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Dynasty Mock Draft

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

As fantasy football continues to grow exponentially, die-hard enthusiasts are always looking for a new and unique challenge. Dynasty leagues offer just that as they provide the hard-core player the ability to manage their team throughout the entire year since they get the luxury of retaining their entire roster each season. These leagues are not for the faint of heart, as they require a high level of skill and strategy. Regardless, dynasty leagues continue to be the fastest growing segment of fantasy football as they provide a year-round opportunity for owners to stay connected to the game since there truly is no off-season.

 

The writers at dynastyleaguefootball.com (DLF) were asked to take part in a mock draft to be showcased here exclusively within the Rotoworld Draft Guide. DLF finished this mock draft in late June to give you a glimpse at the most recent evaluation of the ever-changing dynasty stock market.

 

Remember, this is a dynasty league draft, so there is a great emphasis placed on youth and upside, while aging veterans aren’t valued as highly as they would be in a re-draft format. After all, an initial dynasty draft is intended to set teams up to be competitive not just for this year, but for many years to come.

 

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Before getting into the draft analysis, you need to understand the league’s starting roster requirements and scoring format. The 12-team PPR (one point per reception) league was set up as follows:

 

Starting Lineups

 

o 1 Quarterback
o 2 Running Backs
o 3 Wide Receivers
o 1 Tight End
o 1 “Flex” position for a RB, TE or WR
o 1 Kicker
o 1 Team Defense / Special Teams unit

o 18 Total Roster Positions

 

Scoring

 

o One point per reception

o Four points per passing touchdown

o Six points per rushing or receiving touchdown

 

As you can see, the format chosen was one of the most common in order to give you an accurate idea of dynasty player valuation. Before getting into any dynasty league, make sure you do your due diligence and really evaluate your new league’s lineups and scoring system. Failure to do so will put your team at a disadvantage early on - one that will be very difficult to recover from.

 

With all that being said, here are the round-by-round results from this exclusive dynasty mock draft.

 

ROUND ONE

 

1.01 – Calvin Johnson, WR DET

1.02 – AJ Green, WR CIN

1.03 – Jimmy Graham, TE NO

1.04 – Dez Bryant, WR DAL

1.05 – Julio Jones, WR ATL

1.06 – LeSean McCoy, RB PHI

1.07 – Demaryius Thomas, WR DEN

1.08 – Jamaal Charles, RB KC

1.09 – Alshon Jeffery, WR CHI

1.10 – Brandon Marshall, WR CHI

1.11 – Giovani Bernard, RB CIN

1.12 – Randall Cobb, WR GB

 

Round One Review

 

There weren’t too many surprises here in round one as we see the so-called “Big Six” receivers (Johnson, Green, Bryant, Jones, Thomas and Jeffery) go off the board in the first nine selections. As the NFL continues to move toward running back committees, dynasty owners know the safer bet is likely to stockpile young receivers in an effort to create an element of stabilization on their roster. With the fantasy shelf life of running backs becoming so short, it’s a sound strategy to employ.

 

Those who play in dynasty leagues also understand the idea of “positional tiers” and recognize Jimmy Graham is all alone as the premier tight end in dynasty leagues. Any team with Graham is virtually guaranteed a huge statistical advantage every week, thus it comes as no surprise he’d go in the top half of round one.

 

Best Value in Round One

 

Alshon Jeffery took a giant leap last year by posting 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. His numbers over the next few years could easily match any of the five receivers taken before him, but that owner now gets the luxury of getting Jeffery, plus having an early selection (#16) in the following round as the draft order reverses in round two – that’s a distinct strategic advantage.

 

Biggest Risk in Round One

 

We need only to look across the field from Jeffery to see the biggest risk of the round as that comes in the form of Brandon Marshall. While you can’t argue with the production (he’s posted seven straight seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards), building your team around a receiver who is 30 years old and has a history of injuries and off-the-field concerns is a risky proposition. This team is required to add some youthful options later in the draft in order to mitigate some of the risk taken here.

