As we near December and the end of the college football season, it’s time to start looking at the incoming rookie class, those players that can shape your roster for years to come. Whether you’re in the hunt for the playoffs or have been out of it for weeks now, there’s much to be gained by surveying the rookie class, its depth and the potential impact in fantasy.
What follows is my annual kick-off, of sorts, to the process leading up to the 2018 NFL Rookie Draft and fantasy rookie drafts that follow. I start with a quick top-ten of those players that I feel are best positioned for success at the next level. I then begin poring through tape, articles and as much available information as I can to ascertain toward building a profile on the top players within each position, culminating into a top 10, or so, for each discipline. More tape review and research will result in a top-30 overall ranking followed by a look at some players that exist outside the top-30 who have upside. Following the NFL Draft, the pool of players are reranked for fantasy purposes.
So, hop on board and follow along as I start this six month process. Best of all, it’s all included in a single, low-priced, membership to the largest dynasty community on the planet. Not only will you benefit from research topics like this, but you’ll also gain insights from 50 of the best dynasty players the Net has to offer through hundreds of articles annually and a community of thousands active and engaged dynasty coaches talking fantasy every day on the forum.
Just a few thoughts before we get started:
First and foremost, as should be the case in every year, do NOT get carried away. Keep your head in the game and realize that while there are certain to be impact rookies in any class, 2018 included, it’s very difficult to build a winning team with rookies as the foundation. A large majority bust outright and many others barely escape mediocrity. But a keen eye, mindful selection and a little luck can net you a long term asset that plays a valuable piece, potentially as a cornerstone piece.
Secondly, the Internet, Twitter and fantasy community in general are awash by self-proclaimed experts and overnight sensations that sell their own version of snake oil. Every year, the community falls in love with rookie prospects and the ‘research’ that follows starts with the love affair first and backs into the research and rating as opposed to the other way around. Choose who you follow very carefully and steer clear of the expert-du-jour or be prepared to pay the price. In many cases, you have to pay the price ($), up front, anyway.
Lastly, resist the urge to make research more complicated than it needs to be. Keep it simple! Find a site or individual that puts in the work, mix in your own thoughts/needs and don’t forget that NFL coaches and their staffs are paid a lot of money to get decisions correct. You don’t need a 100 page document, high priced service or a seat at the Combine to be successful with your draft picks. I’ve researched and read just about every available document looking for an edge and I can tell you, honestly, size or price will likely not materially improve your results. They may look great on paper but doesn’t necessarily equate to greater accuracy.
We here at DLF have been here doing we what do since 2006 and many of us have been researching much longer than that. We hope you agree that we have quietly become a trusted source over the years and we certainly stand by our results.
Let’s get to work!
You can find Jeff on Twitter at @dlf_jeff