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Expert Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jun 10, 2020

Clyde Edwards-Helaire will go 1.01 in most rookie drafts

With the NFL Draft behind us and summer about to kick off, most dynasty league will be holding their annual rookie draft in the coming weeks. In preparation for those drafts, I brought together 11 of the brightest minds in the fantasy football community to conduct a 12-team, 6-round rookie mock draft. They drafted for a single-QB, half-PPR league. Let me tell you what I took away from it being on the outside looking in.

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Analysts in today’s draft

Thank you to all of these tremendous analysts for taking the time to participate. If you don’t already, click the links below and give them a follow on Twitter. Doing so will go a long way towards helping you get that edge over your league mates this season.

Round 1

ECR is short for expert consensus ranking

  • 1.01 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC), ECR #1 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 1.02 Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND), ECR #2 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 1.03 J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL), ECR #3 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 1.04 Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN), ECR #6 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 1.05 CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL), ECR #4 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 1.06 Cam Akers (RB – LAR), ECR #7 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 1.07 D’Andre Swift (RB – DET), ECR #5 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 1.08 Henry Ruggs III (WR – LV), ECR #10 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 1.09 Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB – TB), ECR #12 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 1.10 Jalen Reagor (WR – PHI), ECR #8 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 1.11 Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN), ECR #9 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 1.12 Michael Pittman Jr. (WR – IND), ECR #14 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

As expected, the big three running backs came off the board first, and while you may see them in a different order in your league, reaching for anyone else with an early pick is a major no. Mike Tagliere is known to be quite high on Jerry Jeudy so it is no surprise he nabbed him two spots above his ECR. The surprise in the first was that D’Andre Swift fell to pick #7 where Team Black Book gladly scooped him up. While he may be the most talented rookie running back, his landing spot leaves a lot to be desired.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn being selected at #9 is a bit of a surprise, but this is a polarizing prospect who could go in your draft’s top 10 if someone is a big believer in the landing spot and fit, or could fall out of the top 15 for more certain assets. One of those reliable picks is Michael Pittman Jr. who typically doesn’t go until the 2nd round, but Kyle Yates pulled the trigger early because of the immediate impact Pittman is presumed to make in 2020 for the Colts.

Round 2

  • 2.13 Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR – JAC), ECR #15 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 2.14 Tee Higgins (WR – CIN), ECR #11 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 2.15 Denzel Mims (WR – NYJ), ECR #13 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 2.16 Zack Moss (RB – BUF), ECR #19 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 2.17 Joe Burrow (QB – CIN), ECR #17 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 2.18 Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF), ECR #16 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 2.19 Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA), ECR #18 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 2.20 Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS), ECR #22 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 2.21 Anthony McFarland Jr. (RB – PIT), ECR #25 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 2.22 Bryan Edwards (WR – LV), ECR #20 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 2.23 A.J. Dillon (RB – GB), ECR #21 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 2.24 Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR – WAS), ECR #35 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

With only one exception, the second round was much like the first in that the experts drafted very near each player’s ECR. Each of the four remaining early wide receivers drafted came off the board between picks #13 and #18 with both of the top quarterbacks landing in the middle of the second.

After those quarterbacks went, there is a big drop-off with three high-upside backup running backs all being taken along with 3rd and 4th round wideouts. One of them, Gandy-Golden is often still available into the late third and even fourth round, although like Vaughn in the first, he has some rabid believers who will reach to ensure they land him. He is a high-ceiling talent with a few pressing question marks.

Round 3

  • 3.25 KJ Hamler (WR – DEN), ECR #26 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 3.26 Darrynton Evans (RB – TEN), ECR #24 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 3.27 Chase Claypool (WR – PIT), ECR #23 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 3.28 Cole Kmet (TE – CHI), ECR #31 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 3.29 Devin Duvernay (WR – BAL), ECR #28 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 3.30 Joshua Kelley (RB – LAC), ECR #29 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 3.31 Van Jefferson (WR – LAR), ECR #30 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 3.32 Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI), ECR #39 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 3.33 Justin Herbert (QB – LAC), ECR #27 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 3.34 Lynn Bowden Jr. (RB – LV), ECR #32 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 3.35 Adam Trautman (TE – NO), ECR #34 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 3.36 Lamical Perine (RB – NYJ), ECR #37 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Typically, the third round is where the player pool will dry up considerably but this season’s deep draft class left plenty of value for our 12 experts. KJ Hamler and Chase Claypool were both mid-second round picks who could start for their NFL teams right away. Evans might have the most upside of any non-Dobbins backup rookie running back this season. If Derrick Henry was to go down or leave next spring in free agency, Evans has RB1 potential.

