It’s that time of the season. The NFL Draft has been completed and now the fun really starts.
It’s time for your dynasty league(s) rookie drafts, and if you’re wondering who you should be targeting with your picks, we’ve got what you’re looking for.
We did a 12-person, 3-round single QB draft with 11 others great minds in the fantasy football community. We’ve attached a link to their Twitter page, so feel free to let them know about their pick, or leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
1.01: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Turning the 1QB section of my brain on, I have decided to go with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs (yay Mahomes, you got your dude). CEH is a three-down back who will come into the league and automatically make an impact.
1.02: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
This one is just too easy as Taylor is definitely the best RB prospect in this draft. Taylor lands in an offense that has a top-five o-line and is fixing to make him their focal point after this season. Marlon Mack has one year left on his rookie deal and there seems to be little reason to bring him back.
1.03: D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
I don’t love the landing spot for Swift, but the talent is too good to pass up here at the 1.03. Swift followed great Georgia running backs like Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Nick Chubb with two great season’s of his own. He was an efficient runner and displayed above average skills as a receiver. Swift is fast and explosive and will play an immediate role in Detroit
1.04: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
I just love the landing spot here for Dobbins. He’s behind Mark Ingram, who is going into his age 31 (semi red flag) season, but when you can get a running back on a team that led the league in rushing in 2019, it’s hard to pass on a runner like Dobbins, especially here at the 1.04.
1.05: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb is my absolute favorite receiver in the entire draft, and that’s no secret. In my real draft, I was able to get Jerry Jeudy at 1.07, and still would have rather had Lamb, even if it meant trading up to 1.03. Long story short – Lamb is a freak athlete that could be ridiculously relevant for fantasy as early as year one. Dallas quietly has one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses, and while many are in disdain over this landing spot, I can’t help but to absolutely love it.
1.06: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
With Lamb gone in his Dallas target dog fight, Jeudy is the next logical option. A college standout who never lacked in productivity lands in a possible 1a 1b situation in Denver with a young upside QB. Jeudy has the skill set to produce year one as a sure handed crisp route runner and won’t draw top coverage at first with Courtland Sutton on the outside.
1.07: Cam Akers, RB, LA Rams
Akers lands on a Rams team that just cut ties with their former star running back, Todd Gurley. He will face some competition for snaps from Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, but is definitely the most talented running back on the roster. Akers is an elusive, powerful back with the ability to play all three downs and I expect him to be the guy for coach Sean McVay in LA.
1.08: Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
I’m assuming most rookie drafts have this exact scenario at No. 8 with the top-five RB’s and Jeudy/Lamb off the board. There was no doubt I was going wide receiver here, it was just a matter of which one. However, I believe Ruggs is more polished than your typical “speedy” receiver, and unlike several others, I’m not terribly disappointed with Las Vegas being his landing spot. The Raiders are rebuilding their receiver unit, and Ruggs is far and away the centerpiece.
1.09: Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Fell into the lap of a team that just traded away a starting receiver, so there are a ton of vacated targets available. Moreover, Adam Thielen is pushing 30 and injuries seem to find him. Jefferson is in a prime spot to be a WR1 in Minnesota. JJ has outstanding ball skills & will win a contested catch. The big question is how does he look working out of the slot, where he was for his last season at LSU.
1.10: Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Would be a prime spot to trade back, but with no trades allowed, I was pretty happy to push the button on a WR that I think has a great shot to lead all rookies in fantasy points at the position in 2020. There are major holes at receiver in Philly and the team is looking like they are trying to set up to become more explosive, which could be good for scoring opportunities and volume.
1.11: Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
For me, there is a tier drop after the top-seven picks in 1QB leagues, so with that, I’m happy landing Mims at No. 11 overall. While I don’t consider Mims a high-end WR, I think he has solid WR2 upside long term, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up being the most productive WR in this class in 2020. With only having to beat out journeyman WR Breshad Perriman in New York, I think Mims could be in line for 100+ targets in his rookie season.
1.12: Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Picking at 1.12 I knew I wouldn’t be landing any of the top-five running backs, but this class is truly deep at the wide receiver position. Former Clemson wideout Tee Higgins fell into my lap here and was a smash pick. Higgins will begin his career with 1st-overall selection, Joe Burrow. These two should be able to bloom together for many years.
2.01: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Here I decided to take another running back that found himself in a good position. Tom Brady being with the Bucs only helps Vaughn’s stock as he has been known to toss the ball to the running back position. Vaughn looks better than Ronald Jones, so he should make an immediate impact.
2.02: Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts
As we begin to round off the last of the big WR tier, Pittman was the clear choice here. Draft capital, landing spot, and a clear path to early production is very easy to see. Pittman should slot into the intermediate possession WR role right away. Potentially, giving Philip Rivers a new Keenan Allen for 2020.
