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2024 Fantasy Football: Dynasty Startup Mock Draft (Non-Superflex)

Marvin Harrison Jr. - Fantasy Football Rankings, College FB, WR, NFL Draft Sleepers

Last week, we posted the results of a rookies-only dynasty draft featuring 12 staff members. That mock gave you an idea of what rookie drafts might look like in established non-Superflex dynasty leagues. That format didn't show you the value of veterans compared to these incoming rookies, though. For that, we had to perform a full startup mock.

To do this, twelve of our writers joined a mock that used the most common settings for a non-Superflex startup. Namely, we used standard PPR settings with no extra scoring for QBs or TEs. We included rookies and vets in one pool and allowed trades, though none were executed. Rosters include one QB, two RBs, three WRs, and two Flex spots. No kicker, D/ST or individual defender spots are used.

With these settings in mind, you will find the team-by-team breakdowns of each dynasty team below. Notes on team strategies, value picks, reaches, and noteworthy builds are included. Also included are notations on how many rookies are on each team, how many vets with five-plus years were taken, and what each team’s designated strategy was.

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers won two writing awards and received 12 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. A big congrats to our very own Byron Lindeque (Golf) and Jordan McAbee (NASCAR) for both winning Writer Of The Year awards! Be sure to follow RotoBaller's analysis and advice all year long, and win more. Win More With RotoBaller!

 

Team #1 (Chris Gregory)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Jayden Daniels Rookie 12.12
RB Nick Chubb Browns 8.12
RB Jonathan Brooks Rookie 9.1
WR Justin Jefferson Vikings 1.1
WR Rashee Rice Chiefs 2.12
WR Malik Nabers Rookie 3.1
TE Travis Kelce Chiefs 7.1
Flex Rome Odunze Rookie 5.1
Flex BrIan Thomas Jr. Rookie 6.12
Bench
TE  Brock Bowers Rookie 4.12
WR Keon Coleman Rookie 10.12
WR Ladd McConkey Rookie 11.1
RB JK Dobbins Ravens 13.1
WR Khalil Shakir Bills 14.12
WR Devontez Walker Rookie 15.1
RB Jaylin Wright Rookie 16.12
RB Jaleel McLaughlin Broncos 17.1
QB Aaron Rodgers Jets 18.12
WR Ricky Pearsall Rookie 19.1
RB Isaiah Davis Rookie 20.12
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
12 2 Future Build

Rookie Overdose: Building a roster with 60% rookies is risky. That said, each rookie I selected felt like the best dynasty value available. For example, I have a higher grade on Brock Bowers than I did Dalton Kincaid in 2023, and Bowers has less baggage than Kyle Pitts or Mark Andrews. Meanwhile, Brian Thomas Jr. has the true WR1 upside that Josh Downs and Diontae Johnson don’t.

More examples include Ladd McConkey and Jaylen Wright. McConkey’s speed in and out of breaks is special, plush his floor feels higher than Quentin Johnston's or Michael Wilson's. McConkey is also younger than DeAndre Hopkins and Mike Williams. As for Wright, his long speed and receiving ability are worth more to me than underwhelming journeymen like Cam Akers, Zay Jones, or JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Building for the Future Means Waiting on Running Back: After taking rookies with three of my first five picks, I knew I would be building for 2025 or beyond. This choice led me to punt on running back and QB. Veterans were never a priority for me, either. Upside and youth were the priorities, especially given how limited the veteran upside got after the first seven rounds.

While the selections of Nick Chubb and Travis Kelce could keep me competitive, they were my only win-now moves. This is evident, considering they’re the only five-year vets on my squad.

Always Wait on a QB in Non-Superflex: Four teams drafted passers in the second round of this mock. Seven teams had taken a QB by the seventh. Five squads ended up rostering three quarterbacks in total, although they could only start one.

Despite this early push on passers, quality starting quarterbacks were still available in the double-digit rounds. Jordan Love and Kyler Murray were particularly good values in the tenth round. I was happy to wait even longer, nabbing massive rushing upside by taking Jayden Daniels in the 12th round. I’ll take Malik Nabers and Daniels over C.J. Stroud and Demario Douglas any day.

