Fantasy Football: Dynasty Rookie Primer


Photo by Kent Gidley, Alabama

Written by Jordan Stiers


The NFL draft is right around the corner. That’s when we can really get a clear picture of the dynasty rookie ranking. Where these guys land in the draft will play a big role for certain players. At the end of the day, you want your guys in a situation that gives them a high volume of touches. On the flip side of that, extremely talented players shouldn’t tumble too far down your draft boards over where they landed. Alvin Kamara is the best example of that. He was drafted to a team that had Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, and in the first few weeks, it looked like he had no chance at getting a quality number of touches; by the end of the season, he was a top fantasy option in all formats.


This year is a WR heavy draft class, with multiple players who look like potential WR1 or high-end WR2’s. At RB, the class is a lot more shallow in elite talent than years past, with only three or four workhorse backs being situational runners. TE is the most intriguing position in this year’s class. This is a very deep class with multiple high ceiling players and should produce multiple starters in the league.


PPR Top 24 Rookie Big Board

  1. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

  2. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St

  3. AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

  4. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St

  5. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn St

  6. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

  7. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

  8. DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

  9. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St

  10. TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

  11. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

  12. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St

  13. Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

  14. Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

  15. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

  16. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

  17. Devin Singletary, RB, FAU

  18. Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio St

  19. JJ Arcega Whiteside, WR, Stanford

  20. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

  21. Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss

  22. Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

  23. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

  24. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St


Overview

This class is full of high-ceiling, low-floor talent. Once you get past the first 10-12 players, the argument can be made for everybody to move up or down in the rankings. My crush at WR is Hakeem Butler. He has a bit of a drop issue, but is dominant on 50/50 balls and bullies people after the catch. Kelvin Harmon and Andy Isabella are two very intriguing second round talents in your rookie drafts. In the right scheme, they could vault themselves into first-round considerations. At running back, my guy is Miles Sanders. I’ll take him regardless of the landing spot, but if he gets into a system like the Chiefs, it should put him in the first overall pick conversation. Later in the draft, you should consider taking a flier on Ryquell Armstead out of Temple. He’s a bruiser at the line of scrimmage and has surprisingly good speed. At TE, my guy is Noah Fant in terms of fantasy. His explosion and big-play ability put him above the rest, almost Jimmy Graham-esque. If you’re looking in rounds past the second, look no further than Foster Moreau out of LSU. His combination of YAC ability and elite blocking will help him work his way into a starting role on most teams.