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Dynasty Rookie 2QB/Superflex Mock Draft: Two Rounds (2020 Fantasy Football)

May 14, 2020

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Last week, we provided a first-round dynasty rookie mock draft. This week, our writers are providing a two-round rookie mock draft. This is for a 12-team, PPR, 2QB/Superflex dynasty fantasy football league. They each provide a pick along with their reasoning for the selection.

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2020 Dynasty Rookie 2QB/Superflex Mock Draft

Pick 1.01 – Joe Burrow (QB – CIN)
With the first pick in a Superflex rookie draft, there are several directions I could have gone. Either grab the top quarterback or one of the top running backs. I went with Joe Burrow, making him the number one overall pick in this draft as well. Burrow, at age 23, is a bit older than most college quarterback prospects entering the NFL. That said, he’ll be supplied with a plethora of weapons including A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and offseason workout partner Tee Higgins. Additionally, the Bengals’ 2019 first-round draft pick, Jonah Williams, will be returning from an injury to shore up the offensive line at left tackle. Zac Taylor’s offense never really showed its ceiling last year, but injecting Burrow — who threw 60 touchdowns last season — into the offense will provide a much-needed spark. He’s someone I could immediately trust in my starting lineup while having the potential to produce for years to come.
– Sam Hoppen (@SamHoppen)

Pick 1.02 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
When Andy Reid decides, for the first time ever, to spend a first-round pick on a running back, you don’t think twice about pulling the trigger here. With Edwards-Helaire essentially being a Brian Westbrook clone, Reid should be well acquainted with how this particular skill set translates to his scheme. As arguably the best screen-game designer in football, Reid must be salivating at the idea of getting CEH in space. However, despite the first-round investment in Edwards-Helaire, I still expect Damien Williams to be involved this season in the final year of his contract. It remains to be seen just how productive CEH can be as a reliable pass protector, which is one of the main concerns that I have for his 2020 outlook. Protecting Patrick Mahomes is paramount, and Williams is extremely valuable in that regard. When the Chiefs decide to take the training wheels off CEH, look out. It just might take a little longer than some would like or expect.
– Rob Searles (@robbob17)

Pick 1.03 – Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
There’s a clear-cut top four in 2QB dynasty leagues this year, and I’m content to end up with Jonathan Taylor. Not only did the Wisconsin product have a dominant college career, but his relative athletic score (RAS) of 9.53 is second among all running backs, and he’s also got a talented offensive line led by Quenton Nelson. Yes, the Colts have a question mark at quarterback once Philip Rivers retires, but I love Taylor’s upside over the next handful of seasons. Stud running backs like him just don’t come around every year, so take him where you can. The only other guy I considered was Tua Tagovailoa. While I fully expect him to be a solid fantasy contributor, he may need two to three years before he starts posting consistent numbers.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 1.04 – Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA)
Obviously, selecting Tua Tagovailoa at 1.04 is entirely based on this being a Superflex league. J.K. Dobbins could’ve been my choice here, but I wanted to prioriitze the quarterback position with a prospect as special as the former Alabama signal caller. Tagovailoa likely won’t pop in year one. It’s unclear if he will even start for Miami right away, as the lefty is returning from a traumatic hip injury suffered last fall. Then there’s the issue of the Dolphins’ supporting cast, which is led by DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, and Mike Gesicki. These are some mildly interesting fantasy options, but it’s a far cry from the talent situation that Joe Burrow is walking into. Still, Tua’s future is bright. The Dolphins spent the draft building around their future franchise quarterback, arming him with a plethora of offensive linemen. With a lot more draft picks coming in 2021, one figures the team will start adding dynamic skill position players to the roster. This is a selection made for the future by me, but one that could pay off for a long time.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 1.05 – J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL)
This is the first turning point of the draft. Logically, the first four to go should be Burrow, Edwards-Helaire, Taylor and Tagovailoa in some order. The fifth spot should be one of the three remaining top-five running backs. It really depends on who you like the most. I like D’Andre Swift the most from a talent perspective, and Cam Akers found the best short-term landing spot. So why did I take J.K. Dobbins? He seems to have the best landing spot long-term. He might not make an impact in 2020, but once Mark Ingram is out of the picture it will be the Lamar Jackson and Dobbins show. Baltimore is a run-first offense and a better team than the Rams or the Lions. I would not fault anyone if they went with one of the other two. One thing is for sure: You need to choose one of them here.
– Marc Mathyk (@masterjune70)

