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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Aug 4, 2021

Can you believe it’s already August? Training camp is underway. The Hall of Fame Game is this week. Football is pretty much here. And it’s time to start thinking about your upcoming drafts.

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Today, we’re focusing on dynasty rookie drafts. The 2021 rookie class is headlined by the quarterbacks and another deep receiving class. Using our DraftWizard, I’ll guide you through how I’m approaching this year’s class in a mock draft for a 12-team, 1 QB, half-PPR league.

Note: I was randomly assigned the 7th overall pick. 

Pick 1.7: Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)
Williams is one of the top-end talents in an uncertain running back class. Despite being only 214 pounds, he’s a thumper, and I’m curious to see if he can run over people at the next level like he did at North Carolina. However, the production was outstanding, especially when considering he split carries with Michael Carter (RB – NYJ). Plus, Williams was likely drafted as the heir to Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN) in Denver’s backfield. Gordon will likely be the starter in Week 1, but I suspect we’ll see a gradual shift to Williams as the year goes on.

Pick 2.7: Dyami Brown (WR – WSH)
Dyami Brown is a dynamic receiver. He’s got home run hitting ability at the next level, but needs to be more than just a deep threat in the pros. He also needs to improve his hands at the next level. But the sky might just be the limit for him. And look at that, I’ve got two Tar Heels on my team!

Pick 3.7: Josh Palmer (WR – LAC)
Palmer’s a 6-foot-1, 210-pound chain mover. Almost 70% of his catches at Tennessee went for a first down, and that’s with some sporadic quarterback play. His college production doesn’t wow you (only 33 catches for 475 yards and four touchdowns in 2020), but he’s got the traits to perform at all three levels. The Chargers don’t have much on their receiving depth chart outside of Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) and Mike Williams (WR – LAC). Palmer could emerge as a solid tertiary weapon in what could be an explosive passing game led by Justin Herbert (QB – LAC).

Pick 4.7: Hunter Long (TE – MIA)
Long is an athletic pass-catching tight end with soft, reliable hands and a wide catch radius. Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA) has only one year left on his contract, and Long’s arrival could signify that Miami is ready to move on from him. Long may not be overly productive as a rookie – and most tight ends aren’t – but will be worth a stash on your dynasty squad if you’re in need of youth at the position.

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