Class of ’16 – Cheers and Tiers

It’s that time of the year again, where there are cheers and tiers. The class of rookies found out which organization wants them or which organization show interest in them. In the fantasy world, things are not as light and happy as the real world. The consensus voice of my fellow dynasty addicts is one where there is disappointment with landing spots and where certain players are drafted. While I understand their frustration, I wasn’t too surprised by the result knowing that this class was going to be weak. The way NFL teams drafted confirmed some of the idea of a talent-poor narrative that was purported back in February.

Because many will have their draft within the next days or weeks, I present to you a tier board rather than ranking. Let me quickly summarize the advantages of tiering over ranking. First, it doesn’t follow a linear order, which means tiering will free owners (psychologically) from the fear of “reaching”. This year, more than any other years, you’ll find that preference more than an actual order will serve you better. Some people still are afraid of “reaching” when they follow a straight up rank. For example, because they fall in the same tier, I don’t really care if I take Paul Perkins or CJ Prosise first. However, a tier also helps ensure that you don’t take Mike Thomas (Rams) ahead of Josh Doctson (Washington); at least mine shows that. Second, the tier is a precursor to creating a Big Board (see past article for Big Board). You can run this tier board through several mocks to get a good sense of where you want to take a certain player. Third, this board is adjustable to your own liking. I’m just providing you my thoughts about these rookies in May. Finally, by tiering them in this manner, you can start gauging whether you would like to take rookie X or trade out for a player or future picks.

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Things to keep in mind in reading this:
– These are NOT rankings. So, just because I listed Kenneth Dixon at the top and Devonte Booker in the bottom of the tier, it DOES NOT MEAN that I value one over the other. They fall in the same round talent tier, so I value them in the context of what I’ll trade to get them or trade out of the pick.

– I realize there is more than 4 picks in round one. If you try to use this as a ranking you’re doing it wrong. The players are sorted by who I believe will give immediate starting value (Rd1), depth that can become occasional starters (rd2), Intrigue (3rd), and watch list (4th/UDFA). I only made 4 rounds because the most common practice is 3-4 rd rookie drafts. Adjust to your own liking.

– This list is not exhaustive as UDFAs are still not all accounted for. I will update you routinely on twitter who to watch out for or on @the_ATJ Fantasy Force pod.

– If you have specific questions about a player or a tier tweet at me @ffdynasty101


*Name – Team (round drafted)

Top 10 Upside Top 25 upside Top 60 upside Waiver Watch/Taxi Squad
Ezekiel Elliott – DAL (1st) Sterling Shephard – NYG (2nd)  Jerrell Adams – NYG (6th) Marshaun Copric – NYG (UDFA)
LeQuon Treadwell – MIN (1st) Will Fuller – TEX (1st) Carson Wentz – PHI (1st) Devon Cajuste – SF (UDFA)
Josh Doctson – WAS (1st) Kenneth Dixon – BAL (4th) Jonathan Williams – BUF (5th) Beau Sandland – CAR (7th)
Derrick Henry – TEN (2nd) Keith Marshall – WAS (7th) Jordan Payton – CLE (5th) Thomas Duarte – MIA (7th)
Corey Coleman – CLE (1st) Michael Thomas – NOS (2nd) Peyton Barber – TBB (UDFA) Roger Lewis – NYG (UDFA)
Mike Thomas – LA (6th) Tajae Sharpe – TEN (5th) Rashawn Scott – MIA (UDFA)
Austin Hooper – ATL (3rd) Keyarris Garrett – CAR (UDFA) Devin Lucien – NEP (7th)
CJ Prosise – SEA (3rd) Rishard Higgins – CLE (5th) Stephen Anderson – TEX (UFA)
Jared Goff – LA (1st) Pharoh Cooper – LA (5th) Aaron Burbridge – SF (6th)
Hunter Henry – SDC (2nd) Nick Vannett – SEA (2nd) Cody Core – CIN (6th) *
Paul Perkins – NYG (5th) Cardale Jones – BUF (4th) Trevone Boykin – SEA (UDFA)
Tyler Boyd – CIN (2nd) Jordan Howard – CHI (5th) Dak Prescott – DAL (4th)
Devonte Booker – DEN (4th) Paxton Lynch – DEN (1st) Vernon Adams Jr. – (UDFA)
 Leonte Carroo – MIA (3rd) Christian Hackenberg – NYJ (2nd) Marquez North – Rams (UDFA)
Kenyan Drake – MIA (2nd) Joshua Ferguson – IND (UDFA)
Malcolm Mitchell – NEP (4th) DeMarcus Robinson – KC (4th)
Braxton Miller – TEX (3rd) Connor Cook – OAK (4th)
DeAndre Washington – OAK (5th) * Jacoby Brissett – NEP (2nd)
Kelvin Taylor – SF (6th) Ricardo Lewis – CLE (4th)
Daniel Lasco – NO (7th) Wendell Smallwood – PHI (4th)
Tyler Higbee – LA (4th) Cody Kessler – CLE (2nd)
Charone Peake – NYJ (7th) Kevin Hogan – KC (5th)
Kenny Lawler – SEA (7th) Moritz Boehringer – MIN (6th)
Alex Collins – SEA (5th) Keenan Reynolds – BAL (6th)
Mitch Mathews – KCC (UDFA) Jakeem Grant – MIA (6th)
Chris Moore – BAL (4th) Kolby Listenbee – BUF (6th)
Tyler Ervin – TEX (4th) Brandon Allen – JAX (6th)
Darius Jackson – DAL (6th)
DeMarcus Ayers – PITT (7th)
Daniel Braverman – CLE (7th)
Dwayne Washington – DET (7th)
Devin Fuller – ATL (7th)
Cayleb Jones – PHI (UDFA)


By Positions

Top 10 upside


Ezekiel Elliott

Derek Henry

Lequon Treadwell

Josh Doctson

Corey Coleman

Top 25 upside Jared Goff Kenneth Dixon

CJ Prosise

Devonte Booker

Keith Marshall

Paul Perkins

Sterling Shephard

Michael Thomas

Mike Thomas

Tyler Boyd

Will Fuller

Hunter Henry

Austin Hooper


Top 60 upside Paxton Lynch

Carson Wentz

Cardale Jones

Christian Hackenberg


Jonathan Williams

Peyton Barber

Jordan Howard

Kenyan Drake

DeAndre Washington

Alex Collins

Tyler Ervin

Kelvin Taylor

Daniel Lasco

Jordan Payton

Leonte Carroo

Tajae Sharpe

Keyarris Garrett

Rishard Higgins

Pharoh Cooper

Braxton Miller

Charone Peake

Malcolm Mitchell

Kenny Lawler

Mitch Mathews

Chris Moore

Nick Vannett

Tyler Higbee

Jerrell Adams

Waiver Watch/Taxi Squad Trevone Boykin

Dak Prescott

Vernon Adams Jr

Connor Cook

Cody Kessler

Marshaun Copric

Josh Ferguson

Wendell Smallwood

Keenan Reynolds

Dwayne Washington

Darius Jackson

Roger Lewis

Rashawn Scott

Devin Lucien

Aaron Burbridge

Cody Core

Marquez North

DeMarcus Robinson

Ricardo Lewis

Moritz Boehringer

Jakeem Grant

Kolby Listenbee

DeMarcus Ayers

Daniel Braverman

Devin Fuller

Cayleb Jones

Devon Cajuste

Thomas Duarte

Beau Sandland

Stephen Anderson



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