Sun Apr 26th 2020
Updated Rankings, Including Rookies
Where The Rookies Rank Among The Veterans
We had a live sporting event this weekend! The NFL draft carried on swimmingly, even though coaches, GMs, and players were quarantined in their homes. It was still a blast! It was the most watch NFL draft ever, proving that the nation was starving for a live sporting event. While most of America did not know the names of the players being drafted, Dynasty Freeks knew every player selected (at least the fantasy-relevant players).
I write this short article this week because my weekend was filled with watching the draft, updating rookie landing spots, re-ranking the rookie class, and integrating rookies into my overall positional rankings. I've accomplished it all this weekend, so Dynasty Freeks can be among the first to republish rookie rankings and add rookies into the overall rankings.
In the coming weeks, I will write more about my rookie rankings now that we know which teams drafted them. I will also write about my many rookie drafts so that you can see who I picked in my rookie drafts and see the ADP of other rookies drafted in my leagues. This will help you learn more about the rookies I value and give you a better sense of the player value of the dynasty community at large.
For now, please look at my rookie rankings and positional rankings to see what I think of this 2020 rookie class. I'll offer this one overall assessment of the NFL draft, landing spots for players, and what it means for this year's rookie drafts.
Be Patient With This Rookie Class
- I believe this is a class that will require some patience because most of the top players were drafted to teams with crowded depth charts and solid starters ahead of them. Add to that the fact that pre-season activities may be delayed due to the pandemic. It will take more time than usual to see these rookies get up to speed and making an impact on our dynasty teams.
- Jonathan Taylor and J.K Dobbins were drafted by teams with solid starting running backs (Marlon Mack and Mark Ingram) in the last year of their contracts. D'Andre Swift and Cam Akers were drafted by organizations that have running backs that their teams traded up to get in recent drafts (Kerryon Johnson and Darrell Henderson). CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Tee Higgins, Jalen Reagor, Laviska Shenault were drafted to teams with solid wide receiver ones and great running games (Cooper/Elliot, Sutton/Gordan, Green/Mixon, Jeffery/Sanders, Chark/Fournette).
- Aside from the top two quarterbacks, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, and Denzel Mims appear to be the only rookies in my top 20 to be week one starters for their teams, but even that may be unlikely if offseason programs are delayed.
- All of that said, this year, more than most years, I recommend that you rank and draft rookies based on their 2021 and beyond future more than their possible 2020 fantasy value. Stay the course. My top 12 rookie ranking barely changed after this NFL draft. My top 24 rankings changed a bit, but not much. It's dynasty leagues that we're playing, so be patient and draft the most talented players.
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