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Dynasty Startup Mock Draft

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Recently, some Rotoworld folks, along with a few other industry friends, got together for a dynasty startup mock draft.

 

The settings of the 20 round draft include PPR scoring for all players and a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, 2 FLEX (RB/WR/TE).

 

Thanks to our participants: Raymond Summerlin, Nick Mensio, Rumford Johnny, Graham Barfield, Patrick Daugherty, Evan Silva, Pat Thorman, Matt Harmon, Sigmund Bloom, Rich Hribar and Kevin Cole.

 

Let’s begin by taking a round-by-round look at the results through the first 10 rounds. While building depth and uncovering hidden gems in the later rounds can make a huge difference, especially in a dynasty league, championship teams are still built in the first half of the startup draft.

 

Round One:

 

Pick  
1.01 Odell Beckham, WR NYG
1.02 Antonio Brown, WR PIT
1.03 Julio Jones, WR ATL
1.04 Allen Robinson, WR JAX
1.05 Todd Gurley, RB LA
1.06 DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU
1.07 Mike Evans, WR TB
1.08 A.J. Green, WR CIN
1.09 Amari Cooper, WR OAK
1.10 Le'Veon Bell, RB PIT
1.11 Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
1.12 Sammy Watkins, WR BUF

 

It should come as no surprise to see the early rounds dominated by wide receivers. The Zero RB theory is still gaining steam and is becoming the norm in dynasty leagues as well. The top three picks of Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones has proven to be the top tier in the majority of drafts, but I actually prefer to have a later pick in the opening round and, in turn, an early second round pick. There is little difference between a late first and early second round pick, so that draft spot could guarantee two of the game’s top young receivers, or even veterans like A.J. Green or Dez Bryant.

 

Top tight end Rob Gronkowski is still a mainstay in that range as well, but given the relatively small gap between he and some other tight ends, I’d rather wait on one of those in the fifth or sixth round range. Running backs are starting to gain a bit of value, at least the top three are, with Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley being selected in the first round, with rookie Ezekiel Elliott right behind.

 

Round Two:

 

Pick  
2.01 Alshon Jeffery, WR CHI
2.02 Keenan Allen, WR SD
2.03 Ezekiel Elliott, RB DAL
2.04 Dez Bryant, WR DAL
2.05 Demaryius Thomas, WR DEN
2.06 Brandin Cooks, WR NO
2.07 T.Y. Hilton, WR IND
2.08 John Brown, WR ARZ
2.09 Randall Cobb, WR GB
2.10 David Johnson, RB ARZ
2.11 Donte Moncrief, WR IND
2.12 Lamar Miller, RB HOU

 

In the second round, we have the previously mentioned Cowboys, Bryant and Elliott, as the headliners. With young wideouts like Keenan Allen and Brandin Cooks coming off the board in the top half of the second round, you can see what I mean about the quality early in this round.

 

The back half of the second is a different story as we see a dropoff in value. This is a spot where I like to move down into the third or even fourth round if I don’t love a specific target. Also, we start to see a couple more running backs coming off the board as both David Johnson and Lamar Miller are drafted in the back half of the round.

 

It’s also interesting to note that both of the Colts’ top receivers were drafted in this round as veteran T.Y. Hilton was the 2.07 pick with riser Donte Moncrief at 2.11. Hilton is proven and viewed by most as the top receiver in Indianapolis, but Moncrief is a favorite of many in the dynasty community and a top breakout candidate. It will not be a surprise if Moncrief is valued ahead of Hilton in the near future.

 

Round Three:

 

Pick  
3.01 Michael Floyd, WR ARZ
3.02 DeVante Parker, WR MIA
3.03 Devonta Freeman, RB ATL
3.04 Brandon Marshall, WR NYJ
3.05 Andrew Luck, QB IND
3.06 Jarvis Landry, WR MIA
3.07 Laquon Treadwell, WR MIN
3.08 Mark Ingram, RB NO
3.09 Jordan Matthews, WR PHI
3.10 Kevin White, WR CHI
3.11 Corey Coleman, WR CLE
3.12 Jordan Reed, TE WAS

 

The third round bring a pair of notable second tiers. First, we see the second tier of rookies with both Laquon Treadwell and Corey Coleman coming off the board following the second round selection of Ezekiel Elliott. While the difference from the second to third round may not seem significant, the value gap between Elliott and all other rookies in this class is sizable. Nonetheless, the third round is a very reasonable spot to grab the next group of rookies, which is headlined by a trio of receivers, including the two drafted here.

 

The third round is also the beginning of the second tier of tight ends as the Redskins’ Jordan Reed comes off the board. Reed had a true breakout year in 2015 and his concussion history is now being overshadowed by his fantasy production.

