2019 Fantasy Football Rookie Dynasty Rankings
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Many dynasty leagues do their rookie drafts right after the NFL Draft, but plenty of others wait until everyone has fantasy football fever in August. Now that we have information to base our rankings on rather than just speculation of depth charts, rookie rankings have changed quite a bit. Today, I’ll give you my top 70 rookies for your dynasty league rookie drafts. First, though, I’ll show you what my ideal six-round rookie draft would look like if I was picking from the middle each round.
Ideal Six-Round Draft
1.5 Parris Campbell (WR – IND)
This weak rookie class has an obvious top-tier of four running backs then everyone has a different opinion about who should go fifth overall. Fantasy owners are going to be disappointed with the rookie wideouts this year, unfortunately, but one stands out as an excellent longterm option. It seems as though Devin Funchess is going to open the year opposite of T.Y. Hilton in two-wide receiver sets so it might not be wise to expect much more than an Antonio Callaway like 45 receptions for 600 yards a handful of scores. Eventually, though, the 29-year-old Hilton will hit that wall and Campbell will step in as Andrew Luck‘s primary target. In fact, Campbell is the closest comp we’ve had to Hilton in years. Except for the fact, of course, that Campbell is even faster.
2.5 Justice Hill (RB – BAL)
With running backs, we are typically looking to take a much more short-term approach. Unless you’ve got an all-world talent like Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott, the sweet spot for running backs is two to three years of production. Hill should be impactful from the get-go and could land in a huge role the following year or two. He landed in a Baltimore offense than ran the ball an incredible 45.1 times per game after Lamar Jackson took over. To put that into perspective, Seattle was second highest at just 33.4. Granted, that is certain to drop some, but the point is that even with mark Ingram, there is a role for Hill in the running game. Plus, there is no #1 or even #2 receiver in Baltimore. Hill should take on a Tarik Cohen like role early on and could become a three-down back if anything happens to Mark Ingram in the next year.
3.5 Tony Pollard (RB – DAL)
If you are doing a draft before the Zeke holdout ends, Pollard at pick 29 is unlikely but this is assuming Zeke ends the holdout soon. If he doesn’t, Pollard should be an easy second-round rookie pick since the rookie season matters quite a bit for running backs in dynasty. Beyond that, though, there is still a chance Zeke suffers an injury, seeing that the rate for high-volume running backs is 2.4 games missed per season with nearly 30% of them missing at least 4 games. Pollard might split the backfield with Alfred Morris or Mike Weber, but make no mistake that he’d be the lead-back behind this terrific offensive line.
4.5 Preston Williams (WR – MIA)
If not for off-the-field issues, Williams would more than likely be on everyone’s radar, similar to what we were saying about Tyreek Hill coming out of college. He isn’t the Tyreek mold, however. Rather, he is a physically imposing alpha receiver who can go up and win a jump ball with his impressive athletic profile. Elite Dolphins’ cornerback, Xavien Howard, told the media recently that Williams can be a true #1 wideout in this league someday. If Williams can stay out of trouble, the depth chart is clear for him to make that leap, and it just may happen with a cornerstone quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert or even Trevor Lawrence.
5.5 Alize Mack (TE – NO)
At this point in the draft, you shouldn’t be targeting high-floor depth pieces, but attacking athletic weapons with risk built into the price. Mack may not even make the Saints’ roster, but he is a freak of nature and former top high-school prospect. His athleticism is obvious to anyone who watches him at New Orleans training camp and should he mature into that skill set, we may be talking about an annual top fantasy tight end considering he plays in a tight-end friendly offense.
6.5 Clayton Thorson (QB – PHI)
The reviews on Thorson’s training camp have been mixed so far with it looking like he may be cut some days while other days have beat writers calling him Dan freakin’ Marino. I loved his tape out of college, and while the stats may not have been there, he played behind a dreadful offensive line with lackluster playmakers surrounding him. The fact of the matter is that Thorson has a big arm and unprecedented intangibles that had NFL coaching staffs raving. Most importantly, he is in a tremendous offensive program with Doug Pederson. if anything were to happen to Wentz, Thorson could turn into a two-QB gold-mine like Jimmy G several years back.