The only negative of Fantasy Football, outside of destroying friendships, causing anxiety, tax payer funded Congressional hearings and an increase in divorce rates is that it ends once the season is over. Those of you who need your Fantasy fix all year round have most likely found a dynasty league, or three, to help complete your transition into “that guy”.
The dynasty freaks can’t sleep the night before the NFL Draft. The anticipation of whether Sterling Shepard is selected before Josh Doctson is too much to bear. The dynasty freaks scout the NFL Combine and send out mock drafts to their league mates the following day.
Think back to when you were just a kid. Remember that feeling you would only feel on Christmas, your birthday or when your dad got out of jail? That’s what rookie only drafts are like for the dynasty community, sheer bliss.
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The following Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings are based on a dynasty format. We’re not just making predictions for 2016, we’re projecting long term value.
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings Nuggets of Note:
Corey Coleman is nasty on the football field but Robert Griffin is not. Normally this wouldn’t deter me in the slightest, but there are a number of similar options in this class.
DeAndre Washington is going much too late in dynasty and re-draft leagues. He’s going to be the leading pass-catcher out of the backfield for Oakland. Think poor man’s Danny Woodhead.
Devontae Booker is not a better RB than C.J. Anderson, yet, but Anderson always seems to miss some time. Don’t be surprised if Booker is a better version of Ronnie Hillman in this scheme.
Giants RB Andre Williams is not good. Giants RB Rashad Jennings is old. Giants RB Paul Perkins is both good and not old.
You may not like Kenyan Drake, but Jay Ajayi wasn’t drafted until the 5th round in the NFL Draft because of injury concerns. Drake is already the second most talented RB on the Dolphins.
As a die hard Notre Dame fan, I watched plenty of C.J. Prosise. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.
Rashard Higgins. Write that name down. He’ll be someone you wish you drafted.
Elliot has has been banged up of late and wound up missing the first preseason game. Irrelevant. Take him with the first overall rookie pick.
The New York press is already putting Shepard into the hall of fame because of how prolific he’s been during camp thus far. If you have an early rookie pick and can’t decide which WR to snag, you won’t be disappointed with Shepard.
Not only is Thomas Rawls on his way back, Christine Michael has now once again entered the mix for touches at RB. Between Rawls, Michael, Prosise and Alex Collins this backfield could be a difficult one to predict in 2016.
Brandon LaFell may miss the 2016 season due to a hand injury. This all but makes Boyd the number two target to begin the season with Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones elsewhere and Tyler Eifert possibly missing games early on. Boyd may not be the most talented rookie WR but he may end up having the most opportunity.
Dorial Green-Beckham was shipped off to Philly, opening up a spot in the offense for a WR to emerge. While I think Rishard Matthews is the likeliest candidate to step up, Sharpe has been drawing solid reviews in camp.
Anyone who wasn’t impressed with Prescott’s performance in the opening preseason game also has the last name Romo. Dak looked good. Real good. Keep an eye on this kid.
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2016 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings
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