 

Round Four:

 

Pick  
4.01 Tyler Eifert, CIN
4.02 Sterling Shepard, WR NYG
4.03 Josh Doctson, WR WAS
4.04 Tyler Lockett, WR SEA
4.05 Jordy Nelson, WR GB
4.06 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR TEN
4.07 Jeremy Maclin, WR KC
4.08 Doug Baldwin, WR SEA
4.09 Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR
4.10 Golden Tate, WR DET
4.11 Adrian Peterson, RB MIN
4.12 Carlos Hyde, RB SF

 

The fourth round looks like the time many teams were ready to gamble. In dynasty leagues, that might mean gambling on unproven, but high upside young players or it could be gambling the established aging players continue to produce. This round included two more rookies and it might surprise some to see Sterling Shepard being selected ahead of Josh Doctson. Shepard landed in an ideal spot to succeed right away and he’s been steadily gaining dynasty value since the NFL Draft.

 

Others chose to take a risk on unproven talents (Dorial Green-Beckham), injured stars (Jordy Nelson) or aging backs (Adrian Peterson.) Each of these risks could pay off, but this serves as a reminder that there are few “sure things” beyond the first round or two.

 

Round Five:

 

Pick  
5.01 Cam Newton, QB CAR
5.02 Eddie Lacy, RB GB
5.03 Jamaal Charles, RB KC
5.04 Emmanuel Sanders, WR DEN
5.05 C.J. Anderson, RB DEN
5.06 Travis Kelce, TE KC
5.07 Russell Wilson, QB SEA
5.08 Allen Hurns, WR JAX
5.09 Thomas Rawls, RB SEA
5.10 Michael Thomas, WR NO
5.11 Eric Decker, WR NYJ
5.12 Julian Edelman, WR NE

 

While most continue to focus on adding running back and wide receiver depth, two owners began to shift their attention and added a top quarterback. The Panthers’ Cam Newton is now considered the top dynasty quarterback in the league after his nearly perfect 2015 season and he was the top pick of the fifth round. Russell Wilson shook off a slow start to his 2015 season and he’s been trending upwards lately, also. Wilson has effectively bypassed both Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck to be considered the QB2 in dynasty leagues and that is exactly where he was selected in this draft.

 

Round Six:

 

Pick  
6.01 Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARZ
6.02 Doug Martin, RB TB
6.03 Giovani Bernard, RB CIN
6.04 Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
6.05 Willie Snead, WR NO
6.06 Dion Lewis, RB NE
6.07 Duke Johnson, RB CLE
6.08 Matt Jones, RB WAS
6.09 LeSean McCoy, RB BUF
6.10 Michael Crabtree, WR OAK
6.11 Zach Ertz, TE PHI
6.12 Marvin Jones, WR DET

 

More and more dynasty owners are adopting a modified version of the Zero RB theory which results in ignoring the position through the first few rounds. In turn, half of the players chosen in the sixth round were backs. When players like Doug Martin and LeSean McCoy are falling to this range of the draft, there is little reason to fill that position any sooner.

 

Round Seven:

 

Pick  
7.01 Jay Ajayi, RB MIA
7.02 Jeremy Hill, RB CIN
7.03 Marcus Mariota, QB TEN
7.04 DeSean Jackson, WR WAS
7.05 Greg Olsen, TE CAR
7.06 Coby Fleener, TE NO
7.07 Derrick Henry, RB TEN
7.08 Torrey Smith, WR SF
7.09 Ameer Abdullah, RB DET
7.10 Devin Funchess, WR CAR
7.11 Ladarius Green, TE PIT
7.12 Stefon Diggs, WR MIN

 

The seventh round is a bit of a mixed bag as we see players from all four positions, proven veterans and a rookie runner. This is very common as many dynasty owners will look to fill holes in their presumed starting lineup. I always try to remember that dynasty is a long-term game and with so many changes not only year to year, but even week to week around the NFL, focusing on finding starters during the off-season doesn’t always work out like we expect. The good news is this can lead to excellent value for those targeting the best player available in each round.

 

Round Eight:

 

Pick  
8.01 Matt Forte, RB NYJ
8.02 Melvin Gordon, RB SD
8.03 T.J. Yeldon, RB JAX
8.04 Tyler Boyd, WR CIN
8.05 C.J. Prosise, RB SEA
8.06 Eric Ebron, TE DET
8.07 Kamar Aiken, WR BAL
8.08 Phillip Dorsett, WR IND
8.09 Ryan Mathews, RB PHI
8.10 Tavon Austin, WR LA
8.11 Breshad Perriman, WR BAL
8.12 Latavius Murray, RB OAK

 

After the seventh round saw a wide variety of choices, this eighth round was almost exclusively youth-centric. Outside of new Jets’ running back Matt Forte at the top of the round, nearly every selection was a younger player with something left to prove. These are the type of picks that are championship makers if you find the next superstar. I love the value of a rookie back like C.J. Prosise, who seemingly will have a role in the Seattle offense from day one. Despite dealing with some injury issues, Ravens’ receiver Breshad Perriman is another pick that could pay great dividends in the near future.