 

Team #2 (Mo Aneizi)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Anthony Richardson Colts 4.11
RB Kyren Williams Rams 2.11
RB James Cook Bills 5.2
WR CeeDee Lamb Cowboys 1.2
WR Cooper Kupp Rams 6.11
WR Troy Franklin Rookie 7.2
TE Trey McBride Cardinals 3.2
Flex Aaron Jones Packers 8.11
Flex Jameson Williams Lions 9.2
Bench
RB Zamir White Raiders 10.11
WR Rashod Bateman Ravens 11.2
TE Cade Otton Buccaneers 12.11
RB Keaton Mitchell Ravens 13.2
QB Kirk Cousins Vikings 14.11
WR Xavier Legette Rookie 15.2
WR Zay Jones Jaguars 16.11
WR Calvin Austin Steelers 17.2
WR Tyquan Thornton Patriots 18.11
WR Brenden Rice Rookie 19.2
RB Pierre Strong Browns 20.11
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
3 4 Balanced

Extreme Balance: Team Aneizi built his squad with enough established players to contend today. He also has enough youth to remain relevant in three years. He accomplished this by balancing unproven youth like Troy Franklin and Anthony Richardson with veterans on their last legs like Cooper Kupp and Aaron Jones. He then sprinkled in some accomplished young veterans like CeeDee Lamb and Trey McBride for consistency.

Risk and Reward: The riskiest pick that Mo made in this mock was taking Kyren Williams in the second round. If Williams can repeat his workload and performance from 2023, this is a fantastic pick that can help him win for three or four years. If the Rams bring in someone to supplement Williams at the goal line or share significant touches, this pick could age quickly.

McBride carries similar risks to Williams. He is also a sophomore whose 2023 breakout was fueled by big volume. McBride’s 8.5 targets per game, after Zach Ertz’s injury, led all tight ends. Despite that volume, he finished just 18th in TDs and 14th in yards per reception amongst TEs with 50 or more targets. Translation: McBride is volume-dependent, and Marvin Harrison Jr. could steal a lot of it.

Mixed Bag in Middle Rounds: Mo got tremendous value when he selected Keaton Mitchell in the 13th round. The odds of Mitchell falling that far in summer drafts are low. Mo also got solid value with Brenden Rice in the 19th and Xavier Legette in the 15th rounds. However, Zay Jones was taken ahead of much more interesting rookies who were available, while Cade Otten shouldn’t go over Luke Musgrave or Dalton Schultz.

 

Team #3 (Keith Hernandez)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Justin Fields Bears 9.3
RB Travis Etienne Jaguars 2.10
RB Isiah Pacheco Chiefs 4.10
WR Ja’Marr Chase Bengals 1.3
WR Jaylen Waddle Dolphins 3.3
WR Christian Watson Packers 6.10
TE Dalton Kincaid Bills 5.3
Flex Josh Downs Colts 7.3
Flex Brian Robinson Commanders 8.10
Bench
RB Khalil Herbert Bears 10.10
WR Mike Williams Chargers 11.3
WR Tyler Lockett Seahawks 12.10
TE Luke Musgrave Packers 13.3
QB Deshaun Watson Browns 14.10
RB Alexander Mattison Vikings 15.3
RB Jerick McKinnon Chiefs 16.10
QB Bryce Young Panthers 17.3
WR Skyy Moore Chiefs 18.10
RB Sean Tucker Buccaneers 19.3
TE Taysom Hill Saints 20.10
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
0 6 Risky Contender

Passing on Rookies: As is clear by now, this rookie class could be historic in terms of receiving talent. It also has potential stars at tight end and quarterback. So, any dynasty team with zero exposure to this class could miss out big. Jerick McKinnon lacks upside or longevity, while Skyy Moore has been worthless in two years with Patrick Mahomes. Why not take rookies instead?

Boom-or-Bust: If Team Hernandez hits, they should hit for power. Justin Fields has shown he can be an elite fantasy QB when he's on. Jaylen Waddle has been elite with Tyreek Hill off the field and sometimes with him out there. There is volatility to this squad, though.

First among Keith’s risks is the uncertainty surrounding Justin Fields’ final destination. If Fields ends up in a bad situation or hurt early, Team Hernandez’s backup options inspire little confidence. Neither Deshaun Watson nor Bryce Young was worth starting in fantasy last year. Christian Watson's volatility and injury history don't fit a contender build either, nor does Brian Robinson fit in a contender’s PPR flex.

