NFL Post Draft Rookie Ranking – Dynasty Fantasy Football

As is often the case, the NFL draft can have a major impact on the fantasy football luck of the chosen rookies. In the dynasty leagues, it’s all about the rookie draft. Many rookie drafts begin immediately after the NFL draft ends, some wait until later in OTAs, training camp, or preseason to provide the greatest opportunity to assess player situations. For those of you who are quick drafters, it’s important to have opinions on the value of these rookies, so with that in mind, here is my ranking of the top 12 post-draft rookies. This represents the first round in most rookie drafts. Let’s get right to that:

  1. Todd Gurley (STL) – Gurley was a surprise pick for the Rams, but it makes perfect sense. Jeff Fisher is a running-minded coach and Gurley can carry the load much better than Tre Mason in the long run. In the short term, don’t be surprised to see Tre Mason start the year as the lead dog and still share carries in the second half of the year. As long as you think long term, Gurley is your man.

  2. Amari Cooper (OAK) – Cooper is in pretty good shape. A solid young quarterback in Derek Carr, absolutely no competition for the WR1 gig, although that could shock him with a lot of double teams as well. There is no reason here to believe that Cooper won’t become the title role in Year 1. In the PPR leagues, you can probably trade Cooper for Gurley and feel pretty good about it.

  3. Kevin White (CHI) – Chicago has a great transition underway, so this selection is not without risk. Cutler is a solid quarterback, but obviously he won’t be there for long. John Fox is not known as an offensive coach, although he enlightened it with Peyton Manning in Denver. I just don’t think this offense has the same firepower. That said, Alshon Jeffrey will make it difficult for defenses to focus on White, which will help him. At the end of the day, your talent wins here to place you in this space.

  4. Melvin Gordon (SD) – San Diego traded to get Gordon and I have to say I love where he landed. While there are already decent RBs on the roster, there’s no question that both A) Gordon is more talented than all of them and B) San Diego wanted him badly. I think this creates a fantastic fantastic football scenario that could put Gordon as the No. 1 rookie running back in the 2016 season.

  5. DeVante Parker (MIA): Another perfect fit. The Dolphins have quietly improvised one of the best young catcher corps in the NFL. Parker is the perfect X open end for catcher Kenny Stills Z and Jarvis Landry’s Y-slot catcher. Add Jordan Cameron and you have some weapons. Tannehill is becoming a quality starter that makes this situation even better. The only risk here is that in the last few years the Fins receivers really didn’t produce much. That should change in the future.

  6. Breshad Perriman (BAL) – Baltimore was in dire need of a WR infusion and got it in the first round with Perriman. Perriman was one of those guys who was on the outer edge of the first round and will jump out now that the Ravens have made this commitment. What I don’t like here is that he has a mentor in Steve Smith, very little quality competition and a solid QB situation. It will take some time to get to this role for sure, it is not a finished product, but the advantage is greater than before the draft.

  7. Dorial Green-Beckham (TEN) – I would consider this point in the draft to be a breaking point. The first five are money from the OMI dynasty, Perriman has a very solid situation, here at no. 7 starts to get a little bit based on your tastes and needs. DGB has incredible potential and has put itself in a good position. Marcus Mariota will be his QB and as he develops, DGB will develop with him. I’ve never been impressed by the other Titans WRs, so if you keep your head straight, DGB can be an absolute steal at this point in the draft. However, that’s a big YES …

  8. TJ Yeldon (JAX) – Another guy who, like Perriman, will move up the rookie ranks after the NFL draft, in my opinion. Yeldon, while not the best athlete on the combine, is good enough to be three down in the NFL and the Jaguars have selected him to be. That is enough for me! With very little competition in this backfield and a solid group of young offensive players to build on, Yeldon could be a poor Gordon or Gurley in this draft.

  9. Nelson Agholor (PHI) – In the end, Chip Kelley tried but couldn’t trade for Marcus Mariota, so he sat down and took Jeremy Maclin’s replacement instead. Virtually identical to Maclin in many respects (height, weight, speed), Agholor should be a perfect fit for Chip’s offense and be a quality fantasy player. Why, you ask, do you rank him below two guys who were later in the draft? Good question, one of the reasons is talent, DGB and Yeldon are more talented than Agholor in their respective positions. Second, while being a receiver on Kelly’s offense is coveted, I’m not convinced Agholor is the number one receiver on this team, which limits his advantages to me. In PPR I’d probably put him ahead of Yeldon, but that’s about it.

  10. Jameis Winston (TB) – Winston moves up to the first round on my board because of the weapons at his disposal. Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and now Kenny Bell. To be sure, Winston and his immaturity are a risk, but so was Cam Newton, providing fantasy players with four consecutive seasons in the top 5 fantasy seasons. I’m not 100%, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Winston did the same.

  11. Tevin Coleman (ATL) – Coleman is a warrior. He played half his senior season with a broken foot and still had a 2,000-yard season. He reaches a situation where his only competition is Devonta Freeman. Now many will tell you that this is competition, but do not believe it. This seems like a committee to me for at least the first year, as Colemen gets used to passing professionally and the speed of the game. If you do well just running the ball this year, expect it to take over in year 2.

  12. Devin Funchess (CAR) – This guy sneaks into my top 12 to get picked up by Carolina. Here’s the thing, if they play it at WR, which I think they will, then Cam Newton has the weapons to succeed. I think this offense has more potential than it has shown in the last two years and with a healthy Cam, Kelvin Benjamin on one side, Funchess on the other, Olsen in the middle and Stewart in the backfield, the pie can get a little bigger. . for everyone.

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