For many dynasty players, the highlight of the off-season is the annual rookie draft, and we are now mere days away from many of those drafts kicking off. Once our respective dynasty teams are eliminated from contention (and sometimes even before), we tend to turn our attention to the incoming rookie class, and delusions of grandeur take over. In fact, dynasty players spend nearly the entire off-season preparing for how they will use their draft picks or if they will use them at all.
In this twelve-part series, we will use the latest data available here at Dynasty League Football, namely our April Rookie ADP and the Dynasty Trade Finder, to ensure you are as prepared as possible when your draft begins. Based on our most recent Superflex ADP data, we will suggest the player you could be soon adding to your team, and if you don't like that, we will also include a potential pivot option. In addition, we will include options based on the updated 1QB ADP for those who play in that format. Finally, using the Dynasty Trade Finder, we will examine some recent trades that have taken place with each specific draft pick.
We all know the first round of rookie drafts includes the players we've been hearing about for months if not years, but difference-makers can be found in the second round and beyond, as well. Because of that, we will also address the other picks that accompany each respective first-round draft slot.
ROOKIE SELECTION 1.07
THE PICK: Jordan Addison, WR USC
Bursting on the scene as a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh in 2020 and then winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best collegiate wide receiver as a sophomore put Jordan Addison on everyone's radar. He transferred to USC for his junior year and helped Quarterback Caleb Williams win a Heisman Trophy. Addison's production dipped a bit at USC as he missed three games with injuries, but he was still outstanding when he was on the field. He finished his career with 219 receptions for 3,134 yards and 29 touchdowns.
He is widely considered a top 3 WR in this class. Where he ranks in that group comes down to preference. In the offseason mocks, Addison is consistently going at the 1.07 spot, and that might be the real drop-off spot for the first round of fantasy drafts. The NFL Mock Drafts have him being drafted anywhere from the mid-to-late first round. Some have him early to the Texans or Patriots, while others see him as an option for the Seahawks, Bills, Chargers, Vikings, or Chiefs later in the first round.
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How high is too high to take the first TE in a premium league? Fairly solid team but I have trash TEs.
Is 7 too high to reach for Mayer / Kincaid?
Supposedly it’s a “deep” class for TE”s. I personally would wait on one.