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Midseason 2021 Dynasty Rookie Draft – 1QB

NFL midseason has arrived. If you are out of the playoff race it’s time to focus on the draft. Our devy team does a 1QB mock draft for the 2021 class.

We’ve hit the midpoint of the NFL season and closing in on the playoffs for fantasy football. If your team is out of the playoff hunt, like well a few, of mine. Now is the time to start focusing on the future of your fantasy team. With college football in full effect, the dynasty nerds devy team put together a first-round mock draft for one quarterback leagues and Superflex. Here are our picks and why we would take them when we did.

1.01- Ja’Marr Chase

Drafted by Jon Glosser (@Glosser13)

  • Height- 6’2
  • Weight- 207
  • Position- Wide Receiver
  • School- LSU

Most of the time, in this spot, you are grabbing a running back. A running back usually fills a team need, and while there are two great ones in Harris and Etienne, I have to go with my gut and take the player I see with the most upside. That to me is Ja’Marr Chase, who decided to opt-out of the 2020 season after a record-setting 2019 season capped off with a National Championship. Ja’Marr Chase is the only LSU WR to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in his first two seasons. That is just another very impressive stat he can add to his long list of accomplishments. There’s little to no doubt Chase will be selected in the top ten of the NFL Draft. With a few wide receiver needy teams projected to be picking early, it could be a great situation for him even as a rookie. Ja’Marr Chase brings versatility to any offense showing that he can line up outside or in the slot. He can win in short areas as well as on contested catches. Chase is an excellent player I expect to be a highly productive dynasty asset for years.

1.02- Najee Harris

Drafted by Matt Bruening (@SportsfanaticMB)

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
  • Height- 6’2
  • Weight- 229
  • Position- Running Back
  • School- Alabama

Najee Harris is my current top running back in the 2021 draft class. With the amount of good wide receivers in this class, I would prefer to take a running back here and load up on wide receivers later. Harris is a complete back. Not only is he an outstanding rusher, but he is also underrated in the receiving game. He can run all kinds of routes and has great hands. Harris should be an instant starter regardless of where he lands in the NFL.

1.03- Travis Etienne

Drafted by Alex Kurpeski (@3COAK_FF)

  • Height- 5’10
  • Weight- 205
  • Position- Running Back
  • School- Clemson

A true three-down back who has improved his game each season, Etienne is a safe bet to be the first back off the board next spring. The senior is a plug-and-play starter who could immediately step in as the bellcow back for any team in the league due to his well-rounded skill set. Regardless of where he lands, I expect Etienne to immediately take on a lead role for an NFL club next fall.

1.04- Rondale Moore

Drafted by Jared Wackerly (@JaredWackerlyFF)

  • Height- 5’9
  • Weight- 185
  • Position- Wide Receiver
  • School- Purdue

Rondale was only the second true freshman ever to win the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile college football player. The other true freshman was Christian McCaffery. Rondale is going to be a PPR machine in the NFL. He came into college football and dominated the Big 10. His 2019-20 season was cut short due to a hamstring injury, and he hasn’t yet played in 2020 due to undisclosed medical reasons. However, I’m absolutely in love with Moore’s skillset, and I think he’s a can’t miss guy.

1.05- Rashod Bateman

Drafted by Matt Jackson (@DHH_Matt)

(John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • Height- 6’2
  • Weight- 210
  • Position- Wide Receiver
  • School- Minnesota

Rashod Bateman has been a force since stepping onto the field for the Golden Gophers. He is a dominant force in the receiving game and has the build and playmaking ability of a true alpha receiver. He is my WR1 in this upcoming class, and I cant see that changing. It is hard to find flaws with his game, and im thrilled to get him here.

1.06- Devonta Smith

Drafted by Erik Kortz (@EKBaller)

Credit: Cedric Mason | Touchdown Alabama Magazine

If there’s any type of TEP, I’m taking Pitts and feeling like I stole him. If my team is loaded at TE, I’m taking Pitts anyway. But if I have a good starter there already, I’m taking Devonta Smith here. There are several WRs I’d be looking at- Rodgers, Marshall, Waddle- but Smith is a do-it-all X-reciever, and his resume is ridiculous. He’s on pace to blow by his stats from his 68/1256/14 JR year, in which he outperformed his two 1st-round-draft-pick teammates.

1.07- Chuba Hubbard

Drafted by Raju Byfield (@FantasyContext)

  • Height- 6’0
  • Weight- 208
  • Position- Running Back
  • School- Oklahoma State

Chuba Hubbard has not looked great this season. He needed to go back to school to improve his draft stock. His poor performance this season may actually end up hurting more than it helps. He will be one of the fastest risers of the offseason due to his track speed and exciting tape, but he is no longer pushing to be a potential first-round pick. He stands to be a tremendous value in rookie drafts, at least one’s prior to the draft.

1.08- Kyle Pitts

Drafted by Felix Sharpe (@sharpereview)

  • Height- 6’6
  • Weight- 240
  • Position- Tight End
  • School- Florida

You have to avoid picking bust in the first round of dynasty draft. Kyle Pitts might be the safest player in that regard. He may not have the ceiling of some of the other players, as far as fantasy points. But, he might be the first non – quarterback still position player to be drafted. And it’s hard to see him busting.

1.09- Jaylen Waddle

Drafted by DynastyPJ (@mastapj)

(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
  • Height- 5’10
  • Weight- 182
  • Position- Wide Receiver
  • School- Alabama

Injuries are never a good thing, but in this instance, I think it helped Waddle fall down the board, so everyone else’s loss is my gain. Waddle is my WR2, and think he would be a steal if he fell this far. His injury should be healed before the NFL season starts, and I think there’s a very strong chance he’s the second WR off the board and might even go in the top 10 picks, which would likely give him the early opportunity for a lot of playing time. His speed and route running should help him quickly become a top option at the next level, and he would be a great asset to have on your fantasy squad.

1.10- Trevor Lawrence

Drafted by Derek Bosworth (@dynasty_god)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
  • Height- 6’5
  • Weight- 215
  • Positon- Quarterback
  • School- Clemson

I usually fade quarterback in one quarterback leagues. However, when the best prospect since Andrew Luck is available at pick ten, it’s tough to pass up. The inevitable first overall pick in the NFL draft is going to be a QB1 for a dynasty eternity (10 years). With all of my tier one players off the board, Lawrence leads my second tier of players in a 1 QB draft making this pick easy for me.

1.11- Justin Fields

Drafted by Carl Vagle (@carl_vagleFF)

  • Height- 6’3
  • Weight- 228
  • Position- Quarterback
  • School- Ohio State

I was planning on going with Trevor Lawrence here, but Boz had other plans for me. I debated several other options but seeing how Fields has played this year leads me to believe he is worthy of a back end of the 1st pick in 1QB drafts. Fields has the size, decision-making, and mobility of a modern-day NFL QB. He is an ELITE QB prospect, and he’s going to give you 15 years of fantasy value.

1.12- Terrace Marshall Jr.

Drafted by Eric Herauf (@ejh1528IDP)

  • Height- 6’3
  • Weight- 200
  • Position- Wide Receiver
  • School- LSU

We all knew after Justin Jefferson left, somebody had to step up. Then Ja’Marr Chase opted out, and that left Terrance Marshall Jr. Through five games this season so far, Marshall already has 540 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He is a big receiver that has speed and can out body almost anybody. He can run terrific routes and should be one of the top WR taken in a deep WR class.

That completes our way to early one quarterback mock draft. We will continue to do these every couple of weeks leading up to our favorite time of year, draft season. Continue to check back for all of our devy and NFL draft content as we push closer to the off-season.

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