The dynasty landscape is constantly shifting as players are seemingly always on the move to new destinations, which carries massive ramifications for fantasy football.
Just this offseason, we’ve seen household names like DeAndre Hopkins, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalvin Cook all find their way to the open market, and that creates an entirely different landscape for fantasy managers that are about to enter their dynasty startup draft.
With that in mind, here are 20 rounds of a Superflex dynasty startup mock draft with analysis for every selection (and there’s a YouTube video too, if that’s your thing).
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2023 Dynasty Startup Mock Draft | Round 1
1.01) Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
1.02) Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
1.03) Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
1.04) Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
1.05) Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
1.06) Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
1.07) Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
1.08) Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears
1.09) Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
1.10) CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
1.11) Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
1.12) Anthony Richardson, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Pick Analysis: Securing a top-tier QB in Superflex leagues is essential. Many dynasty managers attempt to roll the dice by letting the top QBs pass by when they’re on the clock to lock up one of the top WRs or RBs. But if you do not have QBs in a Superflex league, you’re simply not competing for championships.
Justin Fields has already proven that he can be an elite fantasy football QB with his rushing production last season, but the sky is the limit now with offensive line upgrades in front of him and an alpha WR to throw to in tough situations. He can be viewed as a cornerstone piece for dynasty rosters.
2.01) Bijan Robinson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
2.02) Christian McCaffrey, RB, San Francisco 49ers
2.03) Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets
2.04) A.J. Brown, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
2.05) Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
2.06) Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets
2.07) Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
2.08) Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns
2.09) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins
2.10) Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Detroit Lions
2.11) Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
2.12) Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints
Pick Analysis: The difference in ADP (Average Draft Position) from 2022 to 2023 for Taylor is astonishing. In Superflex leagues last year, Jonathan Taylor was going off the board as early as the 1.01 before Mahomes or Allen! Now, after a disappointing 2022 campaign, Taylor can be had for significantly less, and it’s a no-brainer to scoop him up here.
Everything that could’ve gone wrong for JT last season did, unfortunately. He dealt with injury, the QB play was abysmal, the Colts experienced a change at head coach, and the offensive line in front of him wasn’t the model of full health either.
Heading into 2023, everything is pointing to a bounce-back performance from the young and talented RB. In my opinion, this dip in ADP won’t last for too long.
3.01) Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
3.02) Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
3.03) Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
3.04) Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
3.05) Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
3.06) Bryce Young, QB, Carolina Panthers
3.07) Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3.08) Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
3.09) Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks
3.10) Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
3.11) Travis Etienne, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
3.12) DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Pick Analysis: QB was briefly on my radar for this selection, but ultimately, the allure of balancing out my roster with a WR like Tee Higgins was too good to pass up. We know that he can still be a top-12 fantasy football asset with Chase on the same team, but there’s also the added potential upside if the young WR does leave for another destination next offseason when his rookie contract expires.
4.01) DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
4.02) Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
4.03) C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans
4.04) Davante Adams, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
4.05) Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
4.06) Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
4.07) Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
4.08) Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seattle Seahawks
4.09) Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
4.10) Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
4.11) Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons
4.12) Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots
Pick Analysis: Taking two QBs within the first four rounds of a dynasty Superflex league startup draft is one of my guides — although not a rule. Circumstances of each individual draft can change that, but it helps new dynasty managers get an understanding of just how important the QB position is in this format.
Tua Tagovailoa, as the QB1 on my roster, is simply too much risk to take on. The potential injury concerns make him a risky investment in dynasty leagues, but as a second QB on my roster, I can afford to take some risks. When he’s healthy and on the field, Tua’s in the top-five-fantasy-football-QB conversation due to the scheme and the receiving weapons around him.
This upside is simply too much to pass up on, and he pairs nicely with Fields, but I’ll need to be intentional with the third QB that I select later on.
5.01) Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
5.02) Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers
5.03) Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings
5.04) Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
5.05) Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5.06) Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans
5.07) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
5.08) Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
5.09) Quentin Johnston, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
5.10) Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
5.11) D’Andre Swift, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
5.12) D.J. Moore, WR, Chicago Bears
Pick Analysis: Just like with Taylor, Javonte Williams’ ADP now compared to just a year ago is shocking. With all the hype that Williams was receiving, you had to spend a significant pick in startup drafts last season to acquire the young and explosive RB.