 

Round Nine:

 

Pick  
9.01 Leonte Carroo, WR MIA
9.02 Charles Sims, RB TB
9.03 Dwayne Allen, TE IND
9.04 Jeremy Langford, RB CHI
9.05 Sammie Coates, WR PIT
9.06 Danny Woodhead, RB SD
9.07 Kenneth Dixon, RB BAL
9.08 Will Fuller, WR HOU
9.09 Devontae Booker, RB DEN
9.10 Karlos Williams, RB BUF
9.11 Martavis Bryant, WR PIT
9.12 DeMarco Murray, RB TEN

 

Once you get this late in a startup draft, nearly the halfway point, the values of all players fluctuate greatly from owner to owner. While one person may feel like he’s getting a steal on a player, another may consider that a huge reach. One player that catches my eye in this ninth round is Steelers’ receiver Martavis Bryant, who is currently suspended. After serving a four game suspension a season ago, Bryant returned to the field and played at a high level, helping to carry Pittsburgh into the playoffs and gaining heaps of dynasty value along the way. That resulted in Bryant being routinely selected in the second round of early startup drafts. Of course, that all changed when the announcement of Bryant’s impending suspension was released. Bryant, like Josh Gordon before him, is tumbling down draft boards and our own Evan Silva has stated he doesn’t really place any value on Bryant at this point. Depending on how willing you are to take on the ultimate risk-reward player, Bryant is worth a pick at some point in a draft and the roster spot it will cost for at least one season of zero production.

 

Round 10:

 

Pick  
10.01 Drew Brees, QB NO
10.02 Travis Benjamin, WR SD
10.03 Josh Gordon, WR CLE
10.04 Jerick McKinnon, RB MIN
10.05 Theo Riddick, RB DET
10.06 Tevin Coleman, RB ATL
10.07 Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR
10.08 Jimmy Graham, TE SEA
10.09 Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT
10.10 Kirk Cousins, QB WAS
10.11 Derek Carr, QB OAK
10.12 Markus Wheaton, WR PIT

 

At the halfway point of the draft, more teams begin to grab a starting quarterback and with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, that is totally understandable. Over the past few years, the late round quarterback philosophy has spread and there are routinely very solid starting quarterbacks available very late in drafts. Unless you have a strong preference for a certain player, waiting as long as possible to grab a starter is the ideal plan.

 

Final Roster Analysis

 

Now I’ll take a look at the final rosters for each team and discuss some strengths and weaknesses of each roster.

 

Raymond Summerlin

 

Pick
1.01 Odell Beckham, NYG
2.12 Lamar Miller, HOU
3.01 Michael Floyd, ARZ
4.12 Carlos Hyde, SF
5.01 Cam Newton, CAR
6.12 Marvin Jones, DET
7.01 Jay Ajayi, MIA
8.12 Latavius Murray, OAK
9.01 Leonte Carroo, MIA
10.12 Markus Wheaton, PIT
11.01 Julius Thomas, JAX
12.12 Rishard Matthews, TEN
13.01 Paul Perkins, NYG
14.12 Hunter Henry, SD
15.01 Mike Thomas, LA
16.12 Christine Michael, SEA
17.01 Braxton Miller, HOU
18.12 Carson Wentz, PHI
19.01 Jonathan Williams, BUF
20.12 Brandon LaFell, CIN

 

QB: Newton, Wentz
RB: Miller, Hyde, Ajayi, Murray, Perkins, Michael, Williams
WR: Beckham, Floyd, Jones, Carroo, Wheaton, Matthews, Thomas, Miller, LaFell
TE: Thomas, Henry

 

Best Pick: It’s hard to argue with taking Odell Beckham with the top overall pick, but that’s also become the chalk choice. Let’s instead look at the fifth round when Raymond grabbed the first quarterback off the board in Cam Newton. I’m a big believer in the late round quarterback theory, but when the top players at the position are falling to the fifth, that becomes a value pick.

 

Worst Pick: This is just a personal preference, but I can’t get behind Carlos Hyde in the fourth round. We’ve seen very little from Hyde due to playing behind Frank Gore for a year and then dealing with recurring injuries last season. I do have concerns that Chip Kelly will come in and not make use of his best players, which would include Hyde.

