Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Players the Experts are Avoiding (2022 Fantasy Football)
The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, and that means it’s time for dynasty rookie and startup drafts to really take off. We’ll have you covered throughout the draft season. You can find our full dynasty startup, dynasty rookie, and dynasty superflex rookie rankings that will be updated through draft season. You can also practice and prepare for your dynasty rookie and startup drafts using our FREE dynasty mock draft simulator. Let’s take a look at a dynasty rookie mock draft.
Kenneth Walker III (RB – SEA)
ECR: 5 overall | ADP: 3 overall
Pete Carroll sidesteps the quarterback position for his establish the run fetish and selects the best pure runner in this draft class. For 2022 this is a nightmare scenario for Kenneth Walker to get the full workload with last season’s stretch run darling and efficiency king Rashaad Penny still in town. This move does show Seattle’s hand that Chris Carson is likely not healthy, so he’s not factoring into how I’m evaluating this backfield. Walker will have to deal with the headache of Penny this year, but it could be wheels up in 2023. Walker plummets from a top ten perch among dynasty running backs to RB20 in my current rankings.
Zamir White (RB – LV)
ECR: 23 overall | ADP: 16 overall
After declining Josh Jacobs‘ fifth-year option, the Raiders could enter 2023 with only Zamir White and Brandon Bolden as the only running backs under contract. With fourth-round draft capital, White is worth taking a shot on in the middle rounds of rookie drafts and later in startups. With the profile of an early-down grinder which isn’t nearly as elusive as his former five-star prospect status would have you believe, I wouldn’t be aggressively trading up for him. He’s a dart throw back who could see the field if injuries strike but easily be replaced in 2023 if the team falls in love with a running back prospect.
Brian Robinson (RB – WAS)
ECR: 25 overall | ADP: 18 overall
With Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic both not slated to become free agents until 2024, Brian Robinson has his short-term path to work blocked. If Gibson gets hurt or falters, Robinson is waiting in the wings to pair with the Commander’s dump-off assassin. The third-round draft capital is encouraging and gives us insight into what they think about Gibson, but this could easily be a situation where he’s a handcuff until 2024.
2022 Dynasty Rookie Rankings