 

ROUND TWO

 

2.01 – Doug Martin, RB TB

2.02 – Keenan Allen, WR SD

2.03 – Montee Ball, RB DEN

2.04 – Eddie Lacy, RB GB

2.05 – Antonio Brown, WR PIT

2.06 – Jordy Nelson, WR GB

2.07 – Le’Veon Bell, RB PIT

2.08 – Rob Gronkowski, TE NE

2.09 – Pierre Garcon, WR WAS

2.10 – DeMarco Murray, RB DAL

2.11 – Sammy Watkins, WR BUF

2.12 – Michael Floyd, WR ARI

 

Round Two Review

 

While the first round was dominated by wide receivers, we start to see teams grabbing their first running back here in the second round. They’re a young bunch as three of the five backs taken in this round are entering just their second year. Let’s hope they can afford the sophomore slump that hit players like Doug Martin and Trent Richardson hard last year.

 

Best Value in Round Two

 

The talent is so deep at the top of a startup draft that it’s difficult to miss on a pick. Not only is Packers running back Eddie Lacy still young, he’s pretty close to a sure thing and that represents solid value in the second round.  As such, Lacy is an easy choice here.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Two

 

I think there were a few owners who took risks in the second round, including those who chose Gronkowski and Ball, but the riskiest pick might have been the rookie receiver, Sammy Watkins. After all, he’s never taken a snap in the NFL. However, when you want to build a dynasty team around young players, you’re forced to take them early, or someone else will.

 

ROUND THREE

 

3.01 – Adrian Peterson, RB MIN

3.02 – Mike Evans, WR TB

3.03 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR MIN

3.04 – Andre Ellington, RB ARI

3.05 – Victor Cruz, WR NYG

3.06 – Andrew Luck, QB IND

3.07 – Aaron Rodgers, QB GB

3.08 – Matt Forte, RB CHI

3.09 – Alfred Morris, RB WAS

3.10 – Arian Foster, RB HOU

3.11 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU

3.12 – Percy Harvin, WR SEA

 

Round Three Review

 

Not only do we see running backs and wide receivers continue to get plucked off the board, but we also have the top two quarterbacks chosen in round three. With the depth at the quarterback position, many dynasty owners are happy to wait and take the value that will fall to the middle rounds, but Rodgers and Luck are considered the two worthy of selecting early.

 

Best Value in Round Three

 

When he’s healthy, wide receiver Percy Harvin has proven to be one of the top producers at his position. In fact, he’s one of only three wide receivers to begin his career with three top-24 seasons in fantasy. With the Seahawks expected to throw the ball more in 2014, Harvin offers great value at the end of the third round.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Three

 

Entering the 2013 season, Texans running back Arian Foster was averaging over 370 touches per season over his last three years. It should come as no surprise he broke down and missed half the 2013 season. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if he missed more time this year. He’s also turning 28 years old just before the season kicks off and those are not the types of players to build dynasty teams around.

 

ROUND FOUR

 

4.01 – CJ Spiller, RB BUF

4.02 – Brandin Cooks, WR NO

4.03 – Vincent Jackson, WR TB

4.04 – Julius Thomas, TE DEN

4.05 – Michael Crabtree, WR SF

4.06 – Trent Richardson, RB IND

4.07 – Bishop Sankey, RB TEN

4.08 – Torrey Smith, WR BAL

4.09 – Kendall Wright, WR TEN

4.10 – Zac Stacy, RB STL

4.11 – Jordan Matthews, WR PHI

4.12 – Cam Newton, QB CAR

 

Round Four Review

 

After seeing the consensus top two rookies (Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans) go off the board early, the fourth round boasted three more from the class of 2014, in the form of Brandin Cooks, Bishop Sankey and Jordan Matthews. This may seem a bit early to invest in a relative unknown, but as I said earlier, take them before someone else does. Many dynasty players like to build around youth and will forego established and proven talent for younger options whom they expect to break out and gain dynasty value.

 

Best Value in Round Four

 

Last season, Trent Richardson was a consensus top five dynasty pick and after one down year which saw him traded just weeks into the season, he’s fallen to the fourth round. Don’t be surprised to see a bounce back season from Richardson in which he regains some of that dynasty value from his rookie year.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Four

 

Outside of the trio of rookies taken, the biggest risk in this round is likely Kendall Wright. The Titans have proven to be a run-first team and we’ve all seen the struggles of quarterback Jake Locker. Add in the expected rise of second year wide receiver Justin Hunter and there’s a good chance Wright is no more than a second receiver on a team that doesn’t throw much – that doesn’t do a lot for his fantasy value.

