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Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Players the Experts are Targeting (2022 Fantasy Football)

May 16, 2022
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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.

Let’s take a look at players our expert consensus is targeting versus their average draft position (ADP).

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Drake London (WR – ATL)
ECR: 2 overall | ADP: 5 overall

Drake London landing in Atlanta has been my hope all along. London will compete with Kyle Pitts for the team lead in targets immediately. London is a force to be reckoned with after ranking fifth in yards per route run and sixth in missed tackles last year (per PFF). This landing spot allows him to see a boatload of targets from Week 1 and cements him as a top 24 dynasty wide receiver.

Skyy Moore (WR – KC)
ECR: 8 overall | ADP: 11 overall

Western Michigan WR Skyy Moore is being undervalued versus other Round 1 rookie WRs because he was a second-round pick as the 13th wide receiver selected in the draft. But Moore has a chance to hit the ground running in the post-Tyreek Hill era, competing for targets with fellow newcomers Juju Smith Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. His impressive YAC ability – tied for first with 26 forced missed tackles in 2021 – and ability to play both inside/outside helps him stand out from the other Chiefs WRs. With Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback, Moore could smash his current ECR into the stratosphere. It’s not that outlandish to think a second-rounder can make an immediate impact considering six of the 12 highest-scoring Round 1 & 2 rookie WRs selected since 2017 were second-rounders.

Christian Watson (WR – GB)
ECR: 9 overall | ADP: 13 overall

Senior Bowl standout and combine phenom Christian Watson is officially a cheesehead filling a glaring need for Packer nation at receiver. Watson’s small school and non-early declare status is problematic, but the talent and opportunity are there for him to explode. Watson is competing with Allen Lazard, the Lizard King, Randall Cobb, fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs, and a laundry list of depth chart filler for targets. He’s a moonshot home run swing worth taking in the mid to late first round of drafts tied to a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.

James Cook (RB – BUF)
ECR: 12 overall | ADP: 20 overall

James Cook landing in the second round of the NFL Draft wasn’t something I had on my bingo card. Cook has been one of the biggest risers in my post-draft rankings as a result. He’s been described by the front office as a “sub back” who will be a pass game weapon. This is fantastic when you look at the fact that the Bills were second in neutral script passing rate last season, throwing on 64% of their plays in close games. Cook should soak up these valuable snaps with the opportunity to also contribute on early downs. With Devin Singletary due to hit the free-agent market in 2023 and Zack Moss already buried, Cook could claim most of the backfield work as early as this season.

Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)
ECR: 16 overall | ADP: 23 overall

Dameon Pierce lands in a wide-open backfield where he’ll compete with the island of misfit running back toys for work. Pierce could earn work immediately with only cast-offs Marlon Mack, Rex Burkhead, Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman, and Darius Anderson on the depth chart. His long-term footing is questionable, with only fourth-round draft capital attached to his name, but he’s worth taking a shot on in the early second round of rookie drafts. Pierce has the size and pass game skills to operate as a three-down back. He can be the preferred passing-down option in a committee at his floor.

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