With the college football regular season wrapped up, we take a look at our updated dynasty rookie rankings entering bowl season. The NFL Draft is extremely deep at running back and wide receiver, while the tight end class might not have a standout prospect.
With so much top-tier talent available in one class, the NFL Draft sets up as one that could significantly alter dynasty leagues for years to come. Be sure to check out my midseason rankings for further information about these prospects. With the college football season shifting into bowl game and College Football Playoff preparation, the top-five picks of dynasty rookie drafts are falling into place. Even though I have Etienne ranked the highest, you could conceivably make a case for any of these three runners as RB1.
Swift, on the other hand, uses his superior quickness to routinely make defenders miss in the open field. Swift is the best pass-catcher of the top-three and is likely to see three-down duties from day one. Taylor is a tremendous inside runner that has silenced his critics this season. After catching 16 total passes in his first two seasons, Taylor changed the narrative in with over receiving yards on 24 receptions.
Taylor also entered the season without a single score through the air, but the Badgers running back had five touchdown receptions in the regular season. Even in a class full of potential superstars, Jeudy and Lamb stand out above the rest. Dobbins would be the most likely player from Tier Two to break into the top-five.
Possessing next-level vision and an underrated ability to make defenders miss, Dobbins, promises to return tremendous value in rookie drafts. Shenault Jr. Colorado found creative ways to get Shenault Jr. While Higgins also excels in jump-ball situations, the Clemson wide receiver has shown some YAC ability this season that Williams never displayed in college. The first three players in Tier Three of my dynasty rookie rankings are talented prospects stuck in less-than-ideal on-field situations, while the last player in my updated Top is an improving running back on a traditional powerhouse.
After battling Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and Josh Jacobs for carries during his first two seasons, Alabama running back Najee Harris was finally given the reins to the backfield this season. Harris finished the regular season with a tremendous receiving line after entering the season with 52 receiving yards and 0 TDs on 10 career receptions.
Roster Taken Available. Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings Taylor Wisconsin RB1 1 5 1. Swift Georgia RB2 1 4 2. Lamb Oklahoma WR1 1 6 3. Jeudy Alabama WR2 1 7 3. Dobbins J. Dobbins Ohio St. Akers Florida St. RB4 4 18 7. Ruggs Alabama WR4 2 12 9. Higgins Clemson WR6 6 19 Mims Baylor WR7 7 22 Shenault Colorado WR8 10 43 Tagovailoa Alabama QB2 13 24 Aiyuk Arizona St.
WR10 14 40 Edwards South Carolina WR11 14 33 Vaughn Vanderbilt RB6 11 38 Hamler Penn St. WR12 8 45 Moss Utah RB7 7 59 Herbert Oregon QB3 15 37 Johnson Minnesota WR13 16 50 Dillon A. Dillon Boston College RB8 8 51 Benjamin Arizona State RB9 14 48 Peoples-Jones Michigan WR14 13 47 Gibson Mempis RB10 17 49 Don't have an account?
Let's dive into the RB draft class to see which rookie runners you might want to consider in dynasty and re-draft leagues. For a look at the QB position, click here. Swift is the total package when it comes to being a complete running back.
His combination of speed, elusiveness, and versatility in the passing game is something special to watch. Despite being a freshman when those two were on the roster, Swift still saw the field a decent amount. He carried the ball 81 times as a freshman for yards and three touchdowns as the third-string guy. However, a lot can change between now and the NFL Draft, and often times landing spot changes things immensely.
Wisconsin seems to always end up with big offensive lineman and talented running backs on their roster. The name to watch out of Wisconsin this year is Jonathan Taylor. While I do currently have Swift ahead of Taylor in my rankings, the skill set is great and depending on where these two are drafted in the NFL Draft, Taylor could end up surpassing Swift.
The next running back to note is Travis Etienne out of Clemson. Unlike Swift, Taylor, and really any running back in this class, Etienne possesses speed and explosiveness that is in a tier of its own. Another trait of his that really stands out is his contact balance. Etienne breaks tackles easily and is very productive between the tackles.
Etienne is a very exciting prospect, but there are also some holes in his game that he needs to improve on. His blocking skills need work and that can always prevent a rookie from getting on the field early. Next up is J. Dobbins, the versatile running back out of Ohio State.
Some NFL mock drafts have shown Dobbins as potentially the first running back to get drafted in this class. Dobbins has increased his draft stock this year after posting 2, rushing yards which were enough to break the recent Ohio State record held by Eddie George. While the Buckeyes did lose to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, Dobbins racked up rushing yards and 47 receiving yards on six catches. Dobbins has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher and blocker, and can definitely be someone that is a three-down back in the NFL.