 

Team #4 (Josh Constantinou)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Jalen Hurts Eagles 2.9
RB Saquon Barkley Giants 5.4
RB Joe Mixon Bengals 8.9
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Lions 1.04
WR Tank Dell Texans 3.4
WR Amari Cooper Browns 6.9
TE T.J. Hockenson Vikings 4.9
Flex Jahan Dotson Commanders 7.4
Flex Jakobi Meyers Raiders 9.4
Bench
RB Chuba Hubbard Panthers 10.9
RB Ty Chandler Vikings 11.4
TE Michael Mayer Raiders 12.9
WR Wan’Dale Robinson Giants 13.4
QB Jared Goff Lions 14.9
WR Brandin Cooks Cowboys 15.4
RB Elijah Mitchell 49ers 16.9
WR Trey Palmer Buccaneers 17.4
WR Josh Reynolds Lions 18.9
TE Juwan Johnson Saints 19.4
WR Parker Washington Jaguars 20.9
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
0 8 Win Now

The Definition of Win-Now: When a dynasty team invests zero picks in a rookie, it should be in win-now territory. When two of its first eight picks are running backs over the age of 26, it must be in win-now territory. Neither Joe Mixon nor Saquon Barkley will have much fantasy value in three years, and that value could tank much sooner. Drafting them, Amari Cooper, and taking zero rookies is an all-in build.

The trouble with this win-now build is the lack of reliable depth behind the older players it relies on. The primary backups for Mixon and Barkley are Ty Chandler and Chuba Hubbard. Neither reserve is guaranteed a starting role in 2024 nor a fantasy-relevant one in 2025. Meanwhile, the selection of Jahan Dotson over Keenan Allen doesn’t fit his urgent build.

Pending Medicals: This team's success will depend a lot on the health of Tank Dell and T.J. Hockenson. Both are coming off major surgery and were selected early by Josh. They fill prominent starting roles on this roster, so their early health will be key to a win-now build. Odds favor Dell being a full-go in Week 1, but Hockenson’s availability is in doubt. A contender missing its fourth-round pick is a problem.

 

Team #5 (Matt Donnelly)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Trevor Lawrence Jaguars 8.8
RB Breece Hall Jets 1.5
RB Jonathan Taylor Colts 3.5
WR DJ Moore Bears 2.8
WR Stefon Diggs Bills 4.8
WR Deebo Samuel 49ers 5.5
TE Dallas Goedert Eagles 9.5
Flex Javonte Williams Broncos 6.8
Flex Marquise Brown Cardinals 7.5
Bench
QB Kyler Murray Cardinals 10.8
WR DeAndre Hopkins Titans 11.5
RB Bucky Irving Rookie 12.8
TE Greg Dulcich Broncos 13.5
WR Rashid Shaheed Saints 14.8
RB Audric Estime Rookie 15.5
WR Darnell Mooney Bears 16.8
RB Cam Akers Vikings 17.5
QB J.J. McCarthy Rookie 18.8
WR Hunter Renfrow Raiders 19.5
WR Javon Baker Rookie 20.8
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
4 8 Win Now

How to Commit to a Win-Now Plan: Given how he started this mock, Team Donnelly’s team composition makes sense. Once you invest two of your first three picks in running backs, taking established veteran receivers is a logical move to fill things out. Deebo Samuel, Stefon Diggs, D.J. Moore, Marquise Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins all fit that build. They also carry significant injury, age, or volume concerns that could hamper this team's chances.

Risks Worth Taking?: Seven of Matt's projected starters have suffered serious injuries over the past two years. While this is not always a predictor of future outcomes, the age of these players also plays a factor. At 30, Diggs' decline late in 2023 could be a sign of things to come. Meanwhile, Deebo and Hollywood have lengthy injury histories and face significant competition for targets, especially if Marvin Harrison Jr. goes to Arizona.

 

Team #6 (Brad Camara)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB C.J. Stroud Texans 2.7
RB Bijan Robinson Falcons 1.6
RB Kenneth Walker Seahawks 4.7
WR Brandon Aiyuk 49ers 3.6
WR Jayden Reed Packers 5.6
WR Chris Godwin Buccaneers 6.7
TE George Kittle 49ers 7.6
Flex Rhamondre Stevenson Patriots 8.7
Flex Austin Ekeler Chargers 9.6
Bench
RB Tyler Allgeier Falcons 10.7
WR Quentin Johnston Chargers 11.6
QB Brock Purdy 49ers 12.7
WR Elijah Moore Browns 13.6
TE Dalton Schultz Texans 14.7
WR Ja’Lynn Polk Rookie 15.6
RB Zack Moss Colts 16.7
WR John Metchie Texans 17.6
QB Baker Mayfield Buccaneers 18.7
TE Luke Schoonmaker Cowboys 19.6
RB Ezekiel Elliott Patriots 20.7
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
1 6 Boom-or-Bust

The Urgency of a Running Back Build: Team Camara drafted just six veterans with five or more years of NFL experience. That’s usually a good sign for team longevity. However, two of his best players are Bijan Robinson and Kenneth Walker. Those backs give him an immense advantage at a thin position over the next three or four years. However, their short shelf life also limits how long he can contend without a true WR1.

