite depth in regards to fantasy football positions and all fantasy owners should steer clear of these players who will not produce as rookies.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans:
One can see the reasoning behind the Texans’ drafting the speedster from Notre Dame. They are expecting Will Fuller to take the top off the defense for DeAndre Hopkins and force a safety to keep an eye on him when he is running a go route. The problem with Fuller is that he is a poor man’s Devin Smith. He can only run a 9 route and his hands are much worse than Smith’s. Fuller is a body-catcher and his hands are wildly inconsistent. Fuller will catch a few deep touchdown passes and may even record six-plus touchdown receptions; however, his reception total will be low and he will be a boom-or-bust candidate. One week Fuller could have a 4-120-1 stat line and the next week he could have a 1-36-0 stat line. Do not be the Al Davis of your fantasy league; stay away from Fuller.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins:
The former TCU Horned Frog checks all the boxes of a successful NFL wide receiver; he has good size, runs good routes and has speed to burn. But, he went to a team that has a couple of solid fantasy options in tight end Jordan Reed and wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and even Jamison Crowder, who will get a good amount of looks from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Doctson will eventually become a good fantasy option (dynasty leagues), but with those four other guys and only one football to go around, Doctson will struggle to put up fantasy points in year one.
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers:
Hunter Henry was the first tight end to come off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft and will eventually be the heir to Antonio Gates’ throne, but he will not put up good numbers in 2016. The Chargers typically run three-wide receiver sets with Gates in the lone tight end spot, so it looks like Henry’s fantasy owners will have to wait for Gates to get injured or wait until Gates retires for the former Razorback to get consistent playing time.
Jared Goff, QB, St. Louis Rams:
The number one selection in the draft should not be on your fantasy football roster in 2016. The St. Louis offense as a whole may be decent with Todd Gurley taking the pressure off Goff, but the ex- California Golden Bear will not be able to put up big numbers in Jeff Fisher’s offense. The Rams will be handing the ball off a bunch and shorting games for their great defense. Also, it does not help that the Rams have not given their rookie quarterback (or any quarterback) much talent on the perimeter. They have the up-and-down Tavon Austin who has shown potential but he has yet to live up to expectations, and the troubling Kenny Britt, who has not developed into a go-to receiver. In 2016, avoid drafting the former Cal star at all costs (and possibly beyond).
Other rookies who will make a minimum impact: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings… Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks… Leonte Carroo, WR, Miami Dolphins… Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins… Tyler Ervin, RB, Houston Texans… Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots.