One of the best tools readily available and at your finger-tips is the myfantasyleague.com (ADP) Average Draft position data. If you’re a dynasty football junky and involved in one or more upcoming rookie drafts, you need to stay abreast to the players that are dynasty rookie draft value plays. Here are some players that are sticking out like a sore-thumb.
Davante Adams – 2.2
Adams is coming off the board at 2.2 across all rookie drafts. This was shocking to me, as I feel like I personally have not seen him go below 1.7. In any event, you can make a case for Davante in the early to mid-first round. He’s going to find himself toward the bottom of the depth chart to start, but I find it hard to believe that he won’t be able to supplant Jarrett Boykin as the 3rd option in the Green Bay passing attack. Davante Adams was a touchdown machine in college, and that’s a good thing when your Quarterback is Aaron Rodgers.
After Brandon Marshall just signed a contract extension in Chicago, it’s possible that Jordy Nelson finds his contract extension as well. As it stands right now, both Jordy and Randall Cobb are free agents in 2015. Ted Thompson wasn’t just drafting the best players available when he took Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis; he was very likely planning for life without one of the two aforementioned Nelson and Cobb. If either one of these receivers suits up outside of Green Bay in 2015, Davante Adams will find himself as a top option in the Green Bay passing attack. 2.2 is ridiculous.
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Allen Robinson – 2.2
Allen Robinson is a freak of an athlete. At 6’2” 220 lbs., Robinson ran a 4.60 at the combine, but vastly improved upon that number as he turned heads in his pro day with a 4.47 40, a 42” vertical, and 6.53 3 cone. Robinson still plays smaller than you would like, but this guy could have the highest ceiling of any receiver in this draft class and will be a monster after the catch. Many are torn between Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson and are of the mind-set that Lee also landing in Jacksonville with Blake Bortles hurts Robinson’s upside.
I think it’s fair to say that we’ve learning quite the opposite as the most prolific offense in the league have two or even three top receiving options. Gus Bradley is building a new franchise in Jacksonville, and this is a team that is going to sneak up on the league. With Blackmon out of town and Cecil Shorts not having the greatest health resume, Robinson has the frame and the ball skills to catapult into the top receiving option for years to come. This is an early to mid first round grade player.
Cody Latimer – 2.5
Emmanuel Sanders is a good receiver. Cody Latimer has the upside of a great receiver. I’m struggling to understand what the hesitancy is with owners with regard to Latimer. I get that Peyton Manning could be out of the league within 2 years, but that’s more than enough time for Latimer to learn how to play the game at the next level and create another receiving tandem mainstay alongside Demaryius Thomas. Sanders is more of a technician, and he’ll be a great target for Payton Manning based on his ability to work the intermediate routes as a timing and possession guy. Having said that, he hasn’t been a model of good health, and his foot injuries have gotten the best of him throughout his career.
The Broncos coaching staff is already comparing Cody Latimer to a better version of Eric Decker. You’ll need to monitor his foot in the off-season, but when Peyton Manning and John Elway trade up to take a player, you take note and do the same in fantasy drafts. Latimer has no business making it to the 2nd round of rookie drafts.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – 2.7
Coming into this offseason, the biggest concern for “ASJ” is a nagging foot injury that hampered him in his final year at the collegiate level. He missed the combine drills because of the injury, and this understandably has owners concerned for his long-term ability to stay healthy at the next level. According Dave Seibert of bleacherreport.com, ASJ underwent surgery to control the stress-fracture in his foot, and a proper rehabilitation schedule should have him fully healthy before the start of the 2014 season. At 6’ 5” 262 lbs., ASJ is a dominant force on the field that can do it all in terms of inline blocking and will be an absolutely dominant red zone threat. As a John Mackey award winner, He has the talent to hit the league with the same type of impact that Antonio Gates did.
Vincent Jackson is 31 years old, but he’s signed through 2016 so he isn’t going away anytime soon. Savvy dynasty owners know to temper expectations from rookie Tight Ends early on, but if his foot stays in-tact, ASJ has the most upside of any tight end in this draft – even Eric Ebron. We want touchdowns from out tight ends, and while Ebron will be a PPR monster, ASJ can come in and have the same fantasy points per game impact by simply catching two touchdown passes in a game. The presence of both Jackson and Mike Evans is going to leave ASJ free to bully a single linebacker or a safety down the seam, and opposing defenses will have to pick and choose which big target to cover. It’s impossible to cover all three, and it won’t be long before ASJ supplants the uninspiring Brandon Myers. He should be scooped in the beginning of the 2nd round.