Pick 1.06 – Cam Akers (RB – LAR)
Dobbins and Akers go back-to-back in every rookie draft I’ve done so far, Superflex or not. When you consider their landing spots and upside, it makes sense that a lot of Superflex dynasty owners are taking whoever is left out of those two RBs at the 1.06 spot. I’m no different, as I didn’t think the Rams were willing to lean on Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown as their primary back going into the NFL Draft. There is a chance the Florida State product could be in the middle of an ugly three-headed committee to start the season, but I expect Akers to emerge as the top dog before too long. His path toward an increasing role should look more favorable as he learns the offense and gets more comfortable throughout the season. I know the Rams’ O-Line isn’t good, but they’re still a lot better than the horrible Seminoles offensive line he had to contend with the last three years. Look at his production and then realize Akers put up those surprising numbers behind an atrocious unit that finished with a bottom-10 ranking for run blocking in all of college football during that span. L.A. invested a second-round pick on Akers, so I’m convinced they will give him every chance to succeed.
– Josh Dalley (@JoshDalley72)

Pick 1.07 – Justin Herbert (QB – LAC)
In a very difficult position at seven, I debated between CeeDee Lamb, Swift, and Herbert. Herbert wins out in the end for overall stability and the constant need to have QB depth in Superflex leagues. There appears to be very little in the way of Herbert dethroning Tyrod Taylor for the starting job this season, regardless of what the coach speak currently says in May. Once he takes over, his arsenal of weapons is like a dream. Keenan Allen as his WR1, Mike Williams as a deep threat, big man Hunter Henry at tight end, and safety valve Austin Ekeler for dump offs. All of this doesn’t even include the massive improvements the Chargers have made at offensive line, where they traded for guard Trai Turner and signed one of the best free-agent tackles from Green Bay in Bryan Bulaga. Being the number six overall pick in the draft also helps for future stability and says a lot about their confidence in Herbert.
– David Zach (@DavidZach16)

Pick 1.08 – D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
I took Swift last week in our staff’s dynasty rookie mock draft, and I’m going with him again. With the top-three passers off the board, there wasn’t much to consider at the quarterback position in this spot. And while I considered CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Swift plays the more valuable position. At the very worst, Swift starts his career in a timeshare with the oft-injured Kerryon Johnson, which is no different from the situations of the tailbacks taken ahead of him in this mock. Swift has the talent and skill set to become a three-down back at the next level, and Johnson’s durability issues could open up the door for the Georgia product to seize the full-time job in 2020. Swift’s talent and situation offer plenty of value and upside this deep in the first round.
– Matt Barbato (@RealMattBarbato)

