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Dynasty Rookie Rankings 2017

As soon as ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ is selected to conclude Round 7 of the NFL draft and all 32 teams finalize their collective group of unsigned free agents, the next big move in the football schedule is the kicking off of dynasty rookie drafts kicking off.

Dynasty leagues might be the fastest growing segment of the fantasy football hobby that is played by millions across the globe. For dynasty leagues that are already established, the annual draft is usually a small affair, consisting of only the incoming rookies.

Here is a look at the rankings for the first two rounds of the 2017 class of rookies, and their value, not just in dynasty formats, but also how they fit into redraft leagues as well.

Rankings are based on 12-team PPR leagues

Round 1

Leonard Fournette

RB | Jacksonville Jaguars

Most people will go with Corey Davis here at the top, but I’m not going to miss out on a special running back if given the opportunity to acquire one. Fournette is considered every bit as promising as Ezekiel Elliott and was drafted in that same No. 4 spot by the Jags, who desperately needed a featured running back to take pressure off of Blake Bortles. Fournette has a very intriguing size-to-speed ratio and is an underrated pass catcher. I think he walks right into a featured role with 1,200-yard, 10+ touchdown ability as a rookie. It’s much easier to find wideouts than running backs, so when I see a kid draw Bo Jackson comparisons, I’m very interested in adding that to my fantasy squads.

Corey Davis

WR | Tennessee Titans

If you feel safer about taking a wide receiver with the top pick, Corey Davis is the consensus top option for you. Davis broke all kinds of MAC records at Western Michigan and is the all-time leader in receiving yards (5,278) in NCAA history. At 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, Davis was a man among boys in college and has WR2/3 potential as soon as this year for a rising Titans offense.

Christian McCaffrey

RB | Carolina Panthers

McCaffrey was a do-everything star at Stanford, who blew away measurables at the combine. The Panthers normally don’t incorporate their running backs into the passing game much, but that is likely to change now. Incumbent Johnathan Stewart is near the end of his career, so McCaffrey could take over as the featured runner in Carolina sooner, rather than later.

  • Read more about the Carolina Panthers newest running back in our double-header fantasy preview article on Christian McCaffrey here

Joe Mixon

RB | Cincinnati Bengals

Setting aside off-the-field concerns, Mixon was a special talent at Oklahoma who has ideal size, excellent speed, and soft hands. He has the potential to eat into Gio Bernard‘s third down role and will make Jeremy Hill, who has averaged 10 touchdowns over each of the past three seasons, expendable.

Mike Williams

WR | Los Angeles Chargers

At 6-foot-4, 218, Williams is ideally suited to be a red zone monster, but one who also has the wheels to get down the field and out-muscle overmatched defensive backs. Keenan Allen has struggled with injuries and Antonio Gates is nearing the end of his brilliant career, so Williams has a good chance to have an immediate role for one of the best passing games in the AFC.

Dalvin Cook

RB Minnesota Vikings

Cook was one of my favorite players to watch, as he was dazzling as a three-down star at Florida State. But marred by subpar combine numbers and off-the-field concerns, he slipped into the second round. The Vikings also just signed Latavius Murray, but Cook should take over as the change-of-pace runner and third down back right away.

John Ross

WR | Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals made Ross, who broke the NFL combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash, the No. 9 pick in the 2017 NFL draft. More than just a speedster, Ross caught 81 balls at Washington and will add a dangerous element to the Bengals’ passing attack and help A.J. Green see less attention from opposing defensive backs. Word of caution: Ross has already suffered two major knee injuries, so he’s a bit of an injury risk.

O.J. Howard

TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Redraft owners may want to avoid prioritizing a rookie tight end, as the learning curve is steep, especially for a tight end that was underutilized in college. But Howard is built like a defensive end that can run a 4.51 40-yard dash. He’s an amazing athlete that will be a down-the-seams nightmare for opposing DB’s and major red zone weapon. He should develop into a top-5 fantasy tight end in short order.

