Rookies ruled the world of fantasy football last season. It seems that almost every rookie became a fantasy superstar, so naturally people will be all over the first-year talent this season.
However, one IDP option that will live up to the hype this year is Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo.
Mingo was drafted sixth overall in April’s NFL draft and has looked like a veteran in camp. He is in amazing shape, and despite being listed at just 241 pounds, the strongside linebacker is a beast on the edge.
In Mingo’s preseason debut, the rookie looked outstanding. He may have been limited in the box score with only one tackle, but the kid was constantly around the quarterback. He registered two quarterbacks hits and countless pressures that may not show up in the Sunday paper.
The six-foot-four linebacker has long arms and can manhandle opposing offensive linemen in the trenches. Mingo had 16 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks in his last two seasons at LSU. He was a constant presence in the backfield and proved to be one of the scariest human beings in the entire NCAA.
Mingo is one of the bright spots of this rookie class, especially in any type of IDP dynasty league. He can mature into a reliable LB2 in most formats with the chance to develop into a LB1 by the end of the season.