1.01 CINCINNATI BENGALS – Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Joe Burrow is the consensus #1 quarterback in the draft and there is not a chance that the Bengals trade out of this spot.
1.02 WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Chase Young – Edge – Ohio State
The Redskins hold strong and take the most disruptive defensive player in this year’s draft.
I’ve always felt that people who rank or put out lists should review their work periodically to see how accurate they were and to look at ways to improve their process. One year after putting out a list of the Top 20 incoming freshmen, here is a freshmen year review of that Top 20. This edition covers 11-20. Part 1 covered 1-10.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is no stranger to the limelight. Since walking off the bench in 2018 and leading Alabama to a comeback victory for it’s 22nd National Championship, he has been in Top 10 NFL draft talks. Touted for his dual-threat capabilities, accuracy, and experience in high pressure games at an NFL level he rightly deserves such praise. However, with such high pressure comes an equal high risk for injury.
Let’s be honest, in dynasty no one wants Todd Gurley. Who would’ve thought that it was possible to go from consecutive 1st overall RB performances, to getting released from his team and being a player fantasy owners intentionally avoid in the span of a few short years? Does this mean he is on his way out of Fantasy relevance completely or does it mean there is value to be had? Future Hall of Fame running back and NFL analyst Maurice Jones-Drew (MJD) certainly thinks so. After Gurley signed with Atlanta, MJD reflected on his own days with Dirk Koetter and predicted Gurley to finish with 280 total touches, 1200 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns. If Gurley has at least 12 receptions, this stat line would have put him as the RB2 overall last season in half point per reception (.5PPR) leagues. While he believes he has at least one elite season left, others view him as an “injury prone” back who lost a step, and is trying to salvage his career on a new team. What’s amazing is that somehow both seem equally realistic. In this article I intend to display recent statistics to provide an accurate depiction of the Gurley situation, providing information to create your own opinion of his value.
I have always felt that people who rank or put out lists should review their work periodically to see how accurate they were and to look at ways to improve their process. After one year of putting out a list of the top 20 incoming freshmen, here is a freshmen year review of that top 20.
In my opinion, there are two types of teams in Dynasty Fantasy Football: the win-now team and the rebuilding team. Yes, arguments can be made for the middling teams as well, but if you are one of those teams, you should probably just blow it up and go into a full on rebuild. There’s nothing worse than coming in 4th in a dynasty league. No prizes, your draft pick sucks (you get the point). This article is going to focus on potential acquisitions that could provide a lot of value for a team in win-now mode. I will also be producing a subsequent article to help those teams that focusing on a rebuild.
Many inexperienced or poor dynasty owners who don’t watch film or look at injury history and advanced metrics like Breakout Age and Dominator Rating (especially in IDP leagues) go into their rookie draft with one resource. This one resource is the NFL Draft, and these owners will take whoever was the highest taken player in the NFL Draft at the position of their need or highest overall player if they are going BPA. Not to say this is a bad strategy, NFL Draft capital is one of the most predictive measures for future NFL success and is one of the major things I personally take into account when I am making my pick at a rookie draft, but there’s more to it than just how high the player was chosen. I will trust a NFL teams analysis of a player more than my own, they spend much more time, money and resources on scouting and trying to find who is the best player to take for their team than I do for my teams, but there is other things that are much more important for fantasy analysis that NFL teams don’t consider because they are not playing fantasy football, and the NFL Draft shouldn’t be the only thing you use when making picks for rookie drafts especially in IDP with positional importance and scoring indifference. Let’s get to the mock!
Not much more can be written about the young QB out of LSU. All the stars have aligned for the Bengals here, not only do they get a QB coming off the best season in SEC quarterback history, but he is also a hometown kid growing up less than 3 hours away. He’s a calm accurate QB with excellent mechanics and footwork. Burrow is definitely a polished passer and if he has to have a knock the consensus is that he doesn’t have elite arm strength, but at this point the “experts” are just looking for a knock on an otherwise tremendous athlete who can make every throw from any angle.