Adding to this age problem is Austin Ekeler, who showed serious signs of decline in 2023. Ekeler will be 29 this year, and he isn't the ideal fit for a Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman offense. The veteran's receiving ability does give him a bigger window of fantasy viability than most, but it's unclear if he will be in the right situation to take advantage.

Gambling on Receivers: If Brandon Aiyuk were traded to a team with an elite passer and an open WR1 spot, such as Jacksonville, taking him in the third round of a dynasty startup would make great sense. Unfortunately, the odds favor Aiyuk staying with the 49ers. In San Francisco, he has averaged just 6.6 targets per game over the past two years. That’s the volume of a mid-tier WR2 that should be taken in the fifth round.

Jayden Reed was another big gamble, given he is Team Camara’s WR2 and was taken in the fifth round. Reed’s rookie snap rate was alarmingly inconsistent, and it didn’t help that Jordan Love liked to spread the ball around. Reed played less than half the Packers’ offensive snaps in four of their final seven games and had 11 total targets in their final three. That usage concerns me enough to take George Pickens or Terry McLaurin over him.

 

Team #7 (Matt Terelle)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Justin Herbert Chargers 6.6
RB De’Von Achane Dolphins 2.6
RB Tony Pollard Cowboys 8.6
WR Garrett Wilson Jets 1.7
WR Michael Pittman Jr. Colts 3.7
WR Jordan Addison Vikings 4.6
TE David Njoku Browns 7.7
Flex George Pickens Steelers 5.7
Flex Roschon Johnson Bears 9.7
Bench
WR Courtland Sutton Broncos 10.6
TE Cole Kmet Bears 11.7
QB Dak Prescott Cowboys 12.6
WR Marvin Mims Broncos 13.7
RB AJ Dillon Packers 14.6
WR Curtis Samuel Commanders 15.7
RB Miles Sanders Panthers 16.6
WR Adam Thielen Panthers 17.7
WR Rondale Moore Cardinals 18.6
WR K.J. Osborn Vikings 19.7
TE Noah Fant Seahawks 20.6
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
0 8 Balanced

Youth Without Rookies: Team Terelle is one of several that ignored this tremendous rookie class. That doesn’t mean he’s without promising young talent, however. Matt got upside and youth early, drafting players with less than five years of NFL experience with each of his first five picks. Those picks allow Team Terelle to stay young while avoiding the volatility of a heavy-rookie build.

Garrett Wilson has the potential to be the top overall fantasy receiver in 2024 if Aaron Rodgers is healthy. Meanwhile, the likes of George Pickens, Michael Pittman Jr., and Jordan Addison have all proven they can produce at a high level in the NFL despite their youth. While I prefer Marvin Harrison Jr. over Wilson and Rome Odunze over Addison, Matt’s choices are safer and still offer upside.

Concerns Over Herbert: Greg Roman, the Chargers’ new offensive coordinator, is a historically run-heavy play caller. When Roman was asked about his offense at his introductory press conference, he talked about the run game. When asked about Justin Herbert, Roman talked more about the run. When reporters noted that Herbert was at his best when throwing a lot, Roman nodded… and talked more about the run.

I don’t hate Herbert. He is a superstar, and I’ve been a fan since his Oregon days. I do hate Greg Roman’s offense and what it could do to Herbert, though. If Roman can say with a straight face that NFL defenses fear strong run attacks more than passing ones, when the arms of Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have won four of the past five Super Bowls, it warrants worry.

 

Team #8 (Andrew Ball)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Joe Burrow Bengals 5.8
RB Najee Harris Steelers 6.5
RB David Montgomery Lions 7.8
WR A.J. Brown Eagles 1.8
WR Tyreek Hill Dolphins 2.5
WR Nico Collins Texans 3.8
TE Mark Andrews Ravens 4.5
Flex Calvin Ridley Jaguars 8.5
Flex James Conner Cardinals 9.8
Bench
RB Chase Brown Bengals 10.5
TE Pat Freiermuth Steelers 11.8
WR Dontayvion Wicks Packers 12.5
WR Demario Douglas Patriots 13.8
QB Drake Maye Rookie 14.5
RB Kenneth Gainwell Eagles 15.8
QB Matthew Stafford Rams 16.5
WR Roman Wilson Rookie 17.8
RB Chris Rodriguez Commanders 18.5
WR Tre Tucker Raiders 19.8
TE Cole Turner Commanders 20.5
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
2 7 Win Now

Another Win-Now Build: Team Ball used his first three selections on immediate difference makers at WR. Tyreek Hill and A.J. Brown are both elite options who should put together at least one more season of top-end production, so they are fine pieces for an urgent build. Nico Collins is also a fine selection for a team looking to win this year and after, though Tank Dell's presence pushes Collins into the fifth round for me.

