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2019 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Rankings 3.0

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The NFL Draft is over, and your draft is just kicking off. Let’s get you ready with these extended rankings (over 90 prospects!).

Firstly, how do you use these rankings? If you’re in a 12-man league, don’t draft a prospect ranked out of the top 50-60. You’ll already find prospects within the top-50 which can be considered as post-draft targets. 16+ man leagues can get deeper, hence the depth of the rankings.

I’ll break down as many of my decisions on this article, but contact me on twitter for any rookie draft advice, takes on a prospect and his outlook, or if my rankings are absolutely ridiculous. Find me at @selyan_fantasy.


Just here for the rankings? Scroll past the writeups.

2019 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Rankings 3.0

Josh Jacobs is 1.01, Episode 2

Pre-draft, Josh Jacobs was criticized on his number of touches and production. I already broke down my take on the debate in my rankings 2.0. This time I want to use this segment to talk about leadership. The pattern in the Oakland Raiders‘ first round, is they drafted three vocal captains.

Clelin Ferrell is a very productive and outspoken captain. Jonathan Abram plays with outstanding confidence and the team will love his competitiveness on the field. And Josh Jacobs was a captain under the best college football head coach in history. When things were shaky, the ball went in his belly. Late in the season? Big time game? give the ball to Jacobs.

As a potential captain on a newly rebuilt franchise, you can bet Josh Jacobs is getting the rock. And with the unfortunate news of Isaiah Crowell‘s Achilles injury, he is the man in Oakland (and then in Vegas).

Other Notes

  • David Montgomery over Miles Sanders? This is strictly because of year one impact. Miles Sanders is in a super crowded backfield while Montgomery’s only competition for the starting job is Mike Davis. Cohen’s got his own niche carved out and will get his no matter what. I’m confident Miles Sanders is the most talented back in that room. He should win out the starting job for next season once Jordan Howard is out of the picture.
  • What we saw Metcalf do in college when healthy is what we’ll get from him in the pros. He pairs up well with Russell Wilson‘s beautiful deep ball ability and will be the Z-receiver from day one in this offense. Read up on my Metcalf-Seahawks writeup on the NFC West breakdown.
  • Marcus Mariota at quarterback tempers A.J. Brown‘s stock a little bit. But I do believe that paired up with Corey Davis, this is the most talented receiving corp Mariota has had in his career. Add Humphries in the slot and Tajae Sharpe‘s threat over the top and he should see more evenly spread defenses. Not doubting of A.J. Brown’s talent, but his landing spot does come with risk.
  • Mecole Hardman‘s current value is the result of Tyreek Hill‘s probable descent out of the NFL. Nevertheless, it helps that they hold very comparable skill-sets. Hardman has blazing speed, running in the low 4.3s at the combine. He operated mostly out of the slot with Georgia and despite not running an extensive route tree, he shows good juice in and out of his breaks which leads to believe he can develop at the next level. If we remember Tyreek Hill’s first season in the NFL, he was a very very raw receiver, making most of his plays on sweeps, screens, the occasional go route and special teams. Mecole Hardman could fit that role for the Chiefs offense and pair up well with Pat Mahomes’ big arm over the top.
  • I keep looking over the Arizona Cardinals potential depth chart at receiver, and keep coming back to the same reflection: Hakeem Butler might just be the only true X-receiver on that roster. Fitz and Kirk are prototype slot receivers. Isabella struggles off press coverage and can be used as a threat over the top, probably taking over Z duties. Butler is a polished prospect that could carve out a role in that corp based on his unique skill-set. I’d take a swing in the second round, especially after going running back first round.
  • James Williams‘ ranking does not mean I believe he should be drafted in round two of your rookie draft. As a matter of fact, his ADP is quite abstract and hangs between round three and undrafted. In other words, someone in your league may have his eyes on him late (see below twitter poll). Nevertheless, I stand by my pre-draft belief that he holds tremendous value in PPR leagues and should be a draft target. He was already the best pass catcher in the running back class and holds a unique skill-set among the Chiefs running backs that should guarantee him a spot on the 53-man roster. With Andy Reid‘s creativity as a play-caller and the lack of a true number one running back, he can have value from year one. He’s a round two value that you can snatch in the fourth-fifth round of your draft. That being said, I’d hold off in standard scoring leagues.

 

  • I wasn’t familiar with Diontae Johnson when I saw him get drafted by the Steelers on day two. After a breakdown from a fellow scout and a quick tape session, he looks like a shifty, well-crafted route runner, who’s very dynamic after the catch and may win out the slot job in Pittsburgh. Johnson will be competing with Donte Moncrief for snaps, which will be fun to track throughout the off-season.
  • Josh Oliver, Jace Sternberger and Kahale Warring are my three favorite tight ends in rookie drafts. They offer great receiving talent, in outstanding landing spots, at a better price than Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. All three do come with risk, but you can account for that in the draft capital spent. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t throw to his tight end (we’ve all heard it), Zach Ertz was more productive with Wentz than Foles… But the talent is there and it’s hard to ignore, and they all have advantageous depth charts ahead of them.
  • Riley Ridley fell in a tough landing spot. He’s a refined route runner (arguably the best in the class) but will be competing for snaps with Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. I still think Miller’s the most talented prospect of the two, but Ridley could steal some reps from Gabriel and settle in the rotation by year two. The Bears have a potential out on Gabriel’s contract in 2020, which will be worth tracking and depend on his body of work in 2019.
  • The Bengals‘ number three receiver spot is wide open (behind Green and Boyd). John Ross is nothing but a deep threat at best and his days in Cincinnati are numbered. That gives Stanley Morgan a clear path to snaps in the long-run if he can beat out Josh Malone and Alex Ericksen. He’s a very refined route runner who can create separation without exceptional speed or quickness. Stanley Morgan made Tanner Lee look draftable, maybe he can elevate Dalton’s play too with the help of Green and Boyd. He’s a sneaky late round pick when all the big name receivers fall off the board.
  • Reunited with his Buckeye quarterback, Terry McLaurin may be worth a swing. McLaurin’s got blazing speed and can be a true weapon for the Redskins‘ offense.
  • Drew Lock is the better fantasy prospect ahead of Daniel Jones as he’ll probably air it out more and rack up bigger yard totals. Neither of the two are going to be immediate starters. They’ll get their shot soon enough, but we’ll have to wait patiently behind two veterans in Joe Flacco and Eli Manning. We may not even see Daniel Jones until 2020. Gettleman referenced to the Aaron Rodgers/Favre situation when talking about Daniel Jones…
  • My Senior Bowl crush, Penny Hart, landed in Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent. The Colts‘ WR room is up for competition and Penny Hart’s got the skill-set to carve out a unique role out of the slot and in special teams. He’s very quick and agile in his routes and post-catch. Tarik Cohen-esque but at wide receiver. Look for him to make an impact as a returner on special teams, then work his way up to a slot/gadget player role on offense.

For more breakdowns, fantasy outlooks and rookie draft advice, contact me on twitter @selyan_fantasy!

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About Selyan Lonqueux

Selyan's a football addict (no rehab planned). Winner of countless fantasy football championships. Prospect tape grinder, rookie draft smasher, and re-builder of dynasties. Oh, and also plays wide receiver.

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