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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: Half-PPR, 12-Team (2023 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: Half-PPR, 12-Team (2023 Fantasy Football)

It is rookie draft season! Finally after months, even years of build-up for this class, we now know their landing spots and can start to project what their roles may look like in 2023 and beyond. Thanks to the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator we can quickly and easily simulate mock draft after mock draft for different league settings to give you an idea of which players will be on the clock when you’re making your picks. For this mock draft, we’re rolling with a single quarterback half PPR format.

Dynasty Rookie Draft Kit

Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft

Here’s our latest dynasty rookie mock draft.

1.01 Bijan Robinson (RB – ATL)

The unquestioned 1.01 regardless of Superflex or single QB. Landing with the Falcons has only improved Robinson’s already lofty ceiling.

1.02 C.J. Stroud (QB – HOU)

Even in single-quarterback leagues, the quarterbacks do retain a high level of value and in this case the Mock Draft Simulator is sending CJ Stroud to the 1.02 team. Stroud will be a day-one starter and has produced in high-profile college games. Turning the Texans around won’t be easy, but he can be the center of all that is good for them going forward.

1.03 Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – SEA)

Despite landing in a cluttered wide receiver room, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is still the dynasty WR1, with there being every chance that the Seahawks move on from Tyler Lockett in a year’s time. Geno Smith will love the savvy route running and safe hands Smith-Njigba brings to the Seahawks slot role.

1.04 Jordan Addison (WR – MIN)

With Adam Thielen no longer a Viking they badly needed to add to their receiver room and Jordan Addison is an excellent addition. Addison can play both from the slot and outside, which will allow the Vikings to move both him and Justin Jefferson all over the field. Addison looks very likely to have an immediate impact in the NFL and in fantasy terms.

1.05 Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – DET)

The Lions surprised everyone by selecting Jahmyr Gibbs with the twelfth overall pick in the draft and when they traded D’Andre Swift it cleared the way for Gibbs to see a high amount of touches paired with David Montgomery. Gibbs is an excellent receiving back and his upside comparison would be Christian McCaffrey and that upside is absolutely worth chasing.

1.06 Zay Flowers (WR – BAL)

The Ravens sealed a great day for the team by signing Lamar Jackson to a long-term extension and then selected Zay Flowers to signal their commitment to rebuilding a receiver room that lacked depth in 2022. Under Greg Roman, this might have been a difficult pick to make, but with Todd Monken now calling plays, we need to get past the old ideas of what this Ravens passing game looked like.

1.07 Quentin Johnston (WR – LAC)

The Chargers certainly have a type when it comes to wide receiver, with Quentin Johnston the latest big-bodied receiver added to the mix. It’s entirely possible that one or both of Keenan Allen or Mike Williams are not with the team after this season, leaving Johnston potentially as Justin Herbert’s WR1.

1.08 Bryce Young (QB – CAR)

The Panthers have given Bryce Young several veteran pass-catchers along with a good offensive line, which should help him acclimate to the NFL. The only ding on Young can be the concerns about his ability to stay on the field with his slight build.

1.09 Zach Charbonnet (RB – SEA)

The Seahawks view Charbonnet as a perfect complement to Kenneth Walker, thanks to Charbonnet’s ability in the screen game. While that will be useful for fantasy, it depresses his ADP slightly as he will have to compete with Walker for touches every week.

1.10 Michael Mayer (TE – LV)

It was slightly surprising to see Mayer slip out of the first round when he had been continuously mocked there for several months, but the Raiders is a perfect landing spot with next to zero competition and thanks to Mayers ability as a blocker and a pass-catcher, he should routinely stay on the field more than other rookie tight ends. 

1.11 Tyjae Spears (RB – TEN)

With Derrick Henry 29 years old and the Titans desperate to get younger across the board, this is a near-perfect landing spot for Spears. The news that Spears has no ACL in one of his knees seems to be scaring people off of him, but he’s been medically cleared and is expected to be able to play fine in the NFL. If you’re playing on a two or three-year window, why worry about what a player will be doing in six years’ time?