After investing in Hill and Brown early, Team Ball was committed to a win-now build. Considering that, it was reasonable for him to use fourth and seventh-round picks on Mark Andrews and David Montgomery. Both should return on investment for at least two years, while pick #9.8 was a reasonable price for a contender to pay for James Conner.

Najee Harris in the sixth was at least two rounds too high, though. He isn’t the most talented back on his team, he doesn’t see consistent volume in the passing game, and he is too dependent on touchdowns to be a sixth-round pick.

Take the Good and the Bad: Andrew made two solid rookie selections late, taking Drake Maye and Roman Wilson in the 14th and 17th rounds, respectively. Both were some of the better options available. Given his big arm and mobility, Maye has the upside to be a top-ten fantasy passer someday. Meanwhile, Wilson carries PPR value as a sudden and incredibly quick slot option.

However, the choices of Dontayvion Wicks in the 12th and Demario Douglas in the 13th were reaches. Keaton Mitchell, Adonai Mitchell, Bucky Irving, and Khalil Shakir were better values. Meanwhile, selecting a third quarterback (Matthew Stafford) in a non-Superflex league was perplexing. This is especially true when potential league winners like Elijah Mitchell, Jaylin Wright, and Malachai Corley were there.

 

Team #9 (LaQuan Jones)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Lamar Jackson Ravens 4.4
RB Christian McCaffrey 49ers 2.4
RB Alvin Kamara Saints 7.9
WR Puka Nacua Rams 1.9
WR Drake London Falcons 3.9
WR Terry McLaurin Commanders 5.9
TE Isaiah Likely Ravens 8.4
Flex Christian Kirk Jaguars 6.4
Flex Derrick Henry Titans 9.9
Bench
RB Jerome Ford Browns 10.4
WR Michael Wilson Cardinals 11.9
RB Devin Singletary Texans 12.4
RB Tank Bigsby Jaguars 13.9
QB Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins 14.4
TE Tucker Kraft Packers 15.9
RB Rico Dowdle Cowboys 16.4
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Patriots 17.9
WR Malachi Corley Rookie 18.4
RB Ray Davis Rookie 19.9
RB Will Shipley Rookie 20.4
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
3 8 Mostly Win Now

Running Backs Plus a Future: Team Jones has a relatively balanced roster, given its win-now bones. The selections of Drake London, Puka Nacua, and Terry McLaurin give LaQuan longevity at receiver, which can help balance his older roots at running back.

That said, committing serious resources to Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, and Lamar Jackson necessitates that this team win soon. Each of those backs should be over the hill or retired by 2026, while Jackson’s playing style could catch up to him by age 30. However, the combination of CMC, Jackson, Nacua, and Kamara offers league-winning potential in the short term.

Likely Story: The choice of Isaiah Likely in the eighth round was particularly interesting for a team built like this. Dallas Goedert, Luke Musgrave, Dalton Schultz, and Michael Mayer were all available when Likely was chosen, and they are all better fits for a veteran squad like LaQuan’s. Relying on Baltimore’s backup tight end as a starter is unnecessarily risky for a team made to win in 2024.

 

Team #10 (Jorden Hill)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Patrick Mahomes Chiefs 2.3
RB Josh Jacobs Raiders 5.10
RB Kendre Miller Saints 9.10
WR Marvin Harrison Jr. Rookie 1.10
WR DeVonta Smith Eagles 3.10
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba Seahawks 4.3
TE Evan Engram Jaguars 8.3
Flex Davante Adams Raiders 6.3
Flex Keenan Allen Chargers 7.10
Bench
WR Xavier Worthy Rookie 10.3
RB Trey Benson Rookie 11.10
QB Caleb Williams Rookie 12.3
WR Adonai Mitchell Rookie 13.10
RB Braelon Allen Rookie 14.3
WR Tyler Boyd Bengals 15.10
RB Marshawn Lloyd Rookie 16.3
TE Ja’Tavion Sanders Rookie 17.10
WR Joshua Palmer Chargers 18.3
WR Johnny Wilson Rookie 19.10
TE Hunter Henry Patriots 20.3
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
9 7 Balanced

A Fellow Rookie Addict: Team Hill took the first rookie off the board, selecting Marvin Harrison Jr with the tenth overall pick. While that move was a tad earlier than expected, it wasn’t a reach. The former Buckeye was WR8 off the board but is WR4 in my dynasty rankings. I would take Harrison over A.J. Brown, Puka Nacua, and Garrett Wilson in a dynasty startup.