The biggest surprises in Round 3 of our mock were Jalen Hurts going 7 spots above his ECR and even ahead of Justin Herbert, who was taken 47 picks ahead of him in the NFL Draft. While it is true that Herbert has an easier path to playing time, most fantasy football analysts seem to be sour on Herbert’s fantasy upside. Hurts, meanwhile, could be a top 5 fantasy QB if he ends up as a starter for Philadelphia via another Carson Wentz injury.

Round 4

  • 4.37 Jordan Love (QB – GB), ECR #38 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 4.38 Tyler Johnson (WR – TB), ECR #33 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 4.39 Eno Benjamin (RB – ARI), ECR #36 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 4.40 Quintez Cephus (WR – DET), ECR #45 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 4.41 Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – CLE), ECR #44 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 4.42 Devin Asiasi (TE – NE), ECR #41 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 4.43 Albert Okwuegbunam (TE – DEN), ECR #42 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 4.44 DeeJay Dallas (RB – SEA), ECR #40 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 4.45 Gabriel Davis (WR – BUF), ECR #43 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 4.46 Dalton Keene (TE – NE), ECR #50 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 4.47 Michael Warren II (RB – PHI), ECR #60 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 4.48 K.J. Hill (WR – LAC), ECR #51 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Round 4 is where you begin grabbing your preferred shots in the dark. By this stage, every player is a total dart throw, but there is still enough upside that one or two may turn into gems. Among those selected in this round, Tyler Johnson, Quintez Cephus and Donovan Peoples-Jones all have huge upside. Each of those three would have likely been second round picks in a class that wasn’t as loaded with wide receiver weapons ahead of them.

Round 5

  • 5.49 Salvon Ahmed (RB – SF), ECR #64 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 5.50 John Hightower (WR – PHI), ECR #56 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 5.51 James Robinson (RB – JAC), ECR #62 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 5.52 Collin Johnson (WR – JAC), ECR #53 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 5.53 Quez Watkins (WR – PHI), ECR #61 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 5.54 JaMycal Hasty (RB – SF), ECR #71 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 5.55 Isaiah Coulter (WR – HOU), ECR #69 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 5.56 Thaddeus Moss (TE – WAS), ECR #59 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 5.57 Joe Reed (WR – LAC), ECR #49 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 5.58 James Proche (WR – BAL), ECR #55 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 5.59 Harrison Bryant (TE – CLE), ECR #46 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 5.60 Quartney Davis (WR – MIN), ECR #70 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Several of the players above are on the roster bubble but as we’ve seen with undrafted free agent rookies like Arian Foster, Alfred Morris and Raheem Mostert, landing in the right system can give quality talents the opportunity they need to breakout, whether right away or years on down the line. Both Ahmed and Hasty standout as those type of players, as tying yourself to Kyle Shanahan’s running game is never a bad idea.

Round 6

  • 6.61 J.J. Taylor (RB – NE), ECR #72 — Adam Rank (NFL Network)
  • 6.62 Darnell Mooney (WR – CHI), ECR #57 — Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football)
  • 6.63 Brycen Hopkins (TE – LAR), ECR #47 — Pat Fitzmaurice (TheFootballGirl)
  • 6.64 Jacob Eason (QB – IND), ECR #48 — Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)
  • 6.65 Jauan Jennings (WR – SF), ECR #68 — Dalton Del Don (Yahoo)
  • 6.66 Jeff Thomas (WR – NE), ECR #75 — JJ Zachariason (numberFire)
  • 6.67 Isaiah Hodgins (WR – BUF), ECR #54 — Joe Pisapia/Scott Bogman (Black Book)
  • 6.68 Cole McDonald (QB – TEN), ECR #92 — Ian Hartitz (Rotoworld)
  • 6.69 Hunter Bryant (TE – DET), ECR #52 — Justin Boone (The Score)
  • 6.70 Josiah Deguara (TE – GB), ECR #63 — Jim Sannes (numberFire)
  • 6.71 Javon Leake (RB – NYG), ECR #78 — Sean Koerner (The Action Network)
  • 6.72 Omar Bayless (WR – CAR), ECR #83 — Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

It gets ugly all of a sudden around the mid-fifth in 12-team drafts this year. That doesn’t mean you can’t strike gold, however. Let’s not forget that this time last year, few had ever heard of Gardner Minshew, Darius Slayton or Preston Williams. Each of them helped fantasy teams quite a bit last year. Jeff Thomas and Darnell Mooney each have that sneaky upside from the group above if injuries in New England or Chicago allow them to get some early season snaps out of the slot in 2020.

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Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro.

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