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2014 Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Consensus First Round

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Editor’s Note: Make sure you download the Rookie Draft Cheat Sheet for positional and overall rankings on an easy to use sheet for your rookie draft.

Every year we see risers, fallers, surprises, disappointments and the out of nowhere picks that define a draft.  This year was as deep a draft as we’ve ever seen and for the first time in years, we have quality players extending into the third round of fantasy drafts.  Intrigue and promise will keep excitement high much longer than normally is the case.

The 2014 top twelve will have a very different complexion from that of years past as well.  Running backs have always been the mainstay position in fantasy rookie drafts but, this year, young (and good-sized) playmaking receivers have created a buzz. For the second year in a row, no running back was taken in the NFL’s first round.  Change is afoot.

Interestingly enough, I don’t find this year’s top twelve to be all that difficult to select, at least when compared to the past decade.  And for the first time in that same decade, I’m actually excited at the talent available through the first round, second round and into the third.  We can split hairs all day long on the ranking of the players here, but this is the list created from our consensus group of rankers and it’s hard to argue the general draft area for the individuals.

Let’s get to this year’s top twelve:

1.) Sammy Watkins, WR BUF

I’ve seen individuals, as well as other fantasy sites, suggest Watkins’ destination is deserving of a decrease in value, dropping him to the WR2 in this year’s class.  Madness.

If there’s one statistic very clear from the NFL Draft, it’s that receivers taken within the first five selections of the draft are studs nearly 100% of the time.  Outside of the top five, but still in the first round, the fantasy non-factor rate climbs to 60% – this is because of the athleticism present in these particular players.  What’s more, consider that these top five picks are usually the five worst teams from the previous year.  Destination does not play enough of a role to downgrade a top-five selected receiver.

Watkins is no exception to this rule.  He’s a phenomenal talent who actually wanted to play in Buffalo and while I have been critical of Buffalo’s system, coordinators, coaching staff and ownership, I like what they’ve been doing of late. Watkins is your clear 1.01 selection.  Do not lose sleep over the pick or get cute with it by out coaching yourself. Take him.

2.) Mike Evans, WR TB

Evans has received pub in fantasy circles for being the safest 1.01 play now that Watkins is going upstate.  I can’t remotely support that notion.

I do like Evans, but he is in no way near the caliber of athlete Watkins is.  He’s an easy selection at the 1.02 in fantasy and you shouldn’t lose sleep over this one, either.  I’m not as high as are others on Evans, but sometimes a selection just comes down to a difference in size, talent or other tangibles that further disburse the players – that is the case here where Evans essentially occupies a tier by himself.  He falls into a good situation and the Bucs are building with youth.  He’ll learn from one of the best in Vincent Jackson and has time on his side.  The Bucs will be leaping (due to their collective athleticism) out of the stadium in 2014.

3.) Brandin Cooks, WR NO

Here’s where the fun begins.

Cooks will be joining mega-stud Drew Brees as they try to fill holes created from the departed Darren Sproles and Lance Moore.  Cooks will be a tweener with his role and Sean Payton will be looking to get Cooks into space such that he can use his fluid and aggressive open-field dynamic.

I had the chance to watch quite a few Brandin Cooks’ games and it’s impossible to come away without an admiration for what he can accomplish with the ball in his hands.  Couple that with a tremendous work ethic and extremely solid character and you have an early-round receiver to target.

Many don’t like Cooks’ size and I can’t blame them.  In some cases, dynamic transcends physical size and my belief is that Cooks will do just that in the NFL.  It’s going to take a creative coaching staff to find ways to make use of his strengths, but his high football IQ coupled with his desire to have his ball in the hands with every snap is a good bet to pay dividends.

4.) Odell Beckham, Jr., WR NYG

A slight majority seem to favor Beckham over Cooks, mainly due to his physicality, size and ability to play on the outside.  These are all true and the choice between the two will not be an easy one.  I tend to favor Cooks due to speed dynamic into the offense he was drafted into – our rankers collectively seem to agree.

For Beckham, he’ll be another piece of the receiver puzzle when combined with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.  Coach Tom Coughlin made it very clear he envisions Cruz as an “inside” receiver, which means Beckham will be kicked to the outside.  How the rotation between Randle and Beckham unfolds is anyone’s guess, but expect the Giants to use a fair number of three receiver sets, allowing all of them to be on the field simultaneously.

There hasn’t been a lot of help along the line to keep Eli Manning upright, so any receiving addition may not have the impact many are forecasting.