After taking Harrison, Jorden drafted several veterans before smartly stacking his bench with the upside of a deep rookie class. It would be a minor miracle if at least two of Caleb Williams, Adonai Mitchell, Xavier Worthy, Ja’Tavion Sanders, and Trey Benson didn’t become quality fantasy starters in the next two years. That’s more than several of these other teams have on their entire bench.

Balancing Act: Josh Jacobs, Davante Adams, and Keenan Allen are all superstars who may have one more top-ten season in them. They were drafted at reasonable costs, too. Their dependability mixes well with the upside of Harrison Jr., Jaxon Smith-Njigba, DeVonta Smith, Worthy, and Benson.

Team Hill did a far better job than I of balancing rookies with veteran stability. While I may like most of my rookies more than his, this team carries far less volatility.

Weaknesses: The biggest concern on Team Hill’s squad is his RB2. Jorden currently has Kendre Miller slotted into that spot and must hope Trey Benson can supplant him after the NFL Draft. This is a risky play if Jorden plans on competing immediately, though.

While Miller is young, he wasn't one of the three best backs on the Saints as a rookie. Benson, Chase Brown, Bucky Irving, and Keaton Mitchell are all ahead of him on my board. However, Benson isn’t a particularly safe RB2 play in 2024, either. While some are high on the Seminole, he is likely a third-round pick in the Draft who will rely on passing volume for immediate fantasy value.

 

Team #11 (Kevin Campbell)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Jordan Love Packers 10.2
RB Rachaad White Buccaneers 4.2
RB D’Andre Swift Eagles 6.2
WR Chris Olave Saints 2.2
WR DK Metcalf Seahawks 3.11
WR Diontae Johnson Steelers 7.11
TE Sam LaPorta Lions 1.11
Flex Kyle Pitts Falcons 5.11
Flex Zach Charbonnet Seahawks 8.2
Bench
WR Jerry Jeudy Broncos 9.11
RB Antonio Gibson Commanders 11.11
WR Gabe Davis Bills 12.2
WR Jonathan Mingo Panthers 13.11
TE Darren Waller Giants 14.2
QB Will Levis Titans 15.11
RB Israel Abanikanda Jets 16.2
QB Geno Smith Seahawks 17.11
WR Alec Pierce Colts 18.2
WR Jamari Thrash Rookie 19.11
QB Bo Nix Oregon 20.2
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
1 4 Unclear

Waiting on QB Works… Again, Team Campbell smartly waited until the tenth round to draft a passer. He still ended up with Jordan Love, who flashed elite potential to close 2023. By waiting for Love, Kevin got a high-upside starting quarterback and still devoted his first nine selections to more valuable positions. The quality of Kevin's early draft choices is up for debate, but the quality of his process is not.

Some Reaches: Several of Kevin’s choices were headscratchers, starting with his first. While Sam LaPorta is the dynasty TE1 on most boards, his edge at the position is not worth a first-round investment. Were trades more active in this mock, Kevin likely would’ve traded back and gotten LaPorta later. If he did that, adding future picks in the process, I would grade the LaPorta selection as a win.

Kyle Pitts, D’Andre Swift, and Diontae Johnson were more picks that felt like reaches in this one. Pitts was a particularly odd choice given that this was not a TE Premium mock and Team Campbell had already used their first-round pick on LaPorta. Meanwhile, the choices of Swift and Johnson were also a tad high. Neither has a long-term contract and each has struggled with consistency and health.

 

Team #12 (Ryan Goodman)

Pos. Player Team Pick #
QB Josh Allen Bills 2.1
RB Jahmyr Gibbs Lions 1.12
RB Tyjae Spears Titans 5.12
WR Tee Higgins Bengals 3.12
WR Zay Flowers Ravens 4.1
WR Mike Evans Buccaneers 6.1
TE Jake Ferguson Cowboys 8.1
Flex Jaylen Warren Steelers 7.12
Flex Romeo Doubs Packers 9.12
Bench
RB Raheem Mostert Dolphins 10.1
WR Treylon Burks Titans 11.12
RB Blake Corum Rookie 12.1
WR Jalin Hyatt Giants 13.12
RB Dameon Pierce Texans 14.1
TE Chigoziem Okonkwo Titans 15.12
RB Gus Edwards Ravens 16.1
QB Daniel Jones Giants 17.12
WR Cedric Tillman Browns 18.1
RB Deuce Vaughn Cowboys 19.12
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Lions 20.1
Rookies Five-Year Vets Team Build
1 5 Win Now

Waiting on WR: When you use your first two picks on a running back and quarterback, you give yourself an edge at those positions. You are also setting yourself way back at WR, a particular problem in PPR formats. For that reason, most teams that start with this build will attack the WR position with each of their next four picks. You should use at least two of those picks on someone with WR1 upside.

