Arizona – Kyler Murray is the answer to fantasy points in the desert. The former Heisman winner will get his chance to prove he can be an NFL quarterback. Kliff Kingsbury brings in a new system to help fix the worst offense in the NFL last year. All 11 draft picks for the Cardinals were present at rookie minicamp. 2nd round WR Andy Isabella was quoted to saying the passes from Kyler Murray were the best passes he’s caught in his life. While this isn’t surprising playing at UMass it’s still a big compliment. Kyler Murray seems very comfortable in Kingsbury’s system he was very happy that much of the communication is very similar to the offense he ran under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma. Murray was excited about the ability to throw passes to 4th round WR Hakeem Butler. Murray said of Butler that he’s the tallest WR he’s ever played with so knowing he can throw it up in a 50/50 situation and Butler will come down with it is exciting.
Atlanta – Huge upgrades to the offensive line should boost the confidence of owners of the Falcons players. Devonta Freeman has huge value if he can have a bounce-back healthy season. Qadree Ollison is the only name worth talking about. Big back from Pittsburgh who had over 500 carries in his career, could come in and fill the Tevin Coleman role if needed. Ito Smith will likely be next man up if Freeman isn’t fully healthy but Ollison does have upside and a nose for the endzone as we know by his 29 touchdowns in college. The Falcons first-round picks Lindstrom and McGary worked on the right side of the line and opened some big holes for the RBs in the 11 on 11 drills. These two should make an instant impact on the Falcons running game.
Baltimore – Two solid upgrades at WR with Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Miles Boykin. The Ravens according to my target chart lost the most targets of any team in 2018 if Brown and Boykin split those targets both players have a chance to be relevant in their rookie seasons. Justice Hill is another great addition to a run-heavy Ravens offense. Hill likely only sees a 3rd down role in his rookie season unless there’s an injury to Ingram or Edwards. Mark Ingram has an early out of his contract in 2020 if Hill .0makes an instant impact he might be in line for great year two dynasty value. Hollywood Brown’s value has taken a hit because of the landing spot I’ve seen him fall as far as 2.05 in rookie drafts, that’s a pretty good value for the first WR taken off the board in the NFL draft.
Buffalo – Devin Singeltary was still drafted a bit too high for me but his path to playing time might not be as complicated as we think. LeSean McCoy is the easiest cut candidate and both Frank Gore and T.J Yeldon aren’t scheduled to make any serious money at all in 2020. My bet would be on the Bills targeting one of the elite RBs in the 2020 class but Singeltary’s current ADP has him being drafted in the mid to late 2nd round of rookie drafts. I wouldn’t mind taking a shot on him if he falls to the 3rd round in hopes he sees some snaps behind the Bills rebuilt offensive line. Dawson Knox was my favorite pick for dynasty value for the Bills. Knox played in a tough system in college for production or else he would have been drafted much higher. Knox enters a perfect spot with little to no competition for targets. Tyler Kroft signed in the offseason has already broken the same foot that caused him to miss time in 2018. It’s very likely if Knox shows anything in his rookie season, he will likely be the Bills answer to getting the TE involved in the passing game. Ed Oliver is the DT1 in IDP leagues even in leagues without the designation he should still be drafted. He’s a Freak athlete with a huge upside and a history of tormenting college QBs.
Carolina – Carolina had a great draft for dynasty owners looking to buy low on Cam Newton and also for those who have moved Christian McCaffrey and his giant biceps to the RB1 in their rankings. In Super flex leagues, Will Grier should absolutely be on your radar if you’re a Cam owner, the guy can play and is extremely confident in his abilities as a passer. Jordan Scarlett and Elijah Holyfield are the only two names offensively to keep an eye on. Scarlett and Holyfield share the same traits as each is a physical specimen. Holyfield likely dug his own grave by his terrible 40 time at the combine and his pro day, however, the guy is a very good football player and even though he went undrafted my money would be on him over Scarlett as who will have a better career. As physical as Scarlett is he lacks any threat as a 3rd down or receiving back. CMC likely dominates carries and touches as we saw him break the record for receptions for an RB in 2018. Cam Artis-Payne signed which will likely be his last NFL contract for one year to stay with Carolina and likely Scarlett and Holyfield are just in line to take over that spot which holds very minimal dynasty value.
