Fantasy Insiders Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
It is Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft season! While I compiled my top 40 rankings of rookies for dynasty fantasy football purposes, we have yet to address Superflex dynasty leagues in the NFL365 package. I participate in the Fantasy Insiders SuperFlex Best Ball Dynasty league with several other industry members including Anthony Amico, Michael Leone, Brit Devine, and other recognizable names.
My team finished as the runner up last season, losing in the final to Ben Gretch from Fantasy Insiders (now CBS Sports). My team is not incredibly strong but was full of veteran contributors and constructed to match the settings of the league. We start two tight ends and can start two quarterbacks. The most interesting wrinkle of the league is that it is Best Ball, so there are no in-season waiver moves and no lineup decisions. As such, the rookie draft was incredibly important for all teams in the league and also included players who were not on rosters in 2018 like Damien Williams and Jason Witten. What follows is a superflex dynasty fantasy football rookie draft round by round recap.
Link’s to the 2018 Rosters can be found HERE, the draft itself is linked HERE, and the current rosters are HERE. There has been an insane amount of trading taken place during each round of both this rookie and the original startup.
The Fantasy Insiders Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft:
Round one went pretty interestingly compared to most drafts. Leone traded out of his first overall pick after going 0-14 in 2018 in order to shore up his depth. Dwayne Haskins falling to 1.06 was a real blessing for Leone as I would assume he goes before Sanders in most Superflex drafts. Damien Williams was an obvious selection for Seige at 1.04 as the best veteran contributor who was not already owned. Brit really jumped the gun on T.J Hockenson but in a two-TE league, I get the logic. My veteran team needed a player capable of scoring points this year and Mecole Hardman was an easy selection for that reason. 100 PPR points is not out of the realm of possibility for Hardman as a rookie. As you can see from the comments, many of these picks have gone through trades.
The second round went what I think is much more chalk. DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, Andy Isabella, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Hakeem Butler are all standard second-round picks in dynasty rookie drafts. Ben Gretch made what I think is the pick of the entire draft, getting New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon at 2.09. If I had a pick in this round, that would have been who I aimed for. My second round pick was traded to Brit Devine in part of a 2018 trade where I secured Case Keenum. Seige made what I think is an error by taking Jace Sternberger over Herndon though in fairness, Seige is in a strict rebuilding effort and not attempting to compete this year.
My word, there are some absolute steals here. While this rookie class is like on top-end talent, it is insanely deep in possible contributors. Damien Harris at 3.01 to David Kitchen gives him a running back who will contribute starting lineup scores from year one. Diontae Johnson might sneak into the first round in some rookie drafts yet he goes here at 3.02 to Seige. ADHD was able to get Robert Foster from the veteran pool at 3.05 in what has to be an oversight from the rest of the league. Alexander Mattison and Benny Snell are valuable handcuffs who could have RB2 roles with only one injury ahead of them. I owned the 3.11 pick in this round but traded back to the 4.03 from Anthony Amico because there were three players who I wanted here and thought picking up an extra fifth rounder was better than taking who I eventually took at 4.03.
Still, in the fourth round of this Superflex Dynasty fantasy football rookie draft, there are values. Players selected in this round project to have fantasy football value in 2019 which is wild. Anthony Amico made maybe the pick of the draft with Demarcus Robinson at 4.08. Robinson is likely going to be the WR2 for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and he was not drafted that way by our league. My selections for this round were Myles Gaskin and Jason Witten. Gaskin had four 1,000 yard seasons at the University of Washington in college and enters a team with very little stability at running back. I like his odds of contributing this year. Jason Witten is a very boring selection but should help anchor my tight end spot in a two-TE league. Seige made the great selection of Ryquell Armstead who has a chance to be the Jaguars starting RB as soon as this year.
While there are still two more rounds left of our draft (and this post will be updated) several of our league members gave their thoughts on their teams and their draft.
