ESPN did a top 5 under 25, so I've decided to one of my own since they suck ass, and can't seem to get any sort of ranking right. Yes, that's a direct shot at their NFL Power Ranking's, they're totally based of recency bias. Their top 5 under 25 ranking is also completely based of recency bias, at least they're consistent.
1. Odell Beckham WR, New York Giants
Obvious that I'm going to put Odell at #1 on this list. Since coming into the league Odell has maintained a pace that he's going to break every conceivable wide receiver record if he can remain healthy. The soon to be best wide receiver of all time is the face of this very deep, highly talented, wave of young superstars ready to take over the league. ESPN also had Beckham at 1.
2. LeVeon Bell RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
ESPN was completely disrespctful to the most versatile running back in the league. They had Bell at 5 and Ezekiel Elliot at 2, I almost vomitted up my lunch when I saw that. Zeke Elliot is running through holes the size of the Grand Canyon, if he wasn't putting up ridiculous numbers I'd be concerned. Obviously Zeke is a crazy good talent, but LeVeon Bell is a huge factor in the Pittsburgh machine. Not only is he the entire run game, maneuvering his way through miniscule creveces to find daylight to make something out of nothing on a regular basis, he also is a huge part of the pass game. He lines up in the slot, can go out wide, and catch out of the backfield. He's the complete package, he's a yard from scrimmage machine, and he should be respected as such. Give the second coming of Barry Sanders some respect, LeVeon is clearly the 2nd best player under 25.
3. David Johnson RB, Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson wasn't even on the list, which is an utter abomination. The Cardinals may be horrible this year, but if weren't for this man being basically their entire offense they'd be a whole lot worse. Everyone's ready to crown Zeke the king of the running backs when there's guys doing just as much with a lot less talent surrounding them. David Johnson has single handidly carried many fantasy teams to the playoffs with his regular 30 point performances. You can't get good fantasy numbers without putting up ridiculous numbers on the field.
4. Dak Prescott QB, Dallas Cowboys
The hardest position to play in the NFL and he's executing his gameplans to perfection week in and week out. Kills me on the inside to say nice things about Dak, but it's impossible not to, the kid is very good. Everyone says Zeke Elliot should win MVP, he's not even the most valuable player on his team, Dak Prescott runs the entire offense, it's clearly him. A rookie quarterback that makes almost no mistakes, completes the throws you ask of him, and does the little things to help the team win is unheard of. Dak is a special talent and is most certainly more important to Dallas than Zeke.
5. Ezekiel Elliot RB, Dallas Cowboys
While I don't think he will, Zeke may very well break the rookie rushing record. Sure Zeke has had the luxury of the best offensive line in football and I basically penalize his numbers because of it, as I should, but he is a superb talent. He's younger than the 2 backs ahead of him on this list so he may end up surpassing them in the future, for now though he's just a step below them. Sure he's fast, can jump higher than most olympic hurdlers, and can run through brick walls, but I need to see a little more from him before I put him ahead of guys that basically carry their team's offense.