Chicago – The Bears added multiple weapons in this year’s draft. Trading up in the 3rd round to acquire Iowa State RB David Montgomery made the biggest splash for dynasty owners. Montgomery has a chance to be the top RB in this class along with Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders who both landed on RB needy teams. Montgomery led all 2019 RBs with 99 forced missed tackles according to PFF. Mike Davis signed in the off-season shouldn’t be much of a threat if Montgomery gets rolling early. Jordan Howard was traded from Chicago prior to the draft and has had 250+ carries in each of his three seasons in the windy city. The Bears drafted Riley Ridley WR from Georgia in the 4th round. Ridley’s limited production at Georgia was more due to the offense than his skill set yet he still proved his playmaking ability. The 4.58 40-yard dash he ran at the combine likely hurt his draft stock and I would have loved to see him run at the Georgia pro day to improve his time. Ridley is in a tough spot in Chicago with Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, and likely Taylor Gabriel all in front of him to start 2019. Ridley has all the talent to be a consistent NFL WR with his route running and success at contested catches, but this landing spot has pushed him down rookie draft boards. Matt Nagy will likely spread the ball around again, unfortunately, it may take a WR injury for Ridley to see the field consistently this season. Undrafted WR Emanuel Hall is another name to keep an eye on but with the loaded WR core in Chicago he’s likely to struggle to make the 53-man roster. Hall is very talented but going undrafted in the NFL doesn’t always scream dynasty value especially when you choose to go to a team with a crowded WR core.
Cincinnati – The Bengals finally have moved on from Marvin Lewis to hire first-time head coach Zac Taylor. The new Bengals head coach is regarded as one of the best young offensive minds after working with Sean McVay for the last two years in Los Angeles. This wasn’t the most exciting draft for the Bengals in year one but there’s certainly some talent here. Two offensive linemen drafted could really help the new system for Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon, and A.J Green. On the IDP side, this was a perfect landing spot for Germaine Pratt, the N.C State product ranked as the 7th best off-ball linebacker in this class and he fills a major need at LB. Drew Sample drafted extremely high at 53 overall isn’t getting much love in the dynasty community per DLF’s current ADP he isn’t being drafted at all in any of the rookie mock drafts, currently, at Dynastynerds.com he is ranked as the 44th overall rookie. It’s very early in the process so these numbers are likely to change but with the draft capital, the Bengals invested I think he’s a stash player on deep rosters. Ryan Finley the second N.C State player drafted by the Bengals should see some decent value in super-flex leagues. Finley accounted for 54 touchdowns in his career and the second-highest winning percentage in school history only to Phillip Rivers. Andy Dalton entering the final two years of his contract while coming off another injury could be faded out if Ryan Finley picks up the offense quickly. Finley is an athletic QB who can make a vast majority of the NFL throws working with Zac Taylor he could be a very cheap answer to the Bengals new offensive system. The two most heart-breaking dynasty picks happened when both Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson were selected by the Bengals late in the draft. Williams led the SEC in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2018. Rodney Anderson battled major injury issues in his college career, but we just simply can’t forget his 201 rushing yards against a great Georgia defense in last year’s Rose Bowl. I personally love Joe Mixon but the addition of two RBs who can make plays the way both Williams and Anderson can. does concern me. Likely these are just insurance for Mixon especially with the draft capital spent on Williams and Anderson, but these are great late-round rookie stashes.
Cleveland – The Browns did their damage pre-NFL draft by adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt to their already exciting offense. In the actual draft, the Browns only drafted a kicker and offensive tackle while adding four defensive players who can potentially be starters by the end of the season. CB Greedy Williams, LB Sione Takitaki, S Sheldrick Redwine, LB Mack Wilson are all IDP names to keep on your radar. All four fill a huge need for the playoff-bound Browns this year. Mack Wilson, I like slightly more than Takitaki even though he was drafted later. Being a Miami Hurricanes football fan, I have watched Sheldrick Redwine for a few years at Miami he is a dynamic DB who can play multiple spots in the secondary. The Browns draft this year focused on the IDP side of the ball you can track where I have these guys in my IDP rankings that will be available to #Nerdherd members on the website.
Dallas – The Cowboys much like the Browns spent their 1st round pick on a proven player in WR Amari Cooper. Offensively the Cowboys added two RBs with the impending expiring contract of Zeke Elliott. Tony Pollard the swiss army knife type player from Memphis was taken in the 4th round of the draft. Pollard should make an immediate impact on special teams. Mike Weber the 7th round selection from Ohio State is the bigger threat to seeing backfield touches for me. Weber isn’t the greatest athlete, but he has the three-down ability in the NFL with over 2,900 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career at Ohio State. The Cowboys added a few IDP names to keep an eye on DE Joe Jackson who had 22.5 sacks in three years with the Hurricanes adds great depth. Texas A&M safety Donovan Wilson was added in the 6th round although I was hoping for one of the better safeties in this class to land with Dallas, Wilson has value as three of the current safeties on the Cowboys rosters enter free agency in 2019. Trysten Hill, DT from UCF and Jalen Jenks, DE from Oregon add to the rotation on the front four for the Cowboys.