League Thoughts On The Fantasy Insiders Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
After a disastrous 0 – 14 season in my debut dynasty league, House Leone was looking for a quick rebuild. My team had some solid foundational pieces, despite the horrific first season, such as young RBs Kerryon Johnson, Marlon Mack, Sony Michel, and Derrius Guice and high-end WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen.
The issue was team construction and depth. I failed to properly account for the Superflex setup, leaving me barren at QB. It seemed like an easy fix to take Kyler Murray with the 1.01, but this league is bananas and tons of trading ensued.
Prior to the draft, I sent Derrius Guice for DJ Moore and a fourth-round pick. Then, in the hour leading up to the first pick, the quick rebuild strategy was firmly on, as I moved the 1.01 and dreams of Kyler Murray to Seige for Jimmy G and the 1.06, where I was able to take Haskins, giving me a trio of young QBs (Jimmy G, Haskins, and Josh Allen).
This allowed me to move Joe Flacco and some other picks to trade back three times and acquire depth. I ended up with three second-round picks (Andy Isabella, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Irv Smith), and then finally traded up with the extra picks I compiled to grab Justice Hill at the 3.06.
I’m hopeful the turnaround from 0 – 14 will be quick. It’s probably too much to ask to compete this year unless I run pure on games started from Jimmy G, Haskins, and Rosen, but the iron title is sure to come to House Leone in 2020.
Let’s first look at my roster pre-draft and go over a few trades before the superflex dynasty fantasy football rookie draft as I entered with five of the top nine picks. Last year was the startup and I willingly tanked by trading back multiple times to acquire picks in 19/20 and taking players like Hunter Henry who wasn’t even going to play last year at the time of the draft. I also went very heavy at WR in the startup to play WR roulette in the scoring format as it’s a start 1-7 RB/WR’s so while everyone went RB heavy I was stockpiling youth at WR and TE to cater to the best ball format in hopes the young WR’s would ascend in year 2+.
I Traded 1.06/1.08 for Dalvin Cook: This was a steal as Seige was selling a little light after tilting the presumed fantasy loss of Tyreek Hill and decided to go for a rebuild. Was too good to pass up.
Now to the picks. At, 1.02 Josh Jacobs – Easy pick as I needed to add at RB and should walk right into a big workload. 1.03 N’Keal Harry – I tried to trade down here but had no takers for the price so made another easy choice. 1.08 T.J. Hockenson – KNOW your Opponents! I couldn’t believe Hockenson was still on the board here in a MUST start 2 TE league. Dan is a Jacksonville homer and needed a third QB so I shipped off Nick Foles and a 5th round pick to jump in here.
Hockenson was a top 6 pick in this format to me easily and while I hate giving up QB’s in Superflex I already had three Top 15 QB’s which made this an easy choice. At 1.09, Parris Campbell – Catching passes from Andrew Luck in an innovative and high scoring offense for the next 5+ years was simply too good to pass up. I debated taking TE Noah Fant here to completely control the TE board but with 4 scoring TE’s every week already on the roster, I decided to pick one of the more exciting players in the draft.
3.03 Devin Singletary – Not out of the question he sees reasonable production this year with 2 dinosaurs and a low payed FA signing in front of him. 3rd round draft capital RB’s almost always get a shot to make it and I needed to add some RB depth as well. I went from a 3-10 team that I tanked on purpose in Year 1 to fielding a team that can easily compete for a playoff spot and more. Add in two 2020 1st’s I have stockpiled as well and the future looks bright.
After much thought, I decided to trade away as many picks as possible to obtain a key player like Mike Evans. Well, and really so I didn’t have to make any picks because I have no idea what I am doing in a rookie draft. For the few picks I did have to make, I went to my twitter timeline and crowdsourced who I should select. Let me tell you, my timeline did not let me down.