 

2016 Outlook: This team is well-balanced and has top-five options at quarterback, running back and receiver. I also love Raymond’s choice to backup his top quarterback and tight end with high upside rookies. This team has some questions at the running back position, but if two of Lamar Miller, Hyde or Jay Ajayi come through, this team will be a contender.

 

Nick Mensio

 

Pick
1.02 Antonio Brown, PIT
2.11 Donte Moncrief, IND
3.02 DeVante Parker, MIA
4.11 Adrian Peterson, MIN
5.02 Eddie Lacy, GB
6.11 Zach Ertz, PHI
7.02 Jeremy Hill, CIN
8.11 Breshad Perriman, BAL
9.02 Charles Sims, TB
10.11 Derek Carr, OAK
11.02 Jeff Janis, GB
12.11 Blake Bortles, JAX
13.02 Chris Hogan, NE
14.11 Vance McDonald, SF
15.02 C.J. Spiller, NO
16.11 Terrell Watson, CLE
17.02 Zach Zenner, DET
18.11 Steve Smith, BAL
19.02 Jeff Heuerman, DEN
20.11 Ben Watson, BAL

 

QB: Carr, Bortles
RB: Peterson, Lacy, Hill, Sims, Spiller, Watson, Zenner
WR: Brown, Moncrief, Parker, Perriman, Janis, Hogan, Smith
TE: Ertz, McDonald, Heuerman, Watson

 

Best Pick: There are a few possibilities from Nick’s team, but grabbing Eddie Lacy in the fifth round in a league requiring at least two starting backs looks like a steal. Factoring in Lacy is Nick’s RB2 behind Adrian Peterson makes it even sweeter!

 

Worst Pick: I loved the top half of Nick’s draft, but I think he gave up some value with a few of his later picks. There are several “hype” players here, those who the Twitter community loves but haven’t really shown anything yet. Chief among these is Jeff Janis. Of course, if Janis wins the Packers’ WR3 job, this pick looks like a gem.

 

2016 Outlook: It’s hard to count out any team with Antonio Brown, but I think too much has to go right for this team to earn a playoff berth. With a team built around young players like Donte Moncrief, DeVante Parker and others, this team might be more suited for a run in 2017.

 

Rumford Johnny

 

Pick
1.03 Julio Jones, ATL
2.10 David Johnson, ARZ
3.03 Devonta Freeman, ATL
4.10 Golden Tate, DET
5.03 Jamaal Charles, KC
6.10 Michael Crabtree, OAK
7.03 Marcus Mariota, TEN
8.10 Tavon Austin, LA
9.03 Dwayne Allen, IND
10.10 Kirk Cousins, WAS
11.03 Chris Ivory, JAX
12.10 Gary Barnidge, CLE
13.03 Mike Wallace, BAL
14.10 DeAngelo Williams, PIT
15.03 Terrance Williams, DAL
16.10 James Starks, GB
17.03 Charles Clay, BUF
18.10 Jared Goff, LA
19.03 Stevie Johnson, SD
20.10 Kenny Britt, LA

 

QB: Mariota, Cousins, Goff
RB: Johnson, Freeman, Charles, Ivory, Williams, Starks
WR: Jones, Tate, Crabtree, Austin, Wallace, Williams, Johnson, Britt
TE: Allen, Barnidge, Clay

 

Best Pick: Going running back heavy is the definition of zigging while others zag in recent years, but I like the way it worked out for Rumford Johnny here. After the fantasy community has been tuning in to watch the All or Nothing documentation of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 season, the value of running back David Johnson seems to be on the rise. Grabbing him at the end of the second round might be a huge value in a few months.

 

Worst Pick: While I don’t mind the player or the draft value, taking a second quarterback in Kirk Cousins after already having spent a seventh round selection of Marcus Mariota was a surprise. Considering how so many quality quarterbacks are falling to the later rounds, in hindsight, this tenth round selection could’ve been used for depth elsewhere.

 

2016 Outlook: This team just needs each of the key players to pick up where they left off in 2015. If Devonta Freeman and Johnson continue to play like top end backs and Julio Jones and Michael Crabtree even get close to their pace a year ago, this team will be a strong contender.

