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Dynasty Rookie Draft Values: MarShawn Lloyd, Jaylen Wright, Roman Wilson, Jermaine Burton

This is not a sleepers article. This article is about finding rookie value picks in your Superflex and/or TE-premium dynasty fantasy football rookie drafts that can be found in pockets all over the draft board, including the first round. You can attain that value in several ways, especially by knowing players’ average draft position (ADP) and drafting using tiers – i.e., if you like players generally equally, taking the cheapest one while adding assets can often be advantageous.

When thinking about who is a rookie value pick, we can base that on our assessment of how well the player will produce fantasy points and how quickly he does. We must also consider what the player will be worth as a dynasty rookie draft pick asset by August or this time next year. Those two results are, of course, linked, but are not the same thing.

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Furthermore, diversification of your dynasty portfolios is important, and taking what the market gives you on some players is a great way to mix in those assets when you might not have otherwise.

Let’s dive into where we can find dynasty rookie draft value picks after the first wave of rookie drafts has told us a story about how the market is operating. Each player’s name, position and team is followed by their FantasyPros rookie expert consensus ranking (ECR) for PPR Superflex leagues.

Mid-Round Dynasty Rookie Draft Values

Diversification means not having too many eggs in too few dynasty asset baskets. While mixing in shares of wide receivers with better ADPs, such as Brian Thomas, Keon Coleman, Adonai Mitchell and Xavier Legette is fine, we know these are flawed prospects who are broadly in the mold of recent fantasy misses on boundary receivers. If you are picking in the mid-second and already have shares of those players, or do not trust them, trading back and taking shots on other players while adding pieces could prove profitable. If you do so, consider targeting the players below.

Two dynamic running backs and two underdrafted wide receivers find themselves in intriguing landing spots in the late second to the early third round of most Superflex drafts.

MarShawn Lloyd (RB – GB) | ECR: 20

Marshawn Lloyd has issues with vision and ball security, but he boasts a well-rounded skill set and true explosiveness. Free agent signee Josh Jacobs‘ contract allows the team an out after this upcoming season, and his efficiency has steadily decreased. Coach Matt LaFleur has already compared Lloyd to Aaron Jones and mentioned using him in the passing game. Offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich recently affirmed the team’s desire to get him touches beyond the level we would attribute to a fantasy handcuff. He is a legitimate threat to Jacobs and the fantasy buzz around Lloyd is growing.

We know this offense likes to rotate backs, so it could just be a case of an annoying timeshare, but could Lloyd be closer to the Jones role and Jacobs closer to the A.J. Dillon role by midseason? It’s very possible and worth a late second-round pick to find out. If that does not develop, a shot at efficient touches now and the lead back for a good offense in 2025 is your likely consolation prize.

Jaylen Wright (RB – MIA) | ECR: 22

Jaylen Wright has excellent straight-line speed and underrated tackle evasion and agility. However, he went down on first contact too often and much of his success came with big holes and against light boxes, so he justifiably had his skeptics. Then Wright wound up in arguably the perfect landing spot. If there is a system that will put fast backs in advantageous positions, it is Mike McDaniel’s scheme in Miami. Additionally, Raheem Mostert turned 32 in April and has a history of injuries, and he seems likely to be gone in 2025. Smaller option De’Von Achane, while explosive and efficient in his 2023 rookie campaign, showed us concerns about his durability — and therefore touch count — could be valid.

All this adds up to at least a strong contingent upside this year, with the possibility for more and a likely path to the Mostert role next season. In the short term, with Wright consistently going in the late second and even early third round of rookie drafts, he is just camp film clips and positive coach speak away from a value spike.

Roman Wilson (WR – PIT) | ECR: 24

If you do not go the route of taking Lloyd or Wright, Roman Wilson is almost always available in this draft range. Wilson, a route technician with athleticism and strong hands, was selected with Day 2 draft capital by a team with a very good track record of drafting and developing wide receivers. That team also has a wide receiver room that, after George Pickens, includes Calvin Austin, Quez Watkins, Dez Fitzpatrick, Denzel Mims, Van Jefferson, Scotty Miller, Marquez Callaway, Duece Watts and Keilahn Harris. In other words, Wilson has a clear path to targets in somewhat the role Diontae Johnson played before being traded. Whether it is the PPR production or his trade value, you likely stand to gain from trading back to the late second round, or even early third sometimes, to grab Wilson.

Jermaine Burton (WR – CIN) | ECR: 26

Jermaine Burton is consistently available in the early third round of rookie drafts. He is probably as talented as some other outside receivers such as Adonai Mitchell and Keon Coleman, but his lower NFL Draft capital and the presence of Tee Higgins above him on the depth chart have made him available much later in rookie drafts. Burton is explosive and has good ball skills, and while he is not very strong, he is tough and physical. Burton can have an immediate impact should Higgins miss time this season, and it seems almost a guarantee that the latter will be gone in 2025. Trading back and taking a shot on a cheaper outside receiver like Burton (or fellow popular sleeper Javon Baker) when the others have legitimate on-field red flags while gaining assets in the process helps you diversify and add value.

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