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Monday Mocks: Cornerstone Players

We cover the latest mock featuring an important window of players.

Welcome to Monday Mocks, where I’ll bring you…you guessed it, a new mock draft every Monday during the offseason. In my opinion, drafting is the best part of fantasy football, so I do as much of that as I can. This series will be filled with all types of mocks. We’ll draft startups, rookies, devys and more.

One of my favorite features of our site are the Cornerstone Rankings. Years ago, I wrote a series entitled Rookies, and Sophomores, and Devys (Oh My!) In this periodic article, I would rank past, current and upcoming rookie classes. The idea was that this trio of classes serve as the cornerstone of a strong dynasty roster. Ultimately, we opted to turn this article into a full set of continuously updated rankings and Cornerstone Rankings were born.

While there are mixed feelings about the incoming rookie class, there is no doubt that the rookie class of 2021 was a total game-changing group for dynasty leagues. We’re still over a year away from welcoming the much-hyped 2023 rookie class to the league and our dynasty rosters, but the value these players and picks already carry is obvious to anyone who has attempted to trade for extra rookie picks.

This mock draft should give dynasty managers an idea of how to value the top players from class to class. At this time of year, these can be especially valuable to determine the trade value of current and future rookie picks compared to last year’s rookie class. Just as our Cornerstone Rankings are, this mock is based on a 12-team superflex league.



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Alexander Scott
6 months ago

Are people really taking Elijah Moore before DeVonta Smith? This blows my mind. Good list though!

Andy Cook
Reply to  Alexander Scott
6 months ago

Eli > Smith imo

alberta howard
Reply to  Alexander Scott
6 months ago

I certainly would.

neil chester
6 months ago

Have you missed off Justin Jefferson?

sean ouellette
Reply to  neil chester
6 months ago

Jefferson wasn’t in these classes. He was the 2020 class.

Henry Dematteis
6 months ago

So you would trade the 1.02 in your 2023 rookie draft for Max Jones or Zach Wilson?? This mock draft/rankings doesn’t make sense to me 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

Andy Cook
Reply to  Henry Dematteis
6 months ago

I somewhat share your sentiment, but beyond Bijan who knows how the other guys fare in 22 plus injuries etc. But I would prefer the 23 high 1st over Wilson for sure. It’s not an ADP, it’s the writers ranking which is still pretty close if you break it into tiers and focus solely on actual draft spot.

Andy Cook
Reply to  Andy Cook
6 months ago

*and don’t focus

alberta howard
6 months ago

Great to see the cornerstone ranking by round, Ryan. . I was never sure exactly how to interpret “cornerstone”. I had an idea but this helps tremendously. Thank you

James Spaulding
6 months ago

Can you please make 1 QB cornerstone rankings an option going forward? I have 5 of the top 9, 9 of the top 24 & 10 of top 28, but I fall off the table after that, but I’m in a 1 QB league.

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