 

Graham Barfield

 

Pick
1.04 Allen Robinson, JAX
2.09 Randall Cobb, GB
3.04 Brandon Marshall, NYJ
4.09 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
5.04 Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
6.09 LeSean McCoy, BUF
7.04 DeSean Jackson, WAS
8.09 Ryan Mathews, PHI
9.04 Jeremy Langford, CHI
10.09 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
11.04 DeAndre Washington, OAK
12.09 Kenyan Drake, MIA
13.04 DeAndre Smelter, SF
14.09 Jason Witten, DAL
15.04 Zach Miller, CHI
16.09 Josh Ferguson, IND
17.04 Will Tye, NYG
18.09 Justin Forsett, BAL
19.04 Demarcus Robinson, KC
20.09 Ryan Fitzpatrick, FA

 

QB: Roethlisberger, Fitzpatrick
RB: McCoy, Mathews, Langford, Washington, Drake, Ferguson, Forsett
WR: Robinson, Cobb, Marshall, Benjamin, Sanders, Jackson, Smelter, Robinson
TE: Witten, Miller, Tye

 

Best Pick: I love how Graham started the draft with five consecutive wide receivers. Building dynasty teams around wideouts is certainly en vogue and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Those picks though make his sixth round choice of LeSean McCoy look even better. When you know you can get a starting level runner, even a back with top-five upside over the next couple of seasons, at this point in the draft, it allows you to focus on stocking up on pass catchers in the early portion of the draft.

 

Worst Pick: Because I love how Graham’s team turned out, I’m really nitpicking here, but having just Ryan Fitzpatrick as the lone backup quarterback is not ideal. I still expect Fitzpatrick to land back in New York despite the recent contract dispute, but if Graham had grabbed a backup just a round or two earlier, he would be looking at a Joe Flacco or Ryan Tannehill type player, which would offer more upside and a higher floor as well.

 

2016 Outlook: A wide receiver heavy team. Reliable veterans at quarterback and tight end. Late round shots on rookie runners. I love nearly everything Graham did in this draft. Not only is his starting lineup above average but he has very good depth too. This is another contender in 2016 and has the pieces to hang around for years to come.

 

Patrick Daugherty

 

Pick
1.05 Todd Gurley, LA
2.08 John Brown, ARZ
3.05 Andrew Luck, IND
4.08 Doug Baldwin, SEA
5.05 C.J. Anderson, DEN
6.08 Matt Jones, WAS
7.05 Greg Olsen, CAR
8.08 Phillip Dorsett, IND
9.05 Sammie Coates, PIT
10.08 Jimmy Graham, SEA
11.05 Nelson Agholor, PHI
12.08 Wendell Smallwood, PHI
13.05 JJ Nelson, ARZ
14.08 Spencer Ware, KC
15.05 Matt Ryan, ATL
16.08 Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR
17.05 Tyler Higbee, LA
18.08 Moritz Boehringer, MIN
19.05 Seth Roberts, OAK
20.08 Pierre Garcon, WAS

 

QB: Luck, Ryan
RB: Gurley, Anderson, Jones, Smallwood, Ware, Artis-Payne
WR: Brown, Baldwin, Dorsett, Coates, Agholor, Nelson, Boehringer, Roberts, Garcon
TE: Olsen, Graham, Higbee

 

Best Pick: I don’t quite get the Matt Ryan hate. Yes, he disappointed last season with a QB19 finish, but he’s been a regular among the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks over the past few years and I see no reason he can’t get back to that point, especially with some added weapons on offense. I actually wouldn’t even mind waiting until this point and drafting Ryan as the top quarterback.

 

Worst Pick: Don’t get me wrong, I love John Brown and he has been far better than any of us expected. With that said, taking him in the middle of the second round just feels too early. The dynasty ADP from Dynasty League Football tells us Brown is typically drafted in the fourth or fifth round range. I actually expect Brown to gain value in the coming season , but that may not be enough to make this pick a value.

 

2016 Outlook: With standouts at three key positions, Pat will be in most games, but since so many teams are built around the wide receiver position, I think this team might struggle to keep up with the competitors. He’s relying on a pair of sophomore wideouts who had very quiet rookie seasons in Phillip Dorsett and Sammie Coates. If one or even both of those two break out, it would make a major difference.

 

Evan Silva

 

Pick
1.06 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
2.07 T.Y. Hilton, IND
3.06 Jarvis Landry, MIA
4.07 Jeremy Maclin, KC
5.06 Travis Kelce, KC
6.07 Duke Johnson, CLE
7.06 Coby Fleener, NO
8.07 Kamar Aiken, BAL
9.06 Danny Woodhead, SD
10.07 Jonathan Stewart, CAR
11.06 Frank Gore, IND
12.07 Tom Brady, NE
13.06 Antonio Gates, SD
14.07 Tyrod Taylor, BUF
15.06 Rashad Jennings, NYG
16.07 Charcandrick West, KC
17.06 Shaun Draughn, SF
18.07 Kyle Rudolph, MIN
19.06 LeGarrette Blount, NE
20.07 Daniel Lasco, NO

 

QB: Brady, Taylor
RB: Johnson, Woodhead, Stewart, Gore, Jennings, West, Draughn, Blount, Lasco
WR: Hopkins, Hilton, Landry, Maclin, Aiken
TE: Kelce, Fleener, Gates, Rudolph

 

Best Pick: Although Evan didn’t spend a pick on the running back position until the sixth round, I really like his group of runners and that is led by Browns’ sophomore Duke Johnson. Johnson was a PPR beast last year, catching 61 balls during his first season. Like others before him, these mid-round running back values allowed Evan to focus his attention on the pass catchers, yet still field a balanced team.

