Running backs occupy most of the top spots on fantasy football cheat sheets this year; and, led by the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, they will do the same on the list of first-year players most likely to make noise in their debut seasons.
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
Even in a strong rookie running back class, Barkley is the unquestioned top target in fantasy football. He grades as the top talent in the group – not surprising for the second pick in April's draft – and he easily projects for the biggest workload. At 6-feet, 233 pounds, Barkley is the biggest running back on this list, yet his 4.40-second 40-yard dash also ranks first among the group. That's why Barkley is ranked first among rookie runners, and also why he is among the top fantasy football targets in general this season. To get Barkley in your league, you'll probably need a top-seven pick, maybe even top five. After running for 1,271 yards (5.9 YPC) and 18 touchdowns last year while adding 54 receptions for 632 yards and three scores at Penn State, Barkley projects as one of the league's top producers from scrimmage for years to come.
2. Derrius Guice, RB, WAS
Guice probably won't do much in passing situations – Chris Thompson is too good in his specialist role to find himself on the bench in hurry-up scenarios – but Guice is an uncommon talent as a pure runner and should be one of