Unfortunately, a tough injury has knocked Williams further down draft boards this year to the point where he may actually be an incredible value. There’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding how exactly Williams will perform coming off of his rehab, but this is a point of the draft where he’s worth investing in for the potential.
6.01) Calvin Ridley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
6.02) J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
6.03) George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
6.04) George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
6.05) Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans
6.06) Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
6.07) T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings
6.08) Dalton Kincaid, TE, Buffalo Bills
6.09) Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders
6.10) Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
6.11) Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
6.12) Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions
Pick Analysis: Treylon Burks was a favorite of mine coming into the 2022 NFL Draft, and he remained atop my dynasty rankings afterward when we found out his landing spot. Unfortunately, he didn’t live up to expectations in Year 1, but we certainly saw flashes when he was healthy and out there on the field.
Going into Year 2, the sky is the limit for Burks from a fantasy football standpoint. He’s the clear leader in the clubhouse for targets on this offense, is reportedly dominating the early portions of the offseason, and is also in great shape going into training camp.
With a full offseason under his belt, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Burks climb the dynasty rankings all the way up into the top 12 by the end of the season.
7.01) Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
7.02) Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
7.03) Jameson Williams, WR, Detroit Lions
7.04) Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
7.05) Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7.06) Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7.07) Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
7.08) Isiah Pacheco, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
7.09) Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks
7.10) Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders
7.11) Zay Flowers, WR, Baltimore Ravens
7.12) Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick Analysis: Isiah Pacheco showcased some incredible talent last season for the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite being a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Pacheco emerged as one of the more consistent fantasy assets at the RB position toward the end of last season.
He’s proven that he’s worthy of a larger role going into Year 2, and he should have this backfield primarily to himself. McKinnon and CEH are in town, but they’ll serve as complementary pieces to Pacheco vs. taking away significant work from him. As an RB3 on my dynasty roster, Pacheco’s a solid addition.
8.01) Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8.02) Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers
8.03) Zach Charbonnet, RB, Seattle Seahawks
8.04) Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
8.05) Derek Carr, QB, New Orleans Saints
8.06) Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
8.07) Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
8.08) Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns
8.09) Devon Achane, RB, Miami Dolphins
8.10) Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
8.11) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Free Agent
8.12) Dalvin Cook, RB, Free Agent
Pick Analysis: The QB position is about to experience another tier drop here very soon, and I want to get ahead of it. Derek Carr wasn’t terrible in Las Vegas last season when you review his statistics. While he didn’t light the world on fire, there was a lot more going on for the Raiders last season that led to their poor record, yet Carr seemed to shoulder all of the blame.
It’s a new situation for the veteran QB in New Orleans, though, and this situation may be a perfect fit for him. There are numerous receiving weapons available to take the pressure off of Carr, there’s a solid offensive line in front of him when everyone’s healthy, and the defense should hold its own enough to avoid putting the offense in tough situations.
With Tua on my roster, I need a stable option that I can plug in with confidence in the event of an injury. If Tagovailoa does stay healthy, though, Carr’s a fantastic option to plug in purely on bye weeks or potentially trade away to a desperate dynasty manager.
9.01) Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
9.02) Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
9.03) Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
9.04) Darren Waller, TE, New York Giants
9.05) James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills
9.06) Michael Mayer, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
9.07) Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
9.08) Elijah Moore, WR, Cleveland Browns
9.09) Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
9.10) Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos
9.11) Kadarius Toney, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
9.12) David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
Pick Analysis: WR had to be a priority at this point of the draft for me, with only Higgins and Burks on my roster. Elijah Moore plummeted down dynasty rankings after failing to meet his lofty expectations in 2022, but the hate seems to have gone a bit too far now.
Moore’s an incredible value in dynasty startup drafts right now, and he could easily be a top-20 option week in and week out this season for fantasy lineups. Watson has been receiving rave reviews in the early portions of the Browns’ offseason so far, and the team seems optimistic that he can return to the QB that they were hoping to get when they sent away multiple draft picks just last year.
If that’s the case, Moore is going to smash this ADP, and his value is going to skyrocket.