 

ROUND FIVE

 

5.01 – Josh Gordon, WR CLE

5.02 – Jordan Reed, TE WAS

5.03 – Matthew Stafford, QB DET

5.04 – Shane Vereen, RB NE

5.05 – Toby Gerhart, RB JAX

5.06 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARI

5.07 – Justin Hunter, WR TEN

5.08 – Christine Michael, RB SEA

5.09 – Terrance Williams, WR DAL

5.10 – Jordan Cameron, TE CLE

5.11 – TY Hilton, WR IND

5.12 – Eric Decker, WR NYJ

 

Round Five Review

 

As we go deeper into the draft, some strategies are becoming clear. I’ve already mentioned teams building around youth and continually bypassing proven veterans. On the other hand, there are several teams scooping up the older, established players - we see that in this round with Larry Fitzgerald taken, among others. Also, the deeper you get in a dynasty draft, the more willing players are to take a risk or gamble on a high upside option, Christine Michael for example.

 

Best Value in Round Five

 

Jordan Cameron stands out as a terrific value in this fifth round. He is often lumped in with fellow 2013 breakout star, Julius Thomas, but in this draft, Cameron falls nearly a round and a half after Thomas was chosen. In fact, he’s the fifth tight end taken, even falling behind Jordan Reed.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Five

 

This is an easy one.

 

Josh Gordon goes at the top of the fifth round and becomes one of the biggest boom or bust picks we’ll likely ever see. What is important to note is this is a dynasty draft. Even if Gordon is not allowed to suit up for the entire 2014 season, the owner can retain his rights and once he’s back, he will make an impact. Of course, he has to start making some better decisions off the field first.

 

ROUND SIX

 

6.01 – Drew Brees, QB NO

6.02 – Carlos Hyde, RB SF

6.03 – Matt Ryan, QB ATL

6.04 – Odell Beckham, WR NYG

6.05 – Marshawn Lynch, RB SEA

6.06 – Ryan Mathews, RB SD

6.07 – Andre Johnson, WR HOU

6.08 – Mike Wallace, WR MIA

6.09 – DeSean Jackson, WR WAS

6.10 – Jeremy Maclin, WR PHI

6.11 – Nick Foles, QB PHI

6.12 – Ben Tate, RB CLE

 

Round Six Review

 

Teams are continuing to fill the gaps in their lineup in these mid-rounds and here in the sixth round, a pair of rookies and a trio of quarterbacks come off the board. I mentioned dynasty owners being content to wait on quarterback due to the current depth at the position, but one thing you’ll see (and can take advantage of) is a positional run. Once the owner at 6.01 takes Brees, two others follow by grabbing their favorite quarterback target before they miss out.

 

Best Value in Round Six

 

Marshawn Lynch is likely entering his final season with the Seahawks and possibly his final season as an every down back, but a fall to the sixth round (four rounds after other older backs like Peterson and Foster) offers some nice value for teams looking to win now.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Six

 

Ben Tate signed with the Browns as a free agent and was the presumed starter. He’s always had trouble staying healthy and has already been nicked up during OTAs. Combine this with the addition of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell and Tate becomes a risky pick in this range.

 

ROUND SEVEN

 

7.01 – Eric Ebron, TE DET

7.02 – Zach Ertz, TE PHI

7.03 – Julian Edelman, WR NE

7.04 – Tavon Austin, WR STL

7.05 – Jeremy Hill, RB CIN

7.06 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR

7.07 – Vernon Davis, TE SF

7.08 – Roddy White, WR ATL

7.09 – Russell Wilson, QB SEA

7.10 – Golden Tate, WR DET

7.11 – Ladarius Green, TE SD

7.12 – Rueben Randle, WR NYG

 

Round Seven Review

 

We have another positional run, this time at tight end, with Ebron, Ertz, Davis and Green coming off the board in the seventh. Like quarterback, the tight end position is deep this season after the elite top tier of Jimmy Graham and possibly Rob Gronkowski. If you miss out on one of those two, you can easily wait until this point of the draft (or even later) to find your starting tight end.

 

Best Value in Round Seven

 

Tavon Austin was a popular choice as the top selection in rookie drafts just one season ago. After failing to meet the lofty expectations of dynasty owners, he now can routinely be drafted in the seventh round or later, while other relatively unproven sophomore receivers such as Cordarrelle Patterson, DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Hunter are being drafted rounds earlier.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Seven

 

At this point in the draft, each player carries some level of risk, but the off-season reports have not been positive for Giants receiver Rueben Randle. Randle showed some signs of a possible breakout in his first two seasons and with the departure of former starter Hakeem Nicks. In fact, everyone expected a starting role for Randle this season. Instead, the team added rookie Odell Beckham with an early first round pick and we’ve consistently heard how the team is not ready to count on Randle.