Denver – The Broncos turned in another successful draft under John Elway. After adding Bradley Chubb, Courtland Sutton, Royce Freeman, and UDFA Phillip Lindsay last year the Broncos added another three solid players in 2019. Noah Fant brings his 4.5 speed to Denver to play with Joe Flacco. Fant should be a huge mismatch in the passing game if he develops an early connection with Flacco he could be a rookie of the year candidate. Fant should contribute immediately and instantly moves into my top 10 dynasty TEs with this landing spot. Drew Lock is brought in as John Elway takes another chance on drafting a QB. Drew Lock steps into a fantasy-friendly situation in Denver behind Flacco who is on a very team-friendly deal. Lock has the arm talent to play in the NFL it’s everything else that worries me. It may take an injury or really bad play for Lock to get a chance early in the season but if he does see time it’s a big bonus. Courtland Sutton, DeSean Hamilton, Emmanuel Sanders, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay who had 35 receptions as a rookie are all very good weapons who can help a rookie QB. New offensive coordinator Rich Scangrello is a Mike Shanahan disciple with years of experience as a QB coach this should give Drew Lock a big opportunity to potentially succeed in Denver.
Detroit – The Lions coming off a terrible season where they finished 24th in total offense and 25th in scoring offense in the NFL. Lions drafted possibly the safest pick in the draft when they selected T.J Hockenson from Iowa. Hockenson is the Mackey Award winner given to the nation’s best TE he beat out former teammate Noah Fant. T.J Hockenson is the complete package and should really help the run game as well as being used as a safety blanket for Matt Stafford. New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell brings a run-first approach his offenses have averaged 132.4 yards on the ground as a play-caller. The Lions look to go RBBC this season with additions to the backfield but Kerryon Johnson should still get the bulk of the carries. The Lions added Jahlani Tavai from Hawaii who managed over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Safety Will Harris and defensive end Austin Bryant are both very good defenders who fit an immediate need and have upside in deeper IDP leagues.
Green Bay – New head coach, new offensive philosophy but as long as Aaron Rodgers is the QB in Green Bay the draft strategy remains the same. The Packers loaded up on defense again adding dynamic DL Rashaan Gary and box safety Darnell Savage. Assuming Gary is healthy he could be a big addition to a youth movement on the Packers defense who brought in a few names in free agency to bolster their defense. Darnell Savage should make an immediate impact in IDP as he fits the box safety role. The aggressive attacking style of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine it’s likely Savage should play a lot as a rookie. TE Jace Sternberger from Texas A&M is a player I liked during the draft process and he landed with one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Sternberger is a one-year wonder in college with a 48/832/10 stat line last year. Jimmy Graham is likely gone after this season and although the Packers in the past haven’t used the TE as much this landing spot is still intriguing especially without them drafting a WR in the draft. You’ll likely be waiting a season or two for consistent targets but he’s a nice stash player after the 2nd round in rookie drafts.
Houston – It’s clear the Texans believe in the offensive talent they have in this year’s draft they added mostly project players that have the majority of draft analysts down on their overall grade. Kahale Warring is the only potential name here that excites me. Warring the San Diego State product has the potential to be the Texans starter but it’s going to take some time. On draft weekend oddly enough Houston starting TE Ryan Griffin had an off the field incident which eventually led to his release. Jordan Thomas saw targets last year so I wouldn’t rule out Warring’s chances of being involved in the offense as a rookie. Warring flashes as a route runner and his 8 touchdowns in 19 career games could get him on the field in the red zone.
Indianapolis – The Colts added 10 players in total the biggest being WR Parris Campbell. Campbell had 90 receptions last season and 12 touchdowns last season now he enters a perfect spot with Andrew Luck. The Colts needed another playmaker badly and Campbell should see plenty of targets right away. While referencing my Target Chart the Colts had 68 net targets available from a season ago it’s likely Campbell sees a high percentage of those as a rookie. Colts head coach Frank Reich was quoted that adding Campbell to the offense “This isn’t fair. It’s not going to be fair.” If that’s not a huge compliment before minicamp starts, I don’t know what is. Ben Banogu is an edge player who totaled 17 sacks in his last two seasons at TCU. Banogu should see situational pass-rushing upside early on and likely a starting role in no time he can instantly make the Colts a better defense.