5.) Eric Ebron, TE DET

It’s not often that a tight end will be found within the top ten of a post-draft rookie assessment, and even more rarely in the top five, but that’s exactly what we have in 2014.  The athletic Ebron falls into a dream situation within a mature offense featuring Calvin Johnson and the newly acquired Golden Tate.  Opposing safeties will be given fits as to who to cover in clear passing downs and, much like the recipe of divisional rival Green Bay,  the hope here is to overload the secondary with highly rated and athletic receivers to keep the cornerbacks and safeties guessing.

It remains to be seen if Matt Stafford can perform to the same level as Aaron Rodgers, but I won’t doubt any offensive system featuring Calvin Johnson – he alone is too good for an entire team of defensive backs, let alone those who will need to guess where the next pass is headed.

Ebron is a player forcing our hand with this ranking. First round tight ends from the NFL Draft are productive nearly 100% of the time over the past decade, so Ebron warrants a top five selection.

6.) Jordan Matthews, WR PHI

Prior to the draft, Matthews was already seeing quite a bit of buzz stemming from his collegiate production, size and NFL Combine performance.  At 6’3”/215, he’s a physical force while also possessing legitimate 4.45 speed.  If he was rising pre-draft, his selection by the Eagles (and specifically, Head Coach Chip Kelly) has only fueled that fire.    He has the size, body and production to make an early impact in Kelly’s offense.  Better yet for Matthews is the fact DeSean Jackson has departed for the Redskins, Jeremy Maclin is a different mold of receiver and returning from an ACL and Riley Cooper is best utilized as a WR3.  Matthews caught over 200 balls over his past two seasons and you can bet he’ll make an immediate impact.

7.) Davante Adams, WR GB

These consensus rankings are an important part of what we do here at DLF.  Giving you multiple personal opinions allow you to see the entire spectrum of value based on the views of individuals.  Through this exercise, you can determine for yourself who tends to rank most like you, for good or bad.

Davante Adams is one such receiver with a wide range of value.  He was ultra-productive at Fresno State and while raw in ability, there’s no discounting his athleticism.  In Green Bay, he’ll have the luxury of time to develop.  It’s highly likely he’ll be playing behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin to begin the year, but you can expect Adams to see the field in a limited role in year one. After that, the Packers will have many decisions to make as their receiving corps isn’t loaded with long-term contracts.

8.) Marqise Lee, WR JAX

DLF & FanDuel bring you DLF Premium for free!It seems Jacksonville was on a quest to retool their offensive skill position openings via the draft, rather than look to free agency.  Their first selection of Blake Bortles addresses their biggest future need, but the selection of Lee was a great value pick in the second round.  Lee had been falling leading up to the draft on the heels of a poor 2013 campaign as he returned from injury, questions about whether or not he is more of a system receiver and medical flags relating to his knees.  He’ll slide into an immediate starting role on the other side of Cecil Shorts and will soon be catching passes from the new face of the franchise in Bortles.  There’s a lot to like with Lee and we won’t be surprised at all when he outplays this particular ranking.

9.) Allen Robinson, WR JAX

The newest member of the Jacksonville-Three as I’ve been calling them, Robinson is a tall Alshon Jeffery-type of receiver who is somewhat limited in straight-line speed, but makes up for it by good use of his big body and a natural feel for space with the ball in his hands.  He’s a good leaper and will pose high-point problems for matched up cornerbacks.  After the catch, Robinson is a load to bring down and can churn out extra yardage.  The question surrounding him revolves around just how athletically gifted he is (or isn’t) as he now will transition into the NFL with bigger and more physical corners who will attempt to disrupt his routes off the line.  He’ll see the field early and often in 2014.  The rest is up to him.

10.) Carlos Hyde, RB SF

Hyde was considered by many to be 2014’s best candidate for a carry-the-load role in the NFL.  In a league devaluing (at least in draft value) the running back position, a back who does not have the size to absorb punishment will be subjected to scrutiny.  Hyde has good bulk, is a downhill runner and most experts seemingly agree his reception skills are better than demonstrated.  The 49ers’ depth chart is a crowded mess at the position, headlined by the aging Frank Gore.  Behind Gore now exists Kendall Hunter, the nearly healthy and 2013 draftee Marcus Lattimore and this past weekend’s selection of Carlos Hyde.  It’s a good fit for Hyde and a shot across the bow, if not directly into the hull, of Marcus Lattimore, who only recently exclaimed that he has yet to fully recover his burst.  For a big back like Lattimore, this is a serious issue.