I finished fifth in the league last year and fourth in total points. Since then, I’ve added Adam Thielen, Mark Ingram, and Geronimo(oooooooo!) Allison via draft pick trades. I’m also getting Le’Veon Bell back. I feel strongly that my team is the best in the league. My goal in the draft was to add a couple of extra pieces, preferably at WR where I could use a little more depth. I traded my 2nd round pick to Leone for Joe Flacco and his 2020 3rd, which I thought was a cheap way to add a usable player while maintaining roster flexibility. Then I traded up for Terry McLaurin at 3.11. I made the move partially because I was growing impatient with the pace of the draft, but also because I had three draft picks and only two open roster slots. Trading up let me consolidate a little bit, and add a player I think is going overlooked in rookie drafts. With my second pick (4.08), I took DeMarcus Robinson, who is a rookie WR failure or Sammy Watkins injury away from a major role with Patrick Mahomes. Of the 30 players on my roster, I think 28 of them can contribute this year. That’s critical in best ball, and makes me feel good entering the season.
When I evaluated my roster heading into this refresh draft, I felt I could go two directions: blow the thing up, or play the lotto. I’ve decided to play the lotto. The quickest way to play and win the lotto in fantasy football is at Running Back. To that point, I added Miles Sanders at 1.05 and Darrell Henderson at 2.05. I felt these two players (given the draft position) presented the best situations for significant, productive roles in Week 1 with the opportunity to grow. The Henderson pick did cause some grief, however, as I wanted TE Chris Herndon (dammit, Gretch) as well.
Ultimately, I sided with the lotto ticket. I grabbed WR Robert Foster at 3.05, and was surprised he lasted so late. Refresh drafts are a fine place to harvest deep veteran talent while most leaguemates chase shiny rookie toys. Foster produced well across the second half of 2018 (14.2 AYA on 37 targets), and I see a clear path to a WR1 role in BUF this season. At 4.05, I selected QB Will Grier. Am I playing the lotto with Cam Newton’s shoulder labrum? Not necessarily. Grier did show up with a solid #2 ranking in Josh Hermsmeyer’s QB Draft study (fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-n…), with a predicted 90% probability of producing a league-average season. You’ll take that in a Bestball Superflex.
Tyreek Hill being out of football in 2019 was the death knell for the core I built up in the startup draft. I had no depth and no way to get it. As I looked around the league I saw a ton of teams buying and no one selling which led to a unique opportunity to potentially sell high and get the rebuild done in 1-2 years instead of 3-4 if I got stubborn and waited one year too many.
I approached the league about selling Joe Mixon and Dalvin Cook. Mixon price was pretty set in stone, was going to take 2 1sts and 2 2nds, but I was only going to sell him if I could get a taker for Cook as well. I was hoping for 1 1st and wasn’t sure I could with the torn ACL on his record and Vikings picking up a back in the draft but Brit was willing to give up 1.06 and 1.08 for him. And when Kitchen paid the Mixon price, the teardown was on.
After selling the RB’s I decided to test the market for Mike Evans as well and was able to get the full rate for him in 2 1sts, 1 2nd and a 3rd from Ryan Hodge. Armed to the teeth with ammo, I wanted to see if there was any way to get Kyler Murray out of Leone. I have Jared Goff + Sam Darnold, so if I could get 3 young QBs I’d be set at the position for the next 4-5 years. Leone needed a QB so offered Jimmy G + 1.08 for 1.01, and when he countered with Jimmy G and 1.06 for 1.01 I was happy to accept.
Honestly, I have too many picks to dive into them all but I was able to get 5 1st rounders on my board in the first 3 rounds: Kyler (1.01), Damien Williams (1.04), David Montgomery (1.07), Deebo Samuel (2.02), Diontae Johnson (3.02). Combine that with Jace Sternberger (I take Herndon over Jace if my team had any shot of competing this year) and Daniel Jones and I have a great QB/RB core that will hopefully lead to some title shots starting as soon as 2020 season.
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