Team Goodman does an admirable job executing this strategy. Drafting Zay Flowers and Tee Higgins at the three/four turn gave him two talented receivers who should be mid-tier WR2s with a WR1 game here and there. He then supplemented those picks with the old-reliable Mike Evans. These are safe moves, but age and situation limit each player's potential to become a true WR1.

Chase More Upside: While Team Goodman’s initial build is solid, with an elite RB and QB duo paired with three WR2s, he stumbled after that. He drafted far too many low-ceiling pieces to fill his flex and bench. This is especially concerning if you consider the ages of Evans and Raheem Mostert. With no real WR1 option on this roster, I’d have liked to see him take Keon Coleman or Troy Franklin.

Another QB Taken Too High: As I've said multiple times before, quarterbacks aren't super valuable in non-Superflex formats. While Josh Allen gives you an edge at his position, that edge isn’t worth the 13th pick in a non-Superflex dynasty startup. If you’re trying to win immediately in a single QB format, would you rather have Josh Allen and Romeo Doubs or Christian McCaffrey and Jordan Love?

 



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Looking Unlikely For Game 3
Brett Pesce2 hours ago

Likely Out For Remainder Of First Round
Thatcher Demko2 hours ago

Listed As Week-To-Week
Blake Snell2 hours ago

Placed On 15-Day Injured List
Ilya Sorokin2 hours ago

To Start Game 3
Dylan Crews2 hours ago

Dealing With Minor Issue
Lane Thomas2 hours ago

Likely To Go On Injured List
Paul Sewald3 hours ago

"Getting Extremely Close"
Willson Contreras3 hours ago

Back In Wednesday's Lineup
Jordan Walker3 hours ago

Optioned To Triple-A
Corbin Carroll3 hours ago

Hitting Seventh On Wednesday
Cody Bellinger3 hours ago

X-Rays On Cody Bellinger Come Back Negative
Cale Makar5 hours ago

Registers Two Assists In Game 2
Tom Wilson5 hours ago

Notches Two Points In Tuesday's Loss
Alexis Lafrenière5 hours ago

Alexis Lafreniere Collects Two Assists In Game 2 Victory
Filip Forsberg5 hours ago