 

ROUND EIGHT

 

8.01 – Joique Bell, RB DET

8.02 – Davante Adams, WR GB

8.03 – Lamar Miller, RB MIA

8.04 – Allen Robinson, WR JAX

8.05 – Marqise Lee, WR JAX

8.06 – Robert Woods, WR BUF

8.07 – Tyler Eifert, TE CIN

8.08 – Bernard Pierce, RB BAL

8.09 – Dennis Pitta, TE BAL

8.10 – Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN

8.11 – Reggie Bush, RB DET

8.12 – Devonta Freeman, RB ATL

 

Round Eight Review

 

A couple of the runs we’ve noticed continue in this round as three more tight ends and four rookies come off the board. The draft is also at the point where backup running backs are beginning to rise to the top of the target lists - this includes Bernard Pierce and Devonta Freeman, as well as some backs who are one-half of a committee attack like Lamar Miller and both Lions’ running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.

 

Best Value in Round Eight

 

Based on this draft position, it seems some people are just giving up on Lions’ running back Reggie Bush way too soon. Despite being part of an aforementioned running back by committee alongside Bell, Bush can still put together some big games as the pass-catching back in the high-powered Detroit offense. For a team looking to contend from day one, Bush offers great value in the late eighth round.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Eight

 

While I’m not sure it can be labeled as risky, it is somewhat of a surprise to see Joique Bell being drafted ahead of Bush, his own teammate. After all, Bush easily outpaced Bell a year ago to finish as the RB7 in PPR leagues despite missing two full games. Many think of Bell as a younger player since he is somewhat of a new name and wasn’t a player we followed during his college years or during the draft process. However, he’s actually just one year younger than Bush.

 

ROUND NINE

 

9.01 – Donte Moncrief, WR IND

9.02 – Pierre Thomas, RB NO

9.03 – Marvin Jones, WR CIN

9.04 – Terrance West, RB CLE

9.05 – Peyton Manning, QB DEN

9.06 – Cody Latimer, WR DEN

9.07 – Chris Johnson, RB NYJ

9.08 – Jason Witten, TE DAL

9.09 – Tre Mason, RB STL

9.10 – Hakeem Nicks, WR IND

9.11 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE TB

9.12 – Markus Wheaton, WR PIT

 

Round Nine Review

 

At this point in the draft, it’s clear some teams are looking to fill out their starting lineup, adding a quarterback or tight end if they don’t already have one, or adding one more running back or wide receiver for their flex position. While it’s clearly a goal to field the best weekly lineup possible, it’s also a good plan to always take the best player available, with little regard for what position they play.

 

Best Value in Round Nine

 

Peyton Manning falls to the ninth round and is also the ninth quarterback selected. I mentioned earlier two basic dynasty startup draft strategies - win now or play for the future. If your team is one hoping to win a title in 2014, it’s hard to ignore Manning and his nearly guaranteed status as a top three signal caller in the short term.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Nine

 

Can a player be both a risk and a value?  If so, that player is the same Peyton Manning. As long as he is healthy and playing with a stacked receiving corps in Denver, Manning is a lock to provide his owners with top five quarterback numbers. Although we’ve been spoiled by Manning’s future hall of fame career, dynasty owners and fans have to accept that that career is coming to an end very soon. While all picks in this range of a start-up draft carry some risk, there is a very realistic chance Manning will only be on your roster for one season before calling it a career.

 

ROUND TEN

 

10.01 – Greg Olsen, TE CAR

10.02 – Robert Griffin III, QB WAS

10.03 – Kenny Stills, WR NO

10.04 – Aaron Dobson, WR NE

10.05 – Ryan Tannehill, QB MIA

10.06 – David Wilson, RB NYG

10.07 – Dwayne Allen, TE IND

10.08 – Andrew Hawkins, WR CLE

10.09 – Colin Kaepernick, QB SF

10.10 – Rashad Jennings, RB NYG

10.11 – Ray Rice, RB BAL

10.12 – Stevan Ridley, RB NE

 

Round Ten Review

 

Round ten is the first round where the participants are clearly grasping at straws, as a majority of the players drafted in this round have a cloudy future. Players like David Wilson, Stevan Ridley and Rashad Jennings have had their chance to shine in the NFL in previous years before floundering. Others taken in this round, such as Robert Griffin, III, Dwayne Allen and Aaron Dobson have seen seasons cut short due to injury.