Pick 1.09 – Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN)
Jerry Jeudy keeps falling to me in dynasty mock drafts, and I keep taking him. The combination of upside and likelihood of immediate production is too good to pass up. Not only does he have the ceiling of a high-end WR1 in the NFL, but he will have the opportunity to step in and contribute right away as a starter in Denver.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 1.10 – CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
CeeDee Lamb was drafted as early as third overall in April Superflex dynasty rookie drafts. While he did not land in the ideal spot for immediate returns on par with his talent level, it is important to remember that, in some cases, one should bet on talent and the player, not the current depth chart. Lamb enters the league with more talent than Michael Gallup and more reliability than Amari Cooper. A talented big-play threat who can feast after the catch, Lamb is going to make immediate waves in Dallas. He is stepping into the third receiver role vacated by Randall Cobb, who saw 83 passes go his way in 2019. That should be considered Lamb’s floor as a rookie. In dynasty, he should be viewed as the future number one receiver in Dallas. Gallup or Cooper could be on the way out of Dallas following the 2021 season. Lamb has the otherworldly talent to rise to the top receiver role before then, so he should not be discounted too heavily due to the landing spot. If he was your pre-draft top receiver, he should maintain that ranking and be drafted accordingly.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 1.11 – Michael Pittman (WR – IND)
Is it bold to take Pittman in the first round? Probably, but he isn’t getting back to me in Round 2, and this is tough spot to be in a 2QB rookie draft. With three quarterbacks and every desirable running back off the board, there is a glut of receivers to choose from. I’ll swing for the fences with Pittman because I believe he might end up being the best wide receiver in the class. A big-bodied target who snagged 101 receptions as a senior at USC, Pittman projects as a day one starter. Recently, Frank Reich said Pittman will operate as the Colts’ ‘X’ receiver, and it sounds like they have plans to isolate him on third down because they believe he can win in one-on-one situations. Assuming he develops a rapport with Philip Rivers, Pittman could provide fantasy owners with a productive receiver at a relative bargain on draft day.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 1.12 – Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN)
I also like Jalen Reagor and Henry Ruggs in this spot and might rank them Ruggs-Reagor-Jefferson in re-draft leagues, but I prefer Jefferson’s dynasty value. Adam Thielen turns 30 in August and suffered a couple of significant injuries last season, limiting him to 10 games. When a veteran receiver is repeatedly hurt and another (Stefon Diggs) is traded away, the path to WR1 status is pretty clear. Clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.43 at roughly 200 pounds, Jefferson is considered a high-floor prospect and clearly fills a need for the Vikings. In dynasty leagues, I don’t put as much weight on the current scheme, coach, or even quarterback. So while the Vikings aren’t a pass-happy team (23rd in the league last year), things can change quickly in the NFL. I’m not sure he’ll be more than a fantasy WR2, but I believe he’ll be a guy you can plug into your lineups with confidence for several years.
– Sheldon Curtis (@sheldon_curtis)

Pick 2.01 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB – TB)
The hype surrounding Ke’Shawn Vaughn has already gotten a bit out of control, but I’m fully buying in. Following the draft, Bruce Arians was quoted as saying, “Vaughn is a guy that can play every down,” something Arians clearly doesn’t see in Ronald Jones. That’s enough for me to want to spend an early second-round pick on him. Jones is just another guy at running back, and Vaughn has the opportunity to take over the full-time role as quickly as any other rookie running back. He definitely brings a pass-catching element to the Bucs’ backfield that they haven’t had recently, as he recorded 66 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns in his college career. Oh, and his new quarterback, Tom Brady, really likes throwing to his running backs, as evidenced by James White’s production the past several years. Vaughn can run the ball too; he averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored 30 rushing touchdowns in college. If Vaughn can truly take over as an every-down back, I’m excited about his potential in the Bucs’ offense and would be thrilled to get him this late in a rookie draft.
– Sam Hoppen (@SamHoppen)

Pick 2.02 – Henry Ruggs III (WR – LV)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more polarizing prospect in this year’s dynasty rookie class than Henry Ruggs III. On one hand, being the first wide receiver selected at 12th overall, in arguably the deepest receiver class, should warrant immediate value. On the other, folks just can’t seem to shake the fact that Ruggs spent his entire Alabama career playing in the shadows of Jerry Jeudy and Devonta Smith. While his target share was limited in Tuscaloosa, Ruggs made effective use of the looks that came his way. Ranking third all-time in receiving touchdowns in Alabama school history is nothing to scoff at, as Ruggs caught 24 touchdown passes over his three years. Furthermore, Ruggs’ touchdown rate was 24.5% over the course of his college career. Known for his game-breaking 4.27 speed, Ruggs simply doesn’t get the credit that he deserves as a route runner. While still needing to get better at winning against press coverage, Ruggs has shown an ability to consistently beat opposing secondaries vertically with double moves. Coming into a Raiders’ receiver room that lacks a true alpha, Ruggs has a clearer path to No. 1 duties starting on day one for the Raiders than any other receiver drafted this year. Jon Gruden has made a career out of peppering his top pass-catcher to the tune of 133 targets per year. With the serious draft capital invested in him, it shouldn’t take long for Ruggs to make an immediate impact as a chunk play producer for an offense that desperately needs it.
– Rob Searles (@robbob17)

