2023 Dynasty Football Rookie Landing Spots

Best and Worst Landing Spots

by Jordan Schultz
2023 Dynasty Football Rookie Landing Spots

We’re now more than two months removed from the 2023 NFL Draft. We’ve had time to process everything and let the hot takes that immediately follow the draft’s conclusion cool down. Now that the dust has started to settle and rosters are beginning to take shape we can really dig in and look at the best and worst 2023 Dynasty Football Rookie Landing Spots.

Traditionally, any skill player drafted in the 1st round will have multiple chances to lock down a role in their new team's game plan. While there are busts and exceptions to this rule, in general securing 1st-round draft capital equals a long leash to figure it out and play through failure.

For this reason, I have excluded all players that were selected in the first round of the 2023 Draft. You won't see names like Bijan Robinson, Jordan Addison, or Zay Flowers, each of which also landed in excellent spots for their dynasty value. For this article, we are only looking at players drafted in the second round or later.

You can also see where we have them ranked in our Dynasty and Rookie Rankings.

2023 Dynasty Football Rookie Landing Spots

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Best Landing Spots

Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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If you could draw up the perfect landing spot for a rookie WR, an Andy Reid-influenced offense with Patrick Mahomes throwing passes is up there with the best of them. That is exactly where Rashee Rice now finds himself after a dominant 1300-yard, 10-TD senior season at SMU.

I know that the last two second-round WRs the Chiefs selected haven’t turned into big-time fantasy assets as we hoped, but Rashee Rice is literally built differently than both Mecole Hardman and Skyy Moore. At 6’2” and 203 lbs he will bring a size and strength element that neither Hardman nor Moore can replicate.

While entering the league at an older age can be a detriment at times in dynasty leagues, I feel like the extra year of college refining and polishing his game will give him a better chance at getting on the field and earning the trust of Mahomes early. He’s my most-rostered rookie across all my dynasty leagues and I’m buying him wherever I can.

Devon Achane, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have a Ricky Bobby mindset when it comes to their offensive game plan, they want to go fast. While they already had two burners on the outside in Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, they selected Devon Achane in the 3rd round who can provide that same type of explosive speed out of the backfield.

There is a lot of talk of Miami potentially being in the market for Dalvin Cook or another veteran free-agent RB, but honestly, that doesn’t really scare or give me any hesitation about Achane’s ability to produce fantasy points in this offense. Very few RBs are true bellcow 3-down backs in today’s NFL, and at 5’8” and 188 pounds Achane likely wouldn’t be able to hold up in that role for an extended period of time anyways.

As soon as he secures a role where he is consistently seeing 10-12 touches a game he’s going to become a must-start option in the Dolphins high-octane offense. With all the other weapons surrounding him, he’s going to see a lot of light boxes and have plenty of space to operate. If and when he pushes that number up closer to 15-18 weekly touches then we are talking about a potential RB1 for dynasty squads.

Kendre Miller, RB, New Orleans Saints

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Kendre Miller is hands down my favorite value in the rookie RB class. He’s a physical runner in between the tackles that racked up over 1500 total yards and 17 scores in his final season at TCU. It’s going to be a matter of when, not if Miller becomes a key fixture in fantasy lineups.

How soon Miller can make an impact in the Saints' new Derek Carr-led offense will depend on the outcome of Alvin Kamara’s pending legal issues. If Kamara misses time to start the year it’s full steam ahead for Miller as he will flirt with flex-value right away. I think this is the most likely case based on the information at this time.

If I'm wrong and Kamara is available for week one then we likely won’t see Miller seize a large enough role to be fantasy relevant until the second half of the year, but ultimately I feel like his talent wins out. He will develop into a guy with a similar profile to Jamall Williams but with the ability to do everything a little bit better.

Worst Landing Spots

Jalin Hyatt, WR, New York Giants

I was lower than consensus on Jalin Hyatt heading into the NFL draft, and his landing spot with the Giants cemented the fact I won’t enter the season with any dynasty shares of his. I see shades of Will Fuller in his game, but Fuller was a much more polished prospect entering the NFL.

His only year of production came while teammate Cedric Tillman spent the year battling nagging lower-body injuries. For him to become fantasy relevant at the NFL level he needed to land in an offense with a bare depth chart where he could demand a large target share. This is the exact opposite of what the Giants have after bringing in multiple veteran WRs in free agency.

Cedric Tillman, WR, Cleveland Browns

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I truly believe that Cedric Tillman was the most talented Wide Receiver on the Tennessee roster last year, and had he would have been healthy he would have moved up into the back of the 2nd round of the NFL draft. While the landing spot with the Browns could be lucrative for dynasty GMs in the future, I think it will be an up-and-down battle to get to that point.

Deshaun Watson definitely looked rusty last season and while I think he looks more like the guy we saw in Houston this year, Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore, David Njoku, and Donovan Peoples-Jones will have first dibs at the available targets in the passing game. Tillman's talent will eventually elevate him above David Bell and Donovan Peoples-Jones, but that likely won't be until his sophomore campaign.

Darnell Washington, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Of all the teams that a gifted athlete like Darnell Washington could have ended up in, it’s unfortunate it ended up being a team in Pittsburgh that already has a clear number-one option at the Tight End position. While Pat Friermuth could begin the year somewhat limited as he gets back into things, the development curve for Tight Ends is slow and it won’t be long before Friermuth is back to 100%

More teams are starting to use multiple-TE sets, so the likely best-case scenario is that Washington will be able to snipe a few red zone touchdowns as a rookie. Outside of Friermuth, Washington also has to compete with Diontae Johnson, an ascending Geroge Pickens, and an offense that feeds Najee Harris a healthy weekly workload.

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