1.12 Josh Downs (WR – IND)

The Colts were crying out for more weapons for Anthony Richardson, and Josh Downs has plenty of upsides.

2.01 Jalin Hyatt (WR – NYG)

The Giants stopped Hyatt’s slide through the third round, picking him at pick 73 overall. Hyatt is a speed receiver who can play from the slot and outside. While he was a one-trick pony at Tennessee, positioned mainly as a deep threat, that is something the Giants need after recruiting many slot receivers during free agency.

2.02 Anthony Richardson (QB – IND)

The pre-draft rumors of Anthony Richardson’s potential slide down draft boards proved to be incorrect with the Colts choosing to gamble on Richardson’s huge potential with the fourth overall pick. Richardson is raw, but will likely start games very soon this season and for fantasy purposes will be a day-one starter thanks to his rushing ability.

2.03 Kendre Miller (RB – NO)

The Saints are steeling themselves for an Alvin Kamara suspension, bolstering their running back room with Miller and Jamaal Williams. Miller is a 215lb between-the-tackles type of back who will consistently grind out yards and pick up first downs, even if he lacks the explosivity that Kamara does, Miller will be on the field.

2.04 Devon Achane (RB – MIA)

Achane is an undersized running back at 188 lbs, but his explosiveness and ability in the receiving game should see him utilized well by running game savant, Mike McDaniel.

2.05 Marvin Mims (WR – DEN)

Sean Payton’s very first draft pick as head coach of the Broncos was Marvin Mims, who will likely be a big part of Payton’s plans and could see a lot of work if one of Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy is moved on.

2.06 Tank Bigsby (RB – JAC)

At the NFL Combine Doug Pederson said, unprompted, that they wanted to add another running back behind Travis Etienne and they did so with the 88th overall pick. Bigsby won’t have an easy path to high volume, but it’s noteworthy that Etienne isn’t a pick from this current regime.

2.07 Roschon Johnson (RB – CHI)

In another parallel universe, Roschon Johnson didn’t sit behind Bijan Robinson at college and entered the NFL with far more hype, but in the one we’re in, it’s hard to argue that Johnson doesn’t have an excellent opportunity in a run-first offense competing with Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman for touches.

2.08 Will Levis (QB – TEN)

The saddest story of the draft was watching Levis slide from the top few picks where many had him projected, all the way down to pick 33 when the Titans traded up for him. With Levis due to sit behind Ryan Tannehill for at least the early part of the season, this pick is one for the future. If Levis can hone his decision-making, he has all the arm power to make for an interesting fantasy player.

2.09 Kayshon Boutte (WR – NE)

Boutte was once thought of as a likely first-round receiver but wasn’t selected till pick 187 in the draft, due to red flags. The Patriots have got the best out of players in similar circumstances in the past, and if they can do so with Boutte then they’ll have an electric talent on their hands.

2.10 Dalton Kincaid (TE – BUF)

The TE1 of the class, Dalton Kincaid lands in an ideal situation with Josh Allen and the Bills. Dawson Knox’s large contract likely stems Kincaid’s immediate path to a high percentage of snaps, but long term this looks like a truly elite opportunity. 

2.11 Sean Tucker (RB – TB)

Many thought Sean Tucker would be a day two running back but he slipped all the way out of the drafts and was brought in as an UDFA for the Buccanneers. A late second may be too rich for some fantasy managers, but with only Rachaad White and Chase Edmonds on the roster, Tucker should get opportunities to prove the NFL was wrong about him.

2.12 Rashee Rice (WR – KC)

Patrick Mahomes banged the drum for Rashee Rice and that in itself should be enough for fantasy managers to have interest in Rice, particularly with the Chiefs not blessed with a plethora of options at wide receiver.

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