Fantasy Rookies to Watch in 2022

Yahoo's Fantasy Football Live crew picks some incoming rookies who could have a fantasy impact in 2022

Video transcript

LIZ LOZA: And we're back here on Fantasy Football Live. As the College Bowl season wraps up, it's a good time to talk about some potential rookies who could make a fantasy impact next season. Andy, you are a Big Ten fan, why don't you start us off.

ANDY BEHRENS: Well, I never see David Bell out of Purdue at the top of wide receiver prospect list. But I don't think you can convince me that there's 3 guys at the position that are any better than him. He's averaged 101.6 receiving yards per game over 3 years for Purdue. He's got good size. He's got incredible hands. And Purdue asked a lot of him over the years. He's run every route. He's shredded the Big Ten.

In 3 career games against my Iowa Hawkeyes, this is 3 games, he has 37 catches, 558 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Like, I mean, Iowa's not Alabama, but they do produce pros. This guy has 9 career games with 10 or more catches in 100 or more receiving yards. If there is something that he can't do, the Big Ten has simply not exposed it.

LIZ LOZA: All right. I like that one. Tank, you have your eyes on a player who is on the tide-- the Natty Bound Crimson Tide.

TANK WILLIAMS: Yeah. I'm going with somebody, with Alabama because, you know, they always putting out studs. And he happens to be one of my cousins, Jameson Williams, wide receiver for Alabama. Like, he's just another cat in the long line of ballers that come out of Alabama. He has the second longest receiving touchdown in Alabama history. A 94 yarder, I mean, Alabama history includes Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, like a lot of guys that we talk about every Sunday.

And he's just another cat that's a beast. We saw it he was able to do against Georgia in that SEC championship game that prepared them-- propelled them to the college football playoff. And this dude has talent. And we know that the Alabama scheme translates to the NFL. I feel like there's guys that can't miss him. Oh, he has the last name to do it.

LIZ LOZA: Very good. Well, I'm going to mention another wide receiver. I'm not trying to reignite any team tall receiver versus team small receiver debates. But after the last 2 years, I am feeling a little nostalgic for the before times. So I'm going to talk up Treylon Burks. He is not like Ja'Marr Chase. He is not like Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Kadarius Toney. He is 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds excels at contested catch situations. Very physical player.

Reminds me a lot of Alshon Jeffery. And while I know that the NFL is evolving and changing, what makes him different, particularly because Arkansas used him all over the field, so I feel like his football IQ is higher than average coming into the NFL. And he will be more. He's more versatile than just like an outside possession receiver, what I think a lot of people look at his size and think he could be projected to. So I think maybe, you know, what's old can be new again. So I like Burks a lot.

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