2.03: Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Bryan Edwards is one of my favorites to pick in the second round of rookie drafts. He will have an opportunity to produce early on a wide open Raiders’ depth chart. At South Carolina, Edwards broke out at age 17(!!) and enjoyed some of the most impressive market share numbers in the 2020 class. He is a dynamic player that will receive carries on jet sweeps and end arounds, and will be available as a returner which will help him get on the field and make an immediate impact as a rookie.
2.04: Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
The #1 pick in the draft has fallen far enough in my mind. I feel like this is a perfect spot to take a quarterback in a 1QB league because you know you have at least four years with him based on the actual draft capital. Pairing him up with a rookie he already has chemistry with in Tee Higgins, and joining veterans Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon, I’m happy to take a QB here that I see having 10 plus starting years in the NFL.
2.05: Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
Let me start by saying – I’m not a fan of Zack Moss. However, I think Buffalo will be. I don’t seem him truly splitting the workload with Devin Singletary, but he should definitely be the immediate goal-line guy and still see plenty of opportunities elsewhere. A rookie with a 35-40% touch share in the backfield at 2.05? I’ll glad take that.
2.06: Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Smooth is the word that comes to mind when watching Shenault. He is a fluid athlete with a ton of upside but his injury history makes him a value. He lands among-st a young receiving corps in Jacksonville with standout D.J. Chark and fantasy darling Dede Westbrook. The cream will rise in this scenario, but the departure of Marqise Lee opens things up for Shenault to have a chance. He will be productive, it just might not be year one.
2.07: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers traded up from pick 31 to 25 in the first round to make sure they got their guy in playmaking wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. With Emmanuel Sanders leaving town and Dante Pettis underwhelming so far, the 49ers were looking to add another weapon to pair with rising star Deebo Samuel. Aiyuk is electric after the catch and has the wheels to take it to the house, I expect him to be involved in the offense right away as a rookie.
2.08: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolpins
This is the point of the draft where there are still some positional players that I like, but it’s a bit early to take them. If there’s a RB or WR that you like, go ahead and take your guy regardless of whether or not everyone else thinks it’s too early, but in this case if I’m taking best player available, give me Tua. He’ll be useless in fantasy football this upcoming season, but he’ll be handed the keys in ’21 and should evolve in a starting-quality fantasy QB soon after. What he lacks in arm strength he makes up for in accuracy and decision making, and he’ll be the reason the Dolphins’ rebuild is successful or not.
2.09: Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
The talent drop for skill players is fairly significant for me, at this point, so I went with QB3 in the draft. He landed on a Chargers team that finally said goodbye to their long-time team dad, Philip Rivers, yet there was nothing but Tyrod Taylor left in the cupboard. He will be entering a situation where he is surrounded by offensive talent in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler & Hunter Henry. They also solidified the run game in the 4th round when they drafted Joshua Kelley out of UCLA. Don’t get it twisted, Herbert has a large pair of shoes to fill (Phil), but with his prototypical size & arm strength to fill the void for the San Diego Chargers of Los Angeles. In this draft range, there is no skill player that jumps off the page for me, so the smart move is to take a QB that has a clear path to success.
2.10: Anthony McFarland Jr, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
This is the area in drafts when all the very talented WRs are gone and where there are a tier of RBs that will have to flash or get lucky to carve out a decent role. I like McFarland’s size (should weigh around 210-215 lbs) and speed (4.44) combo along with the fact that there have been reports the Steelers want to reduce James Connor’s touches. I feel he is more talented than Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell, so McFarland can end up being the RB2 in an offense that should be more potent if Big Ben returns healthy.
2.11: Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
This is a fairly deep draft class but in non-Super Flex leagues, there is a tier drop for me around pick 15 or 16. Kelley probably won’t ever have RB1 upside, but he could be in line for a decent amount of touches right out of gate, only needing to beat out Justin Jackson on the Chargers’ depth chart. Austin Ekeler and his fresh new contract will continue to lead this backfield in touches, but this backfield will still be a committee. Kelley isn’t Melvin Gordon, but Gordon does leave 17 touches per game on the table so double-digit touches isn’t out of the question.
2.12: Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Van Jefferson is one of my favorite prospects from this class that no one was talking about until the Rams gave him the day-2 capital. Perhaps the best route runner of this class, Jefferson should see work as the WR3 in 2020. Cooper Kupp is due to get paid, Brandin Cooks was shipped to Houston, so I like the situation and I like the prospect. Definitely don’t mind taking Van at 24 overall in this format.
3.01: Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
Here I want to take my TE1. Kmet is a talented player who ended up being drafted by the Chicago Bears. Yes, the Bears just signed Jimmy Graham to a two-year contract worth $16-million. So Kmet will have to deal with that for the foreseeable future. This is dynasty though, and Graham is getting up there in age (he also hasn’t been very good for quite some time). I look for Kmet to be a great dynasty pick up, but he might not make a splash right away. Still, he is going to be a wonderful asset down the line.
