In this episode of the Fantasy Force podcast, hosts Andrew, Corey, and Tommy have some fun by doing a 12-team Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft and breaking down their thoughts on the picks. Each person was randomly given a draft slot and will be drafting for different teams. The twist on this mock compared to others is what if you did hold the rookie draft before the startup draft. Does it change how you select guys when not targeting a team need or still go BPA? Head over to Twitter (@PFNDynasty) and let them know who you think were some of the best picks or who you value differently than where they were selected.
2020 Rookie Drafts are loaded with talent
One of the main takeaways during this mock was if you were a winning team last year, there is no need to trade up in the first round as there is incredible talent available in the back end. The Superflex format helps to push some back since Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa should be selected in the top-3 picks at least.
From that point on, we see a run on running backs as five go between 1.03 and 1.08. While the order will vary from draft to draft, it appears that if you need a running back, be early in the draft.
If you need a wide receiver, the back end of the first gives incredible depth, and you will see players who would never have been available less than a week ago.
Late-round fliers we loved and best values each round
Either during the mock or afterward, when looking back and where players go, it is worth seeing who ended up getting the best value for individual players.
In round 1, the unanimous pick from our hosts was Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers at the 1.12. Given the positional scarcity due to Superflex format, landing a possible starting quarterback for 2020 and the end of a sizable tier gap is a fantastic pick.
Into the second-round, one player that stood out was Bryan Edwards of the Las Vegas Raiders going at the 2.10. Although the Raiders selected Henry Ruggs as the WR1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, landing a potential start receiver late in the second round is an incredible pick.
In the later rounds, guys that caught our eyes were QB Jalen Hurts at pick 3.06 and Donovan Peoples-Jones, selected by Andrew at pick 4.05.
Hurts was a somewhat surprising pick during the NFL Draft, but when looking deeper, it makes a lot of sense. The Philadelphia Eagles have an out in Carson Wentz’s contract after the 2021 season and can save $63 million over the following three years. Hurts could see the field as the starting quarterback much sooner than expected while having spent time developing in the system.
As for Peoples-Jones, he was an up and down player at the University of Michigan but gives a massive upside when looking at pure athleticism. He ran pretty well and nearly jumped out of Lucas Oil during the combine with a 44.5 inch vertical, 0.5″ off the all-time record. As far as late-round fliers, it’s hard to beat this pick with Peoples-Jones.