Jacksonville – The Jaguars have had an eventful off-season adding veteran QB and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. The Jags are looking forward to a healthy Leonard Fournette in 2019 and brought in OT Jawaan Taylor in the second round to help solidify their rushing attack. Taylor was rated as the best tackle pre-draft before concerns with his knee became a red flag for many NFL teams. The Jags started the draft by taking former Kentucky Wildcat Josh Allen. Allen is an amazing addition for “Sacksonville” he brings his 17 sacks that saw him awarded him as the SEC defensive player of the year in 2018. Josh Allen played mainly 3-4 Edge in college with the Jags playing a 4-3 it is a reason to question this pick, but it is actually a simple answer however the Jags feel Allen can play anywhere they need him. The ability to have a dynamic player that can help off the edge as well as spell Yannick Ngakoue on early run downs is key for a defense that took a major step back in 2018. Ryquell Armstead and Josh Oliver were both added to the Jaguars offense in the draft which as dynasty players we can only hope help make this team a fantasy-relevant offense. Armstead should fit perfectly in the backfield with his punishing running style much like starter Leonard Fournette. Armstead had 34 touchdowns in his four-year career at Temple. Newly drafted TE Josh Oliver from San Jose State brings a receiving threat back to the Jags offense. Oliver has racked up 98 catches, over 1,000 yards, and 7 touchdowns during his college career. We saw Nick Foles use both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert while playing QB in Philadelphia it’s possible he could develop a nice comfort level with the new rookie giving the Jags a relevant fantasy TE for the first time in what feels like forever.
Kansas City – When you draft a QB and in his first full season as the starter, he throws for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns and wins MVP you have to feel like you’re playing with house money. The Chiefs despite an amazing year in 2018 where they finished as the number 1 total offense have some question marks going into 2019. The Chiefs two biggest skill position playmakers found themselves in legal trouble leading to Kareem Hunt being released from the team as well as Tyreek Hill being in a very tough situation that could see him play under an impending suspension cloud all-season or worse have him not play football all of 2019. The Chiefs addressed this in the 2nd round taking Georgia speedster Mecole Hardman. Hardman ran a 4.33 forty-yard dash as fast as he is, he’s no Tyreek Hill but in all fairness to him, nobody is. Hardman can bring a dynamic of speed to the Chiefs offense and special teams that you just simply can’t teach. As long as Mahomes and Andy Reid are there Hardman should see plenty of opportunities to produce despite his limited college production. Darwin Thompson the Utah State RB was added in the 6th round and he brings a change of pace to the Chiefs backfield. Andy Reid will likely find a spot for him either on special teams or as a 3rd down back, however, I don’t think he will see many snaps early with both Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde ahead of him. On the IDP side, the Chiefs added Juan Thornhill who should see value in a weak Chiefs secondary to make plays. Steve Spagnuolo takes over as the new defensive coordinator in Kansas City and his desire to play one safety deep would point to Thornhill being the true box safety as Tyrann Mathieu plays deep. Thornhill should be the second safety off the board in IDP drafts after Johnathan Abram.
Los Angeles Chargers – The Chargers fell one game short of the AFC championship game in 2018 and drafted as if they were content with their current offensive pieces. Despite losing productive WR Tyrell Williams to division rival Oakland the Chargers didn’t add a pass catcher in this draft. Easton Stick is the only offensive name to mention and this is mostly in very deep super-flex leagues. Phillip Rivers likely has years ahead of him still making this pick irrelevant for dynasty leagues. The Chargers added DT Jerry Tillery to boost their pass rush as well as DB Nassir Adderley to play alongside Derwin James who they drafted last year. Drue Tranquill was also added in the 4th round, and with the number of injuries the Chargers seem to always have at LB he could see value if someone goes down. Overall a boring draft for dynasty owners hoping to see value from the Chargers. So, it will continue to be Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Mike Williams and if healthy Hunter Henry for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles Rams – The Rams had an incredible year falling short in the Super Bowl to the Patriots. The biggest concern was the health of star RB Todd Gurley. Gurley’s knee injury was a head-scratcher for dynasty owners as the playoffs unfolded watching C.J Anderson carry the load in the backfield raised more questions than answers. The Rams addressed this by adding Memphis standout RB Darrell Henderson in the 3rd round. Henderson rushed for 31 touchdowns in college and is an insurance policy if Todd Gurley’s knee doesn’t hold up in 2019. The Rams lost LaMarcus Joyner to free agency and even though they added veteran safety Eric Weddle they still chose to draft Taylor Rapp from Washington. Rapp brings a strong presence to the safety group. Rapp will be a starting safety in the NFL it’s just a matter of time.