11.) Bishop Sankey, RB TEN

Sankey is another player like Davante Adams above, who was greatly affected in value for this piece due to a divergent view of value.  When looking at Sankey objectively, it’s easy to see how he could be ranked highly or out of the top ten altogether.  There have been questions about Sankey’s ability to be an every-down back in the NFL, primarily due to size.  He has a good motor, a great work ethic and excels out of the backfield in space.  He shows enough ability to be an inside runner and has landed within a situation ideal for early career touches.  His credentials as an every-down back will be questioned until he proves otherwise on the field.  The Titans already have an inside running presence in the underwhelming Shonn Greene, but it’s enough to limit Sankey’s touches in 2014.  I see Sankey’s role being somewhat similar to that of Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard, for better or worse.

12.) Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR

It’s notable that Benjamin was a first round receiver, but can muster no better than #12 on our consensus rankings, behind second round receivers listed above.  From the very early days following the NFL Combine, views on Benjamin were widely dispersed from NFL scouts as much as the fantasy community.  Benjamin is a huge target at 240 lbs. and could be a hybrid tight end in addition to receiver.  He falls to a situation where he will see the field immediately and should get early looks from Cam Newton.  He possesses a big body, good-enough hands and will likely be a red zone nightmare for defensive backs.  On the negative side, he struggles with concentration, needs much refinement in his route running and his size could be a limiting factor to his athleticism.  Benjamin’s value seems to be falling to near the second round in fantasy drafts.

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  1. Sam

    May 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the future of Hyde in SF. I see him as the starter in 1-2 years. With that system I also see him putting up RB1 numbers if he owns the backfield. If he is in line to be the starter in the near future, I would see him in the 4-6 range for rookie rankings instead of the 10-11. Does Lattimore give you reservations for Hyde’s future?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I would agree with you. The selection was a curious one after they selected Lattimore last year. Lattimore’s quip about not regaining his burst is a big issue but the bigger issue is that the 49’ers used a high pick on Hyde. That indicates that there’s fire below the smoke. Hyde would seemingly be the starter in a year or so. Yes there are some reservations with that and I’m not a huge Hyde lover myself. He does have good size but there’s still Hunter and Lattimore in the picture and some good WRs in this year’s class. I have him ranked low in the first round.

  2. timguz

    May 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I have picks 1.01 and 1.07 in my rookie draft. Pick 1.01 is easy…Sammy Watkins. But, my team is weaker at RB. Do I try to trade up from 1.07 to 1.03 or 1.04 to ensure I can pick Sankey or Hyde, or is it better to sit at 1.07 and see if one of them is still available?

    • aeifler

      May 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I would sit tight and pick a RB if one of them presents good value at 1.07. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to take the best player available, and then grab an underrated RB in later rounds (and be ready to pounce on any rookies on waivers who start picking up positive buzz, a la Andre Ellington.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I would not trade up unless you KNOW you can get one of the BACKs, don’t give up too much AND you’ve already explored what you could get for that pick. Rookie RBs, especially out of the first round bust at a high rate so if you can get a younger productive back for the pick, why not do it? Alfred Morris, Trent Richardson (risky), Shane Vereen, etc. etc. could be a nice “get” for that pick.

      • ariakis73

        May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        Could you maybe list some additional RB’s to target if those with mid to late 1sts need a RB more than BPA (WR). Also maybe include a suggested draft pick value? Thanks!!!

        • Will

          May 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

          Storm Johnson baby. 3rd round.

          • Russ

            May 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

            I would trade down to late second and target storm or Freeman. Seastrunk late could be good. Or if you can wait trade for a pick next year, lots of RB talent there.

  3. Always Right

    May 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    How far off the top 12 do you have Latimer? He might take a year to get some action, whereas Benjamin will be playing right away but for me, personally, I would pick CL over KB every time.

    Great list and write up.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Currently Latimer is #14. So he’s up there a bit. Great situation but may or may not have Manning throwing to him by the time he’s ready to play full time. That’s the beauty of own individual review, is that you can follow your own desires and likes/dislikes when drafting. The choice between those two will not be an easy one for many. I could go back and forth depending on the day.

  4. The Senator

    May 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I have picks 1.01 and 1.02. Strong at wr, weak at rb. Plan to take Watkins but hesitant about taking Sankey as high as 1.02. Thoughts? Trade down?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Watkins is a lock for me at 1.01, no questions asked. I wouldn’t necessarily force a pick of Sankey there. I’d first explore trades since 1.02 is a great pick this year that should carry a nice premium. Get a young back with upside or look for that established back on a fantasy team that won’t be competing this year. McCoy, Charles … Doug Martin, etc.

