Welcome to the 2017 Season!
The Draft is over, the rookies have their homes, and Dynasty Rookie Drafts are underway.
This draft was a crazy one to say the least. Fantasy Football enthusiasts got hit fast and hard when the 2017 draft opened up with a slew of offensive picks to begin this memorable draft. 8 of the top 12 players selected were all offensive skill positions. In total, there were 81 offensive skill position players selected, but which ones should you be looking to select in your upcoming drafts
In my “Rookie Rodeo” series, I’ll go division by division, break down each team’s selections, and tell you how I believe they will contribute to their team in 2017 and beyond. I’ll also mention any potential impact Undrafted Free Agents that the team may have acquired after the draft had closed.
With that in mind, let’s begin this adventure with the hotly contested NFC North.
The Chicago Bears
- (Mitchell Trubisky-Pick 1.02)
The Mike Glennon experiment didn’t even last a game. Although Glennon will likely open the season as the starter, Trubisky will be given every opportunity to take hold of the starting job. Perhaps the Bears are hoping to deal Glennon in a similar way the Eagles sold off Sam Bradford. A team like the Jets, who didn’t fill their large need at Quarterback, could be in the market if (when) Josh McCown goes down again.
Most likely, The Bears are planning to use Glennon as a bridge from Cutler to Trubisky, which bodes well for Trubisky. He’ll have a chance to develop his skills, and get adjusted to the NFL speed of the game at his own pace. Hypothetically, Trubisky should feel no pressure to start in year 1, but we all know that Chicago will start chanting his name if Glennon struggles. Regardless, Trubisky has a tremendous arm, great in or out of the pocket, and has good accuracy. He’ll likely be off the board very early in 2QB and Superflex leagues
- (Tarik Cohen-Pick 4.13)
Tarik Cohen, a.k.a. The Human Joystick, comes into a Bears offense in need of weapons. He’ll almost certainly be given return duties immediately, and could find a role as a third down back. Of course, he’ll have to beat out Jeremy Langford for that role. Tarik Cohen should be a flyer selection in your rookie draft. His biggest contributions will likely come on Special Teams, but it’s not inconceivable that he becomes a PPR threat.
- (Adam Shaheen-Pick 2.13)
Adam Shaheen is a BIG dude. Standing at 6’6” and weighing in at 278 lbs., He’s somebody that you don’t want to see barreling towards you at full speed. Chicago definitely needed to add a weapon to this position and they believe Shaheen is the answer. He’ll have to overcome Dion Sims and Zach Miller to get playing time in year 1, but I don’t see that happening. He’ll likely see redzone work as a rookie, and has the attributes to be dominant inside the 20’s in the future. He also boasts surprising agility for his size. Not bad for a late round pick in your rookie drafts.
The Green Bay Packers
- (Jamaal Williams-Pick 4.28) (Aaron Jones-Pick 5.39) (Devante Mays-Pick 7.20)
The Packer knew they desperately needed help at Running Back and decided to take the economy option in this draft instead of chasing the early round big name backs. However, I think they made the right choice here. Jamaal Williams has the best vision of any back in this draft class. The idea of him having the running lanes created by Aaron Rodgers has me wanting this guy on every single one of my dynasty teams. He had a poor combine performance, but runs with an intelligence that is very rare. Aaron Jones is no slouch either with 4.56 speed as well as burst and agility score over the 85th percentile on PlayerProfiler.com. He’s another player with plus vision, and has a much better breakaway run ability than Williams. Devante Mays is the furthest off the dynasty radar, but even he is an intriguing option in Green Bay. Weighing in at 230 lbs. with a 4.5 second 40 and a 40.5 inch vertical, Mays is powerful and explosive, but a messy injury history blurs the situation. Christine Michael has been cut, so one of these three rookies will almost certainly be the early down complement to Ty Montgomery. I’m betting on Jamaal Williams
- (DeAngelo Yancey-Pick 5.32) (Malachi Dupre-Pick 7.29)
There aren’t many targets up for grab in the Green Bay offense, but Yancey and Dupre are both players who will need time to develop their game to the NFL level. Both gentlemen are middling deep threats standing in at 6’2” with 4.5 wheels. Yancey was not discussed very much in the Dynasty community before the draft, and it should stay that way now. Yancey is purely a deep threat with stiff hips and bad hands. Dupre was going as early as the second round in some rookie mocks before the NFL draft, but his stock should certainly drop now. That being the case, he could be a great stash for your team in the later rounds. Dupre obliterated the jumping drills at the combine with a 96th percentile burst score. With some time to round out his game, and future hall of famer Aaron Rodgers tossing him the rock, Dupre could find a lot of success at the Pro level.
