Dynasty league rookie draft presents tough decisions

Carlos Hyde could be a dynasty league steal in rookie drafts. (USATSI)
Carlos Hyde could be a dynasty league steal in rookie drafts. (USATSI)

Many dynasty leagues will hold rookie drafts this weekend.

If you pick near the middle of the first round like I do (No. 6 overall), you'll have your choice of any running back or quarterback. Receivers and possibly tight end Eric Ebron will dominate the top half of the first round.

Buffalo's Sammy Watkins and Tampa Bay's Mike Evans will go 1-2 in almost every draft. With their talent and the situations they're stepping into, they form a tier of their own. The 3-5 range features the Giants' Odell Beckham, the Saints' Brandin Cooks , the Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin and the Eagles' Jordan Matthews, plus Ebron.

That works for my running back-deficient, receiver-deep squad. My top three RBs are Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Darren Sproles. Two aren't getting any younger, and Bell is dealing with a knee injury.

The question is, Bishop Sankey or Carlos Hyde

Sankey is virtually guaranteed to do more in 2014. The Titans made him the first running back off the board. He only has to beat out Shonn Greene, who's had two surgeries on the same knee since September.

Sankey's longterm future isn't as bright. The Washington Huskies overused him, giving him 653 touches the last two seasons. He isn't going to break as many tackles as Hyde.

Hyde projects as San Francisco's 2015 starter. The 49ers made a huge investment in him. There's almost no better situation (offensive line, philosophy) for a running back. 

Tre Mason, Terrance West and Devonta Freeman are other intriguing RBs who could start sooner than most think. One likely will be available in the second round, so it's Sankey or Hyde at No. 6 overall.

Hyde gets the nod for longterm value.

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