The other dynasty season has officially arrived. The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will play one more game – Super Bowl 53 – while the rest of us draw up the blueprints to the next dynasty.
With 20-plus fantasy-relevant quarterbacks injected into the top half of startup drafts, superflex leagues add a full degree of difficulty to roster construction. Just in time to guide drafters through their superflex startups, Dynasty League Football blazed the trail through the startup jungle with a series of superflex startup mocks, culminating with the first set of Average Draft Position (ADP) data of 2019.
Check out the full mock results and ADP here, and join a mock in the coming months by following coordinators Travis Rasmussen (@TravisNFL) and Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) on Twitter. Watch their tweets for mock draft participants in the coming months. In the meantime, let us reflect on the mocks that gathered this early 2019 ADP data.
The first round of the average dynasty superflex draft still starts with running backs. If I were to editorialize at all in this mock reflection, I would do so simply by banging my head against a brick wall. But we’ll stick to the facts, and reconvene in future articles with a more strategic focus.
Saquon Barkley and Todd Gurley are the top two average picks, with Alvin Kamara (pick 1.05), Ezekiel Elliott (1.06) and Christian McCaffrey (1.07) giving the running backs five first-round representatives. Wide receivers still dominate the first round, with six in the first 12 picks: DeAndre Hopkins (1.04), Odell Beckham, Jr. (1.08), Michael Thomas (1.09), Davante Adams (1.10), JuJu Smith-Schuster (1.11) and Tyreek Hill (1.12). Patrick Mahomes is the only quarterback off the board in the average first round, but he goes third overall and was drafted as high as first overall in one of the mock drafts.
Besides the lack of quarterbacks in the first round, the first round lacked major surprises; one could argue that the wide receivers were expected to come off the boards before the running backs, but the resurgence of running backs in recent years has increased their value and demand. Furthermore, drafting in the top four of a snake draft means 20 or more players who won’t be available in the second round, so “reaching” within the top 20 is perfectly acceptable.