The 2023 NFL Draft is in the books. Now, it’s on to dynasty rookie draft season. There have been hundreds of rookie drafts over the past week. The first round ADP has remained mostly the same, but we’ve seen multiple changes throughout the later rounds.
While there is no such thing as the real deal, the best way to prepare for rookie drafts is by doing a mock draft. This mock draft has 12 teams and is three rounds long. The scoring system for this mock draft is half-point PPR and superflex. Let’s dive into it.
- 1.01 – Bijan Robinson (RB – ATL)
- 1.02 – Anthony Richardson (QB – IND)
- 1.03 – Bryce Young (QB – CAR)
- 1.04 – C.J. Stroud (QB – HOU)
- 1.05 – Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – DET)
- 1.06 – Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – SEA)
- 1.07 – Jordan Addison (WR – MIN)
- 1.08 – Quentin Johnston (WR – LAC)
- 1.09 – Zay Flowers (WR – BAL)
- 1.10 – Dalton Kincaid (TE – BUF)
- 1.11 – Will Levis (QB – TEN)
- 1.12 – Kendre Miller (RB – NO)
Regardless if it is a 1QB or superflex league, Robinson is the clear-cut 1.01 pick. That was the case before the NFL Draft. Now, the former Longhorn’s fantasy value is on the rise after landing in Atlanta. The Falcons were one of the top running teams in the NFL last season. Robinson is a top-five pick in dynasty startup drafts and redraft leagues.
Despite being the third quarterback drafted this year, Richardson has become the first quarterback off the board in most rookie drafts. The former Gator has more upside than any quarterback in the draft class. Furthermore, his rushing ability could make him a fantasy superstar. More importantly, owner Jim Irsay said Richardson would start as a rookie. Hopefully, he’s starting in Week 1.
Gibbs has seen his fantasy stock sink and rise since the start of the NFL Draft. When the Lions drafted the rookie running back, he was part of a three-headed backfield. Then Detroit traded away D’Andre Swift, meaning Gibbs will now be part of a 1-2 punch with David Montgomery. More importantly, the Lions waited until the seventh round to draft a wide receiver. Gibbs could finish second on the team in receptions as a rookie.
- 2.01 – Devon Achane (RB – MIA)
- 2.02 – Zach Charbonnet (RB – SEA)
- 2.03 – Jonathan Mingo (WR – CAR)
- 2.04 – Rashee Rice (WR – KC)
- 2.05 – Roschon Johnson (RB – CHI)
- 2.06 – Tyjae Spears (RB – TEN)
- 2.07 – Michael Mayer (TE – LV)
- 2.08 – Hendon Hooker (QB – DET)
- 2.09 – Marvin Mims (WR – DEN)
- 2.10 – Jayden Reed (WR – GB)
- 2.11 – Josh Downs (WR – IND)
- 2.12 – Tank Bigsby (RB – JAC)
Public enemy No. 1 in the fantasy football community is Pete Carroll. The former UCLA running would have been a top-10 rookie pick this year if he landed with just about any other team. Yet, Seattle decided to hamper both Ken Walker III and Charbonnet’s fantasy value. However, despite the poor landing spot, the former UCLA running back’s draft capital has kept him in the top 15 rookie picks. Hopefully, the Seahawks can make Walker and Charbonnet consistent fantasy players.
Despite being a fourth-round NFL Draft pick, Johnson is a popular rookie pick. There were multiple reports this past week about how much the Bears love the rookie running back. While Khalil Herbert has been productive in his short NFL career, he got drafted by the previous regime. Meanwhile, D’Onta Foreman only signed a one-year deal this offseason. His roster spot is no longer guaranteed. The former Longhorn will be the Week 1 starting running back in Chicago if the positive reports on Johnson continue to happen.
The Packers have used a second-round pick on a wide receiver in two consecutive years. Unfortunately, Reed was one of three wide receivers drafted by Green Bay this year after the two picked three a year ago. Furthermore, the team spent a pair of Day 2 picks on tight ends. Meanwhile, Jordan Love takes over as the starting quarterback. Reed has a load of upside but also comes with plenty of risk.
- 3.01 – Tank Dell (WR – HOU)
- 3.02 – Sam LaPorta (TE – DET)
- 3.03 – Chase Brown (RB – CIN)
- 3.04 – Jalin Hyatt (WR – NYG)
- 3.05 – Michael Wilson (WR – ARI)
- 3.06 – Zach Evans (RB – LAR)
- 3.07 – Cedric Tillman (WR – CLE)
- 3.08 – Deuce Vaughn (RB – DAL)
- 3.09 – Evan Hull (RB – IND)
- 3.10 – Eric Gray (RB – NYG)
- 3.11 – Luke Musgrave (TE – GB)
- 3.12 – Israel Abanikanda (RB – NYJ)
Things are finally looking up in Houston. They have their franchise quarterback and added weapons this offseason. One of those weapons is Dell. More importantly, Stroud asked the Texans to draft the former Houston Cougar. Does that mean Dell will become a fantasy star? No, but it also means the franchise quarterback values the wide receiver’s game. While the team added four wide receivers this offseason, Dell is easily worth a third-round rookie pick.
Wilson was one of my favorite players leading up to the NFL Draft. While the Arizona wide receiver room is crowded, things can change quickly. DeAndre Hopkins has been the focal point of offseason trade reports. Meanwhile, Marquise Brown is entering the final year of his contract. While Rondale Moore and Greg Dortch are solid role players, they are limited to the slot. Meanwhile, Wilson would have been an early second-round pick if not for his run of injuries in college.
Many thought Los Angeles would prioritize the running back position during the NFL Draft. However, the Rams waited until the latter part of the sixth round to draft Evans. Yet, fantasy players should still target the former Ole Miss star in their rookie drafts. Evans didn’t have the ideal college career, yet, he has talent. The rookie running back will have a role behind Cam Akers. More importantly, Evans is now the handcuff to a guy who had a torn Achilles less than two years ago.
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