Pick 2.03 – Jalen Reagor (WR – PHI)
After landing Taylor, I wanted to add depth at wide receiver. With Jalen Reagor, Denzel Mims, and Tee Higgins still on the board, I rolled with the guy I’m most confident in: Reagor. A first-round selection, Reagor fills a spot in Philadelphia’s tumultuous receiving corps. On the one hand, they’ve got aging and injured Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Marquise Goodwin. On the other, they’ve got unproven young guys like JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. Reagor comes with the first group’s talent and the second group’s youth. He posted 1,000-plus yards receiving as a sophomore, and his less-than-stellar junior season falls on the team’s quarterbacks. Reagor owns a 99th-percentile burst score, according to PlayerProfiler, so he should be able to get open early and often for the Eagles. I expect him to quickly separate himself in Philadelphia, and he should become a reliable option at WR2/3 within a few seasons.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 2.04 – Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF)
After taking Tagovailoa with my first-round pick, I wanted to get in on this historic receiver class with my selection of Brandon Aiyuk. The 49ers supposedly viewed the Arizona State product as the best wideout in the class before landing him with the 25th overall pick. Whether or not they truly believe that isn’t as important as the fact that they like Aiyuk and plan to utilize his post-catch skill set as a perfect complement to George Kittle and Deebo Samuel. Ultimately, Aiyuk shouldn’t have much trouble climbing the depth chart in San Francisco. Coach Kyle Shannahan is going to have a lot of fun drawing up schemes to get him the ball in space. This is one to not overthink.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 2.05 – Tee Higgins (WR – CIN)
At the end of the first round, the wide receiver run starts and continues for most of the second round. Pick 2.05 is right in the middle. Who goes first or last really depends on which player you like most or which landing spot you find most significant. Higgins has both for me. I like his game, and consider this tweet by Rotoviz contributor Jack Miller:

 

Let that sink in. Clemson was dominant, and much of Higgins’ 50th-percentile College Dominator was skewed by game script. He compares most to A.J. Green on Player Profiler. He is getting Joe Burrow. There is so much to like about this pick.
– Marc Mathyk (@masterjune70)

Pick 2.06 – Denzel Mims (WR – NYJ)
Once Aiyuk and Higgins were off the board, this was between Mims and Bryan Edwards. I’m not enthused about his landing spot in the short-term, but I think Mims will be in New York much longer than Adam Gase. He provides the playmaking ability that Robby Anderson flashed at times. Yes, the Jets also have Breshad Perriman, but he’s on a one-year deal. I’ll be the first to admit that I had my doubts after Mims — mostly about being able to produce consistently — after his 2018 performance at Baylor. I’m also not high on Big XII WRs in general, but his combine performance absolutely blew me away. At 6’3″ and 207 pounds, Mims tested in the 95th percentile in catch radius and has a 96% in speed score. Sam Darnold now has a nice cabinet of targets for 2020, but I’m excited for the potential of he and Mims to be a nice long-term stack once old Crazy Eyes leaves town. After all, we don’t want another DeVante Parker scenario, right?
– Josh Dalley (@JoshDalley72)

Pick 2.07 – Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)
An athletic specimen with dual-threat ability written all over him, Gibson was designated as a running back when he was drafted. Washington’s crowded backfield could make it tough to get an immediate opportunity for carries, but Gibson’s receiving ability makes him an attractive fantasy asset. He can line up out wide, in the backfield, or on jet sweeps. Washington’s thin options at receiver should give him plenty of PPR value, regardless of who leads the backfield in carries. Want a remarkable stat? Only three running backs have achieved a SpeedScore of over 120 in the past five years. They are Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Taylor, and Antonio Gibson.
– David Zach (@DavidZach16)