Leads The Charge As Nashville Ties Series
Victor Hedman5 hours ago

Posts Two Assists In Game 2
Carter Verhaeghe5 hours ago

Hits Overtime Winner In Game 2
Sam Bennett5 hours ago

Sustains An Upper-Body Injury In Game 2
James Harden6 hours ago

Settles For 22 Points In Game 2
Luka Doncic6 hours ago

Leads All Scorers With 32 Points In Game 2
Damian Lillard6 hours ago

Scores 34 Points In Losing Effort
Tyrese Haliburton6 hours ago

Collects A Double-Double In Game 2 Win
Pascal Siakam6 hours ago

In Fantastic Form Once Again Versus Milwaukee
Devin Booker6 hours ago

Leads Suns With 20 Points In Game 2
Mike Tauchman6 hours ago

Hits Two Homers
Anthony Edwards6 hours ago

Struggles In Game 2
Julio Rodríguez14 hours ago

Julio Rodriguez Hits First Homer Of 2024 Tuesday
Max Fried15 hours ago

Tosses Complete-Game Shutout Tuesday
Nolan Jones15 hours ago

Exits Early Tuesday With Back Stiffness
Merrill Kelly15 hours ago

Out For At Least A Month
Daniel Gafford16 hours ago

Returns To Game 2
Karl-Anthony Towns16 hours ago

Has A Rough Night On Tuesday
Jaden McDaniels16 hours ago

Erupts In Game 2
Daniel Gafford16 hours ago

Questionable To Return To Game 2
Luke Kornet17 hours ago

Out Again For Game 2
Grayson Allen17 hours ago

Won't Return To Tuesday's Game
Cody Bellinger17 hours ago

Exits After Hitting Outfield Wall
Francisco Alvarez17 hours ago

Likely Out Eight Weeks
Pete Fairbanks17 hours ago

Rays "Encouraged" By Pete Fairbanks' Tests
TJ Friedl18 hours ago

Closing In On Rehab Assignment
Lane Thomas18 hours ago

Leaves With Apparent Leg Injury
Kawhi Leonard18 hours ago

Returns To Clippers Lineup
Grayson Allen20 hours ago

Ready To Go Tuesday
Zion Williamson21 hours ago

Confident Of Returning In Playoffs
Terry Rozier21 hours ago

Ruled Out For Game 2
Giannis Antetokounmpo21 hours ago

To Remain Out On Tuesday
Andrew Peeke21 hours ago

Considered Week-To-Week
Ryan Lomberg21 hours ago

Unavailable Due To Illness
Alexandar Georgiev21 hours ago

To Remain Between The Sticks Tuesday
Nick Jensen22 hours ago

Rasmus Sandin Not Ready To Return
Samuel Girard22 hours ago

Set To Remain Out On Tuesday
Thatcher Demko22 hours ago

Out For Game 2, Questionable For Rest Of Series
Brandon Aiyuk22 hours ago

Trade Remains "Very Much In Play"
Denver Broncos23 hours ago

Broncos Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Patrick Surtain II
Kawhi Leonard1 day ago

Present For Shootaround
New England Patriots1 day ago

Patriots Haven't Received "Serious" Offers For No. 3 Pick
Kadarius Toney1 day ago

Still In Chiefs' Plans
Jake Browning1 day ago

Bengals Re-Sign Jake Browning
Ivan Fedotov1 day ago

Agrees To Two-Year Extension With Flyers
Nikola Jokic1 day ago

Posts Special Triple-Double In Game 2 Victory
Jamal Murray1 day ago

Completes 20-Point Effort With Big Game-Winner
Brandon Aiyuk2 days ago

49ers Have Received Calls Regarding Brandon Aiyuk
Dak Prescott2 days ago

Not Trying To Be Highest-Paid Player
Zach Wilson2 days ago

Broncos Acquiring Zach Wilson From Jets
Matt Ryan2 days ago

Officially Retires From NFL
Cincinnati Bengals2 days ago

Sam Hubbard Recovering From Ankle Surgery
New England Patriots2 days ago

Patriots Listening To Calls For No. 3 Pick
Rashee Rice2 days ago

Expected To Receive Multi-Game Suspension
Tyler Reddick2 days ago

Survives At Talladega For First Win Of 2024
Brad Keselowski2 days ago

Finishes Second At Talladega After Last-Lap Wreck
Anthony Alfredo2 days ago

Gets Best Finish For Beard Motorsports Since 2022
Todd Gilliland2 days ago

One Of The Strongest At Talladega
NASCAR2 days ago

Bubba Wallace Finishes 36th At Talladega Superspeedway
Kyle Larson2 days ago

Fails To Deliver Value In DFS At Talladega
NASCAR2 days ago

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Finishes Fourth At Talladega
Noah Gragson2 days ago

Surprisingly The Most Consistent Driver At Talladega
Shane Van Gisbergen2 days ago

Shane van Gisbergen Acquits Himself Nicely In Drafting Debut
Michael McDowell3 days ago

Ends Talladega Wrecked From The Lead
Alex Bowman3 days ago

Quietly Captures Top-Five Finish At Talladega
Brock Bowers3 days ago

Jets The Favorite To Take Brock Bowers At No. 10
Drake Maye3 days ago

Giants Could Be Eyeing Drake Maye
Daniel Hemric3 days ago

Surges To Ninth-Place Result At Talladega
Harrison Burton3 days ago

Squeezes Into Top 10 At Talladega
NASCAR3 days ago

Bubba Wallace Will Start 14th For the GEICO 500
Tyler Reddick3 days ago

Avoid Rostering Tyler Reddick At Talladega?
John Hunter Nemechek3 days ago

Should DFS Players Roster John Hunter Nemechek At Talladega?
Joey Logano3 days ago

Expect Joey Logano To Compete For The Win At Talladega
Denny Hamlin3 days ago

Is Denny Hamlin Recommended For Talladega?
Justin Haley3 days ago

Is A Top DFS Value At Talladega
William Byron3 days ago

Is One Of The Top Favorites To Win Talladega
Christopher Bell3 days ago

Is Best Suited As A Tournament Play At Talladega
Zach Wilson4 days ago

Jets Still "Open" To Trading Zach Wilson
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