Offseason Extra: Early 12-team, standard mock draft
The NFL draft is over and all of the rookies have new teams. So where are they going to fall during Fantasy drafts? We take an early look through the lens of a 12-team standard league.
The minute the NFL Draft is over Fantasy owners want to know all about the rookie class and their value for the upcoming season. Here's our answer -- the first mock draft featuring every eligible player for this year.
This rookie class is not going to wow you like last year. Coming into the season, there's no Trent Richardson or Doug Martin at running back, and we definitely don't have an Andrew Luck , Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson at quarterback. New St. Louis receiver Tavon Austin might be the best prospect coming out of the draft, but keep in mind he's just a slot receiver.
The hope is that as we get closer to training camp a few players will emerge as potential Fantasy stars, and we have our eyes on Denver's Montee Ball , Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell , Green Bay's Eddie Lacy , Austin and many more. There are just a lot of ifs with most of these guys.
But as you'll see with this mock draft, rookies were still sought after as potential starting options. Ball and Bell went in Round 5, and Lacy, Giovani Bernard and Austin were drafted in Round 7. My team features three rookies in Bell, Austin and Miami's Mike Gillislee .
Here's a quick rookie Top 10 rank list for this season (this is not a dynasty ranking): Ball, Bell, Lacy, Austin, Bernard, Zac Stacy , DeAndre Hopkins , Johnathan Franklin , Joseph Randle and Gillislee.
Ball (if Willis McGahee is released as expected), Bell and Lacy are almost guaranteed starting jobs, and Bernard in Cincinnati and Stacy in St. Louis should have prominent roles. Franklin (Green Bay), Randle (Dallas) and Gillislee are top backups worth late-round picks, and Austin and Hopkins (Houston) enter the season as the top two rookie receivers.
There is no rookie quarterback worth drafting in most standard leagues -- none were taken here -- but keep an eye on Buffalo's EJ Manuel and the Jets' Geno Smith . They have the chance to start right away, and based on their ability to make plays running the ball as well as being quality passers, they could develop into decent Fantasy options as the year goes on.
At tight end, we loved Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz before the draft, but they didn't end up in favorable spots to be productive as rookies. Eifert went to Cincinnati and will be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Jermaine Gresham , and Ertz was drafted by Philadelphia, which already has two tight ends in Brent Celek and James Casey . The Fantasy value for these rookie tight ends is more for dynasty formats.
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In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
2. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
5. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
6. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
10. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
11. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
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