2023 Dynasty Startup Mock Draft | Round 10
10.01) Kendre Miller, RB, New Orleans Saints
10.02) Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10.03) AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
10.04) Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Commanders
10.05) David Montgomery, RB, Detroit Lions
10.06) Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
10.07) Jonathan Mingo, WR, Carolina Panthers
10.08) James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
10.09) Roschon Johnson, RB, Chicago Bears
10.10) Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
10.11) Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders
10.12) Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills
Pick Analysis: David Montgomery moved over from the Chicago Bears to the Detroit Lions this offseason, and many fantasy managers thought his stock was in an absolute free fall when the team drafted Jahmyr Gibbs with the No. 12 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.
However, after the trade involving Swift to the Eagles, Montgomery seems poised to be a value in dynasty drafts this summer. Gibbs is going to be utilized as more of a playmaker in this Lions offense instead of a traditional RB, which frees up the goal-line work and primary ball-carrying responsibilities for Montgomery.
There aren’t many RBs at this point of the draft that have the guaranteed role that Montgomery has heading into 2023 and beyond.
11.01) Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
11.02) Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
11.03) Sam LaPorta, TE, Detroit Lions
11.04) Joshua Downs, WR, Indianapolis Colts
11.05) Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans
11.06) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, New England Patriots
11.07) Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
11.08) Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
11.09) Will Levis, QB, Tennessee Titans
11.10) Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Tennessee Titans
11.11) Jalin Hyatt, WR, New York Giants
11.12) Brandin Cooks, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Pick Analysis: Tight end has yet to be addressed on my roster up to this point of the draft, and there are several good options available. Cole Kmet was ultimately my choice due to the guaranteed production and role that he has vs. players like Okonkwo or Dulcich.
Kmet may not have top-five upside like those other two options, but as a TE1 on my roster, I need at least a guaranteed role and a safe floor.
12.01) Tank Bigsby, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
12.02) Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos
12.03) Marvin Mims, WR, Denver Broncos
12.04) Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons
12.05) Skyy Moore, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
12.06) Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans
12.07) Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
12.08) John Metchie, WR, Houston Texans
12.09) Jayden Reed, WR, Green Bay Packers
12.10) Jakobi Meyers, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
12.11) Chase Brown, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
12.12) Jamaal Williams, RB, New Orleans Saints
Pick Analysis: Skyy Moore was one of “my guys” going into the 2022 NFL Draft, but he ultimately didn’t accomplish much in his rookie season as he struggled with the transition from Western Michigan to the NFL.
However, a full offseason under his belt should do wonders for the skilled route runner as he looks to secure a starting role in this Chiefs offense for 2023.
13.01) Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
13.02) Luke Schonnmaker, TE, Dallas Cowboys
13.03) Rashaad Penny, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
13.04) Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals
13.05) Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
13.06) Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers
13.07) Damien Harris, RB, Buffalo Bills
13.08) Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers
13.09) Allen Lazard, WR, New York Jets
13.10) Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Baltimore Ravens
13.11) Samaje Perine, RB, Denver Broncos
13.12) Israel Abanikanda, RB, New York Jets
Pick Analysis: As mentioned before, QBs are always a smart investment in Superflex drafts, and there are several other rosters that only have one or two QBs through the first 12 rounds. Being able to snag my fourth QB in Brock Purdy — who comes with plenty of upside if he can win the starting job — allows me to be able to hold an advantage over the other rosters that didn’t value the position properly.
14.01) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants
14.02) Cedric Tillman, WR, Cleveland Browns
14.03) Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans
14.04) Isaiah Likely, TE, Baltimore Ravens
14.05) Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts
14.06) Luke Musgrave, TE, Green Bay Packers
14.07) Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints
14.08) Kayshon Boutte, WR, New England Patriots
14.09) Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills
14.10) D’Onta Foreman, RB, Chicago Bears
14.11) Deuce Vaughn, RB, Dallas Cowboys
14.12) Trey McBride, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Pick Analysis: Dynasty rosters need a dose of upside in the later rounds, especially at the WR position. Alec Pierce is set to be the outside deep threat for Richardson in Indianapolis this season, which is going to lead to more than a few big-time fantasy performances.
