Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I wanted to create a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy football rookie drafts. This will be a three-part series, because most leagues complete their rookie drafts before those long summer days that get filled with vacations, outside chores and activities. As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.
Undervalued: Todd Gurley, St. Louis running back (average draft spot 1.04)
While Gurley is overcoming a serious knee injury, he still is the best runner the NFL has seen since Adrian Peterson. In a rookie draft where I hold the 1.01, Gurley is my selection. Sure this is my choice on a team that I took over. My roster needs a lot of work and I don’t need to count on him from day one. I can understand him going after Amari Cooper, but not Melvin Gordon or Kevin White.
Overvalued: Eric Kendricks, Minnesota inside linebacker (average draft spot 1.08)
Sure Kendricks is the best linebacker in his class, but he is not the next Luke Kuechley nor Lavonte David. There are better offensive choices to make before you think defense. Wait until the second round in most formats.
Overvalued: Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee wide receiver (average draft spot 1.09)
Maybe I’m Josh Gordon hesitant, and despite some great physical skills, I still do not see the value in off-field troubles of DGB this early. He has a rookie quarterback, Marcus Mariota, that might not be a fit for the system that they run in Tennessee. Breshad Perriman, Tevin Coleman, and Ameer Abdullah get selected after him, which is huge value to those owners.
Undervalued: Jaelen Strong, Houston wide receiver (average draft spot 2.07)
Strong is not the most dynamic receiver in his class, but he gets drafted after Kansas City receiver Chris Conley. This is ridiculous value and could grow into a Vincent Jackson type prospect. Grab him and get the value.
Just right: Stephone Anthony, Saints inside linebacker (average draft spot 2.10)
He is the second linebacker off the board while playing on a defense with a less than talented defensive front. Anthony, if he can improve his pass defending skills, could be exactly what backer needy teams that draft him hoped.
Undervalued: Devin Funchess, Carolina wide receiver (average draft spot 3.01)
Getting him as the 25th rookie in drafts is amazing value. The debate whether he is a wide receiver or a tight end does not really matter. He will get at least his team’s third most targets from one of the strongest arms in the NFL, Cam Newton. Funchess is turning 21 this month and is getting picked after the Jets Devin Smith, who faces a bad quarterback situation and two more than solid veteran
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