Although most of the attention will be on Lawrence, don’t forget about Travis Etienne. He is going to be an exciting prospect in redraft leagues. As much of a certainty Lawrence is, Etienne is just the opposite. His skill set isn’t questionable; it’s his role in the offense. James Robinson came out of nowhere as a rookie last season and finished as the RB7. Robinson offers vision and power, but Etienne is a blazer and can be a three-down back. Etienne is also Lawrence’s former teammate at Clemson.
Over the last five years, 24 quarterbacks who finished as a QB1 were drafted outside the top 12 (40-percent hit rate). This hit rate projects we can find four to five quarterbacks that end as QB1s. However, how will we identify which quarterbacks hold hidden value, and which are ranked lower for good reason?
Whether Mostert is healthy or not, it is reasonable to expect Sermon to contribute as a rookie. If the incumbent starter were to miss any time, Sermon would seemingly see an increase in his workload, making him an intriguing option for fantasy. The potential upside has Sermon drafted as RB34 according to FantasyPros, standing to rise leading up to the season.