      If not, I’d still likely pick Evans

    • William

      May 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I am in the exact same situation. I took Watkins and now I need to choose between Sankey, Cooks and Evans in PPR

      • Jake Storm

        May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

        Easy choice – take Evans and then deal him for a RB.

        • Brett

          May 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

          I like that idea normally, but you’re assuming that everyone out there thinks that Watkins and Evans are the #1 and #2 for sure. In their circumstance dealing a pick might be a better answer because people are free to take who they have ranked highly. The 1.02 is a lock to get any player you’re high on and should be worth more than simply Evans alone if that makes sense.

          • The Senator

            May 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

            I have tried to shop 1.02 for Doug Martin/etc, but have been unsuccessful. This is my 2nd year in league, and last year RB’s went high (5 of 6 picks)…I’m creating notebook (thanks for that advice). I think I could trade down to 6 or 7 but I think Sankey and probably even Hyde would be gone. So I feel like my choice is between Evans and Sankey. I don’t think I need Evans but the odds of Sankey not being deserving of a 1.02 seem high.

  5. Brad

    May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I am currently picking at 1.02 and 1.09. With 1.02 I will take Evans. I am very weak at TE (just Rudolph) and I have been offered 1.03 in return for my 1.09 this year and my 1st rounder in 2015. Is Ebron so exceptional that I should do the deal and take him with 1.03???

    • PV

      May 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Not to me and I’d just assume stick at 1.9 and hope to get ASJ if you’re that needy at TE.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I wouldn’t do that deal. Ebron is still a rookie. Both ASJ and Amaro will get balls this year. Ebron is the best TE in my book but not enough to mortgage your future on. Amaro could easily lead all rookies in targets and receptions. He should be a good red zone threat as well. ASJ is more athletic but I like Amaro’s situation better and you can get him late in the second round.

      Rudolph will get you buy and allow you to add a young TE later in the draft or via FA

    • chris

      May 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Rudolph should have a great upside with norv turner as oc!ebron probably won’t produce to much this year but in a year or two he should be very productive!

  6. Magma

    May 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I need RB’s….I have picks 1.01 & 1.05, 2.01 in a 14 team league….I’ve been saying I’ll take Watkins but Sankey to me looks very good? Here’s my problem!
    QB-Stafford
    RB- D.Wilson
    RB-L.Miller
    WR-D.Bryant
    WR-R.Cobb
    FLX-M.Crabtree
    FLX-J.Reed
    TE-J.Thomas

    Bench
    RB’s- C.Michael, M.Lattimore, L.Murray,
    WR’s- D.Rodgers, K.Britt, A.Holmes

    You see my RB problems…..Do I still take Watkins 1.01? …I’m just a good RB or two from competing for a championship. …..Sankey looks very tempting. ???? Am I nuts?

    • lacesout

      May 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Yes, youre nuts :). take watkins, then trade him for rb+ if youre that concerned. You might be able to get sankey at the 1.5, or even trade that pick for an established RB.

    • alden

      May 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      No your not nuts, It all depends on how your drafts have gone in the past and your leagues scoring go to determine the value. Two leagues in in RFB always go first so that sets the bar in those leagues.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I still believe you take Watkins. Fully understand your issue but Sankey wasn’t even a first round pick. Sure he got a first round situation but so have many other less talented RBs. Take the stud receiver and look trade for your other picks. OR … take Hyde and know that you’ll have Hyde and Michael on your bench and when they are starting, you’ll have a great young team.

      • Magma

        May 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks to all, all input is appreciated. Long way still til our draft, and I know I’ll probably take Watkins #1…..hopefully Wilson will wake up this year. I will keep an eye on RB’s for that #5 pick, plus I have two 2nds and two 3rds….it really hurt when Hyde was drafted, I thought I had my future RB’s already w Michael & Lattimore….kinda like Hill in Cinci and I love Mason’s vision….he looked like a great NFL RB vs Fla.St in the championship game last year….its just Stacy looked good too?? Lol. ..dynasty football. …gotta love it!!

  7. GP

    May 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I have the 1.02,1.07 and 2.02 (no 3rd this year) in a 12 team PPR league.

