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Dynasty Rookie Rankings Update (Post-NFL Draft Edition)

Boy, the draft can seriously turn things on its head. Pretty much the only thing that stayed steady from the pre-draft process was that Saquon Barkley is the 1.01.

And while there were some near-perfect landing spots, many intriguing rookies landed in non-ideal locations and the late second round has lost some of its shine.

Here are the updated post-draft rookie rankings, now that we know where these prospects will be playing next year. But beyond just ranking them, I'm going to take a look at the biggest rookie risers and fallers.

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Post-Draft Rookie Rankings

1 RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants
2 RB Derrius Guice Washington
3 RB Rashaad Penny Seattle
4 WR D.J. Moore Carolina
5 RB Ronald Jones Tampa Bay
6 RB Royce Freeman Denver
7 RB Sony Michel New England
8 RB Nick Chubb Cleveland
9 WR Calvin Ridley Atlanta
10 WR Christian Kirk Arizona
11 RB Kerryon Johnson Detroit
12 WR Courtland Sutton Denver
13 WR Anthony Miller Chicago
14 TE Mike Gesicki Miami
15 QB Baker Mayfield Cleveland
16 WR Tre'Quan Smith New Orleans
17 WR Michael Gallup Dallas
18 WR Dante Pettis San Francisco
19 QB Lamar Jackson Baltimore
20 RB Nyheim Hines Indianapolis
21 WR J'Mon Moore Green Bay
22 WR D.J. Chark Jacksonville
23 WR James Washington Pittsburgh
24 WR Equanimeous St. Brown Green Bay
25 RB Chase Edmonds Arizona
26 RB Kalen Ballage Miami
27 WR DaeSean Hamilton Denver
28 RB John Kelly LA Rams
29 TE Mark Andrews Baltimore
30 TE Dallas Goedert Philadelphia
31 WR Daurice Fountain Indianapolis
32 RB Jaylen Samuels Pittsburgh
33 WR Keke Coutee Houston
34 WR Deon Cain Indianapolis
35 RB Jordan Wilkins Indianapolis
36 QB Sam Darnold New York Jets
37 QB Josh Rosen Arizona
38 WR Cedrick Wilson Dallas
39 RB Mark Walton Cincinnati
40 WR Allen Lazard Jacksonville
41 RB Josh Adams Philadelphia
42 TE Hayden Hurst Baltimore
43 RB Ito Smith Atlanta
44 WR Antonio Callaway Cleveland
45 RB Bo Scarbrough Dallas
46 WR Richie James San Francisco
47 WR Justin Watson Tampa Bay
48 WR Auden Tate Cincinnati

Biggest Risers

Ronald Jones landing in Tampa Bay was about as good of a landing spot as you could hope for. With Doug Martin gone, only Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Charles Sims stand in the way of consistent carries for Jones. Jones was my RB7 pre-draft and now he ranks as my RB4. Jones scored 20 total TD during his final season and amassed more the 1700 total yards from scrimmage. If Jones becomes the lead RB, his volume immediately makes him valuable as a rookie.

Anthony Miller was a WR that I really liked despite age concerns, but his volatile draft projections made it nearly impossible to rank him as a top-five WR. Then he landed in Chicago with a young QB who showed flashes and an undefined WR corps. The current WR2 is Taylor Gabriel, who failed to take over the same role in Atlanta in 2017. If Miller can carve out a role as the WR2 alongside Allen Robinson, he could be a viable WR as a rookie.

Pre-draft, had you asked me if there was any way I'd rank J'Mon Moore over Equanimeous St. Brown, I'd have called you crazy, but draft stock holds value. Moore was the first of three WRs selected by Green Bay in the draft. While a fourth round selection doesn't usually lead to immediate touches, the potential to be a WR with Aaron Rodgers adds value to a prospect. It's unlikely that any of the WRs selected surpass Randall Cobb on the depth chart (or potentially Ty Montgomery if he returns to WR), but Cobb's contract expires after 2019 and he's a potential cut candidate after 2018. Whoever takes over the WR2 role in that offense has top 24 WR potential.

Raise your hand if you were super familiar with Daurice Fountain before the draft. Now, raise your hand again if you're lying. Fountain wasn't a highly regarded prospect, but landing in Indianapolis in the fifth round boosts his value significantly. Fountain posted a 0.367 dominator in his final season for the Northern Iowa Panthers. While there are legitimate health concerns about Andrew Luck, the potential to be a starting WR for Luck makes Fountain a valuable third round pick.

Biggest Fallers

Why Philly? Why? Why did the Eagles have to take Dallas Goedert to serve as their second TE. Goedert was my top TE in the pre-draft rankings and was a borderline first round pick as my 11th overall player. But then he was selected to serve as a low-volume player. Trey Burton had enough flashes to earn himself a contract in Chicago, but he was only a truly valuable fantasy TE when Zach Ertz missed time. Goedert still appears to be a decent prospect, but if the Eagles don't use him consistently, he'll likely just take up space on your bench.

Akrum Wadley appeared to be a decent RB prospect, but 32 teams passed on him for seven rounds. He was immediately signed as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee, but with Derrick Henry and the addition of Dion Lewis, Wadley will have a tough climb up the depth chart. Wadley has potential long-term value and if your league has taxi squads, he's a valuable stash, but he's likely a wasted roster spot for more than a season.

Auden Tate looked like a great prospect until the combine and then he had a terrible showing which caused his stock to plummet. He did manage to land with a team that appears needy of a WR2, but his selection in the late seventh round fails to provide any optimism that he'll be given much of a chance. He'd likely need an injury to see a substantial amount of snaps.


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