Kyle Yates’ Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Superflex (2021 Fantasy Football)
Kyle Yates (host of the FantasyPros Dynasty Football Podcast) is here to offer you his early 2021 Superflex rookie rankings. Below, here shares his rankings and notes for his top-12 rookies in dynasty superflex formats. You can view our full expert consensus rookie rankings here.
1) Trey Lance (QB – SF)
Lance went No. 3 overall to the SF 49ers, despite all the incorrect chatter about Mac Jones. Lance absolutely has the potential to be a top-3 overall fantasy QB within two years due to this landing spot. In this offense, with the playmakers he has around him, plus his rushing potential, the sky is the limit. It’s hard to not spend the 1.01 in SF rookie drafts on Trevor Lawrence if you’ve got it, but Lance is certainly in consideration for me there at that spot.
2) Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC)
Lawrence went No. 1 overall – just like we expected – and he now commands a solid offense here in Jacksonville. Lawrence is certainly worth taking with the 1.01 in SF rookie drafts due to his pedigree and long-term outlook combined with his rushing upside. There’s a very good chance that within two years, Lawrence could lead the NFL in rushing TDs at the QB position.
3) Justin Fields (QB – CHI)
After a big trade up in the draft, Justin Fields lands in Chicago. While there are plenty of excuses and reasons why Fields fell in the draft, they don’t quite matter. This guy can flat out play football. With this offense and the supporting cast, plus his rushing ability tacked onto it, Fields has top-5 fantasy QB potential sooner than later.
4) Najee Harris (RB – PIT)
One of the worst kept secrets leading up to the NFL Draft was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ infatuation with Harris. It’s hard to blame them and they pulled the trigger immediately when they came on the clock. Harris is going to be able to shoulder a huge workload for this offense and take a ton of pressure off of Big Ben. He should be heavily utilized as a runner, but then also has the potential to soak up 4-5 targets per game. He’s the locked-in 1.01 in Dynasty 1QB rookie drafts, in my opinion, and he has the potential to go very high in our redraft leagues come August.
5) Ja’Marr Chase (WR – CIN)
Chase goes as the first WR off the board and is now reunited with his former QB at LSU, Joe Burrow. Burrow and Chase obviously have tremendous chemistry together and this offense is going to have more than enough passing volume to go around. Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd are all going to see plenty of targets, but Chase is the most likely to lead this team right out of the gate. He’s a top-3 Dynasty rookie pick in 1QB formats and could force his way up into the 5th or 6th round of redraft ADP when it’s all said and done.
6) Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA)
Waddle’s reunited with Tua Tagovailoa and it appears that he’s going to be locked into the slot role in this offense. With Will Fuller and DeVante Parker on the outside, Waddle’s going to be able to use his speed and explosiveness underneath to be able to create after the catch, which is exactly how he should be used in the NFL. Waddle’s in consideration for me with the 1.03 or 1.04 rookie pick in a 1QB draft right now.
7) Zach Wilson (QB – NYJ)
Wilson went No. 2 overall to the New York Jets, as we all expected, and he now has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. Wilson has plenty of room to grow before he can become a top-tier fantasy football QB, but he has all the tools and traits to get there. If you draft Wilson in the top-5 of an SF rookie draft, be prepared to wait a year or two before you get some solid production.
8) Travis Etienne (RB – JAC)
With the landing spot of Etienne in Jacksonville, this is fantastic news for his Dynasty outlook. He has significant draft capital invested in him, he was hand-picked by this coaching staff, and he’s reunited with his college QB. James Robinson will still be involved in this offense, but most likely as a 60-40 carry split with Etienne taking the majority of the receiving workload. Etienne’s a top-3 Dynasty rookie pick in 1QB leagues for the time being and should be viewed around a mid-range RB2 in startup leagues.
9) Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL)
Pitts is now the highest-drafted TE in the history of the NFL Draft. While I’m not exactly the biggest advocate of drafting TEs highly in Dynasty rookie drafts, this might be the exception. In this offense, with a loaded receiving corps, Pitts might not be able to deliver insane production right out of the gate in year one. However, his long-term projection — once the Falcons move on from Julio — is off the charts. He should be a target hog in a TE-friendly system that has the talent to be the No. 1 Dynasty TE within a year or two. Pitts should go off the board within the first 6-8 picks of a 1QB Dynasty rookie draft. If you want to take him earlier than that, I’m not going to fight you.
10) DeVonta Smith (WR – PHI)
Smith lands in Philly coming off of a HeismanTrophy winning season and provides Jalen Hurts with a reliable receiving weapon. This offensive structure is still an incomplete puzzle and we’ll need to see what Philadelphia does for the remainder of the draft, but Smith’s absolutely going to have fantasy relevance and he should be viewed as a solid investment in the middle of the first round of your Dynasty rookie drafts.
11) Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)
Williams has a home in Denver after the Broncos moved up to bring him into their offense. While Melvin Gordon’s presence on this roster makes this a bit of a puzzling selection right now, the Broncos are thinking about the future. Williams might have to share this backfield to start his career, but as soon as 2022, he should be barreling towards a huge workload. Williams is still in consideration for a top-5 pick in Dynasty rookie drafts.
12) Rashod Bateman (WR – BAL)
Bateman’s one of the most talented wideouts in this entire draft class and this selection by the Ravens is a great football move. Unfortunately, it’s not the best landing spot for Bateman and his fantasy football outlook. In a low-passing volume offense that now has a well-rounded receiving corps, there’s unlikely to be enough volume to push Bateman into the consistent WR3 or higher range every single week. With Mark Andrews commanding targets and Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay going to be involved, Bateman might be looking at only 4-5 targets per game. He has the talent to make them count, but he might not be as consistent as we would have hoped for fantasy purposes. Bateman’s still worth taking at the back end of round one in 1QB Dynasty rookie drafts, but he certainly does come with some risk.