Miami – No argument the best pick the Dolphins made in the 2019 NFL draft was giving up the pick that turned into Andy Isabella for Josh Rosen. The Dolphins sent the 62nd overall selection to the Cardinals for Josh Rosen who likely is the most NFL ready QB in this class. Outside of the deal that landed Josh Rosen in South Beach the Dolphins draft was very underwhelming. Christian Wilkins is a line up anywhere defensive linemen than can instantly boost the weak Dolphins front 4. Wilkins value in IDP leagues is most likely in DT required leagues. Wilkins should primary line up inside for Miami, his 16 sacks and 40.5 tackles for a loss at Clemson brings a much-needed impact player to that defensive unit. After adding two solid offensive linemen the Dolphins drafted the University of Washington RB Miles Gaskin. Gaskin was very productive in college with over 5,000 rushing yards and 62 total touchdowns. The Dolphins have underused Kenyan Drake over the past few seasons under Adam Gase. With an entirely new coaching staff in Miami has a majority of the dynasty community with very low expectations for 2019. Gaskins will join a backfield with Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage which is more than likely a committee. New offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea has seen the RBBC approach most of his time he spent as the WR coach for the New England Patriots. He likely uses this same approach in Miami with a young offense that frankly isn’t very talented. Gaskins could be worth a late stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
Minnesota – The Vikings added 12 players in the 2019 Draft many of them late developmental players. The Vikings struggled to run the ball a year ago finishing 30th in rushing yards and tied for 27th with only 9 rushing touchdowns. The Vikings added Garret Bradbury late in the first round and Dru Samia in the 4th round. Those two should immediately help the offense establish the run in 2019. The Vikings added Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr in the 2nd round that could be an amazing value. Kyle Rudolph holds down the starting role for now in Minnesota but I wouldn’t be afraid to go after Smith Jr. in your rookie drafts. Irv Smith Jr’s 16.1 yards per catch along with his seven touchdown grabs proves he could be a great addition to an offense in need of a red-zone threat. The Vikings also added all-purpose RB Alexander Mattison from Boise State in the 3rd round. Mattison is coming off a 17-touchdown season as a Junior for the Broncos. The health of Dalvin Cook seems to be a major concern for the Vikings after letting Latavius Murray leave in free agency, they chose a cheaper option in the 3rd round of the draft. Mattison has very real value here and as a Dalvin Cook owner in a few dynasty leagues, I’m likely overpaying for him slightly in rookie drafts. The more rookie drafts I am doing the more I’m realizing Smith and Mattison are and should be 2nd round rookie picks.
New England – Ss football fans all we can do is just shake our heads in amazement when we watch Bill Belichick work in the offseason. The Patriots added Arizona State star WR N’Keal Harry with the last pick of the 1st round. Harry joins a revamped WR core in New England that barring a miracle won’t have the services of Josh Gordon in 2019 leaving a huge void at outside WR. Harry joins the Super Bowl champs after scoring 25 touchdowns in just three seasons at Arizona State. Harry fits the Patriots short quick passing game very well and could also fill the void left by Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski in the red-zone. New England in a bit of a surprising move drafted Alabama RB Damien Harris who ironically enough also comes off a college career where he scored 25 touchdowns as well. Harris is a very talented RB who joins an extremely crowded Patriots backfield. This should be a big blow to Sony Michel owners as if James White stealing all the passing game work wasn’t bad enough, they now add another RB who could see an increased number of stats if he performs well. The Patriots use every inch of the field on offense and every matchup advantage they can get they will take. As the Pats shift to a more run dominant approach, they likely will remain the most frustrating backfield in all of fantasy football because of the depth at the position. Chase Winovich is the IDP name to keep on your radar. Winovich is such a typical Patriots player name as a Bills fan I think I’ll be haunted by that name for another decade. Winovich is likely more valuable in leagues that offer the “EDGE” designation but if he happens to get DE tag his value should see a nice boost. Winovich was very productive in his three seasons on defense at Michigan racking up 18.5 sacks in just three seasons after converting from playing TE as a freshman. Overall nothing new here, the Patriots continue to dominate the NFL on and off the field.
New York Giants – It’s a story so bad it just writes itself. Dave Gettleman continues to ruin franchises wherever he goes. As much as Gettleman was a bit unfairly criticized for passing on Quenton Nelson for Saquon Barkley last year he certainly will be criticized fairly for this year’s draft. The Giants added Duke QB Daniel Jones at number 6 overall passing on some very talented players. If Jones has any prayer of being a good NFL QB, he has to beat out Eli Manning and take over as the starter at some point this season. Eli Manning is so washed if the Giants drafted a QB 6th overall and he doesn’t play this season I fully expect Gettleman to be fired before the 2020 NFL Draft. Dexter Lawrence and Oshane Ximines are the two names to add late in deep IDP leagues. Lawrence’s upside is very limited and his dip in production in college is concerning. Ximines racked up 12 sacks his senior season and fills a void at pass rusher for the Giants who easily have the worst defense in their division. The Giants are a dumpster fire the few shares of Daniel Jones I have acquired have hurt my soul. This team is headed for another coaching change sooner than later.