 

Best Value in Round Ten

 

The off-season troubles surrounding Ravens running back Ray Rice have been well documented and have clearly affected his dynasty value.  Although Rice also dealt with some struggles on the field in 2013, he’s still expected to hold down the starting job for the Ravens this coming season, offering great value for those who choose to invest in him.

 

Biggest Risk in Round Ten

 

With the recent news regarding Packers running back Johnathan Franklin and his career-ending neck injury, the risk in drafting and rostering the Giants’ David Wilson is apparent.  While recent indications point to Wilson being able to return to the field, the timetable is murky and the additions of both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams signal the concern held by the Giants’ front office.

 

ROUND ELEVEN

 

11.01 – Justin Blackmon, WR JAX

11.02 – Mark Ingram, RB NO

11.03 – Danny Woodhead, RB SD

11.04 – Khiry Robinson, RB NO

11.05 – Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR

11.06 – Wes Welker, WR DEN

11.07 – Martellus Bennett, TE CHI

11.08 – Ka’Deem Carey, RB CHI

11.09 – Charles Clay, TE MIA

11.10 – Dwayne Bowe, WR KC

11.11 – Cecil Shorts, WR JAX

11.12 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR DEN

 

ROUND TWELVE

 

12.01 – Charles Sims, RB TB

12.02 – Isaiah Crowell, RB CLE

12.03 – Steven Jackson, RB ATL

12.04 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB MIN

12.05 – Riley Cooper, WR PHI

12.06 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB OAK

12.07 – Kenny Britt, WR STL

12.08 – Jace Amaro, TE NYJ

12.09 – Andre Williams, RB NYG

12.10 – Tony Romo, QB DAL

12.11 – Jay Cutler, QB CHI

12.12 – Frank Gore, RB SF

 

ROUND THIRTEEN

 

13.01 – Reggie Wayne, WR IND

13.02 – Chris Ivory, RB NYJ

13.03 – Brian Hartline, WR MIA

13.04 – Philip Rivers, QB SD

13.05 – Martavis Bryant, WR PIT

13.06 – Andy Dalton, QB CIN

13.07 – Paul Richardson, WR SEA

13.08 – Knile Davis, RB KC

13.09 – Latavius Murray, RB OAK

13.10 – Jerick McKinnon, RB MIN

13.11 –Johnny Manziel, QB CLE

13.12 – Bryce Brown, RB BUF

 

Rounds Eleven-Thirteen Review

 

Although the draft is well beyond the stage where top stars are being taken, at this point of the selection process, fantasy starters can be found. One thing that stands out is the obvious depth at the quarterback position. If your strategy was to wait on taking a quarterback, you could still grab a pair in these rounds and end up with a duo like Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers. If youth is your preference, selecting Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel should leave you in great shape for years to come.

 

Best Value in Rounds Eleven-Thirteen

 

When looking for the best value in this set of rounds, I have to go back to the quarterback position and it’s impossible to narrow this down to just one. Both Cutler and Tony Romo have a chance to be top ten, or even top five quarterbacks over the next three or four seasons. With options like this waiting for you in the twelfth, it’s hard to make an argument for opting for players like Robert Griffin III or Matt Ryan earlier in the draft.

 

Biggest Risk in Rounds Eleven-Thirteen

 

There are almost no sure things at this point, so this is a tricky call, but Jaguars’ wide receiver Justin Blackmon carries too much risk to be considered here. As you probably know, he is currently serving an indefinite suspension and there have been very few updates about his status over the past several months. What little speculation that has leaked out has not been positive. The Jaguars’ addition of top rookie receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson seems to signal the end of Blackmon’s career in Jacksonville. Not only will he need to convince the league as a whole he is stable enough to get back on the field, he’ll likely have to find a team willing to give him a shot.

