Regardless of what type of fantasy football league you’re playing in, it’s important to be prepared. Mock drafts are the most valuable tool you have to ensure you are ready to crush the real thing. Even though dynasty rookie drafts are only a few rounds, mock drafting is still helpful in preparing. Here is a four-round dynasty rookie mock draft using FantasyPros’ mock draft simulator.
*This mock draft is based on 1-QB non-PPR settings, which I conducted from the No. 6 spot.
2022 dynasty rookie mock draft | Round 1
1.06 Jameson Williams | WR, Detroit Lions
Had I picked anywhere in the first five spots, I would’ve taken one of the five players listed above. The No. 6 spot is difficult this year because there’s no clear pick. I went with Jameson Williams, but there are legitimate arguments to be made for Chris Olave, Skyy Moore, and even Christian Watson.
The Alabama product may have been the first wide receiver off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft had he not torn his ACL in the National Championship Game against Georgia. While Williams is expected to make his NFL debut at some point during his rookie season, it’s unlikely to be Week 1. That makes it unlikely he is overly productive as a rookie.
Like every non-Breece Hall pick this season, Williams is not without risk. Year 1 production matters for rookies. If Williams struggles to get going coming off the injury, his value will likely decline heading into his sophomore season, making this pick look not so great.
With all that said, this is a play on upside. Williams has a true WR1 ceiling. He ran a 4.3 40-yard dash and, even with the torn ACL, was drafted 12th overall by the Lions. This is a player that put up 1,572 receiving yards as a 20-year-old junior. I don’t see anyone else remaining with as high a ceiling as Williams. Just about anyone can bust, including the perceived “safe pick” of Olave. Chase the upside with Williams.
1.07 Chris Olave | WR, New Orleans Saints
1.08 Christian Watson | WR, Green Bay Packers
1.09 Skyy Moore | WR, Kansas City Chiefs
1.10 Jahan Dotson | WR, Washington Commanders
1.11 George Pickens | WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
1.12 Rachaad White | RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2.01 James Cook | RB, Buffalo Bills
2.02 Isaiah Spiller | RB, Los Angeles Chargers
2.03 Kenny Pickett | QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
2.04 John Metchie III |WR, Houston Texans
2.05 David Bell | WR, Cleveland Browns
2.06 Alec Pierce | WR, Indianapolis Colts
We are now in the middle of Round 2. All of these players are more likely to miss than not. Alec Pierce wasn’t overly productive at Cincinnati, with a 52-884-8 line in 2021 marking his best season. However, he has second-round NFL draft capital and a tremendous athletic profile.
Pierce also landed in a spot with a great opportunity to be productive in Year 1. The Colts have no clear WR2 behind Michael Pittman Jr. They don’t have a tight end of relevance. Their starting running back isn’t a dominant receiver.
This is an offense that upgraded at quarterback by acquiring Matt Ryan, who we know is capable of supporting multiple fantasy-relevant wide receivers. Someone is going to matter in this passing game besides Pittman. I’m willing to gamble Pierce can win the WR2 job over Parris Campbell and Ashton Dulin.
2.07 Jalen Tolbert | WR Dallas Cowboys
2.08 Dameon Pierce | RB, Houston Texans
2.09 Brian Robinson Jr. | RB, Washington Commanders
2.10 Trey McBride | TE, Arizona Cardinals
2.11 Malik Willis | QB, Tennessee Titans
2.12 Zamir White | RB, Las Vegas Raiders
3.01 Wan’Dale Robinson | WR, New York Giants
3.02 Ty Chandler | RB, Minnesota Vikings
3.03 Desmond Ridder | QB, Atlanta Falcons
3.04 Tyler Badie | RB, Baltimore Ravens
3.05 Tyler Allgeier | RB, Atlanta Falcons
3.06 Tyrion Davis-Price | RB, San Francisco 49ers
This simulator is really disrespecting Tyrion Davis-Price. Yes, the 49ers do shuffle through running backs without much allegiance to anyone. But it’s the third round. Almost all of these players are never going to matter. I will gladly roll the dice on a running back with Day 2 draft capital in Kyle Shanahan’s elite rushing offense.
At first glance, the 49ers have a crowded backfield. Further analysis reveals a depth chart that’s not as difficult to climb as it may seem.
We know Elijah Mitchell is the locked-in RB1. However, he hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of health. He’s also a sixth-round pick. The 49ers will have no qualms about moving past him if someone better comes along.
Davis-Price will open the season as the RB3, at worst. He immediately leaps past JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon, the latter of whom is a legitimate cut candidate. The question is whether Davis-Price can jump past team darling Jeff Wilson Jr. If he can, the odds are in Davis-Price’s favor that he will get a shot at some point in his rookie season. I will take that chance in the third round of a dynasty rookie mock draft.
3.07 Matt Corral | QB, Carolina Panthers
3.08 Khalil Shakir | WR, Buffalo Bills
3.09 Greg Dulcich | TE, Denver Broncos
3.10 Jelani Woods | TE, Indianapolis Colts
3.11 Romeo Doubs | WR, Green Bay Packers
3.12 Jerome Ford | RB, Cleveland Browns
4.01 Hassan Haskins | RB, Tennessee Titans
4.02 Pierre Strong Jr. | RB, New England Patriots
4.03 Sam Howell | QB, Washington Commanders
4.04 Justyn Ross | WR, Kansas City Chiefs
4.05 Tyquan Thornton | WR, New England Patriots
4.06 Keaontay Ingram | RB, Arizona Cardinals
I thought very hard about both Kyle Philips and Snoop Conner here. Ultimately, I went with Keaontay Ingram because running backs have an easier path to rookie year productivity than wide receivers, and Ingram is in a better situation than Conner.
Following the Cardinals’ signing of Darrel Williams, Ingram moves down from projected RB2 to projected RB3. That seems bad (and it is), but it’s still a better situation than you typically get from anyone you’re drafting in the fourth round of a dynasty rookie draft.
James Conner will almost certainly miss games this season. While Williams will undoubtedly be the starter if and when that happens, he’s not going to be an every-down guy. All Ingram needs is an injury to either Conner or Williams, and he will get a chance to see meaningful action. Playing in Arizona’s prolific offense with Kyler Murray, Ingram is an upside pick late in dynasty rookie drafts.
4.07 Velus Jones Jr. | WR, Chicago Bears
4.08 Calvin Austin III | WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
4.09 Abram Smith | RB, New Orleans Saints
4.10 Cade Otton | TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4.11 Danny Gray | WR, San Francisco 49ers
4.12 Isaiah Likely | TE, Baltimore Ravens