Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, here is a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy football rookie drafts. This the second part of 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.
Just right: TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville running back (average draft spot 1.06)
Despite what some fantasy pundits believe, this is still a running back centric game. It is a huge shame that most runners have such a limited shelf life. Yeldon has little competition for playing time, is a red zone threat, and just as active in the passing game. I took him at the 1.05 in a dynasty league where I desperately needed RB talent.
Undervalued: Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia wide receiver (average draft spot 1.10)
Playing on a high volume offense and looking like he will play both inside and outside receiving spots makes him a good value here. There is the risk of coming from a USC program that has not been kind to wide outs transitioning to the NFL. I would take him before the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Tevin Coleman.
Undervalued: Breshad Perriman, Baltimore wide receiver (average draft spot 1.11)
Perriman seems to be my go to receiver in quite a few rookie drafts. I believe he is more athletic than the receiver he is replacing in Torrey Smith. Perhaps he will actually catch the rainbows Joe Flacco throws instead of drawing the pass interference penalties that Smith famously got awarded.
Just right: Jay Ajayi, Miami running back (average draft spot 2.03)
This is a talented runner who can slide away from danger, but also tumbled down NFL draft boards due to a severe knee injury a few years ago. Please consider that a fifth round NFL selection is not a huge investment, just ask former Ram runner, now Jets back Zac Stacy.
Undervalued: Maxx Williams, Baltimore tight end (average draft spot 2.05)
It’s a bit surprising that the best rookie tight end with a starting job is lasting until the middle of the second round in most rookie drafts. In tight end premium leagues or just leagues that require the use of tight ends, this is tremendous value of someone who could produce 50+ catches, 600 yards, and seven touchdowns in year one and beyond.
Undervalued: Javorius (“Buck”) Allen, Baltimore running back (average draft spot 3.06)
I hope my readers realize that as a Steelers fan; it was difficult to have three Ravens on this list. His road blocks, surprising vet Justin Forsett and second year Lorenzo Taliferro, may slow him down, but he could be the established goal line back by the end of the preseason. It is very conceivable that he grabs the job for himself by Thanksgiving.
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