The Detroit Lions
- (Brad Kaaya-Pick 6.32)
Not much to say about Kaaya to the Lions. Detroit was in desperate need of a backup quarterback, and they got a backup quality player. Kaaya will never challenge Stafford for the starting job, and will be a low end option in Fantasy if he is ever forced into action.
- (Kenny Golladay-Pick 3.32)
Golladay is a size speed threat standing in a 6’4” with a 4.5 40 yard dash time. He’s has nice long arms and a tremendous catch radius. He has great hands and ball skills, but needs a lot of work on his routes and against tight coverage. The Lions are in need of receiving options behind Jones and Tate, but I’m not sure Golladay will be the answer. Often in college he won matchup with his athleticism alone. Obviously a luxury he won’t be afforded in the NFL. If he fine tunes his game, Golladay has WR1 measurables. A player I’d consider in the third round, who may sneak into the second round of your rookie draft based on when he was drafted.
- (Michael Roberts-Pick 4.21)
Is Eric Ebron’s position in trouble?!?!………………..No…..
Michael Roberts is primarily a blocking tight end who can also provide a large target in the end zone. His 11 1/2” hands and 6’4”, 270 lbs. frame make him built for the role. Pretty much undraftable in Dynasty Rookie drafts. His production will be entirely too volatile to predict.
The Minnesota Vikings
- (Dalvin Cook-Pick 2.09)
Before the 2017 Combine, many dynasty pundits had Dalvin Cook as their De Facto number one prospect. As Bob Dylan once said, “The Times They Are A Changin”. After a disappointing combine, Cook fell out of favor with Dynasty Players and can now be drafted around the 6th overall pick in standard PPR leagues. That may change again after he got a very favorable landing spot. Although he fell out of the first round, Dalvin Cook found a new home in Minnesota at pick 2.09, where he’ll attempt to lead the Vikings into the Post-Peterson era. Cook will be given a role immediately in this offense, likely at the cost of Latavius Murray. The Vikings offensive line is a concern, but they did make a couple picks to try and improve it in 2017. Whatever the case may be, Dalvin Cook should find success with the Vikings although there’s almost no chance of him filling the giant shoes that were left behind. Continue to draft Dalvin Cook in the top half of the first round in your dynasty rookie draft.
- (Rodney Adams-Pick 5.27) (Stacy Coley-Pick 7.1)
The Vikings did not invest significant capital in the wide receiver position this year, so expect last year’s first round pick, Laquon Treadwell, to get an early shot at a starting job. As for Adams and Coley, I am extremely unlikely to consider them at any point in my rookie draft. Adams is a one dimensional deep threat who has no redeeming qualities beyond his deep speed, and Coley is pretty much in the same boat. Both are very lack luster athletes with SPARQ-x scores on or below the 20th percentile according to playerprofiler.com. There’s better ways to spend your picks.
- (Bucky Hodges-Pick 6.17)
Kyle Rudolph has been the Vikings tight end for almost twenty years now, or at least it feels like that. Hodges will not overtake Rudolph for the starting job, but Rudolph has been far from the epitome of durable during his NFL career. Bucky Hodges is a HUGE redzone weapon. He stands in at 6’6”, AND he had the best vertical jump in the class with a height of 39.0”. If (when) Kyle Rudolph takes a tumble, look for Hodges to immediately contribute, at least in the redzone.
Yee Haw! Be sure to lookout for the rest of my Rookie Rodeo series on DynastyNerds.com. You can also find me on twitter @DynastyNutt, and check out my podcast @JetSetDynasty available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and also at jetsetdynasty.com
Thanks for reading! Giddyup.