    I will take Watkins or Evans with the 1.02(and cooks if either gets hurt in TC)
    THen looking for Ebron at 1.07 but if he doesnt make it there I will take another WR like Matthews or Robinson.
    Then with the 2.02 I will take one of ASJ or Amaro if I don’t get Ebron. Or one of the top 3 RB but I doubt they will be there so it will probably be another WR.
    I need to get 2 WR and 1 TE in the first 3 picks.

    I have Wayne, T Smith, Randle and Dobson at WR and Finley/Housler at TE.
    I am OK at QB with Luck and Kaepernick
    I am OK at RB with Forte, Mathews, Ridley, K Robinson, L Murray

  8. Dan

    May 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I remember last year u guys had college game tape of all the rookie prospects….will u guys be doing the same this year??

  9. SuhFEAR

    May 14, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Dan they already provided the rookie game tape on their rookie draft board. Scroll down on the main page to the news and notes section on the left and you’ll find it.

    • Ken Moody

      May 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Yes, just follow the link for the 2014 Rookie Draft Guide on the home page lower left, or on the Dynasty Page in the middle of the page and on the right side.

      Thanks

      KM

  10. joeday

    May 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    How true is this: “If there’s one statistic very clear from the NFL Draft, it’s that receivers taken within the first five selections of the draft are studs nearly 100% of the time.”

    Since 2000:
    Peter Warrick
    Charles Rodgers
    Andre Johnson
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Braylon Edwards
    Calvin Johnson
    AJ Green
    Justin Blackmon

    To me it sounds like “nearly 100% of the time” may be a bit hyberbole.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      In the past decade. All my “Draft Decade” pieces involve a look back at the past 10 years only. I believe even Charles Rodgers just fell off the list … he was the most recent outlier.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Real bummer about Blackmon too because if not for a problem with the bottle, he was likely going to uphold that streak. Julio Jones was a #6 pick as well.

  11. Randog

    May 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I have 1.2 and 1.3 this year. Considering Watkins is gone, should I go with Evans and Ebron? I just traded away Cameron for a 2nd Rd pick and some $$, so I need a TE. The only one on my roster is Gates. But!!, my RB situation isn’t pretty either. I have Rice, Mathews, Jennings, S. Jackson, J. Bell and a couple prospects in L. Murray and J. Randle. Should I wait for another TE in the 2nd Rd (since I have 2.3 and 2.9) and go for Hyde? Or should I bank on Ebron?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      That’s an interesting predicament. ASJ and Amaro will fall. They both fell to the 3rd round in our most recent rookie drafts. I would be hesitant myself to spend such a high pick on a TE knowing that my consolation prize is ASJ/Amaro. Ebron is the class of the position but knowing that you need a RB, I’d be inclined to go that direction myself.

      There’s nothing wrong with addressing that TE need at 1.3 though if you’re so inclined. The safest position for the NFL first round is the TE. Nearly 100% of first round TEs taken in the past decade are fantasy productive. It’s a very safe play for Ebron. But the RB need you have is real as well

      • Randog23

        May 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        In your draft, where did Hyde or Sankey get picked?

        • Jeff Haverlack

          May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

          I’ll be doing a draft recap hopefully tonight but he went at 1.06.

        • Jordan

          May 31, 2014 at 3:01 am

          My recent DYNASTY rookie draft went something like this..
          1.5 jordan matthews
          1.10 Hyde (somone reached and took Andre Williams at 1.9, i was exstatic to get hyde there since i was debating between him and matthews at 1.5
          2.5 marqise lee
          2.6 jeremy hill (which could be an RB2/3 out of the gates)
          Didnt pick again until rd 5. AMARO WAS STILL THERE as was Landry. Talk about value! I know a lot of unknowns are out there but i was pretty happy with how the cards fell.

    • sixshooter

      May 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Based on a couple drafts that I am aware of……Ebron is going in the top five even if a team is not desperate at TE so I would say go with Ebron without much doubt!!!

  12. BigD

    May 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    what happened to rotoworld player news at the bottom of the site

  13. branch0095

    May 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Good luck getting Sankey at the tail end up 1st. He’s been a 1.03-1.05 pick in every league that I’ve seen do a draft. I think his ADP will continue to creep up as the offseason goes along too.

  14. OleCows

    May 15, 2014 at 4:24 am

    So how is the success rate of WR’s drafted in the top 7..can I expect the same(100%) success rate with Evans as with Sammy..? I have the 1.02 pick in my main dynasty and would love to know..! As he numbers for top 5 and the “rest” were substantially different, do you have an insight into the numbers if they were split up for, say, WR’s drafted 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 20-30..?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Well, nothing is 100%. As pointed out earlier, I only look at the past 10 years in my “Draft Decade” series. Even then, you get great talents like Blackmon and Charles Rodgers who are every bit the skill level of the bigger names, but run afoul with drugs and/or alcohol and then flame out.

