As always, there are new and exciting prospects set to enter the league as part of the NFL’s annual selection meeting, otherwise known as the NFL Draft. Dynasty enthusiasts always look to April as a new beginning and this year’s class has a whole host of players to be excited about. Let’s take a look at each position and the prospects found within this season.
There could be as many as four quarterbacks taken in the first five selections this year and five taken in round one. The class is headlined by Bryce Young (Alabama), CJ Stroud (Ohio State), Anthony Richardson (Florida) and Will Levis (Kentucky).
Superflex drafters will be watching very closely to see just what the Carolina Panthers will do with the top pick, but the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts are right behind him and very much in need of a signal caller as well.
There are questions about each of the quarterbacks in this class. Bryce Young will inevitably be the smallest quarterback ever taken in round one. Anthony Richardson is as extreme a “boom or bust” as we’ve seen in years, and Levis needs major work in the decision making department. Stroud seems like the best bet for success, but he also doesn’t have the perceived upside as some of the others.
In the end, Young still sits at the top of our rankings, followed by Stroud, Richardson and Levis. In Superflex drafts, it certainly seems like the three quarterbacks taken in the top five of the NFL Draft will also go in the top five of rookie drafts as well.
Every so often we have a transcendent prospect at the running back position who is the consensus 1.01 in rookie drafts, be it Superflex or traditional. Such is the case this year with Bijan Robinson of Texas, who looks to be the best prospect at the position since Saquon Barkley.
Beyond Robinson, there are also some other names to highly consider. Jahmyr Gibbs of Alabama is likely going to be the second running back off the draft board in both fantasy and reality. He makes for a nice consolation prize for anyone who misses out on Bijan. He’s clearly an explosive player who would be in consideration for the 1.01 in just about any other year.
The next tier of running backs consists of Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), Devon Achane (Texas A&M), and Sean Tucker (Syracuse). While not elite prospects like Robinson and Gibbs, each of these runners could prove to be a RB1 in dynasty leagues at some point, Dynasty managers are simply going to need to choose between upside or production with this trio.
The next tier includes Kendre Miller (TCU). Zach Evans (Ole Miss), Tyjae Spears (Tulane), and Tank Bigsby (Auburn). Each player in this group clearly has some holes in their game, but you can see upside in each one of them. They all look the part of second round rookie draft picks.
Beyond round two, we see players like Israel Abanikanda (Pitt), Roschon Johnson (Texas), Chase Brown (Illinois), Kenny McIntosh (Georgia), Eric Gray (Oklahoma), DeWayne McBride (UAB), and Deuce Vaughn (Kansas State). History tells us most of these players will flame out. It also tells us at least one of them will make their mark.
While not as exciting as some previous classes at the position, the wide receiver group has dynasty managers pretty dialed in this year.
The class is highlighted by four top flight receivers – this group includes Jaxon Smith-Ngiba (Ohio State), Quentin Johnston (TCU). Jordan Addison (USC), and Zay Flowers (Boston College). Johnston and Addison look like the safest of this group, but Smith-Ngiba has legitimate WR1 upside if he’s able to shake the injury bug. All four of these receivers are likely to be first round rookie picks this Spring.
The next tier of receivers this year seems to be shaping up to include Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee), Marvin Mims (Oklahoma), and Josh Downs (North Carolina). While none of these three figure to crack the top tier without a major draft day surprise, each of them has big upside and look to be taken late in round one or early in round two.
Dynasty managers who miss out on the top two tiers of receivers this year shouldn’t consider it a disaster. There are a whole host of other pass catchers who are worthy of attention and that includes the likes of Rashee Rice (SMU), Kayshon Boutte (LSU), Cedric Tillman (Tennesee), Tyler Scott (Cincinnati), Tank Dell (Houston), and a whole host of others. This group has a lot of ability and their landing spots are of utmost interest and importance.