Worst Pick: While this format allows owners to use a tight end in a flex spot, that is not traditionally a choice that will pay off. Evan drafted not only one, but two potential fantasy starting tight ends as backups. Coby Fleener could get a huge fantasy boost with his move to New Orleans and Antonio Gates will likely be a fantasy starter until the day he retires, but that draft capital could have been spent elsewhere.

2016 Outlook: Evan clearly took a “win now” approach to building this team, collecting very few young players and instead stocking up on proven veterans and handcuff-type running backs. While this could land him in danger for the 2017 or 2018 seasons, it should make him a strong title contender for 2016.

 

Pat Thorman

 

Pick
1.07 Mike Evans, TB
2.06 Brandin Cooks, NO
3.07 Laquon Treadwell, MIN
4.06 Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN
5.07 Russell Wilson, SEA
6.06 Dion Lewis, NE
7.07 Derrick Henry, TEN
8.06 Eric Ebron, DET
9.07 Kenneth Dixon, BAL
10.06 Tevin Coleman, ATL
11.07 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB
12.06 Shane Vereen, NYG
13.07 Rueben Randle, PHI
14.06 Clive Walford, OAK
15.07 Brian Quick, LA
16.06 Bruce Ellington, SF
17.07 Chris Moore, BAL
18.06 Tony Romo, DAL
19.07 Eric Rogers, SF
20.06 Calvin Johnson, FA

 

QB: Wilson, Romo
RB: Lewis, Henry, Dixon, Coleman, Vereen,
WR: Evans, Cooks, Treadwell, Green-Beckham, Randle, Quick, Ellington, Moore, Rogers, Johnson
TE: Ebron, Seferian-Jenkins, Walford

 

Best Pick: Pat slanted young with the majority of his picks and I love his strategy. While many of his choices represent a good value when compared to recent dynasty ADP, my favorite is his call of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the eleventh round. Yes, ASJ has had a poor off-season with a dispute at practice followed by a social media temper tantrum. None of that changes the talent he possesses nor the opportunity he has to form a bond with a young offense in Tampa Bay.

 

Worst Pick: It’s hard to find a bad pick among Pat’s 20 in this draft, but I’ve personally given up on Rueben Randle as a fantasy commodity. He was the Giants’ WR2 by default in recent years but his move to division rival Philadelphia puts him behind Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz at a minimum. He’ll be battling Nelson Agholor and running back Darren Sproles to be the third option in the pass game. Factoring in the expected conservative offense and questions at quarterback and Randle is a player I’d avoid.

 

2016 Outlook: Because Pat did focus so much on targeting younger and somewhat unproven players, he could find it difficult to win many games in 2016. That being said, he has to be the favorite as early as 2017 with a team built around Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Laquon Treadwell, among others.

 

Matt Harmon

 

Pick
1.08 A.J. Green, CIN
2.05 Demaryius Thomas, DEN
3.08 Mark Ingram, NO
4.05 Jordy Nelson, GB
5.08 Allen Hurns, JAX
6.05 Willie Snead, NO
7.08 Torrey Smith, SF
8.05 C.J. Prosise, SEA
9.08 Will Fuller, HOU
10.05 Theo Riddick, DET
11.08 Delanie Walker, TEN
12.05 Jordan Howard, CHI
13.08 Philip Rivers, SD
14.05 Rashard Higgins, CLE
15.08 Bilal Powell, NYJ
16.05 Cameron Brate, TB
17.08 Kenny Bell, TB
18.05 Joe Flacco, BAL
19.08 Albert Wilson, KC
20.05 Ronnie Hillman, DEN

 

QB: Rivers, Flacco
RB: Ingram, Prosise, Riddick, Howard, Powell, Hillman
WR: Green, Thomas, Nelson, Hurns, Snead, Smith, Fuller, Higgins, Bell, Wilson
TE: Walker, Brate

 

Best Pick: While Matt made some excellent picks early on that would put him in a position to play for a championship, it’s a pair of later picks that I want to highlight. Waiting until more than halfway through the draft to select either a quarterback or a tight end is ideal and that is just what happened here. Matt chose Delanie Walker in the eleventh round and Philip Rivers in the thirteenth, giving him a pair of starters and little disadvantage compared to those who spent much earlier picks on the two positions.