      Outside of the top five, there’s not a great pattern of success beyond those WRs to pick 32. Julio Jones was a 1.06 selection so there’s some skewing for that particular position. But over the past four years or so, Teams have gotten better with their selections of WRs and the success rate has increased.

      And of course, each draft is unique as to the depth of talent available. This was a VERY deep WR class.

      The short answer is “no” on Evans but many like him. I’m not nearly as high on him as most others and I have Watkins in a tier by himself. But I’d still take Evans at 1.02 every time.

  15. Mike

    May 15, 2014 at 7:32 am

    How would these rankings look in a league that is TE PPR? Normal league rules/steup otherwise, but you can start two TEs via a WR/TE flex spot.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      We do all of our rankings assuming PPR as it’s easier to back out of certain rankings for those players that aren’t really productive in the passing game.

      TEs are ranked much in the same way as WRs. But for TEs, you really need to have a top 5 or 6 player as the point distribution isn’t very disparate beyond that point.

  16. rugbyplayer11

    May 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I have Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas and picks 1.05, 1.06 and 1.07. Do I stock up on WR and maybe a RB or do I choose Ebron if he falls to me?

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      With all those picks, make sure you get a player that helps your team and then make sure you get the best talent as well. You never go wrong getting players that are productive. Why reach for a player in a better situation but at 75% of the talent or ability. On the flip side, stockpiling productive and talented players can always pay off via trades and depth. It really helps having those three picks back to back. It screams RB,WR,TE. Or if you’re set at RB … WR/WR/TE.

  17. jordan yanow-brew city alcoholics

    May 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    My Dynasty draft is tonigth, rounds 1 and 2. I have a need of a rb’s. i have the 1.7-1.8-1.12-2.4

    do you think taking i should go two rb or go lee,allen,adams when i have 4 wwrs taht are young and growing in jeffery,t.williams,dobsona dn hunter.

    • SuhFEAR

      May 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      If Hyde falls to you then grab him. If not, go best player available and trade to shore up your RB.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      May 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I don’t like reaching for RBs unless you feel that the “reach” has a good chance of starting. A back like Hill could be a good addition but I wouldn’t force it. And don’t discount the ability of trading those picks a combo of two to get a productive back.

      There’s never a problem adding top talent even if you need a different position …. trades will often find you. If Sankey or Hyde fall to you … count yourself lucky.

  18. Matt

    May 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I’m in a 10-team, .5PPR league with 30-man rosters. I tanked last season and somehow ended with 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, and 1.06, but no 2nd-rounder. Sammy and Mike Evans are definitely going 1-2, which leaves me with some really really interesting decisions to make. I’m really deep at QB and have 8 decent RBs, all of whom are 26 or older. My WRs need work:

    QB: RGIII, Stafford, Matt Ryan.
    RB: AP, CJ Spiller, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Toby Gerhart, Shonn Greene, Jonathan Stewart.
    WR: Percy Harvin, Danny Amendola, Mike Wallace, Robert Woods.
    TE: Ertz, Delanie Walker, Kyle Rudolph

    -With three high-upside TEs, should I ignore Ebron entirely?
    -Since I have so many RBs already, should I ignore those too?
    -Is it crazy for me to take WR-WR-WR-WR with these picks?

  19. Jordan

    June 1, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Dynasty league rookie draft results:
    1.5 jordan matthews
    1.10 Hyde (was exctatic to get him here. Considered taking him at 1.5)
    2.5 Jeremy Hill (could be top rookie performer in my opinion)
    2.6 marqise lee (dont love him but liked the value)
    Didnt pick again until rd 5 and was able to get Amaro and Landry! Wow..

    Took a flier on Coly Lyerla. When he signed, a packer fan in my league traded me sims and 3.5 next year for him

    Draft recap:
    Qb – savage and mettenberg rd 6 and 7
    Rb – hyde (1), hill (2), sims (trade)
    Wr – matthews (1), lee (2), landry (5)
    Te – amaro (5)

    I would love to hear about other drafts and trends, reaches, etc. biggest reaches in my draft, imo, terrance west at 3 and andre williams at 9. (WHAT?!?!) maybe they will look like geniuses when it all comes to a head.

  20. Jim

    June 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Jordan Matthews or Ebron at 1.4????? I need help at both positions.

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