Alvin Kamara

RB | New Orleans Saints

Heading into the draft, many analysts thought Kamara was the fourth-best runner in this class, with a borderline first-round value. The landing spot almost couldn’t be better, as Kamara is expected to take over the pass-catching role for the Saints that turned Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles into fantasy stars. Kamara is also an excellent runner, who could approach 200 touches as a rookie and is a darkhorse candidate to catch 60-70 balls.

Evan Engram

TE | New York Giants

An ideal landing spot for this talented tight end, Engram should open the season as the starter for a New York offense loaded with pass-catching weapons. The Giants have lacked an impact tight end for some time, and they liked the former Mississippi star enough to draft him ahead of Miami’s David Njoku, who was the consensus No. 2 tight end.

Zay Jones

WR | Buffalo Bills

Jones set records for East Carolina, where he was peppered with targets and had the most catches in FBS single-season history. The Bills had to address their lack of pass-catchers behind Sammy Watkins and traded up for the 6-foot-2, 201 pound Jones- who should start right away for the new-look Bills. As a side note, Buffalo declined to pick of Watkins’s fifth-year option, so if he’s allowed to walk next season, Jones could become Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout as early as 2018.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR | Pittsburgh Steelers

After a disappointing final season at USC, JuJu Smith-Schuster fell off from the early favorite to be the top receiver in the NFL draft to the point where he slipped into a fantasy-friendly situation in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have done a good job grooming young wideouts and are thin outside of superstar Antonio Brown and volatile Martavis Bryant. Smith-Schuster has a good size/speed profile and could conceivably earn playing time quite early. And if Bryant slips up again, JuJu could become an immediate factor.

Round 2

Player Pos Team Ht. Wt. Age
Kareem Hunt RB KC 5-11. 216. 21
David Njoku TE CLE 6-4 246 20
Samaje Perine RB WAS 5-11 233 21
Curtis Samuel WR CAR 5-11 196 20
D’onta Foreman RB HOU 6-1 233 21
Carlos Henderson WR DEN 5-11 199 22
Marlon Mack RB IND 5-11 213 22
Chris Godwin WR TBB 6-1 209 21
Taywan Taylor WR TEN 5-11 198 23
Kenny Golladay WR DET 6-4 218 24
Deshaun Watson QB HOU 6-2 221 21
Cooper Kupp WR LAR 6-2 204 23

Round 3

Player Pos Team Ht. Wt. Age
Joe Williams RB SF 5-11 210 23
Wayne Gallman RB NYG 6-0 215 22
Aaron Jones RB GBP 5-9 202 22
ArDarius Stewart WR NYJ 5-11 2-4 22
James Conner RB PIT 6-1 233 21
Patrick Mahomes QB KC 6-3 230 21
DeShone Kizer QB CLE 6-4 233 21
Josh Reynolds WR LAR 6-3 197 22
Mithell Trubisky QB CHI 6-3 220 22
Jeremy McNichols RB TBB 5-9 214 21
Dede Westbrook WR JAC 6-0 178 23
Adam Shaheen TE CHI 6-6 277 23

Round 4

Player Pos Team Ht. Wt. Age
Donnell Pumphrey RB PHI 5-9 180 22
Gerald Everett TE LAR 6-3 239 22
Jamaal Williams RB GBP 6-0 212 23
Isaiah Ford WR MIA 6-1 194 21
Jake Butt TE DEN 6-6 250 21
Josh Malone WR CIN 6-3 208 21
Brian Hill RB ATL 6-1 219 21
Jonnu Smith TE TEN 6-3 248 21
Elijah McGuire WR NYJ 5-10 214 22
Bucky Hodges TE MIN 6-6 257 21
C.J. Beathard QB SF 6-2 209 22
Chad Williams WR ARZ 6-2 193 22

 

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Jody Smith

Senior Writer Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26-year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.

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