 

Worst Pick: After a disappointing 2015 season, it seems many in the fantasy industry are expecting a bounce back season from 49ers’ receiver Torrey Smith and Matt made him the choice with his seventh round pick. With the arrival of head coach Chip Kelly and the departure of last season’s top receiver, Anquan Boldin, I see some reason for optimism. The seventh round still seems too early for my taste. Knowing Matt and his work with Reception Perception though, this year will be Torrey’s revival.

 

2016 Outlook: As I’ve already mentioned, I really like what Matt did with the quarterback and tight end spots and there is no surprise that six of his first seven selections were receivers. With veterans like AJ Green, Demaryius Thomas and Jordy Nelson, only injuries can slow down this team.

 

Ryan McDowell

 

Pick
1.09 Amari Cooper, OAK
2.04 Dez Bryant, DAL
3.09 Jordan Matthews, PHI
4.04 Tyler Lockett, SEA
5.09 Thomas Rawls, SEA
6.04 Aaron Rodgers, GB
7.09 Ameer Abdullah, DET
8.04 Tyler Boyd, CIN
9.09 Devontae Booker, DEN
10.04 Jerick McKinnon, MIN
11.09 Tajae Sharpe, TEN
12.04 Martellus Bennett, NE
13.09 Jamison Crowder, WAS
14.04 Davante Adams, GB
15.09 Maxx Williams, BAL
16.04 Andy Dalton, CIN
17.09 Chris Conley, KC
18.04 Keyarris Garrett, CAR
19.09 Ty Montgomery, GB
20.04 Paxton Lynch, DEN

 

QB: Rodgers, Dalton, Lynch
RB: Rawls, Abdullah, Booker, McKinnon,
WR: Cooper, Bryant, Matthews, Lockett, Boyd, Sharpe, Crowder, Adams, Conley, Garrett, Montgomery
TE: Bennett, Williams

 

Best Pick: This will obviously be a bit biased as I review my own draft, but here we go. I mentioned this earlier with Raymond’s Cam Newton pick in the fifth round, but it was just impossible to bypass Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the sixth round, over a full round after Newton and also a round lower than his expected ADP.

 

Worst Pick: This is more about a pick I didn’t make. Waiting on the tight end position until the twelfth round when I took Martellus Bennett was not wise, in hindsight. For a team with hopes to compete, the team lacks balance with no reliable weekly option at the position, barring an injury to Patriots starter Rob Gronkowski. Now I see the picks spent on rookies Tyler Boyd and Devontae Booker may have been better used on a starting tight end.

 

2016 Outlook: This team is kind of stuck in no man’s land for the 2016 season. While most of my picks were youth heavy, I could pass up the values of Rodgers or Dez Bryant in the second round. The lack of depth at running back and the previously mentioned weakness at tight end might be enough to keep me out of the playoffs. Anyone want to trade for Dez?

 

Sigmund Bloom

 

Pick
1.10 Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.03 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
3.10 Kevin White, CHI
4.03 Josh Doctson, WAS
5.10 Michael Thomas, NO
6.03 Giovani Bernard, CIN
7.10 Devin Funchess, CAR
8.03 T.J. Yeldon, JAX
9.10 Karlos Williams, BUF
10.03 Josh Gordon, CLE
11.10 Jaelen Strong, HOU
12.03 Isaiah Crowell, CLE
13.10 Malcolm Mitchell, NE
14.03 Matthew Stafford, DET
15.10 Jordan Cameron, MIA
16.03 Cody Latimer, DEN
17.10 Jared Cook, GB
18.03 Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN
19.10 Kenny Stills, MIA
20.03 Jace Amaro, NYJ

 

QB: Stafford
RB: Bell, Elliott, Bernard, Yeldon, Williams, Crowell
WR: White, Doctson, Thomas, Funchess, Gordon, Strong, Mitchell, Latimer, Patterson, Stills
TE: Cameron, Cook, Amaro

 

Best Pick: While it seems odd to label a second round pick a value, that’s what I’m ready to do with Sigmund’s choice of rookie Ezekiel Elliott. I understand some dynasty players have some issues with a rookie being drafted this early, but this is no ordinary rookie in an ordinary situation. I fully expect Elliott to be a mainstay in the first round of dynasty ADP for years to come, making this pick a steal.

 

Worst Pick: After praising Matt for waiting so long on the quarterback and tight end positions, I’m going the other way with Sigmund. Perhaps he waited a bit too long as he was left without a backup quarterback and with three mediocre tight ends. Knowing Sigmund and also knowing the relatively easy task it is to acquire a backup quarterback, I’m sure he’s not worried.

