The 2019 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror and while everyone is still debating how well or how poorly each team did, the takeaway for fantasy is that there don't appear to be a large number of instant-impact rookies in this year's class.
Yes, guys like Josh Jacobs and of course Kyler Murray figure to be popular picks come draft day, but neither should go too early in your draft. That's because there's just way too much "veteran" returning talent at every position. Quarterback, in particular, is looking to be rather deep this year when you consider where future Hall of Famers like Drew Brees and Tom Brady are ranking among their peers. There's no surprise who headlines this group, reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes.
But running backs lead the way at the top of the rankings with Saquon Barkley holding the No. 1 spot due to the uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley's knee. Ezekiel Elliott, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and Melvin Gordon round out the top five with Gurley and new Jet Le'Veon Bell not too far behind. This order is subject to change, of course.
Baseball season is in full swing but these rankings offer a way to keep the football juices flowing. Besides, it won't be too long until teams report to training camp and the countdown to the 2019 fantasy season can really begin.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.