Harris is a very tough runner and his legs move nonstop to get every yard he can. For a running back of his size, he has great footwork and quickness. He looks oddly similar to Derrick Henry based on the way he runs and thanks to his size.
Not only does he have that size and power, but the combination of his power and quickness makes him a very intriguing prospect. Akers is a quick and elusive running back who runs with great balance. On top of his quickness, he never goes down easily and rarely goes down on the first point of contact. His patience is decent but needs work as someone who tends to get ahead of himself with his runs.
It will be interesting to see where he gets drafted, and his dynasty value could change depending on what type of role he finds himself in. If he ends up as a complementary back, he could have some decent value as a pass-catcher.
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings (2020)
He has good vision and is very explosive.Don't have an account? With this renewed focus comes the preparation for Dynasty rookie drafts. Depending on the setup of your leagues, this draft could take place as early as May or as late as right up until the beginning of the season.
With Best Ball drafts already underway for the season, you can get a good indication of the interest level of rookies and where their values may be currently.
But as is the case each year, the combine sways the values of certain players. Whether it be because of lack of knowedge of a prospect, or that we use combine results to reassess our original stance. What we see these few days in Indy ramps up preparations in earnest.
What we learned during the combine this past week was that the running back class may indeed be deeper than originally thought. While after the tests concluded, we found the confirmation that this year's wide receiver crop will be one of the best in recent years.
The testing results all but affirmed what most of us were already seeing with top players like this. But Jalen Hurtsfor example, came out of the combine shining and improved his draft stock immensely. But such is the case of the NFL Combine. We have to take stock of the results and apply them to our rankings of players in dynasty formats.
Some of these prospects made themselves look like stars, while others fumbled away a great opportunity to succeed. Let's take a look at a few of these players and how their stocks look from a dynasty rankings standpoints as the draft draws near. Heading into the combine, I had Ruggs as a fringe 1st-round pick in dynasty drafts. But after his blazing 4. He is a receiver that will be more than just your typical burner at the next level, but more so a player that can wreak havoc on a defense on different levels of the field.
His 99th percentile Adjusted SPARQ rating all but ensures that he will hear his name called within the first 15 picks in the draft. That alone solidifies him as a prospect that will firmly inside the Top 12 picks in dynasty drafts and will provide an immediate impact in Another receiver on the rise, Mims has been on the incline since his performance during Senior Bowl week. A player I had graded towards the end of the second round of rookie drafts heading into the combine, Mims could now be pushing towards first-round value.
Testing off the charts in Indy 4. While many fantasy owners will take a stab at the high-profile names like Tee Higgins and Justin Jefferson, Mims could wind up being the better player to own at a better value. Dillon is a running back that was on my radar heading into the combine.
His film showed a prospect whose skillset was very favorable to find success in the NFL. But what he showed athletically in Indy was very eye-opening. Sure, the 4. A prospect I had at the beginning of the third-round before the combine, now finds himself in the middle of the second as we get closer to the draft.One of my favorite parts of draft season is trying to model the incoming prospects. This year, I wanted to try something new, so I dove into the world of machine learning models. Using machine learning to detail the value of a WR prospect is very….
Last week, I released some machine learning model results that attempted to predict WR success. Evaluating an RB prospect before the NFL draft requires careful examination as draft capital is a huge part…. The Texans also do not have a first-round pick and actually do not select all the way until the 57th pick. While Fant owns an average draft position ADP of In eight game with the Cardinals last year, Drake averaged Even if Gurley was at his worst last season, averaging 3.
After getting through the process of ranking the incoming rookiesit is time to start more seriously thinking about how the incoming players change the construction of dynasty fantasy football rankings. K Dobbins in this tier but his poor performance at the combine is likely going to have him move down a round or two in the NFL and a third-round running back is not likely to right-away be a top-fifty dynasty fantasy football asset.
This set of rankings was definitely done a little more aggressively than the market with the idea that it should help us value our dynasty fantasy football rookie picks a little more accurately.
The 1. A quick note for Superflex drafts: Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are the clear studs of this draft but there is a real chance that Jalen Hurts becomes a Superflex fantasy stud. Hurts is not even 22 yet, has played in a national championship game, is in the 95th percentile for 40 time at QB, QBR in college and adjusted yards per attempt. Watch Listen Login.Another offseason, another crop of incoming rookies to add to the dynasty rankings.
Also, everybody is another year older. The turnover has begun, as big named quarterbacks over the last 20 years are starting to see their way out.
2020 Post-Combine Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings
A lot of free agents are still up for grabs, and the NFL Draft is on the horizon. The rankings will be added with rookies once they have been drafted by their team, but are ranked by their value before we get to that point. The rookie class was very solid, and have a very bright future beyond We will take a look at a few of those names and what to expect moving forward.