Pick 2.08 – Laviska Shenault (WR – JAC)
Well, this is an ugly point in this mock draft. With the skill positions drying up rapidly, I considered taking a flyer on Jordan Love here. However, I’m fortunate to land a receiver with plenty of immediate and long-term potential in Shenault. Like so many of the receivers drafted ahead of him, Shenault has outstanding skills after the catch. He’s physical at all three levels and has the ability to haul in deep balls or turn three-yard slants into touchdowns. Plus, he has some of the most reliable hands in this draft class. Jacksonville’s receiving depth chart is … lacking, to put it politely. Shenault has played all three receiver positions at Colorado, and I love his chances of finding some serious playing time alongside No. 1 target D.J. Chark. If Gardner Minshew takes a step forward in Year 2, then Shenault could be the No. 2 target on an offense that’s better than we expected.
– Matt Barbato (@RealMattBarbato)

Pick 2.09 – Zack Moss (RB – BUF)
With my second pick, I decided once again to balance long-term upside and short-term value, which is often my strategy in dynasty drafts. In Buffalo, Zack Moss landed in an ideal spot for immediate production and touchdown potential and should push Devin Singletary into a third-down/change-of-pace role. By grabbing Jeudy and Moss in this draft, I think I have added two high-ceiling weapons to my team who could both contribute as starters for my fantasy squad in year one.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 2.10 – Jordan Love (QB – GB)
Jordan Love in the late second of a 12-team Superlex league is the stuff dreams are made of. Love has his fair share of detractors, but it’s important to review his 2018 game film before making any judgments. He still showed flashes of the tantalizing upside that made him so successful in 2018, but he was unable to overcome the loss of nine offensive starters while being forced to adjust to a new scheme and coaching staff. Suffice it to say, if you did not have a first-round grade on Jordan Love, you should probably watch some more tape. He will be forced to sit and learn behind one of the all-time greats in Aaron Rodgers, someone with a similar enough skill set that Love could improve just by repetition and observation. Love has QB1 upside and is well worth the gamble at 2.10.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 2.11 – Bryan Edwards (WR – LV)
After snagging Michael Pittman in the first round, I am thrilled to pair him with Bryan Edwards. At 6’3″ and 212 pounds, Edwards has a great physical profile with first-round talent who slipped because of injury concerns. A four-year starter at South Carolina, he was used all over the formation. Despite some uneven quarterback play, he was named second-team All-SEC last year. He will be an asset after the catch and he has the physicality to run through defenders. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Edwards? He had just three drops last year on 107 targets. He fits a need for the Raiders, as they have plenty of speed with Henry Ruggs and Tyrell Williams as well as a possession slot man in Hunter Renfrow. In Edwards, they get their physical receiver who can win contested catches. I prefer him to Ruggs, especially in scenarios where Ruggs goes in the first round. Sign me up for Edwards at this point of a rookie draft every time.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 2.12 – Chase Claypool (WR – PIT)
It can be a roll of the dice at this point of a rookie draft, and Claypool fits that description. At 6’4″, Claypool was clocked at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at close to 240 pounds. It may seem like there’s a full cupboard at WR in Pittsburgh right now, but JuJu Smith-Schuster may be playing his last season there this year. James Washington has also received mixed reviews during his first two seasons with the Steelers, so Claypool may see significant snaps next year, at the latest. Another factor to consider is a possible transition to TE for Claypool. He is a willing blocker, looks to have the frame to bulk up if needed, and could be a versatile weapon for the Steelers. Drafted by Pittsburgh and playing in the AFC North, Claypool may have ended up in the perfect situation to fully utilize his skill set.
– Sheldon Curtis (@sheldon_curtis)

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