Looking Ahead: The Top 50 Fantasy Players Under 25

Eli Grabanski takes a look at the best fantasy assets under the age of 25.

In dynasty and keeper league it is vital to look ahead and figure out which players have the potential to be the next big thing. But who are some younger players to watch out for? I decided to rank the top 50 fantasy assets under the age of 25. For the purposes of this list, we are basing it off of what age they will be on January 1st, 2020. Also for simplicity sake, no college prospects will be on this list until they are drafted (though if you are interested in some names to watch, check out the “Notes” section of the article). Without further ado, here are the top fantasy assets under the age of 25.



Overall Rank Player Team Position Rank Age (on 1/1/2020)
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB1 23
2 Saquon Barkley NYG RB2 22
3 Dalvin Cook MIN RB3 24
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB4 24
5 Alvin Kamara NO RB5 24
6 Nick Chubb CLE RB6 24
7 Chris Godwin TB WR1 23
8 Leonard Fournette JAX RB7 24
9 Josh Jacobs  OAK RB8 21
10 Lamar Jackson  BAL QB1 22
11 Patrick Mahomes  KC QB2 24
12 Joe Mixon  CIN RB9 23
13 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR2 23
14 James Conner  PIT RB10 24
15 DeShaun Watson HOU QB3 24
16 Marlon Mack IND RB11 23
17 DJ Chark JAX WR3 23
18 Kareem Hunt CLE RB12 24
19 Austin Ekeler LAC RB13 24
20 DJ Moore CAR WR4 22
21 David Montgomery CHI RB14 22
22 Devin Singletary BUF RB15 22
23 Terry McLaurin WAS WR5 24
24 Mark Andrews BAL TE1 24
25 Christian Kirk ARI WR6 22
26 Courtland Sutton DEN WR7 24
27 Sony Michel NE RB16 24
28 Will Dissly SEA TE2 23
29 Derrius Guice WAS RB17 22
30 Ronald Jones TB RB18 22
31 Miles Sanders PHI RB19 22
32 Matt Breida SF RB20 24
33 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown BAL WR8 22
34 Curtis Samuel CAR WR9 23
35 Kyler Murray ARI QB4 22
36 Michael Gallup DAL WR10 23
37 Royce Freeman DEN RB21 23
38 DK Metcalf SEA WR11 22
39 TJ Hockenson DET TE3 22
40 Jamaal Williams GB RB22 24
41 Mecole Hardman KC WR12 21
42 Darrell Henderson LAR RB23 22
43 Corey Davis TEN WR13 24
44 Baker Mayfield CLE QB5 24
45 Alexander Mattison MIN RB24 21
46 Rashaad Penny SEA RB25 23
47 Andy Isabella ARI WR14 23
48 Chris Herndon NYJ TE4 23
49 John Ross CIN WR15 24
50 Noah Fant DEN TE5 22




  • Aaron Jones (RB, Green Bay Packers), Amari Cooper (WR, Dallas Cowboys), Tyreek Hill (WR, Kansas City Chiefs), Chris Carson (RB, Seattle Seahawks), Todd Gurley (RB, Los Angeles Rams), Derrick Henry (RB, Tennessee Titans), Evan Engram (TE, New York Giants), Calvin Ridley (WR, Atlanta Falcons), Austin Hooper (TE, Atlanta Falcons), Tyler Boyd (WR, Cincinnati Bengals), Mike Williams (WR, Los Angeles Chargers), Phillip Lindsay (RB, Denver Broncos), Jordan Howard (RB, Philadelphia Eagles), Gerald Everett (TE, Los Angeles Rams), OJ Howard (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR, Green Bay Packers), and Jared Goff (QB, Los Angeles Rams) narrowly missed the age requirement by less than one year.


  • For the most part a lot of the players on this list are running backs due to less of a learning curve from college football to NFL ball. This makes non-RB superstars like Chris Godwin (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers), Lamar Jackson (QB, Baltimore Ravens), Patrick Mahomes (QB, Kansas City Chiefs), and DeShaun Watson (QB, Houston Texans) top 15 rankings all the more impressive.


  • Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson are the clear top young quarterbacks, but Kyler Murray could take a giant step forward next year and Baker Mayfield could bounce-back next year if his situation improves.


  • Rookie TEs tend to struggle, but watch for potential breakouts from TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant next year. Also don’t forget about Seattle tight end Will Dissly who was balling out as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending injury.


  • In terms of quarterbacks in college that could make this list, watch out for Joe Burrow (QB, LSU) and Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama) if they declare for the 2020 NFL draft. Other names worth monitoring are Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon), Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia), Jordan Love (QB, Utah State), and Jacob Eason (QB, Washington).


  • Some college running back prospects to keep an eye on that could make this list are: D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia), Chubba Hubbard (RB, Oklahoma State), Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin), J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State), Cam Akers (RB, Florida State), and Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson). Some other names worth monitoring that could end up on this list are Kylin Hill (RB, Mississippi State), Zack Moss (RB, Utah), Lamical Perine (RB, Florida), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB, Vanderbilt), Scottie Phillips (RB, Ole Miss), and Najee Harris (RB, Alabama).


  • At the college level some pass catchers to watch out for are: Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma), Henry Ruggs (WR, Alabama), Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR, Colorado), Jalen Reagor (WR, TCU), Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR, Liberty), Tamorrion Terry (WR, Florida State), Gabriel Davis (WR, Central Florida), Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU), DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama), and Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson). This is a very deep WR draft class so there may be more names to keep an eye out for if they get drafted to the right situation.


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3 responses to “Looking Ahead: The Top 50 Fantasy Players Under 25”

  1. Bob Smith says:

    I stopped reading once I saw Jackson was ranked ahead of Mahomes.

    • Eli Grabanski says:

      Understandable opinion as they are neck and neck in terms of fantasy. My personal reasoning behind ranking Jackson one spot ahead of Mahomes is because of the rushing upside of Lamar Jackson. He’s already averaging 20+ PPG in most leagues, so if 22 year-old Lamar makes more improvements in his passing ability (which he has every year since he arrived at Louisville in college), we could see unprecedented levels of fantasy dominance by a QB.

  2. Bob Smith says:

    Sure Mahomes has already been hurt this season, but long term, rushing QBs are more vulnerable to injury which should knock Jackson down. Plus a rushing QB should never be considered to be QB1.

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