Every year, around April, NFL writers create articles focused on “Redrafting the 20XX NFL Draft”. In these articles, 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. Check out rounds 1 & 2 here, and read below for rounds 3 & 4. Take a look!
3.01 Boyd, Tyler CIN WR- (98.1 ffpts): Had a solid year garnering 81 targets for 54 receptions, 603 yards, and one TD. I didn’t see many splash plays to be excited about, but there is a place for Boyd in fantasy football.
3.02 Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB- (86.4 ffpts): Dixon had every opportunity to take the starting role from T. West, yet couldn’t do so. Owners of Dixon have found this fact to be concerning.
3.03 Jack, Myles JAC LB- (26 ffpts): As a rookie, he was stuck in a backup role for the Jaguars, delaying his development toward becoming a difference maker for Jacksonville. Still only 21, he’ll soon get his chance to take over.
3.04 Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR- (3 ffpts): Never really got a chance to show his abilities last season due to the Vikings coaches not trusting him. Treadwell’s potential is evident; he just needs to prove that he deserves the playing time.
3.05 Ramsey, Jalen JAC CB- (92 ffpts): If the Jaguars decide to switch Ramsey to safety, he’d be able to create many more splash plays. As a CB, his statistical upside is limited. However, in CB-required leagues, Ramsey can be considered a 2nd round pick.
3.06 Joseph, Karl OAK S- (65.5 ffpts): Joseph is expected to be an important piece to the Raiders defense for many seasons to come. He missed the final month of the season due to injury, which hurt his stock a touch.
3.07 Cravens, Su’a WAS LB- (46 ffpts): Washington has indicated they’ll move Cravens to starting strong safety, which boosts him up to a 3rd round pick in this draft. As a hybrid safety, Cravens could create M.Barron or T.Mathieu type numbers.
3.08 Higbee, Tyler RAM TE- (22 ffpts): There is a lot of buzz out of L.A. that Higbee is in line for a big year. He is the perfect safety blanket for Goff as the Rams offense morphs under Sean McVay.
3.09 Martinez, Blake GBP LB- (74.0 ffpts): At the time of writing, he is a starting ILB for the Packers. He posted 69 total tackles in 13 games as a rookie, both excellent numbers for the Stanford man.
3.1 Ragland, Reggie BUF LB- (0 ffpts): A bad luck injury stuck Ragland on IR his entire rookie year. Once he gets on the field, he will be a three-down thumper. He’s a nice buy-low candidate now that Zach Brown has moved on to Washington.
3.11 Richard, Jalen OAK RB- (102 ffpts): Compiled dual threat stats in 2016, combining for 685 yards (491 rushing, 194 receiving). Unfortunately, Richard is stuck in an RB by committee environment in Oakland/Las Vegas.
3.12 Washington, DeAndre OAK RB- (79.7 ffpts): Bruised his way to a stellar 5.4 yard average per carry. But, like J.Richard above, is also stuck in the RB by committee environment in Oakland/Las Vegas.
4.01 Sharpe, Tajae TEN WR- (84.8 ffpts): Had a chance as the top starter and couldn’t produce. If Tennessee gets a legitimate number one wide receiver to take some of the pressure away, Sharpe could produce solid numbers as the #2 guy.
4.02 Lee, Darron NYJ LB- (68.5 ffpts): Penciled in as a starting ILB for a bad team, Lee has talent, speed, and will have opportunities to make big plays.
4.03 Perkins, Paul NYG RB- (71.8 ffpts): The Giants appear to be in the market for another RB, signaling that they don’t think Perkins is their answer at RB. Still, Perkins has shown flashes on the field, so there is value in carrying him on your roster.
4.04 Smallwood, Wendell PHI RB- (52.2 ffpts): Has an enticing skill set similar to D.Sproles, but Smallwood is the RB3 in Philly and will need some luck to get opportunities in the short term.
4.05 Drake, Kenyan MIA RB- (49 ffpts): Unfortunately for Drake and his owners, Ajayi solidified himself as the stud in Miami, making Drake a handcuff at best.
4.06 Spence, Noah TBB DE- (50.5 ffpts): Strictly a pass rushing specialist as a rookie, he must crack the starting lineup to increase his value in IDP leagues.
4.07 Jones, Cardale BUF QB- (1.7 ffpts): Most think he came out of school too early. Most also think has the tools to be a player within a few years. Good stash option at QB if you have the space on your roster.
4.08 Cooper, Pharoh RAM WR- (18.1 ffpts): He became more involved in the Rams offense late in the season and could be in line for more targets with Britt moving on.
4.09 Bell, Vonn NOS S- (93 ffpts): Although he wasn’t a big play producer, volume tackling helped Bell become an asset for IDP owners. He projects to be a starter for the Saints again in 2017.
4.1 Washington, Dwayne DET RB- (43.7 ffpts): Earned some playing time after A.Abdullah and T.Riddick went down with injuries. The Lions, with injured guys back and Z.Zenner playing well late last season, have created a logjam in front of Washington on the depth chart.
4.11 Anderson, Robby NYJ WR- (98.9 ffpts): Had a few nice games late in his rookie season, but the Jets QBs are crap, and the team is getting back Decker who will reduce Anderson’s role.
4.12 Carroo, Leonte MIA WR- (10.4 ffpts): Stuck behind J.Landry, D.Parker, and K.Stills on the Dolphins depth chart. Plus, Carroo’s practice habit concerns make him a bust prospect.
*All ffpts are based on league settings. Shown here are based on fairly basic settings with ½ point PPR.
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