New York Jets – The Jets did a majority of their damage in free agency prior to the NFL Draft. In the actual draft, the Jets boosted their defensive line adding Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite. Williams dominated when he got his chance last year at Alabama compiling 19.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. When you turned on any highlight film this year that had the Alabama defense on the field Williams jumped off the screen to me over and over. Williams slides right behind Ed Oliver in DT rankings but likely wouldn’t draft him in IDP leagues if starting DT isn’t mandatory. Jachai Polite’s draft stock has been in question throughout the draft process, what matters most is his on-field production. Polite is coming off a season where he had 11 sacks and 6 forced fumbles this is an instant help to a defense that finished tied for 20th in the NFL in sacks last season. The main takeaway from the Jets draft is the defense improved greatly through free agency as well as the draft and in the end hopefully adds to more possessions for Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell, and the new Jets offense.
Oakland – The Raiders turned in a great draft this year. Oakland wasted no time at surprising fans taking Clemson DE, Clelin Ferrell over Kentucky dynamic edge rusher Josh Allen. Ferrell played on multiple very talented defenses in college and still managed 27 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in his career while I still believe Josh Allen was the right pick here the future is very bright for Ferrell as the star edge rusher for the Raiders. Ferrell is the DE2 in this class just behind Nick Bosa for me and should have a great chance to reach double-digit sacks early in his career. As expected, the Raiders finally drafted RB adding Josh Jacobs in the 1st round. The Alabama product while limited usage in college still managed 14 touchdowns in 2018. Jacobs should be the 1.01 in almost every rookie draft excluding super-flex leagues. The Raiders offense is very talented, and Jacobs should see the bulk if not all of the carries for this offense in 2019. The Raiders third and final 1st round pick was Johnathan Abram the Mississippi State safety. Abram is my DB1 in IDP leagues he should see the box safety role and given the weak core of LBs in Oakland he could see high tackle volume his rookie year. Maxx Crosby is another name I do like in deeper IDP leagues I truly believe the Raiders may have found two very good defensive ends in this draft. Ferrell and Crosby combined for 19 sacks in 2018 the Raiders were the only team in the NFL to not record at least 30 sacks last season they had 13. The Raiders added two depth pass-catchers late in LSU TE, Foster Moreau, and Clemson WR, Hunter Renfrow. The Raiders lost their leading pass catcher last season Jared Cook and bring in Moreau from LSU coming off a very unimpressive career. Moreau has upside as the only relevant TE on the Raiders roster and is worth an add later in rookie drafts on pure opportunity alone. Renfrow will forever be famous for his game-winning catch to seal the 2016 National Championship for Clemson but he brings a solid slot option for the Raiders. Renfrow totaled 186 receptions at Clemson and while his stats don’t jump off the screen at anyone, he makes plays when it counts on Saturday’s and likely will do the same on Sunday’s. As a dynasty owner, I’m likely grabbing Renfrow later in leagues with very deep rosters or a taxi squad I can stash him on.
Philadelphia – The Eagles hit a home run in terms of dynasty fantasy football in this year’s draft. The Eagles landed the best pass-blocking tackle in the draft Andre Dillard as well as RB Miles Sanders and last but not least one of my favorite players pre-draft J.J. Arcega Whiteside. The Dillard pick couldn’t be more perfect and should solidify the tackle position for the Eagles for many years. Miles Sanders finally was given his shot to prove himself without Saquon Barkley and he delivered with over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns while also hauling in 24 receptions. Sanders should see some competition in Philadelphia with Jordan Howard, but he has all the tools to see significant snaps as early as week one. J.J. Arcega Whiteside was a favorite of mine when I watched the film. He has the potential to be a solid fantasy producer for years in this Philadelphia offense. This pick gives the Eagles depth outside with the injury history to Alshon Jeffery it gives them tremendous insurance. Arcega Whiteside joins Jeffery, Ertz and Goedert as four receiving threats at least 6’3 or taller. Carson Wentz owners have to be the most excited after this year’s draft. Additions to the offensive line and skill position players could make this a huge year for Carson Wentz.
