Dynasty Dashboard: Rookie Rankings

Todd Gurley

2015 Rookies

2014 was the year of the rookie Wide Receiver. If you went “all in” on rookies last year in dynasty fantasy football whether it was from a start-up perspective or a rebuild perspective, you appear to be in good shape for the long haul. All off season of last year I would bash my head into my desk reading tweets from analysts clamoring why rookies were being over drafted and why veteran trades for that rookie class were absurd. Naturally, these are the same analysts throwing warning signs of rookies being over valued this time around based on results from 2014. Having said this, I do actually agree with the latter (for the most part.)

This year is probably going to be much more like 2013 as opposed to 2014, but there should be plenty of rookie Running Back values to be had. There’s a clear cut first round of rookies, and then there’s the typical drop off we see as we head in to the 2nd round of rookies drafts. 2014 was not the norm; there were 16-18 prospects that would have arguably been first round picks in any other rookie draft year. This year, however, that next tier is loaded with a bunch of guys, specifically at the running back position. They will be able to provide some production in a situational basis as presented with the opportunity and could also come with some staying power. This is a great year for depth and filling out rosters.

Here’s a quick glance at my 2015 rookie rankings:

2015 Rookie Rankings

Todd Gurley
Amari Cooper
Kevin White
DeVante Parker
Melvin Gordon
TJ Yeldon
Dorial Green-Beckham
Breshad Perriman
Ameer Abdullah
Tevin Coleman
Nelson Agholor
Phillip Dorsett
Duke Johnson
Jay Ajayi

Jaelen Strong
Devin Funchess
David Johnson
Jameis Winston
Marcus Mariota
Javorius Allen
Matt Jones
Devin Smith
Chris Conley
Maxx Williams
DeAndre Smelter
Tyler Lockett
Sammie Coates
Josh Robinson
Karlos Williams
David Cobb
Mike Davis
Cameron Artis-Payne
Kenny Bell
Stefon Diggs
Zach Zenner
Tre McBride
Darren Waller
Jeremy Langford
Ty Montgomery
Justin Hardy
Devante Davis
Jamison Crowder

To put this in perspective, I would put a receiver like Davante Adams (whom everyone is low on for obvious reasons, would be behind Dorial Green-Beckham and Breshad Perriman but ahead of Nelson Agholor. Allen Robinson ahead of Kevin White but behind Amari Cooper. Robinson went in the 2nd round of many drafts this time last year. Go ahead and draft this year’s rookies, but the better play once you get past the top 7 or 8 is to trade into some sophomores from last year that people are down on or potentially don’t realize the upside they might have (Davante Adams, Brandin Cooks, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Cody Latimer).

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