Some owners who don't compete in Dynasty League formatted Fantasy Football leagues might be chilling out right now and relaxing until training camps start in July. But for those of us dynasty guys (or girls) who have to stay sharp 365 days a year, taking part and analyzing rookie mock drafts helps give us an edge before the real thing goes down. My dynasty league rookie drafts take place in July, while others take place later or have already happened.
Looking to the future is one of the key ingredients in finishing up a great rookie draft.
I was lucky enough to take part in a two-round mock draft with several of my fantasy brethren. How did I do? Who went No. 1? Who went higher than they should have? All of these questions can be answered below. While reading, keep in mind that our picks were based on which players would have an impact as soon as 2012. Which is unlike most dynasty formats, where owners can draft a guy and sit on him as long as they want or have a certain amount of years in which they get to keep their players.
1.01. Dan Heins – Dynasty Football Warehouse: Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
1.02. Nolan Vasan – NFL Draft Geek: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
1.03. Jeff Ratcliffe – Pro Football Focus: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
1.04. Matt Lane – Second City Fanatics: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1.05. Mike Novick – Fantasy Football Help Desk: David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
1.06. Greg Brosh – Fantasy Knuckleheads: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
1.07. Eric Dickens – Dynasty League Football: Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
1.08. Jeff Melbostad – Dynasty Football Warehouse: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
1.09. Josh Hreha – Average Joe: Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets
1.10. Scott Whitfield – Roto Rankings: Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
1.11. Tim Stafford – Dynasty League Football: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
1.12. Gary Davenport – IDP Manor: Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
Justin Blackmon may have been the best receiver to come out this year, but there is no doubt in my mind that Floyd will make an immediate impact in 2012. Floyd will not only play across from one of the best receivers in the game in Larry Fitzgerald, but Fitz’s mentoring will have an even bigger affect. Just ask guys like Dwayne Bowe and Sidney Rice, both of whom had strong seasons after attending Fitzgerald’s Summer Camp.
2.01. Gary Davenport – IDP Manor: Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
2.02. Tim Stafford – Dynasty League Football: Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
2.03. Scott Whitfield – Roto Rankings: Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams
2.04. Josh Hreha – Average Joe: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
2.05. Jeff Melbostad – Dynasty Football Warehouse: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
2.06. Eric Dickens - Dynasty League Football: Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
2.07. Greg Brosh – Fantasy Knuckleheads: Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
2.08. Mike Novick – Fantasy Football Help Desk: Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns
2.09. Matt Lane – Second City Fanatics: LaMichael James, RB, San Francisco 49ers
2.10. Jeff Ratcliffe - Pro Football Focus: Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions
2.11. Nolan Vasan – NFL Draft Geek: Robert Turbin, RB, Seattle Seahawks
2.12. Dan Heins – Dynasty Football Warehouse: Ryan Tannenhill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Having to pick this deep is rough, especially when you figure most of the guys left are valued as nothing more than No. 3 options on their teams' depth charts. I am sure a few guys picked either after me or not picked at all will make a name for themselves in training camp. But anyways, I opted to go with Pierce because he not only has the inside track at the backup job behind Ray Rice, but he could have even more value if Rice decides to holdout because of his contract situation. A battering ram, Pierce could be a worthy option in touchdown-heavy leagues. A 6'0' / 218 pound thumper is going to be tough to stop on the one-yard line.