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 1.06
The Pick: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Ohio State Buckeyes
Smith-Njigba was a highly rated 4-star recruit coming out of high school before joining Ohio State. As a freshman, he played in only seven games, totaling ten receptions for 49 yards on a loaded Buckeye receiving corps.
As a sophomore, he played in 13 games and had a truly elite breakout season. He put together the best receiving season in Big Ten history, racking up 1,606 yards receiving and nine touchdowns, including a monster game in the Rose Bowl where he caught a whopping 15 passes for 347 yards.
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Am I reading correctly you think Gibbs may be there at 1.6 in a 1QB league? I have 1.5 in a 14 team 1QB and I think Gibbs will be gone by 1.3 at the latest. I hope I’m wrong. Looking forward to your your next projections!
DLF’s own rookie rankings have JSN & Gibbs top 3/4 across the board. Having both of them in this article as options at 1.06 in 1QB is asinine.
Also waiting on the final higher picks. I traded my 1.04 and 2.04 in a 1QB league to move up to the second pick in order to have a shot at either JSN or Gibbs feeling they were a tier above Addison or Johnston. In SF, they might fall after the top 4 QB’s but I doubt it in 1QB drafts.
No way Gibbs is going to be there in 1qb leagues