This year’s Dy-Nasty rookie draft should be one of the more fruitful drafts in league history. It’s top heavy with hard to find running backs, including a potential generational talent. The draft also contains talented wide outs, who may outperform their more valued running back draft cohorts. Sprinkle in a couple tight ends and five NFL first round quarterbacks, and we could see this fantasy starters drafted deep into the second round. – Each player’s NFL draft and combine profile is linked to their names below.
Pick 1.1 American Dream – Saquon Barkley – RB Penn State
Dusty owns the first pick in this year’s draft and reports there has been multiple inquires about moving the pick . Everyone wants Saquon. Dusty is known to be unpredictable but early reports indicate that the pick isn’t likely to be moved. Barkley is the cliche Unicorn everyone is looking for to carry their team to fantasy titles. At 6 foot and 23olbs he has the size, speed (4.4 in the 40) and athletic ability to be a three down back from day one. One player doesn’t fix a 3-10 American Dream team but Barkley gives American dream a keystone to build around.
Pick 1.2 Who’s Your Haddy – Derrius Guice – RB LSU
Sorry Haddy, no unicorn for you. Instead you get a pro-bowl caliber RB to team up with Zeke Elliot. Guice isn’t as big or as physically gifted as Barkley, but in other years he easily could have been the first player taken in fantasy rookie drafts. At LSU, Guice played behind or filled in for last year’s first Dy-Nasty pick, Leonard Fournette. Many believe, myself included, that between the two Guice was the superior running back. Haddy finished 7-6 last year, despite Elliot’s off and on suspension situation. Guice should fortify Haddy’s line-up and help him finish strong in 2018.
Pick 1.3 – Drugged Llamas – Rashaad Penny – RB San Diego State
No rookie RB landed in a better situation. Penny has an inside lane to the starting job in Seattle. Teams don’t draft rookie RBs in the first round to develop them. They draft them to play. At worst, Penny splits time with 2nd year back Chris Carson. Carson has flashed at times but not enough to secure his role in Seattle…. The LLamas already have Le’Veon Bell, and the soon to emerge Derek Henry. Adding Penny gives the Llamas depth and long term security should Bell start to fade or find himself somewhere other than Pittsburgh next year.
Pick 1.4- Beach Bums – Ronald Jones -RB USC
Beach Bum again finds himself in the top half of the draft. His team is full of talent, and it’s not clear why he continues to struggle. Jones landed in Tampa Bay with little competition for a full time position. Jones combine scores don’t shine, but he’s very good at football. That, plus opportunity are, what fantasy players are looking for. Jones will provide RB depth behind Gurley, Freeman and Lamar Miller. This is a value pick but it doesn’t do much to improve Beach Bum. This may be a good trade down scenario for Beach Bum to add much needed depth.
Pick 1.5 Unicorns and Glitter – Sony Michel -RB Georgia
U&G sold off their best players early last year only to have Carson Wentz and Alvin Kamara lead them to a 7-6 record. This is more of a need pick, since U&G has no clear second RB. Michel may be better than the Penny and Jones above, but he landed in New England. As stated above, most teams dont draft RBs in the first round to sit. However, the Patriots arent most teams. Michel will need to be near perfect or risk Bill Belichick’s dog house. Belichick is anything but predictable when it comes to deploying his running backs, so Michel’s true value remains unclear.
Pick 1.6 Suckass Squad – Calvin Ridley – WR Alabama
AndyRo’s squad continues to suckass despite being another team full of talent. He owns three top 15 WRs and two top 10 RBs, along with Aaron Rodgers and Zach Ertz. This allows him to draft the best player available and that’s Ridley. Ridley is on the thin side but there is room to grow into his 6’1 frame. The Falcons are never afraid to throw the ball, and Ridley should benefit from starting behind two proven veterans. He is easily a better talent than Mohamed Sanu, but will be given the chance to learn behind him and superstar Julio Jones while still seeing the field on a regular basis.
