Way Too Early Dynasty Rookie Draft

Ryan Cearfoss
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The fantasy season is over but as we all know dynasty fantasy football is a year-round endeavor.  Last season’s rookie draft was an absolute game changer loading the NFL with talent especially at the running back position and this draft doesn’t look to be any different. The class is looking to be extremely deep at the running back position with a ton of future impact players. One disclaimer with mocks this early is team will make a huge impact on where players get drafted.

Round 1  

Pick 1.01

Saquon Barkley– RB – PSU

5’11 229 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
217 1271 5.9 18 54 632 3

Saquon Barkley is an absolute slam dunk as a prospect, he has the prototypical build that NFL teams covet to go with elite speed and burst. Barkley is devastating out of the backfield and a big play threat any time he touches the ball. What separates Barkley over all of the other prospects in this draft is how versatile he is. Barkley is able to line up at any of the receiver spots similar to how Christian McCaffrey did last year. The do it all running back would be elite even without the receiving ability this just pushes him over the edge putting him at a no-brainer number one overall pick and a dynasty cornerstone.

Pick 1.02

Derrius Guice-RB – LSU

5’11 218 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
237 1251 5.3 11 18 124 2

Derrius Guice is probably my favorite offensive player in the draft, Guice is an explosive and violent runner who does not shy away from contact. In one on one situations, he normally beats the defender and rarely goes down at first contact. As a pure runner, he has as much talent as any back in this or last year’s draft making him a fantastic consolation prize for not having first overall pick and depending on landing spot he has the talent to be in the conversation as the top players picked in dynasty.

Pick 1.03

Nick Chubb – RB- Georgia

5’10 225 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
205 1320 6.4 15 3 31 0

It feels like Nick Chubb has been around the college football world forever. In his freshman season, Nick Chubb set the world on fire getting talked about as the future of the running back position then, unfortunately, the next season he had a devastating knee injury that threw his career off tracks. Two years later here we are he the key to an offense going to the National Championship dominating in the running game. With a clean bill of health, Nick Chubb will be a high-quality starting running back in the league.

Pick 1.04

Cortland Sutton – WR- SMU

6’4 214 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
68 1085 16.0 12

Cortland Sutton is the prototypical build NFL GMs look for in their number one receiver. The big-bodied receiver didn’t produce as much as people expected this season but what he brings from a skill set perspective he has every opportunity to be a top tier receiver if not that a top-tier red zone threat out of the same mold as Alshon Jeffrey.

Pick 1.05

Ronald Jones – RB –USC

6’0 201 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
261 1550 5.9 19 14 187 1

Overshadowed by the potential number one overall pick Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones has emerged as a top-flight running back. Last season Jones was looked at as nothing but a speed back coming into this season he put on weight and became a more physical back. This has been huge for his career putting him in the conversation for one of the top backs in the draft who has the potential home run threat every time he touches the ball.

Pick 1.06

Calvin Ridley– WR- Alabama

6’1 190 lbs

Catches Yards AVG TDS
59 935 15.8 4

Calving Ridley has two major knocks on him is he’s 24 years old making him old for a rookie, the other his production on the surface looks low. Neither end up being a huge issue, production wise Alabama did not have a very good passing game mainly because of quarterback play. Even with such low production, n Ridley accounted for 44% of the teams passing offense which is huge. On the field what Ridley brings to separate himself from the pack is explosive speed and playmaking ability mixed with precise route running. While he is older coming into the league his skill set will allow him to make an immediate impact as a rookie.

Pick 1.07

Bryce Love – RB- Stanford

5’10 196

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
263 2113 8.1 19 6 33 0

The countries leading rusher came out of nowhere this season following a Stanford legend in Christian McCaffrey. Love had gaping holes to run thru all season with Stanford’s fantastic line which is no fault of his but he made the most of it ripping off long run after long run. Once in the open field Love would not be caught. Bryce Love is a definite upside pick with a limited amount of playing time although it was spectacular. He could end up being a breakout star as a rookie.

