Frozen nostrils while shoveling after another snowfall can only mean one thing on the Superflex Dynasty calendar: it’s rookie draft season! Questions abound about the 2022 rookie class, between quarterback values and the wide receivers sitting at the top of the class. Recently, the guys from The Devy Royale (Kevin Coleman, Christian Williams and myself) have come together to make a Superflex Mock Draft rookie. The results are below.
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1.01 Treylon Burks (WR – Arkansas, Christian)
1.02 Garrett Wilson (WR – Ohio St, Jeff)
1.03 Isaiah Spiller (RB – Texas A&M, Kevin)
1.04 Drake London (WR – USC, C)
1.05 Jameson Williams (WR – Alabama, J)
1.06 Sam Howell (QB – North Carolina, K)
1.07 Carson Strong (QB – Nevada, C)
1.08 Kenny Pickett (QB – Pittsburgh, J)
1.09 Breece Hall (RB – Iowa St, K)
1.10 Skyy Moore (WR – West Michigan, C)
1.11 Matt Corral (QB – Ole Miss, J)
1.12 George Pickens (WR – Georgia, K)
Two things immediately stand out, the quarterbacks’ valuation for a Superflex format and the high-end depth of the WR position.
There are legitimately five candidates vying for the best player on the roster on the quarterback front. This uncertainty devalues the global outlook so early in the process. It’s a good question whether a couple will emerge as the best in class with the top ten ratings or if the lack of a clear candidate and depth in other positions will serve to push the group down. bottom of the table. Creating player self-assessments is essential for a Dynasty player, but hearing the league’s opinion on the prospects themselves is more valuable. The league as a whole devaluing this group cannot be overlooked.
Wide receivers are the real gems of this class. As I touched previously, the top end of the class rivals most recent vintages. There’s no Ja’Marr Chase in this class, but that won’t devalue overall as future fantasy superstars are still around. It’s important to note that while the fantasy community is abuzz with Treylon Burks’ potential, the draft community is more on the fence, which lends to his lack of polish as a road runner. As a strategic note, if someone in your league has fallen for him as a prospect, this presents an opportunity to pivot out of the pick with an established NFL talent or a package involving a 2023 1st round pick. and a later choice in this class. prime targets.
2.01 Kenneth Walker III (RB – Michigan St, C)
2.02 Malik Willis (QB – Freedom, J)
2.03 Chris Olave (WR – Ohio St, K)
2.04 Trey McBride (TE – Colorado St, C)
2.05 James Cook (RB – Georgia, J)
2.06 David Bell (WR – Purdue, K)
2.07 Jahan Dotson (WR – Penn St, C)
2.08 Wan’dale Robinson (WR – Kentucky, J)
2.09 Kyren Williams (RB – Notre Dame, K)
2.10 Dameon Pierce (RB – Florida, C)
2.11 Desmond Ridder (QB – Cincinnati, J)
2.12 Jalen Wydermyer (TE – Texas A&M, K)
Before you start an angry tweet at your guy, know that I once thought “LOST” was going somewhere, so I was wrong before. The first thing that stands out is the depth of class, with several fan favorites like Malik Willis, David Bell and Kyren Williams landing in that lineup. Some separation will begin in this group as the process continues and checkpoints like the Senior Bowl, Combine, and ultimately the NFL Draft.
This exercise illustrates the ability to capitalize on the descent on the first lap. Quality players are looking for potential first-round capital at the top. In many leagues that resume very early in the process, you’ll likely get a similar level player between 1.07 and 2.03. Still, the implied value of this trade in a trade can open up some packages for future value or offset the difference in uplevels at the NFL level.
3.01 John Metchie III (WR – Alabama, C)
3.02 Jalen Tolbert (WR – South Alabama, J)
3.03 Tyler Badie (RB – Missouri, K)
3.04 Bailey Zappe (QB – Western Kentucky, C)
3.05 Zonovan Knight (RB–NC St, J)
3.06 Rachaad White (RB – Arizona St, K)
3.07 Tyler Allgeier (RB–BYU, C)
3.08 Abram Smith (RB – Baylor, J)
3.09 Keaontay Ingram (RB – USC, K)
3.10 Alec Pierce (WR – Cincinnati, C)
3.11 Jerome Ford (RB – Cincinnati, J)
3.12 Cole Turner (TE – Nevada, K)
Get your running backs. The high-end wide receiver talent goes through the first two rounds of the draft, but starts to dwindle early in the third round. The same generally applies to QBs, and this class is no different, as either Zappe or Kaleb Eleby likely complete a list of 7-8 QBs who might be worth considering in Superflex.
Later in rookie drafts, running back is simpler, a better bet to make. Wide receivers face multiple levels of real fantasy utility, first building a roster, then earning significant playing time, before the end, hitting consistent target volume. Running backs face a simpler path, often just being available in a known position to run through active bodies. Last year’s rookie steal Elijah Mitchell shows the value a running back can quickly rack up in that range. This class runs deep with running backs able to follow the path of Mitchell or Rhamondre Stevenson as a rookie.
4.01 James Mitchell (TE-Virginia Tech, C)
4.02 Brian Robinson (RB – Alabama, J)
4.03 Jashaun Corbin (RB – Florida St, K)
4.04 Khalil Shakir (WR – Boise St, C)
4.05 Isaiah Likely (TE – Coastal Carolina, J)
4.06 Hassan Haskins (RB-Michigan, K)
4.07 Justyn Ross (WR – Clemson, C)
4.08 Tyrion Davis-Price (RB–LSU, J)
4.09 Sincere McCormick (RB – UTSA, K)
4.10 Erik Ezukanma (WR – Texas Tech, C)
4.11 Price D’Vonte (RB – CRF, J)
4.12 Charleston Rambo (WR – Miami, K)
Round four is “get your guy” territory. Find your gem and throw a dart. The reality is that many of these players will spend a few seasons at the ends of the Dynasty rosters before finally giving up hope, so be sure to take some shots.
For a full breakdown of the individual choices in this sim, check out The Devy Royale.
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