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Dynasty Rookie Risers Due to NFL Draft Landing Spot (2022 Fantasy Football)

May 5, 2022
James Cook

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.

Below, our analysts weigh in on another dynasty rookie draft question. They provide the rookies that saw their dynasty draft stock rise the most based on their landing spot in the 2022 NFL Draft.


Which rookie rose the most in your rankings due to NFL Draft landing spot?

Name Twitter Which rookie rose the most in your rankings due to landing spot?
Nate Polvogt @NatePolvogt James Cook (RB – BUF)
Joe Pepe @jpep20 Alec Pierce (WR – IND)
Fischer Smith @FischerSmith_ James Cook (RB – BUF)
Andrew Erickson @AndrewErickson_ James Cook (RB – BUF)
Derek Brown @DBro_FFB James Cook (RB – BUF)
Matthew Freedman @MattFtheOracle Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)
Dennis Sosic @CALL_ME_SOS James Cook (RB – BUF)
Pat Fitzmaurice @Fitz_FF James Cook (RB – BUF)
Jason Kamlowsky @JasonKamlowsky Skyy Moore (WR – KC)
Mike Fanelli @Mike_NFL2 Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)
Bonnie Robinson @FantasyQueenB James Cook (RB – BUF)
Bradley Stalder @FFStalder Treylon Burks (WR – TEN)

And here’s what our analysts think of the top players referenced:

James Cook (RB – BUF)
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.

Treylon Burks (WR – TEN)
This is a best-case scenario for Treylon Burks‘ dynasty hope. Burks now assumes the possible top spot in the Titans’ passing attack. This scheme was designed for a similar archetype of wide receiver before him in A.J. Brown. Burks, the question has never been raw talent, but how that talent would transition to the NFL. The A.J. Brown treatment with screens and yards after the catch opportunities should be paramount for Todd Downing.

Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)
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.

Alec Pierce (WR – IND)
The Colts are gearing up to throw the ball more with their quarterback upgrade in Matt Ryan. Alec Pierce fills a huge need for this franchise. Parris Campbell hasn’t been able to stay on the field despite his raw talent, and the franchise lost Zach Pascal in the offseason. Pierce is an athletic freak who will help stretch the field from Day 1. While his route tree was limited at Cincinnati, he has the raw talent to develop into a player that can contend with Michael Pittman for the team lead in targets yearly if he hits the upper range of his outcomes. His blend of athletic profile and surprising draft capital is worth taking a shot on aggressively in dynasty rookie drafts.

Skyy Moore (WR – KC)
Pop the champagne and break out the party hats. Skyy Moore landing in Kansas City is a near-perfect outcome. Moore lands on a talented offense with an elite quarterback and an offensive genius. Yes, JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s presence will hurt his projected target upside, but Moore has the talent to emerge as the number two option in this passing offense behind only Travis Kelce. I know I sound ridiculously bullish on Moore, but for a player that converted to wide receiver when he arrived at Western Michigan and then proceeded to post a 91st college dominator rating and soak up a 99th percentile target share, the ceiling is enormous. Moore is a tackle-breaking machine and will be a YAC maven. I’ll draft him aggressively in dynasty rookie drafts not only because of the landing spot but his talent profile warrants it.

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