Fantasy Football: Dynasty Rookie Rankings Post-Draft

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With the 2017 NFL Draft officially in the books, it is time to updated dynasty rookie rankings with rookie drafts around the corner. Who should be the top 12 players off of the board come draft day? Let’s take a look!

1.01 – Corey Davis | WR | Tennessee Titans

Corey Davis was the 1.01 for me coming into the draft. Nothing has changed for me now that we know landing spot. In selecting Davis, the Tennessee Titans gave Marcus Mariota an elite pass catcher who runs precise routes. Davis will be a day 1 contributor that should be able to grow and evolve within this offense. Expect the Titans offense to still employ their exotic smashmouth offense but one one that will shift more and more onto Mariota’s shoulders. Davis should be one of the biggest benefactors of the shift and should become an elite fantasy wide receiver.

1.02 – Christian McCaffery | RB | Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers made is very clear heading into the draft that they wanted to add a new dimension to their offense. Between Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel they were able to do that. McCaffery will have every opportunity to supplant Jonathan Stewart this season as the team’s lead back. He has everything needed to be a three down back. I do worry some of Cam Newton’s passes breaking McCaffery’s fingers. In all seriousness, I expect McCaffery to get plenty of work both on the ground and through the air. He can become an elite weapon for the Panthers and fantasy owners.

1.03 – Leonard Fournette | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars took Leonard Fournette with the 4th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. While this may be the same spot Ezekiel Elliott was taken a year ago, this is where the comparisons should end. He is a very talented back that I am excited to see play at the next level. The Jaguars need to improve their offensive line and figure out their QB situation if they want to become an elite offense. It may be difficult for Fournette to find running room initially which has him ranked a bit lower than Davis and McCaffery He should have a chance to be one of the best fantasy rookies and become a player fantasy owners rely upon.

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1.04 – Mike Williams | WR | San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have been hit hard over the past couple season by injuries to their wide receiving core. Mike Williams should be a difference maker that is a day one starter that should lineup opposite Keenan Allen. I expect Williams to excel in the red zone and help fill in a lot of what Antonio Gates did for QB Philip RiversTyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman should have plenty of opportunities as complementary pieces in this offense but will likely take a back seat to Mike Williams.

1.05 – Dalvin Cook | RB | Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings took what should be their featured back sooner than later. They did bring in Latavius Murray during the offseason but potential Cook owners should not be worried. Murray is a plodder that really needs a heavy volume of carries to maintain fantasy relevance. Cook has incredible explosion that should give him immediate value and the skills to be a three down feature back.

1.06 – Juju Smith-Schuster | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers

Juju Smith Schuster is one of the biggest risers in my dynasty rookie rankings. He has gone to a situation with immense potential. He will have the opportunity to be nice complementary piece and what we all wanted Sammie Coates, Markus Wheat or Darrius Heyward-Bey to be in this offense. He has good size at 6’1” and 215 pounds. It Martavis Bryant slips up again, Smith-Schuster could take over the primary role opposite Antonio Brown. As long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center there will be plenty of chances for multiple weapons to be very fantasy relevant.

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1.07 – Joe Mixon | RB | Cincinnati Bengals

Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon is headed to the Cincinnati Bengals. While this move may have some owners scratching their head but this move isn’t as crazy as you think. The Jeremy Hill experience has been uneventful after an impressive rookie season. He has been a touchdown machine over his three seasons in Cincinnati, which I don’t expect to change. Giovani Bernard has been much more of a complementary piece over his time with the Bengals. He has missed nine games over the past three seasons. Mixon is likely a complementary piece in his first season but that could quickly change. Hill is a free agent after this season and the Bengals could let him walk and give the feature back role to Mixon in his second season. Assuming he keeps his nose clean off the field, Mixon has the chance to be a real difference make as the Bengals ball carrier. He could provide a ton of value if he can steal the show. Owners may have to wait a couple of seasons to see Mixon’s full potential.

1.08 – Samaje Perine | RB | Washington Redskins

Another impressive riser in my rookie rankings, Samaje Perine has a golden opportunity to be a legit fantasy option. Rob Kelley or “Fat Rob” was a fantasy difference maker last season. Perine will have his work cut out for him if he wants to steal the reigns as the team’s lead back. The Redskins clearly covet a certain type of RB. Kelley and Perine are very similar when it comes to their stature. There 40 time, 3 cone and combine measurements were almost identical as well. Perine has the skills to perform at the next level and would expect him to perform on a more consistent basis than Kelley. If he gains the coaches trust it could be Perine’s role before we know it.

1.09 – O.J. Howard | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded the tight end position significantly with the addition of O.J. Howard. Cameron Brate was a revelation last year with 57 catches for 660 yards and 8 touchdowns. Howard could easily take those numbers and improve on them over the next couple of seasons. Jameis Winston has consistently been a QB that targets his tight ends especially in the red zone. Nick O’Leary was Winston’s guy during his time at Florida State putting up numbers closely resembling Brate’s. Howard is a much better athlete than both Brate and O’Leary. Howard should evolve with this offense and quickly become the number two target behind Mike Evans.

1.10 – Evan Engram | TE | New York Giants

I love, love, love this landing spot for Evan Engram. He is freak athlete who is in the mold of the ever evolving tight end. He will have the opportunity to to evolve with this offense. Brandon Marshall is a weapon Eli Manning will love in the short term, but Engram should be able to eventually evolve into a very simmilar role in the coming seasons. I expect Engram to be a red zone threat with big play potential. Manning is guy who has utilized tight ends in past seasons and should do much of the same with the versatile pass catcher.

1.11 – Zay Jones | WR | Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are desperate for WR help opposite Sammy Watkins. In Zay Jones, the Bills get a perfect complement to Watkins. He can be a target monster, much like he was during his time at East Carolina. He is not a mind blowing athlete but runs precise routes and will find ways to get open. Expect Jones to be on the field early and often for the Bills and producing for fantasy owners.

1.12 – John Ross | WR | Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals jumped all over John Ross, an explosive playmaker with their eighth overall pick. Marvin Lewis and company clearly have a plan for him in their offense. He will add a vertical element to the passing game. He should have an opportunity to play early even with Tyler Boyd and Brandon Lafell in town. Look for the Bengals to find different ways to get the ball in Ross’s hands much like the Chiefs did with Tyreek Hill a season ago.

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