15.01) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
15.02) Zach Evans, RB, Los Angeles Rams
15.03) Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers
15.04) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Free Agent
15.05) DeWayne McBride, RB, Minnesota Vikings
15.06) Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
15.07) Darnell Washington, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
15.08) Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints
15.09) Jerome Ford, RB, Cleveland Browns
15.10) Sean Tucker, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15.11) Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
15.12) Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Pick Analysis: Kmet can’t be the only option at TE on my dynasty roster, so Juwan Johnson is worth the investment at this point of the draft. We’ve seen Carr lock onto the TE position before with Waller during their time together in Oakland/Las Vegas, and Johnson shares many of the same athletic characteristics.
16.01) Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
16.02) Eric Gray, RB, New York Giants
16.03) Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins
16.04) Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins
16.05) Malik Davis, RB, Dallas Cowboys
16.06) Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
16.07) Evan Hull, RB, Indianapolis Colts
16.08) Leonard Fournette, RB, Free Agent
16.09) Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
16.10) Tank Dell, WR, Houston Texans
16.11) Kareem Hunt, RB, Free Agent
16.12) Isaiah Spiller, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Pick Analysis: The RB2 role in Dallas is up for grabs right now, which is going to be a very valuable role for fantasy football in 2023 and beyond. Malik Davis is wildly unproven, but every indication so far is that the Cowboys seem intent on rolling him out there alongside Pollard this season and seeing how things go.
17.01) Aaron Rodgers, QB, New York Jets
17.02) Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots
17.03) Desmond Ridder, QB, Atlanta Falcons
17.04) Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders
17.05) Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams
17.06) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
17.07) Hendon Hooker, QB, Detroit Lions
17.08) Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
17.09) Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
17.10) Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
17.11) Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17.12) Adam Thielen, WR, Carolina Panthers
Pick Analysis: Tyler Boyd has an opportunity to rebound in 2023 from a targets standpoint without any significant competition at the TE position in Cincinnati, but he also could shoot back up fantasy rankings in 2024 with the potential that he’ll be playing elsewhere.
Boyd has proven that he’s one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, but his ceiling is limited for fantasy due to playing alongside Chase and Higgins for the past couple of years. He can be a bye-week fill-in option this season with the potential to be more for my dynasty roster next year.
18.01) Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
18.02) Irv Smith Jr., TE, Cincinnati Bengals
18.03) Michael Wilson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
18.04) Stetson Bennett, QB, Los Angeles Rams
18.05) Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams
18.06) DJ Chark, WR, Carolina Panthers
18.07) Chase Claypool, WR, Cleveland Browns
18.08) Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams
18.09) Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
18.10) Mike Gesicki, TE, New England Patriots
18.11) Jelani Woods, TE, Indianapolis Colts
18.12) Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Pick Analysis: Puka Nacua has every opportunity to lead all rookie WRs in receptions this year. Kupp is his only significant competition in LA as the WR depth chart is wide open, and Nacua has the skill set to step right into the long-vacated Robert Woods role.
19.01) Khalil Shakir, WR, Buffalo Bills
19.02) K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings
19.03) Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
19.04) Noah Fant, TE, Seattle Seahawks
19.05) Tyquan Thornton, WR, New England Patriots
19.06) Kyle Trask, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19.07) Isaiah Hodgins, WR, New York Giants
19.08) Parris Campbell, WR, New York Giants
19.09) Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders
19.10) Joshua Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
19.11) Keaontay Ingram, RB, Arizona Cardinals
19.12) Justyn Ross, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Pick Analysis: There’s a steady drum beat coming out of Giants camp for Parris Campbell and his role in this offense. There’s plenty of competition around him on the depth chart, but at this point of the draft, you’re looking for upside. As long as Campbell can stay healthy, the opportunity is there for the taking.
20.01) Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers
20.02) Tucker Kraft, TE, Green Bay Packers
20.03) Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Houston Texans
20.04) Cade Otton, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20.05) Hassan Haskins, RB, Tennessee Titans
20.06) Sam Darnold, QB, San Francisco 49ers
20.07) A.T. Perry, WR, New Orleans Saints
20.08) Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams
20.09) Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets
20.10) Daniel Bellinger, TE, New York Giants
20.11) Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
20.12) Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Pick Analysis: Henry might not be long for Tennessee after this season, which means that Hassan Haskins could be the starting RB for this roster sooner than later. While Spears will certainly play a role and be involved, Haskins has the skill set to step in and carry a significant workload on the ground.
RB depth is important as there aren’t many options available on the waiver wire each week in a dynasty league, and stashing a player like Haskins is a smart move to make.
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