Pick 1.08

Sony Michel – RB – Georgia

5’11 216 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
152 1129 8.0 16 9 96 1

The other side of Georgia’s one, two punch at running back Sony Michel is no slouch himself. Some draft analysts believe he has the potential to be as good if not better then Nick Chubb. Michel brings a big play ability with a nose for the end-zone to whatever team he joins in the NFL. While Michel has filled in for injuries of Chubb as a lead back he has flourished in a role coming in as a secondary back something similar to what we are used to seeing out of Tevin Coleman. If Michel ends up on a team with another good running back he still could have a very productive role carved out for him in the offense with the ability to take over the starting role.

Pick 1.09

James Washington – WR- Oklahoma State

6’1 205 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
74 1549 20.9 13

The nations receiving leader James Washington has been absolutely electric in his career at OKST. In his three seasons as the number one receiver for the Cowboys, he’s averaged over 20 yards a reception and double-digit touchdowns. Washington is an elite receiver when he has the ball in his hands and an even better deep threat. His ability to get open downfield and ball tracking ability is what players drafting last year wanted out of John Ross. Landing in an offense that likes to take shots downfield Washington could have a huge impact as a fantasy player.

Pick 1.10

Auden Tate – WR – Florida State

6’5 225 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
40 548 13.7 10

The season has not gone as planned for Auden Tate, the monster receiver from FSU lost his QB in the opener which affected the entire offense including him. Even with the lack of production from a yardage standpoint, he was elite in the red zone, scoring a touchdown on every 4 catches. While a lot of his game is an athletic projection his size and speed will make NFL offenses find a way to get him on the field and could end up being a more athletic version of former Seminole Kelvin Benjamin.

Pick 1.11

Damien Harris – RB – Alabama

5’11 220 lbs

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
129 983 7.6 11 10 70 0

Chances are if you play running back at Alabama you are splitting times with the barrage of 5 star other running backs on the roster not giving you a ton of opportunity to showcase your ability.  Damien Harris was able to make the most of his opportunity, the big play threat out of the backfield averaged over seven and a half yards a carry gashing defenses. With the way last season went, everyone is looking for the next Alvin Kamara in an underutilized back who could make a huge surprise impact. If I were to bet on who has the best chance to perform well in the NFL out of the blue it would be Harris. His speed and creativity out of the backfield will wreak havoc on defenses when given the opportunity.

1.12

Kerryon Johnson – RB – Auburn

6’0 212 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
285 1391 4.9 18 24 194 2

Kerryon Johnson is a true throwback runner, the between the tackles banger has what it takes to be a workhorse back in the NFL. While he isn’t the most exciting running back coming out he brings a physicality what will get him carries in the NFL especially in the red-zone.

Round 2

Pick 2.01 – Christian Kirk – WR – Texas A&M-5’11 200 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
71 919 12.9 10

Pick 2.02 – Rashaad Penny – RB – SDSU – 5’11 220 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
289 2248 7.8 23 19 135 2

Pick 2.03 – Mark Andrews– TE- Oklahoma- 6’5 254 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
62 958 15.5 8

Pick 2.04 – Anthony Miller – WR – Memphis – 5’11 190 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
96 1462 15.2 18

2.05 – Michael Gallup – WR- Colorado- 6’1 200 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
100 1413 14.1 7

2.06- Myles Gaskin – RB- Washington- 5’10 192 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
222 1380 6.2 21 19 232 3

2.07 – Dallas Goedert – TE – South Dakota St. – 6’4 260 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
72 1111 15.4 7

2.08 Lamar Jackson – QB -Louisville –6’3 211 lbs

Pass Yards Comp % TDs INTs Rush Yards AVG. TDs
3660 59.1 27 10 1601 6.9 18

2.09 Dante Pettis – WR – Washington – 6’1 195 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
63 761 12.1 7

2.10 Deon Cain– WR – Clemson- 6’1 190 lbs.

Catches Yards AVG TDS
58 734 12.7 6

2.11 Kalen Ballage – RB – ASU – 6’3 229lbs

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
157 669 4.3 6 20 91 0

2.12 John Kelly – RB – Tennessee – 5’9 205 lbs.

ATT YDS AVG TD REC REC Yards REC TDS
189 778 4.1 9 37 299 0

 

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