3.02: AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
Dillon has the profile of a RB who would succeed 20 years ago. Big, fast, and has the track record of handling a large workload. While we can’t expect much from him in 2020, Aaron Jones is a free agent after 2020 and the Packers may be gearing up to replace one or or both Jones/Williams. I’m not a fan of his landing spot, but the 3.02 is good value for a RB that’s one injury away from being thrusted into a starting role.
3.03: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Washington Redskins
I love the talent here. Gibson is still learning the running back position and may take time to develop his vision, patience, and feel for the position. The good news is, his impact in the return game and above-average skills as a pass catcher will help him find the field and carve out a role while he develops as a runner. He has the size and athleticism to be an elite dual-threat runner and his versatility gives him massive upside.
3.04: Darrynton Evans, RB, Tennessee Titans
Give me the handcuff to Derrick Henry who was just franchise tagged and should be ran into the ground. I see Evans being a solid handcuff for the time being but will fit the role they envisioned for Dion Lewis as being that change-of-pace back with his elusiveness and cutback speed in the open field. Could turn into a high RB2 if anything were to happen to Henry.
3.05: KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos
I wasn’t too high on Hamler until some dude on Twitter called me out about a month ago after ranking him incredibly low. Clearly I did not do my research because this kid looks awesome. I know he’s in a rough situation, sitting behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy on the depth chart, but I think Denver finds a way to use him and make handy of his abilities. I don’t see him doing a whole hell of a lot in his rookie year, but as Drew Lock develops into a franchise quarterback and the offense begins to change into a highly coveted, high-caliber machine, Hamler could… go ham… in Denver (I’ll show myself out now).
3.06: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Washington Redskins
Washington’s WR Corps is a mess. Terry McLaurin put up a solid season last year, but beyond that they don’t have a whole lot. Gibson may have the higher draft capital, but he is a RB/WR hybrid that could take time to come along where as Gandy was a productive college wide receiver with good size in a place where there is opportunity a plenty. For a third rounder, why not take a shot at an upside piece in a rebuilding offense?
3.07: Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens
The 2019 season was a breakout campaign for Duvernay as he caught 109 passes for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns for Texas. Duvernay has game-breaking speed, a strong set of hands, and plays with some serious toughness and fight. He could fill the slot role for Baltimore and add even more speed to their dynamic offense. The third round is a great place to target a player like Duvernay as he may take some time to develop, but has some serious upside.
3.08: Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Admittedly not the biggest Chase Claypool fan in the world, but considering we’re this late in the draft, and the Steelers aren’t the strongest at the position outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster, I don’t mind the former Golden Domer here. We should see the Steelers’ offense take a step forward this year with Ben Roethlisberger back from injury, so there’s a chance Claypool shows some fantasy relevancy already in year one. Regardless, he’s worth your selection here as he’ll be given every chance to prove himself as one of the team’s starting WR’s after being selected in the second round.
3.09: Devin Asiasi, TE, New England Patriots
Truly an upside pick, Asiasi gets knocked because of only having one year of any real production, but he was also hand picked by Bill Belichick, which still holds weight with me. Speaking of weight, Asiasi did have some issues with fluctuations in his weight, but I have to believe BB has a plan in place for that. Asiasi is a fantastic route runner and possesses a combination of size and speed that can make a difference in real and fantasy games. The big question becomes, who will be throwing him the ball?
3.10: Lynn Bowden Jr, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
At this point in a draft I am always intrigued by players that offer the skill set that Bowden does. The jack of all trades is now listed as a running back according to the Raiders, and I don’t know how much the team will try and push the ball vertically with Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota, even though they draft a player like Ruggs so highly. I’m willing to burn a spot here to see how they try and incorporate Bowden into the offense near the line of scrimmage.
3.11: Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Eno Benjamin is an interesting prospect out of Arizona State that comes in with the tools to be used on all three downs. However, not being selected until the seventh round of the NFL Draft does not guarantee you much in the NFL. The Cardinals’ depth chart is not loaded, and with Kenyan Drake returning on a one-year contract, there could be opportunities in the future in Arizona. It’s a dart throw for sure, but I’ll take that here at the 3.11.
3.12: Lamical Perine, RB, New York Jets
The Jets spent a fourth-round pick on Perine out of Florida. While Perine doesn’t offer anything spectacular from a skill standpoint, he’s a well rounded three-down back that’s is capable in all aspects of the game. With only Le’Veon Bell (and a fossil in Frank Gore) to compete with for touches, he should get some run year one. Gase has a distaste for Bell that is well known, giving Perine all the upside you could ask for at the end of the third round.