One of the most satisfying aspects of dynasty fantasy football is drafting a later-round player and having them before their breakout. In this article, we focus on three sleeper wide receivers you can grab late in your rookie drafts.
In Dynasty Leagues you are either rebuilding, retooling, or going all-in. For some of us, the fun in a dynasty league is rebuilding or retooling our team. Hell, isn’t that the reason you chose the worst-rated team in Madden franchise mode to build them back up from the bottom to get your hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Sometimes the lines can get blurred when you’re in the retooling phase. You’re one or maybe two players away from putting you over the top and one or two away from forcing your hand into a rebuild.I’ve talked about doing the rebuild for your dynasty league. Now let’s talk about going all-in. Although not as “scary” as a full rebuild, there are some things that you need to keep in mind as you push the chips to the center of the table.WHO ELSE IS IN ALL-IN MODE?Everyone is operating on a different timeline. As noted before, you are either rebuilding, retooling, or going all-in. Take an honest assessment of your team and your opponents’ teams. Every player in fantasy should be viewed as a stock, either rising or dropping. If your players are rising then you’re headed for, or on the cusp of, all-in mode.CONGRATULATIONS! You’re almost there.As fun as it is rebuilding a team, we’re ultimately playing to win it all. To rub it in our friend’s face, indulge ourselves in the spoils of a successful season. But how do you put yourself over the top, ensuring a victory over your fellow “all-in comrades”?Simple, get veterans.Rookies are coveted in dynasty leagues. They’re your team’s future, the foundation on which your team will be built on for future seasons’ glories.Here’s a fun stat from last year, because I know we all love stats. Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Calvin Ridley, and Chris Herndon were all the highest scoring rookies at their respective positions last year.All of these rookies finished outside of the top 15 in scoring at their position last year, except for Saquon, who passes the eye test and looks to be a fantasy football god in the making and has “Zero to Hero,” from Hercules playing in my head every time I see highlights of him. Baker finished at QB16, Calvin at WR18, and Chris at TE15.
Football isn’t just played from one side of the ball. If you want a new and exciting form of fantasy football, incorporating Individual Defensive Players (IDP) into your roster may just be for you. But this can be an overwhelming new process. Have no fear, members, the Factory is here to tell you where to start in your IDP startups.
Part of your duty as a dynasty owner is identifying high asset players and moving off of them before their value drops to a point you’re unable to get anything for them. It can be a hard pill to swallow, saying good-bye to a high caliber player who is in the prime of their career. But to sustain your team and remain competitive for years (not to mention avoid the uncertainty of an unknown rebuild), you will have to cut ties and gain maximum value for players. These decisions can be hard, but for Dynasty Football Factory members, they just became a lot easier.
Come one, come all and gather around Let’s take a little trip; it’ll be profound It’s a new twist, a wrinkle I would say To brighten your league each and every day. It can be tedious work, that’s without a doubt But commit to it, and I promise your league will stand out. And so …
And here we are. We’ve traversed our way through every division in the AFC and NFC finding those late round players that can make a difference in your league in not only their rookie year but for years to come. Our final stop leads us to the NFC West.A friendly reminder as we dive deep into our selection that we’re focusing on rookies that were drafted in the fourth round or later. There are some gems to be had in this article so let’s get our pick axes and hard hats as we dive in head first for our last edition of Diamonds in the Rough.Hakeem Butler, Arizona Cardinals, WRButler seemed a lock to be a second round pick but fell all the way to the top of the fourth round. I’m selfishly happy that he fell here because it makes my job a lot easier on who to select from the Arizona Cardinals prospects. At 6’5” 227 lbs, Butler is an opposing figure and will be a load for most cornerbacks that he will be matched up with.He’s a big play receiver, leading his entire draft class in receiving yards of passes that traveled 20-plus yards or more and having eight touchdowns of 40-plus yards over the past two seasons. His size and length will work in his favor in 50-50 ball situations. ……..
We’ve begun our move into the NFC South for our diamond hunting. A lot of interesting prospects here, but buyer beware on the prospects in the South. Some of these prospects have the potential to become future NFL starters and can flourish, but there are some obstacles that they will need to overcome to get there. As with most draft picks past the fourth round, barriers will be in their way for them to even sniff the NFL field or roster.
Welcome to the NFC East edition of Diamonds in the Rough. The dynasty-IDP-sleeper-prognosticator gods have graced me once more in this edition. Every team has high-upside players that can turn out to be steals in your rookie draft. With proper coaching and development, these players can make an impact for your team during their rookie campaign and for many seasons after. Round and round we go down the rabbit hole. And as a friendly reminder, the Diamond in the Rough series covers rookie sleepers that were drafted in the fourth round or later.
Joe Jackson, Dallas Cowboys, DE
Halfway there and we’re still digging deep into the mines for our rookie sleepers for your upcoming draft. The AFC is complete, and now we set our eyes on the NFC, starting with the NFC North.
There are a lot of gems in the North, many names you might be familiar with from there times spent at major college programs.
Enough with the intro though. There are a lot of things to cover and so little time to do so. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
Riley Ridley, Chicago Bears, WR
The Bears might’ve done some highway robbery with their selection of Riley Ridley. A top 50 prospect on some analyst boards Ridley fell to the Bears at pick 126. There’s a lot to like about Ridley and the situation he’s entering with Chicago. As with most late round receiver prospects, there are some hurdles he will need to overcome to get some playing time and build a consistent role in the offense. The core of the Bears WR group is young and on relatively cheap deals. This could be considered both good and bad for Ridley. Bad because there is a lot of depth in the receiving group. Good because except for Allen Robinson, no one else in that group has proven anything that would warrant a longer leash with the team.
The cream rises to the top, and I forsee Ridley building a role in the offense in the near future. Ridley never had a standout season throughout his college career.
The AFC West has given me the smallest pool of talent to select from for my fourth round or later criteria, but it’s okay! As Dark Helmet combed the desert looking for Princess Vespa, we will comb through our prospects until we find just the right one for you. I would have to call these divisions choices the lottery team, we’re selecting high-ceiling, low-floor players.
Needless to say, these players should be selected if you have an every week starter in situ, enough backups on your roster already, and have the roster size to draft this player and have him sit for a year.
Welcome to the AFC South edition of Diamonds in the Rough. A quick nugget before we get started, the AFC South as a division had fifteen selections in the fourth round or later, only the AFC West made fewer draft selections. Even with a limited talent pool to choose from, there are prospects that have …
Let’s face certain realities before we get started. When it comes to rookies and evaluating them in any sport, we have no idea what we’re doing. That includes the professional teams and personnel that actually earn a living on evaluating players, going through the process of meeting them at a scouting combine, and selecting them …
Welcome to the AFC East edition of Diamonds in the Rough. As the name suggests, we’ll be looking for rookies from each team drafted in the fourth round or later that have a chance to impact your IDP Dynasty Team in the foreseeable future. Before we get started, just a note regarding the AFC East …