Fantasy Rookie Report NFL Week 1: Is Jonathan Taylor a top-10 RB?

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NFL: Joshua Kelley of the Los Angeles Chargers had a clear role for fantasy in week one (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

How should you handle your fantasy rookies after Week 1 of the NFL?

Week one is the perfect time to construct fantasy football narratives and few groups are analyzed more heavily than rookies. After months of speculation, fans love to see new players and love to make snap decisions on whether or not they were worthy acquisitions. After Week 1 on the NFL season, things will be no different this year.

Every season we see players impress in the season opener before disappearing off the radar and every season we see players make a quiet start before blossoming into productive fantasy options. It’s important not to overreact but that isn’t to say that there isn’t value in looking at week one performances. They can give a good insight into the depth chart at a certain position and the opportunity that a player might see.

The rookie wide receivers looked as expected for the most part. CeeDee Lamb will have to compete for targets in a star-studded offense, Jalen Reagor is a big-play threat whenever he touches the ball, and Chase Claypool can make contested catches downfield.

This year, the majority of the surprises seemed to come at running back, with some top talent finding themselves in timeshares and some less-heralded members of the 2020 class seizing the opportunity. So whose stock rose and whose stock fell in week one?

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