Pittsburgh – After a very wild off-season for the Steelers, it was once again time for them to reload through the draft and over the years there are very few teams as successful at finding fantasy performers than the Steelers are. Pittsburgh’s attacking style defense has not been the same since the devastating injury to Ryan Shazier, since that time they have tried a few journeyman veteran LBs in that role none of them with anywhere near the impact of the former Buckeye. Pittsburgh finally realized how important that position was to their defense in this year’s draft they traded up 10 spots to acquire another Big Ten star, the University of Michigan’s Devin Bush. Bush is the son of a former NFL safety and his blazing 4.4 speed at the combine has Steelers fans and dynasty owners excited to see what he can do on Sundays. Bush is an every-down LB and while his production dipped from his sophomore to junior year in college, he looks like a guy poised to make impact plays in the NFL and bring back the leadership to the middle of the Steelers defense. After losing both star RB Le’Veon Bell and now superstar WR Antonio Brown in the past two off-season’s the Steelers went back to what they do best and that’s drafting offensive talent. Using one of the picks received for the Antonio Brown trade the Steelers selected Toledo WR, Diontae Johnson. Johnson much like Antonio Brown played in the MAC in college with over 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns. It’s worth noting if you’re paying attention over the years that if the Steelers draft a WR, that player better be on your radar as a dynasty owner. Looking back to the 2000 NFL draft the Steelers hit rate when drafting a WR in terms of fantasy football is extremely successful with names like Plaxico Burress, Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and now Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster. I’m not saying Johnson will be any of those guys, but he absolutely has the chance given the way this offense develops college WRs and Johnson is going at a fairly cheap price in rookie drafts. Pittsburgh wasn’t done acquiring productive college players as they added University of Kentucky all-time leading rusher Benny Snell Jr. The knock-on Snell has been his measurables and speed mostly but if you turn on the film the production is there obviously to become the school rushing leader in just three seasons you have to be a good player. Benny Snell Jr. is just a prototype old school Steelers RB and fits this team so well he might have to wait for an injury or to prove himself with both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels ahead of him but Snell scored 48 touchdowns in college in just 39 games it’s not a stretch to think he could see some red zone rushing opportunities even as a rookie.
San Francisco – 49ers GM John Lynch now enters year three of his six-year contract, and while the team is only 10-22 in that time, there is still reasons to be excited. The injuries just can’t seem to stop derailing any hope we have to see a true Kyle Shanahan offense on the field for 16 games, but one thing is for sure the 49ers continue to stockpile talent. The 49ers drafted what I believe is the safest defensive pick in this draft in Nick Bosa. The second Bosa brother to be drafted into the NFL may be the better of the two if he can just stay healthy. Bosa in really only two seasons at Ohio State had 17.5 sacks. In his junior season, he had four sacks in just three games before an injury forced him out the entire season as he chose to prepare for the NFL draft instead of coming back too soon. Bosa adds insane depth to a 49ers defensive line that finished 9th in the NFL in sacks in 2018. The 49ers have star DT DeForest Buckner along with underwhelming first-round picks Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas as well as newly acquired Dee Ford who finished with 13 sacks in 2018. The 49ers have a legit chance to lead the NFL in sacks this season it’s not a great year to be an offensive lineman or QB in the NFC West. San Francisco wasn’t done yet in the draft as they switched focus to the offensive side in true Kyle Shanahan fashion. The 49ers still seem to be looking for their WR1 under Shanahan even though George Kittle set the NFL record for receiving yards in a single season in 2018. The 49ers looking for that consistent outside threat they drafted Dante Pettis a year ago hoping he can be that guy and followed that up this year by drafting South Carolina WR, Deebo Samuel 36th overall in this year’s draft. Samuel hauled in 11 touchdowns in his best college season in 2018 and his exceptional route running combined with his ability to break tackles in the open field make him a very dangerous weapon in this offense. The depth of Kittle, Pettis, and Samuel give the 49ers pass-catching core a major boost for dynasty leagues this season. The 49ers also added troubled playmaker Jalen Hurd in the 3rd round. Hurd has had many ups and downs in his playing career while playing both RB and WR in college for two separate programs (Tennessee, Baylor). Hurd has great size and versatility that when combined with his third-round draft capital leads me to believe that Kyle Shanahan has an idea of how to use him in his offense. This is a make or break year for Jimmy Garoppolo with all the weapons and year three for Kyle Shanahan if the team bombs out again it’s likely more changes come for the rebuilding 49ers.
