2016 IDP Rookie Redraft – Rounds 1 and 2
Every year, around this time, NFL writers create articles focused on “Redrafting the 20XX NFL Draft”. In these articles, the writers reorder NFL draft selections based on hindsight, to highlight the best possible player each team could have selected in that draft. Using these parameters I decided to do the same thing for the 2016 Fantasy Football Rookie IDP draft. I’ve gone through the 2016 rookies, and “redrafted” based on their current dynasty standings and future projections. Take a look!
1.01 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB – (325.4 ffpts*): EzE was a beast from day one. He can run over guys, run around guys, and juke guys. He has soft hands to help in PPR leagues, and he’s got an offensive line for the ages blocking for him. There is no limit to how much Elliot could produce over the next 5+ years.
1.02 Thomas, Michael NOS WR- (213.2 ffpts): Really became a difference-maker early in his career. Now #1 target in New Orleans, Thomas will be a stud for as long as Drew Brees is around.
1.03 Howard, Jordan CHI RB- (218.6 ffpts): Howard is option #1 and #1A for the Chicago offense going into the 2017 season. Mike Glennon at QB will force the Bears to rely on Howard early and often over the next few seasons.
1.04 Prescott, Dak DAL QB- (283.1 ffpts): Tony Romo is all but gone from Dallas, leaving Dak to run the Cowboys huddle for the next decade. Prescott’s decision making, accuracy, and scrambling ability all indicate he’ll be a startable fantasy football option for a long time.
1.05 Henry, Derrick TEN RB- (99.2ffpts): Henry has tons of talent and proved it in 2016. Unfortunately, in the short term, he has to share the backfield with D. Murray. Henry will soon get his time as the top guy, and when he does, look out.
1.06 Hill, Tyreek KCC WR- (189 ffpts): Playmaker in every aspect of the game, and even more valuable in KR/PR bonus leagues. Hill does have some off the field baggage to consider, but his talent and production override the concerns for now.
1.07 Coleman, Corey CLE WR- (78.8 ffpts): An injury derailed Coleman after his first few games. But, the Browns wideout showed he belongs in the NFL and that he is a factor in fantasy football.
1.08 Bosa, Joey SDC DE- (92 ffpts): Bosa put up top five defensive end numbers through his first 12 games in the pros. That kind of production, and his potential to improve, forces smart owners to select him here versus losing the difference maker at a tough position to fill.
1.09 Doctson, Josh WAS WR- (7.6 ffpts): He recorded 60 yards on two catches before going on IR. Coming into 2017, Doctson is a leading candidate for a starting job in Washington now that D. Jackson and P. Garcon have left town. Doctson’s potential is too great to pass up at 1.09.
1.10 Henry, Hunter SDC TE – (113.2 ffpts): In his first year as a pro, Henry began to take the reins from A.Gates. If he continues to develop, Henry has all the tools to extend the Chargers’ dominating TE legacy.
1.11 Wentz, Carson PHI QB- (206 ffpts): Started his career out hot, then cooled as DCs were able to gather tape on him. Still, he’s been given the keys in Philly and now has new toys in A.Jeffrey and T.Smith to throw to.
1.12 Jones, Deion ATL LB- (132.5 ffpts): Jones produced top 20 LB stats as a rookie. He’s fast, athletic and only 22 years old. A sure fire defensive stud can’t be left on the board into round two. So he won’t in this draft.
2.01 Shepard, Sterling NYG WR- (153.9 ffpts): Shepard would easily be considered a first rounder in this draft if the Giants hadn’t signed B. Marshall. Since they did, Shepard becomes a slot/WR3 for the time being, which drops his stock into the 2nd round.
2.02 Booker, Devontae DEN RB- (127.2 ffpts): Played solidly after CJ Anderson went down with injury, but his role is still very much in question in Denver. He’s a reliable asset, especially as a handcuff if you already own Anderson.
2.03 Neal, Keanu ATL S- (116.5 ffpts): He was a little inconsistent at times in 2016, but I think Dan Quinn has found his younger version of Kam Chancellor in Neal.
2.04 Brown, Jatavis LAC LB- (110 ffpts): Speed, athleticism, coverage skills, and opportunity to succeed has shot Brown up into the 2nd round here. He looks like the real deal for the Chargers.
2.05 Buckner, DeForest SFO DE- (94.5 ffpts): 70 tackles and six sacks as a rookie is a damn good baseline. Expect even more from him as the 49ers rebuild.
2.06 Kelley, Rob WAS RB- (127 ffpts): Kelley reminds me a lot of Alfred Morris. A big, underrated, late round pick, who performed admirably when called upon in his initial season in Washington. Unfortunately, DC is in perpetual turmoil, making Kelley a risk vs. reward call at this point.
2.07 Prosise, C.J. SEA RB- (52.5ffpts): Showed starter-caliber talent, but then he got nicked up, and now sees E. Lacy and T.Rawls ahead of him on the depth chart.
2.08 Fuller, Will HOU WR – (106.7 ffpts): Led the Texans wide receivers in FF points through the first month of the 2016 season. Injuries sidetracked things a little. But as a rookie, Fuller proved he can ball. Now if only Houston’s QB situation weren’t such a mystery.
2.09 Mitchell, Malcolm NEP WR- (81.1 ffpts): Had New England not traded for B. Cooks, Mitchell could have been pushed up into the late first round. But they did trade for Cooks. Now, Mitchell will be battling just to retain backup duties for the Patriots.
2.1 Hooper, Austin ATL TE – (55.1 ffpts): Soon to be the full-time starter for a high-powered offense, Hooper seems to have a bright future. The concern is that the TE in Atlanta is the 6th option in that offense, behind Jones, Freeman, Coleman, Sanu, and Gabriel.
2.11 Lynch, Paxton DEN QB – (26.4 ffpts): This is a pick based on his potential since Lynch hasn’t been given his chance yet.
2.12 Goff, Jared RAM QB- (51.2 ffpts): Goff didn’t look great in Los Angeles under Fisher. Sean McVay helps, but the Rams need more weapons for Goff to succeed.
*All ffpts are based on league settings. Shown here are based on fairly basic settings with ½ point PPR.
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