After a strong class, we have a very good class. We are going to see a ton of turnover in terms of quarterbacks over the next year or two.
There are a lot of quarterbacks trying to write their final chapter. We also have a ton of teams in a quarterback limbo where they are not quite sure where they want to go for the future.
Joe Burrow is the premium quarterback coming into the league, and is likely headed to Cincinnati. He is going to have some tremendous receiving options to work with, and Joe Mixon.
There are a few different ways the draft can shake out, but it is pointing to Miami.
Updated 2020 dynasty rookie rankings
A few teams are in need of a running back, and there are three tier one backs in this draft to target. However, Jonathan Taylor and J. Dobbins are not that far behind.
Landing spot is going to be big for any name, but if a young rookie finds themselves in Kansas City, we can shoot them up the rankings board. Miami has a ton of draft picks and need a running back. They might opt to use one early, which would put whichever rookie in a premium volume role. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb headline this class, and are projected to go as top 15 picks. Both are expected to land somewhere where they can see solid volume right off the bat. Not bad quarterbacks to be throwing your way in your rookie year.
Zack Moss and Cam Akers are two names on the outside of those top three at the running back position, and teams will be getting some decent value from them at their projected draft spots. Anthony McFarland Jr. Dillon is a massive presence in the backfield and rushed for over 1, hards and handled the workload at Boston College. Johnson had over 1, yards in his final season at Minnesota and 13 touchdowns. Brandon Aiyuk is name that ranges in terms of rankings among prospects.Even though the veteran-laden Nationals took home the World Series title last year, youth remained the name of the game throughout the majors -- and in fantasy baseball leagues.
Every season, fantasy owners look for undervalued sleepers and potential breakouts, and it's now more common to see top prospects and other rookies get fast tracked to the majors and produce almost immediately.
Again, just look back to last season. Pete Alonso set the MLB rookie home run record with 53 long balls. He also scored runs, drove in and walked 72 times. Eight rookies who saw significant playing time posted batting averages above. Mike Soroka won 13 games and posted a stellar 2. In fact, more than half of the players on this list could spend at least half of the season in the majors during the campaign.
A switching-hitting shortstop with a lifetime minor-league batting average of. Franco currently shows above-average defense at short, but his thick body could result in an eventual move to second or third, where his above-average arm should play. Wherever he lines up in the field, his bat is good enough to make him an All-Star. Slowed by blisters earlier in his career, Gore put up dominant numbers between High-A and Double-A in 1.
When healthy, Gore has good command of four pitches plus low-to-mids fastball, plus curve, above-average slider, and solid changeup. He mixes his pitches well, attacks hitters, and shows the poise of a front-line starter. Barely 21, Gore will probably open the season back at Double-A, but if he continues his dominance and the Padres are in the playoff hunt, he could easily find himself in the San Diego rotation during the second half of Mize has three plus pitches nasty splitter, mids fastball, and sharp slider.
With excellent command, a repeatable delivery, and an ability to mix pitches, Mize has the potential to be a frontline starter. Injuries limited Luzardo to 54 innings last season, but he finished with a stellar showing while pitching out of the Oakland bullpen down the stretch 1.
Luzardo has elite stuff, including a mids fastball and a plus change. His breaking ball is inconsistent, but it can be an occasional weapon. With plus command and a repeatable delivery, he has the tools to be a frontline starter. Last season, Lux torched Triple-A.
Lux adopted a more aggressive approach inand it paid off to the tune of 66 extra-base hits over three levels. Lux has plus bat speed and good lower half balance which give him all-fields power and solid contact ability.
With solid pitch recognition and a compact swing path, Lux has the ability to hit plus home runs while posting an average around. Adell reached Triple-A in his age season last year, and he has tremendous power-speed potential.
He looked good when I saw him this year in spring training, and he could be in line for a starting spot in LA by midseason. Adell is a poised, mature player who has worked hard to develop baseball skills to go with his raw tools. Every time I see him his swing path is more consistent and his approach is more refined. With plus bat speed and outstanding raw power, he has the potential to hit for average, launch 25 bombs, and swipe 20 bags per year in the majors.
Whitley looked great in spring training last season but then had a horrible campaign during which he battled shoulder inflammation and took his lumps on the mound.
He got back on track in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League 2. When healthy, Whitley has front-line starter upside, featuring a lively mids fastball, plus curve, and solid command. He also mixes in a cutter, slider, and change, all of which are at least above-average.Top 10 Running Backs in the 2020 NFL Draft
He should open the season in Triple-A, but a hot start and continued health could get him a look in the Houston rotation by midseason. Slowed by injuries for much of his pro career, Robert finally broke out in a big way last season by logging an impressive campaign.