Seattle – While all the focus has been on the offensive additions in this draft, we can’t forget the Seahawks chose to take L.J. Collier from TCU in the first round. Collier is a perfect fit under Pete Carroll and with the departure of Frank Clark, it’s possible Collier sees instant year one value. The Seahawks finished 8th in sacks last year with 13 of those belonging to Frank Clark who was traded for this selection of Collier. The Seahawks are attempting to replace recently retired Doug Baldwin as they drafted Ole Miss star D.K Metcalf and West Virginia’s Gary Jennings. Both players can find an early role in Seattle, but they will be joining the team that finished 32nd in pass attempts last season. Metcalf although drafted higher seems to be the more unpredictable pick, Jennings can be acquired much cheaper and is the better route runner of the two. Travis Homer was added in the 6th round and despite my Miami Hurricanes bias, I think he was a great value. Homer did it all at Miami and his 3rd down abilities are what likely forced the Seahawks to draft him. Homer is durable and reliable but he’s not a workhorse his receiving ability and pass blocking will get him on the field early. Chris Carson and Rashad Penny will likely split the early-down work leaving some opportunity for Homer if he has a good preseason. This would be a good guy to take a shot on late in rookie drafts for the lottery ticket factor of getting a possible starting dynasty RB. If all goes right Homer could see value similar to Austin Ekeler of the Chargers. Ekeler has hung around now for multiple years working as mostly the 3rd down RB and game flow dependent PPR RB. Ekeler finished as RB25 last season if you could get that potential from a late pick you take that chance.
Tampa Bay – Unfortunately, the Buccaneers had such a lackluster draft under new head coach Bruce Arians. The key name to talk about on defense is Devin White. White leaves LSU after back to back seasons with at least 123 tackles. After losing Kwon Alexander to free agency this filled a huge hole in the Bucs defense. Devin White is going to be an IDP stud and he is locked in for instant production for a very weak Bucs defense heading into 2019. I’m sure you were all expecting an RB to be drafted like I was; however, it was not to be. The only new weapon Arians adds is Bowling Green WR, Scott Miller. After Mike Evans and O.J. Howard, the passing game becomes anyone’s guess after both Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson left in free agency. Chris Godwin is getting all the hype and there is some competition with Justin Watson and Breshad Perriman, but Scott Miller has a chance to see the field this year. I believe Miller’s speed is what intrigued the Buccaneers and Arians will likely give him an opportunity to make plays, what Miller does with those opportunities remains to be seen.
Tennessee – The Titans may have very well had the best draft of any NFL team a year or two from now. The Titans took Jeffery Simmons in the first round and although he won’t play in 2019, he’s a brilliant stash guy for IDP leagues that require a starting DT. Simmons is an elite level player and should make a huge name for himself when he’s fully healed and back playing on Sundays. Huge shock to me when the Titans elected to take Ole Miss WR, A.J. Brown in the 2nd round. The Titans finished 31st in the league in pass attempts in 2018 and are looking to change that. A.J Brown brings his 189 receptions and 199 touchdowns he had in college to a struggling passing offense. Brown joins Corey Davis and free agent Adam Humphries to help boost the passing game for Marcus Mariota. The Titans pass game will have to improve drastically to see reliable fantasy production for the rookie WR in 2019. I believe Brown is a potential buy mid-season or in next season’s rookie draft in the hope he breaks out in year two or three.
Washington – There’s honestly nothing Washington could have done in this draft to make me excited about their offense. The Redskins only averaged more points per game than three teams in the NFL (Bills, Jaguars, and Cardinals) in 2018. Washington drafted Dwayne Haskins from the Ohio State University. Haskins tossed a Big Ten Record 50 touchdowns passes last season breaking the record held by Drew Brees. While Haskins is still very young, I’m afraid he will be starting by week one and will be forced to learn quickly. The Redskins have the worst WR core in the entire league while they attempted to address that in this draft it still doesn’t excite much of the dynasty community. Washington drafted both Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon to help bolster the WR position. McLaurin is an interesting name with his chemistry playing in college with Haskins my money would be on him over Harmon being more productive immediately. Harmon offers a bright upside but his falling to the 6th round concerns me. It shouldn’t be tough to compete for targets on this Washington offense so in that regard, both McLaurin and Harmon are worth drafting. Stanford RB Bryce Love also landed in Washington in the 4th round many have pegged him as the replacement to Chris Thompson, but Love offers more than that. Bryce Love cost himself some crazy money when he returned for his senior season in college but his landing spot in this draft could have been much worse. While it will take some time to be fully healthy, I look at Love to be a serious threat to Derrius Guice who is returning from an injury himself. It may not be until 2020 but Bryce Love should see his opportunity to prove himself in this backfield. Montez Sweat landing in Washington hurts in IDP leagues that don’t use the “EDGE” designation. However, he’s a great pass rusher he is coming off 22.5 sacks in his last 26 games. If Sweat finds a way to land a DE designation he’s IDP gold but likely staying at LB will hurt his value and production.Follow @glosser13 Tweets by Glosser13