If you want more rookie ranking that include an IDP spin (my top 60 rookies) or you want some 2012 dynasty draft strategy (draft ended second week in May) , please read my blog at fantasyalarm.com: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/weekly-nfl-rookie-draft-dynasty-report/ I write two new articles at least every week. Follow me on twitter and ask questions of an eight year dynasty owner at @AndrewMiley.
The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, but the fantasy season looms on the horizon. My personal philosophy is TALENT over situation. I generally utilize my pre-draft rankings based on college tape in combination with how high a player was drafted to create initial dynasty rankings. That being said, some situations are tempting and have to be accounted for.
1. Andrew Luck QB/IND
Too talented and the Colts seem to have a developmental plan with weapons Continue reading
I know what you are saying, “Another dynasty mock? You’re crazy. We haven’t even had the NFL Draft!” Since many dynasty football players, including myself, have the “sickness” all year-long, the guys here at DLF wanted to host it as a reference league for the pre-draft dynasty layout of the land. This time before the NFL Draft is especially fun as outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, we have no idea where every rookie or the remaining free agents, for that matter, will end up.
The draft has fantastic representation from all the following: bleacherreport.com (Gary Davenport); draftsharks.com (Matt Schauf); footballguys.com (Sigmund Bloom and Jene Bramel); profootballfocus.com (Jeff Ratcliffe and Ross Miles); dynastyleaguefootball.com (Steve Wyremski); The IDP Guru (@OlingerIDPGuru); myself and a host of others from twitter.
You can check out the entire draft here: http://www30.myfantasyleague.com/2012/home/74461#0 .
1.01 Ray Rice, RB BAL
1.02 LeSean McCoy, RB PHI
1.03 Arian Foster, RB HOU
1.04 Calvin Johnson, WR DET
1.05 Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
1.06 Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARI
1.07 Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
1.08 Jimmy Graham, TE NO
1.09 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB JAX
1.10 Matt Forte, RB CHI
1.11 Chris Johnson, RB TEN
1.12 Cam Newton, QB CAR
The top five remains the same with some combination of Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, and Aaron Rodgers. The tight ends in the form of Rob Gronkowski (1.07) and Jimmy Graham (1.08) went a bit too high for my taste. In leagues with premium tight end scoring (1.5 points per reception), I could understand the higher choice of those talented guys.
The best first round value was Cam Newton who I have seen go as high as 1.06. Yes, he is a second year player, but he ranked fourth overall in total points in this format last year. Even if he gets less goal line work, Cam should easily exceed his 1.12 draft spot.
To read about the next 9 rounds click here http://dynastyleaguefootball.com/2012/idp-dynasty-mock-draft-analysis
I have updated my dynasty rankings at PFF Fantasy to include the majority of free agent moves so far. Click here for the link
Join Josh Norris and I at 6:30 pm est on Monday February 13rd as we discuss the 2012 rookie quarterbacks and defensive linemen that could make an impact on your fantasy teams this year and, if we have time, tight ends as well. This is for dynasty/keeper owners and draftniks alike. You can listen live here or in the archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz/2012/02/13/dynasty-blitz-podcast-wjoshnorris-of-wwwrotoworldcom
Here is a snapshot of my pre-combine rookie RB and LB rankings. If you want to hear Shane Hallam and I discuss these players click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz/2012/02/06/dynastyblitz-podcast-wshanephallam-of-draftcountdowncom
1) Trent Richardson, Alabama
2) Lamar Miller, Miami
3) Doug Martin, Boise State
4) David Wilson, Virginia Tech
5) Chris Polk, Washington
6) LaMichael James, Oregon
7) Robert Turbin, Utah State
8) Bernard Pierce, Temple
1) Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2) Zach Brown, North Carolina
3) Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
4) Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
5) Bobby Wagner, Utah State
6) Audie Cole, North Carolina State
7) Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
If you want a more in-depth look click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2012-pre-combine-rookie-rb-and-lb-rankings/
Join Shane Hallam and myself discuss the impact of the bowl games and all-star games on how we rank the incoming 2012 NFL rookie class running backs and linebackers tonight at 6:30 pm. Listen here live or download the show later (also on i-tunes)
I just posted my initial 2012 Dynasty Rankings at PFF Fantasy. Click here for the link.
The Senior Bowl (http://www.seniorbowl.com/) has been a part of the college players transition to professional football since 1950. This game has raised the profiles of future NFL players and the charitable efforts in Mobil, Alabama. I will be analyzing some of the players in the Senior Bowl who stood out to me. I tend to focus on the offense, but I discuss a few outstanding defenders as well. If you are looking for Senior Bowl practice notes, please check out http://www.draftcountdown.com/ and/or http://www.rookiedraft.com/ and follow @ShanePHallam and/or @RookieDraft (aka Joe Everett) on twitter. Shane and Joe were great interviews on my Dynasty Blitz podcasts (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz) breaking down some of these players before the all-star game circuit. Today, I will be discussing many of the key players that hopefully will transition to the NFL and make an impact on your fantasy teams.
WR Joe Adams (Arkansas) - Adams was one of the most dynamic players on the field. He demonstrated good hands, separation from the defenders, and turned up the field quickly with explosion. The sideline is his friend and he uses whatever position he is on the field to help set up his blockers. Adams has a great spin move, but he did cough up the ball on his second catch of the day in mid-spin. For the rest of the article click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2012-senior-bowl-game-player-analysis/
The 2012 NFL Draft approaching is as the college all-star games are in full swing. The name changed a little from the Texas vs. the Nation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The unique hook for this game was no NFL scouts could watch practice as underclassmen could take part. I will be discussing many of the offensive players may transition to the NFL and could an impact on your fantasy teams.
RB- Antwon Bailey (Syracuse) - He is only 5′ 6″ and weighed 203 lbs, but made up for it with his play. Bailey demonstrated nice hands and good wiggle to get away from tacklers on the outside. He did not have as much success running in short yardage, but Bailey did have an effective jump cut and showed good speed to find open spaces. He reminds me of a cross between Dexter McCluster and Kendall Hunter. For the rest click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2012-nflpa-collegiate-bowl-player-analysis/
One of the first signs of the NFL Draft approaching is the college all-star games. The grand-daddy of them all is the East West Shrine Game, which has been a part of football tradition since 1925. More information about the game and what great things the Shriners do for the community can be found here: http://www.shrinegame.com/. If you are looking for practice notes, please check out the http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/ and follow Wes Bunting on twitter (@WesBunting). I will be discussing many of the key offensive players that hopefully will transition to the NFL and make an impact on your fantasy teams.
RB Tauren Poole (Tennessee) - Poole showed good outside speed on his first sweep. He was a better runner on the outside than between the tackles. When Poole kept on bouncing his runs outside, the defense caught on and met him by closing down his lanes. The flashes he showed in the passing game were then met with disappointments as he did not realize where the sideline was and failed to stay in bounds to make a catch that could have changed the game. For the rest of the article click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2012-east-west-shrine-game-player-analysis/