If you play in keeper/dynasty leagues, draft these guys and hold on to them
When it comes to playing fantasy football in keeper/dynasty leagues, you need to have a little bit of stock investor in you. You need to have an eye for talent, but also a clear understanding of the bigger picture and projected future.
Now that the 2020 NFL Draft has wrapped up, we know where the top rookies will begin their professional careers. Some of these guys will come right out of the gate and have an immediate impact — both on their real teams and on fantasy teams. Others might take a year or so to grow into their roles.
I've taken some of the leg work out of your research process and highlighted the 20 players who were drafted into the best scenarios in terms of fantasy football dynasty league production. Whether you have a separate draft for rookies or they are a part of your traditional draft, these guys are low risk, high reward assets for your future fantasy league roster.
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert is under no pressure to start right away, but chances are he will take the reins sometime in the 2020 season. When he does, he'll inherit a team that's built to win now and in the immediate future.
Jacob Eason, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Eason has the luxury of sitting behind a proven vet for at least a season and watching Philip Rivers operate what might be the NFL's most improved offense in 2020. When it's time for Eason to take over, there's a good chance the Colts are a well-oiled machine.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Taylor is part of the aforementioned improvements to the Colts' offense. Between his skill set and the quality of Indianapolis' offensive line, there's a chance Taylor leads the league in rushing as a rookie.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Akers is one of the more complete backs in this rookie class. There nobody in his way on the depth chart, and he's got a coach who will find a variety of ways to get him the ball immediately.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
The only thing standing in the way of Dobbins playing a major role in one of the NFL's most explosive offenses is an aging Mark Ingram. It's going to happen sooner rather than later.
AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
If you could design the perfect NFC North running back in a lab, it would be Dillon. The Packers need a closer for those cold November and December games. Dillon can be that guy for the better part of the next five years.
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks need some stability at the running back position. Dallas' running style is very similar to what Pete Carroll had in Marshawn Lynch.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At Vanderbilt, Vaughn posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the nation's toughest conference. Now he'll share a huddle with the greatest quarterback of all time to begin his career. The upside is here is ridiculous.
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Ruggs is about to be inserted into the role that Jon Gruden wanted and needed Antonio Brown to play. He's similar to Brown in a lot of ways and will be given every chance to be a star on the Vegas strip.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson fills a huge void with the departure of Stefon Diggs. He joins an offense with a veteran quarterback, an elite running back, and one of the league's best pass catchers on the opposite side of the field.
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
Pittman doesn't drop anything. He's going to get a lot of targets between the 20s and be a favorite target in the red zone due to his catch radius.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincy is going to be playing from behind a lot in the next couple of years. Higgins is going to be a busy target from the start for a team that will be trying to score a bunch of points to keep pace.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor was a godsend for the city of Philadelphia. He will be Carson Wentz's favorite target by the end of the 2020 season and for years to come.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shenault is a matchup problem for any corner who thinks they want to get physical at the line of scrimmage. He has a knack for getting open, and there's not a receiver in this draft who is tougher to bring down after the catch.
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
The Jets haven't had a playmaking receiver like Mims in YEARS. Sam Darnold is the happiest guy in the world right now. Mims has Rookie of the Year potential.
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Claypool can play outside, in the slot, and even line up at tight end. The Steelers do not have a more dynamic athlete on their roster.
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Washington Redskins
There is not a better combination of intelligence and athleticism in this rookie class. He's a physical freak who will be the No. 1 option on every passing down for Washington before the end of 2020.
Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
Kmet might be the closest to think we've seen to Rob Gronkowski since New England drafted the future Hall of Famer a decade ago. Kmet is big, fast has soft hands and he's tough to bring down after the catch. He'll be an immediate fan favorite in the Windy City.
Devin Asiasi, TE, New England Patriots
Speaking of Gronk, when the Patriots used a third-round pick on the UCLA tight end, it was the earliest they've drafted a tight end since taking Gronkowski. Asiasi has an elite size/athleticism combination that gives him a great chance of contributing early and being a major piece of the New England offense for years to come.
Justin Rohwasser, K, New England Patriots
And I'll end with a kicker because they need love and you need them on your team. Rohrwasser is the heir apparent to Stephen Gostkowski — one of the most productive kickers of the last decade. Tom Brady or not, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is going to find ways to get his team in scoring position. Rohrwasser will be a beneficiary of that.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, Bleacher Report and FantasyPros. He is a three-time FWAA award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.