Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David and Andre Branch are just a few of the rookies that are tabbed to step right in and play significant roles on their respective NFL teams. They will be fantasy relevant from the word go, will be high on fantasy draft boards, and deservedly so. They are the cream of the crop, dynasty ‘must drafts' and capable of helping out Individual Defensive Player (IDP) teams in redraft formats as well. That's not who we are dealing with in this article. Nope, we are going to head down the depth charts and mine for some under-the-radar rookies who may just end up helping fantasy owners from deep in the draft. These are a few players that have made a name for themselves in organized team activities and preseason action to date, looking to unseat the incumbents and make their way onto the field.
Jayron Hosley, CB, New York Giants: The Hosley hype machine has hit a bump in the road as he is currently recovering from a turf toe problem and sitting out valuable practice time. While the injury has been stated to be of the day-to-day variety, it is unfortunate timing and he may lose some of the momentum he had built thus far in training camp. The Giants selected Hosley in the third round last April out of Virginia Tech. He has been turning heads in training camp and preseason action, actually intercepting a Mark Sanchez pass and returning it 77 yards for a touchdown and added a sack in the Giants' first preseason game against Jacksonville.
Hosley has been playing both outside and slot cornerback in practice and was set up to see some time at nickel back before the toe injury sidelined him. He is a bit undersized but plays hard with intensity, physicality, does not shy away from helping out in run-defense and possesses solid tackling skills. The recent high-ankle sprain suffered by Prince Amukamara also opens the door for the rookie to see more snaps, providing he is able to get back on the field. The Giants are also going to take a look at Hosly as a punt returner, and that increases his fantasy value in leagues that also count individual return yards in their scoring.
New York is thin at the cornerback position with the injuries to Amukamara and Terrell Thomas, so the sooner Hosley can throw his name back into the ring for playing time the better, as the Giants will now be lining up either Bruce Johnson or Michael Coe with veteran Corey Webster in the defensive backfield. Hosley has the chance to step in and become fantasy relevant as long...