 

ROUND FOURTEEN

 

14.01 – Doug Baldwin, WR SEA

14.02 – Marques Colston, WR NO

14.03 – Zach Mettenberger, QB TEN

14.04 – Bruce Ellington, WR SF

14.05 – Tom Brady, QB NE

14.06 – Greg Jennings, WR MIN

14.07 – Darren McFadden, RB OAK

14.08 – James White, RB NE

14.09 – Rod Streater, WR OAK

14.10 – Seattle Seahawks DEF

14.11 – Jarrett Boykin, WR GB

14.12 – Jarvis Landry, WR MIA

 

ROUND FIFTEEN

 

15.01 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT

15.02 – Marcus Lattimore, RB SF

15.03 – San Francisco 49ers DEF

15.04 – Delanie Walker, TE TEN

15.05 – Marquess Wilson, WR CHI

15.06 – Storm Johnson, RB JAX

15.07 – Blake Bortles, QB JAX

15.08 – Travis Kelce, TE KC

15.09 – Knowshon Moreno, RB MIA

15.10 – Heath Miller, TE PIT

15.11 – CJ Anderson, RB DEN

15.12 – Joe Flacco, QB BAL

 

ROUND SIXTEEN

 

16.01 – CJ Fiedorowicz, TE HOU

16.02 – Da’Rick Rogers, WR IND

16.03 – Alfred Blue, RB HOU

16.04 – Danny Amendola, WR NE

16.05 – Andre Holmes, WR OAK

16.06 – Coby Fleener, TE IND

16.07 – Richard Rodgers, TE GB

16.08 – Eli Manning, QB NYG

16.09 – James Jones, WR OAK

16.10 – Lance Dunbar, RB DAL

16.11 – Denarius Moore, WR OAK

16.12 – Antonio Gates, TE SD

 

Rounds Fourteen-Sixteen Review

 

As the end nears, this is the portion of the draft where dynasty owners should throw out average draft position, or ADP. Where a player should get selected, or even if he should, according the general consensus carries no weight at this point. If you like a player or believe he can add value to your team, just get him at this stage. While the majority of players taken in these round are young, high-upside plays, there are a few reliable veterans still to be found, such as Antonio Gates and Ben Roethlisberger - both could be fantasy starters again this season.

 

Best Value in Rounds Fourteen-Sixteen

 

The value in late rounds of a startup draft will be more apparent in the coming months and years. Dynasty players often look back at startup drafts wondering how a certain player fell so far, yet went on to become a stud fantasy performer. Without the benefit of a crystal ball, I’d peg Bears third receiver Marquess Wilson as a nice value. I want as many pieces of the Marc Trestman offense as I can get and with Brandon Marshall now on the wrong side of 30, Wilson has a chance for an expanded role.

 

Biggest Risk in Rounds Fourteen-Sixteen

 

As I mentioned earlier, if you believe in a player, just take him. While I believe in that theory, taking an unproven and largely unknown quarterback like Zach Mettenberger over the likes of Tom Brady and Roethlisberger, among others, is too much of a stretch. Mettenberger is a player who could have been drafted later if he’s a player that owner felt the need for.

 

ROUND SEVENTEEN

 

17.01 – Chicago Bears DEF

17.02 – Blair Walsh, PK MIN

17.03 – Stephen Gostkowski, PK NE

17.04 – New England Patriots DEF

17.05 – Carolina Panthers DEF

17.06 – Denver Broncos DEF

17.07 – St. Louis Rams DEF

17.08 – Kansas City Chiefs DEF

17.09 – Houston Texans DEF

17.10 – Tennessee Titans DEF

17.11 – Cincinnati Bengals DEF

17.12 – Arizona Cardinals DEF

 

ROUND EIGHTEEN

 

18.01 – Matt Prater, PK DEN

18.02 – Mason Crosby, PK GB

18.03 – Steven Hauschka, PK SEA

18.04 – Dan Bailey, PK DAL

18.05 – Justin Tucker, PK BAL

18.06 – Phil Dawson, PK SF

18.07 – Alex Henery, PK PHI

18.08 – Matt Bryant, PK ATL

18.09 – Greg Zuerlein, PK STL

18.10 – Shayne Graham, PK NO

18.11 – Baltimore Ravens DEF

18.12 – Sebastian Janikowski, PK OAK

 

Rounds Seventeen-Eighteen Review

 

Not a lot to see here as each owner reserved their final two picks to acquire their kicker and defense. While a couple of defenses were chosen earlier in the draft, waiting until the last possible moment is the typical strategy employed by most dynasty owners. In fact, many leagues either don’t use these positions at all, or don’t require them to be drafted, instead using pre-season waivers to grab kickers and defenses. As I said, if you are required to draft a kicker or defense, use your final picks, as these are unlikely to be on your roster long, considering the way both kickers and team defenses scoring fluctuates from week to week and season to season.