Pick 1.7 Unicorns and Glitter – DJ Moore – WR Maryland
Rumors from the U&G war room are that they will be looking to trade down at this pick to add future depth. Otherwise, DJ Moore will give them a WR who can start for them from day one. Moore is as physically gifted as any WR in the draft. Despite being on the shorter side (6′), he has a well built frame that should play well in the NFL. Moore has the ability to be the best WR Cam Newton has thrown to. He should start for the Panther’s from day one, and give both the Panther’s and U&G an upgrade at the WR position.
Pick 1.8- Beach Bums – Mike Gesicki – TE Penn State
Dan, the owner of Beach Bums, is a PSU guy so it’s foolish not to think he has an eye on Gesicki. Geisicki’s combine numbers were ridiculous, out performing many WRs. He’s 6’6″ 250lbs with a 40 inch vertical and runs a 4.5 in the 40. Reports out of Miami is the Gesicki is looking like everything his numbers imply… I met Gesicki on a campus tour of PSU and he’s the kind of kid you want to root for. Projecting TEs can be difficult. They are asked to be part lineman, part receiver. Gesicki appears to be up to the task and should lock down the Bums TE position for a long time.
Pick 1.9- Turd Fergueson – Courtland Sutton – WR SMU
The Turds are carrying Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron. Instead of carrying a WR who will only play this year on Madden,why not draft one? Sutton is more of a possession WR, but has the big body (6’3″ 220lbs) to be a viable red-zone threat. Reporters out of Denver are raving about Sutton in preseason camps. He struggled against bigger schools in college but he reportedly has the work ethic to improve at the NFL level. The Turds need play makers who can score touchdowns. Sutton may be boom or bust but its the kind of pick the Turds need at this point in the draft.
Pick 1.10 – American Dream – Royce Freeman – RB Oregon
Freeman has been climbing up fantasy draft boards. Im really not that high on him, but think the buzz he is getting may warrant some attention here. American Dream, already securing the best player in the draft, can lock up his RB position with Freeman. Freeman doesn’t have a lot of competition in Denver. He has the size/speed combinations that needed for the position, but he doesn’t play as physical as his size implies. Freeman is considered more of a grinder,but grinders can get you yards, touchdowns and fantasy points.
Pick 1.11 – Kitten Mittons – Nick Chubb – RB Georgia
Chubb split time with Sony Michel at Georgia, but had the size, speed, and power to be a full time back for most other colleges. Im just not sure how he will translate to the NFL. While he has all the characteristics listed he doesn’t really have a standout ability. I think he could very well be similar to the guy he will be backing up, Carlos Hyde. Getting a Hyde clone this late in the first round isnt a bad thing and Kitten Mittons, a perennial playoff team, can wait for him develop. I think for now Chubb will be in the Cleveland RB mix behind Hyde and Duke Johnson. I think he could take over for Hyde in 2019.
Pick 1.12 – American Dream – Dallas Goedert – TE South Dakota State
Despite playing at a lower level, Goedert has the size/speed combo to find success int he NFL. Early reviews from camps in Philly have favorably compared Goedert to Zach Ertz and the Eagles are expected to run more two TE sets. Ertz really has just broken out, but will be 28 this season and Goedert appears to be his eventual replacement. The only question with Goedert is not his talent, but how many balls will he catch with Ertz around?
2.1 American Dream – QB Sam Darnald
2.2 Who’s Your Haddy – QB Baker Mayfield
2.3 Drugged LLamas – TE Hayden Hurst
2.4 Beach Bum – WR Christian Kirk
2.5 Turd Fergueson -WR Anthony Miller
2.6 Suckass Squad – WR James Washington
2.7 Turd Ferguson – RB Kerryon Johnson
2.8 American Dream – WR DJ Chark
2.9 Turd Furgeson – QB Lamar Jackson
2.10 Unicorns and Glitter – WR Michael Gallup
2.11 Kitten Mittons – QB Josh Rosen
2.12 Suckass Sqaud – RB Nyheim Hines