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10 Rookies Who Are Worth the Risk in Fantasy Football

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10 Rookies Who Are Worth the Risk in Fantasy Football

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Rookies are rarely considered early options in fantasy drafts, but year after year, some first-year players become fantasy stars. Players like Eddie Lacy and Keenan Allen turned into fantasy stars last year and are high among their respective positions this season. Here now are the 10 rookies who are worth the risk this season in fantasy football.

10. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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10. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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Current Atlanta Falcons starting running back Steven Jackson is 31 and showing signs of breaking down, and backup Jacquizz Rodgers isn't much of a factor in the running game. If Jackson is out or dinged up, Freeman will get his share of carries and is projected to be the next feature back for the Falcons.

9. Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams

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9. Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams

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The Rams have Zac Stacy, who is a projected first- to second-round fantasy pick in 2014, but Mason could turn this into a split-backfield pretty quickly. He is reunited with former Auburn teammate Greg Robinson and joins a run-first team in the Rams. Mason's speed and big-play ability is something that Stacy lacks.

8. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions

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8. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions

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Eric Ebron brings a level of athleticism and field-stretching ability that the Lions haven't seen in quite some time at the tight end position. With Calvin Johnson getting a majority of the targets, Ebron won't be the primary receiver, but considering how much the Lions throw the ball, Ebron will get plenty of opportunities to excel.

7. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

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7. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

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Kelvin Benjamin may not be the most NFL-ready rookie receiver right now, but he has the best opportunity to excel right away. Benjamin joins a Carolina team that has serious questions at wide receiver, giving him the inside track to contribute immediately. Benjamin will be featured a lot around the red zone with his size and good hands.

6. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

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6. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

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The Saints moved up to get Cooks in the draft, a clear indication that the Saints already know what they want to do with him this season. Both Lance Moore and Darren Sproles are now gone, leaving Cooks as the player who can fill the roles of both players, which will give him a lot of targets. Cooks will be moved around to different positions and cause matchup nightmares for any defense.

5. Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns

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5. Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns

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Two things bode well for Cleveland rookie RB Terrance West this season. First, he's backing up free-agent acquisition Ben Tate, who has been unable to stay healthy for most of his career. Secondly, with the loss of Josh Gordon to suspension, the Browns will rely more on the running game until the passing game catches up, leaving ample opportunities for West to thrive in a two-back attack.

4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

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4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

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With Hakeem Nicks now in Indianapolis, the Giants drafted former LSU playmaker Odell Beckham Jr. with the No. 12 overall pick to replace him. Beckham joins a Giants team that is implementing an offense that features three wide receiver sets. Beckham can line up both outside as well as the slot and will be used like Randall Cobb has been with the Packers.

3. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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3. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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With the drafting of Mike Evans, the Buccaneers now have a tall pair of wideouts similar to Chicago's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. Evans can make spectacular catches and has great run after catch (RAC) ability. He will also be used a lot inside the red zone, especially in one-on-one matchups.

2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

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2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

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Watkins is by far the best wide receiver in this class, and despite questions surrounding his quarterback in EJ Manuel, Watkins will be the most productive fantasy rookie wide receiver. Watkins is the unquestioned No. 1 receiver in Buffalo, and with that comes plenty of targets all over the field. The Bills will find creative ways to give Watkins the ball in space.

1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

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1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

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Bishop Sankey was the first running back selected in the draft, and is the immediate starter and the man who will replace Chris Johnson. Sankey will not just be the Titans' feature back, but he is also an effective receiver out of the backfield. He had 67 receptions in college, proving that he can be a two-way back.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and connect with him on Google.