My “Make Football Great Again” rookie draft started today. It is dynasty superflex and half PPR. I had the first pick in a 12 team league. It’s a slow draft, which means players can take 24 hours to make a pick. It’s 4 rounds.
Here are the picks made so far (FP superflex rookie rankings shown in parens):
1.1. RB Bijan Robinson (1): This was my pick, and I consider this too obvious to even comment.
1.2. QB Anthony Richardson (2): High upside, low downside pick. I think it’s too early. If he busts, you’ll be drafting 2nd next year too. On the other hand, if he hits, he’s superflex gold.
1.3. RB Jahmyr Gibbs (5): This would have been my 2nd pick. Gibbs is pretty darned close to Bijan, but with a different style. Bijan is the shifty RB type, who can leave you shoeless in the middle of the field, whereas Gibbs is the kind of RB who gets a hole and flies past you. Bijan doesn’t have great open field speed, but he can fake out even the shiftiest DB, whereas Gibbs just runs past them. If some Detroit fan took Gibbs with the first pick, I’d just tip my hat to him.
1.4. QB CJ Stroud (3): First ECR steal of the draft. given the choice between Richardson or Stroud, I’d have taken Stroud. He just impressed me more in college. Also, Richardson is a freak athlete, whereas Stroud is a perfectly dimensioned QB who just took the national champion Georgia defense to the brink of elimination in the playoffs last year (only losing by a silly missed short field goal).
1.5. QB Bryce Young (4): Although this is technically an ECR steal, I consider it a perfect placement. He is easily one of the top 3 QB’s in the draft. His size issues still lurk, so he should be the last of the three, even if he has a good head for the game.
1.6. TE Dalton Kincaid (10): This is a reach, but I approve. Best TE in the draft, with good things coming out of training camp. When you take the best player at a position in the 1st round, it’s hard to argue.
1.7. WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (6): While this is a slight steal, it’s one with a caveat: Don’t expect big things this year. JSN still has two solid WR’s ahead of him on the depth chart (DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett). This is a long term play with good upside.
That’s where we left off today. I’ll post tomorrow’s picks then!