Johnny Manziel is a pretty hot topic these days. Whether he’s rolling up $20 bills in bathrooms or fantasy owners are pondering his long-term appeal in Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues, it’s fairly rare that a day goes by that you don’t hear about him.
It only makes sense, as he’s an elite athlete at the quarterback position and when you’re talking Dynasty leagues, his long-term value is at the very least rather interesting.
He’s not the only rookie worth thinking about for Dynasty fantasy leagues, though. If you know Dynasty fantasy football leagues, you know it’s all about the future. While older players still are relevant and hold value, getting younger fantasy options helps you keep a deeper, stronger team for much longer.
Starting with Johnny Football, let’s break down the top 10 fantasy football dynasty picks entering 2014 as rookies:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns
It’s true that Johnny Manziel is a bit of a loose cannon off the field and will be one of the smaller players on it. That could lead to injury or off field trouble, which makes him a considerable risk. However, without taking the risk on Johnny Football you’re also passing on the possible reward. Thanks to elite athleticism and an exciting playing style overall, he carries the upside of a top-10 fantasy performer.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Hyde has possibly the least fantasy appeal for 2014 of players on this list, but his long-term value in dynasty fantasy leagues is through the roof. Kendall Hunter is merely a change of pace back, Marcus Lattimore may never get back to full strength and Frank Gore is nearing the end. A tough, physical runner with underrated overall athleticism, Hyde is the Niners’ power back of the future.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
Unlike Hyde, Sankey can be drafted happily in dynasty football leagues today and we can see the payoff almost immediately. Sankey is a little more explosive and more versatile than Hyde, so he might even potentially have better upside. With just Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster standing in his way as a rookie, his dynasty league value is set up to explode right away.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell is an undrafted rookie (the only to make this list) and is probably going to start his career behind Ben Tate and fellow rookie Terrance West. But especially in dynasty fantasy football leagues, he’s simply not a talent fantasy owners can afford to sleep on. Crowell is a former 5-star recruit that saw his career slow down thanks to off field issues. He has the talent to be one of those rare undrafted gems and needs to be rostered in all dynasty leagues. With Ben Tate’s injury history, it’s not crazy to think Crowell could have an impact in 2014.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
The first wide receiver taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, a compact frame and explosive ability makes Watkins a saliva-inducing fantasy weapon. Landing with the run-heavy Bills doesn’t make him a locked and loaded freak for 2014, but his fantasy football dynasty value is absolutely off the charts.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Watkins might have more long-term appeal than any of the other rookie wide receivers, but that’s not necessarily the case in 2014. Evans should probably be the first rookie receiver taken in redraft leagues, as he has the size and ball skills to be a major factor in year one. Naturally, that also gives him quite the ceiling for dynasty fantasy leagues, as well.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
Anytime you’re taken in the first round by an already potent passing attack like the Saints, fantasy owners better take notice. Cooks is a burner with excellent play-making ability, giving him a good chance to be the Saints’ deadliest weapon after Jimmy Graham going forward. He’ll have some competition from Kenny Stills and Marques Colston early on, but he’s eventually going to be a serious force in dynasty football leagues.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants
The last receiver on our dynasty fantasy football list, Beckham is a very balanced receiver with a strong frame and excellent hands. He can go over the middle and get tough catches, or he can make plays once he secures the pass. With Hakeem Nicks gone to Indianapolis and Rueben Randle being somewhat on the fence, Beckham could make a splash in 2014. One thing is for sure, though; his long-term dynasty appeal is looking very good.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
Tight ends have serious dynasty fantasy football value, too. That’s especially the case when they are borderline once-a-decade talents like Ebron. Often compared to Vernon Davis, Ebron offers that rare package of size and elite athleticism for the tight end position. He has a slight chance at going nuts as a rookie in Detroit, but definitely is going to be a dangerous option in dynasty formats for years to come.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You can probably toss Jace Amaro in the mix for this final spot, too, but Seferian-Jenkins is far and away the superior talent and also is in a much better situation at the moment. ASJ’s dynasty fantasy football value is also better due to his elite size and athleticism. He’s not too far behind Ebron when it comes to the “wow” factor for the tight end position. He should start early in Tampa Bay and it won’t be long before he’s creating havoc in the red-zone.