 

2016 Outlook: Sigmund is another who went against the grain by taking RB/RB with his first two picks, but who could blame him with that value. Of course, that left him on the outside looking in when it comes to elite receivers, but I like the strategy of throwing a lot of young receivers against the wall to see what sticks. By making four of his next five picks rookie or sophomore receivers, Sigmund should be fine over the long haul, but this team might not be ready to make a push in 2016.

 

Rich Hribar

 

Pick
1.11 Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.02 Keenan Allen, SD
3.11 Corey Coleman, CLE
4.02 Sterling Shepard, NYG
5.11 Eric Decker, NYJ
6.02 Doug Martin, TB
7.11 Ladarius Green, PIT
8.02 Melvin Gordon, SD
9.11 Martavis Bryant, PIT
10.02 Travis Benjamin, SD
11.11 Kendall Wright, TEN
12.02 Jameis Winston, TB
13.11 Vincent Jackson, TB
14.02 Eli Manning, NYG
15.11 Robert Woods, BUF
16.02 Austin Hooper, ATL
17.11 Chris Thompson, WAS
18.02 Ryan Tannehill, MIA
19.11 Alex Collins, SEA
20.02 James White, NE

 

QB: Winston, Manning, Tannehill
RB: Martin, Gordon, Thompson, Collins, White
WR: Allen, Coleman, Shepard, Decker, Bryant, Benjamin, Wright, Jackson, Woods
TE: Gronkowski, Green, Hooper

 

Best Pick: No surprise, but Rich killed it! His balance of proven young veterans and high upside rookies early in the draft was perfect. If narrowing down to one pick I liked best, I would go with his eighth round choice of Melvin Gordon. While Gordon has not been a player I’ve been a proponent of, he’s hard to pass up at this draft spot. Combine that with the pass catcher focus Rich had with his first seven picks and it looks even better.

 

Worst Pick: While it is a pick that could pay off big time in the future, I can’t get behind taking a shot on Martavis Bryant, even in the ninth round. With his year-long suspension, some are questioning whether Bryant ever plays again. Considering the options that were still available in that range, I would ignore Bryant.

 

2016 Outlook: While Rich went predominantly young early in the draft, he also found those reliable veterans in the latter portion of the draft, which gives him a safety net and a good chance to compete for a league championship. The lack of depth at running back slightly concerns me, but I still see this as a playoff team.

 

Kevin Cole

 

Pick
1.12 Sammy Watkins, BUF
2.01 Alshon Jeffery, CHI
3.12 Jordan Reed, WAS
4.01 Tyler Eifert, CIN
5.12 Julian Edelman, NE
6.01 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ
7.12 Stefon Diggs, MIN
8.01 Matt Forte, NYJ
9.12 DeMarco Murray, TEN
10.01 Drew Brees, NO
11.12 Mohamed Sanu, ATL
12.01 Javorius Allen, BAL
13.12 Tyler Ervin, HOU
14.01 Keith Marshall, WAS
15.12 Arian Foster, FA
16.01 Pharoh Cooper, LA
17.12 Marqise Lee, JAX
18.01 Carson Palmer, ARZ
19.12 Devin Smith, NYJ
20.01 Alfred Morris, DAL

 

QB: Brees, Palmer
RB: Forte, Murray, Allen, Ervin, Marshall, Foster, Morris
WR: Watkins, Jeffery, Edelman, Fitzgerald, Diggs, Sanu, Cooper, Lee, Smith
TE: Reed, Eifert

 

Best Pick: Picking at the corner is always challenging and can often result in being forced to reach for a player you know won’t make it back to you. Kevin made the best of it though and I especially like his pick of Stefon Diggs at the end of the seventh round. Diggs had a surprising rookie season last year that majorly boosted his dynasty value. While the Vikings did add Laquon Treadwell, I don’t see Diggs’ role changing too much for Minnesota and I’m surprised to see him consistently valued in this range.

 

Worst Pick: I’m not sure if I would call Tyler Eifert in the fourth round a bad pick, but after immediately selecting Jordan Reed at the end of the third, it got my attention. Again, a tight end can hold down a flex spot, so Eifert is not strictly a backup. I’m still not sure if he has enough upside to man a flex spot over a running back or receiver that could have been drafted with this pick.

 

2016 Outlook: Not only is this team a lock for the playoffs, it might be the league favorite for 2016. Kevin locked in high scorers at all positions and solid depth at quarterback, receiver and tight end. Again, I have doubts about the running back depth with a requirement to start at least two, but if Arian Foster lands a significant role in the coming month, that problem is solved.