Ian Thomas, Tight End
1st Pick, 4th Round – Carolina Panthers

Thomas is very raw, but also incredibly athletic. This is one of the BEST landing spots for him for dynasty purposes. With established veteran Greg Olsen signed to a 2-year extension, which gives Thomas time to learn and develop and take the reins when Olson moves on. He has shot up my TE rankings based on landing spot alone.

Nyheim Hines, Running Back
4th Pick, 4th Round – Indianapolis Colts

Hines was one of the players I was extremely interested to see where he ended up on draft day. Hines was never going to be a true 3-down feature back in the NFL but was going to be a weapon in the passing and return games. Indianapolis seems like one of the WORST spots for him. Marlon Mack is already a decent receiving threat out of the backfield, and in the past, the Colts failed to develop a 3rd down receiving option with players like Josh Ferguson. If you happen to play in leagues with kick and punt return points, Hines is still in play.

Antonio Callaway, Wide Receiver
5th Pick, 4th Round – Cleveland Browns

Although based on the depth chart, this is less than ideal as of today; I think this was one of the BEST places for Callaway to end up. He was arguably a top-3 talent among the wide receivers in the draft and fell only due to significant character concerns. With Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon clearly ahead on him on the depth chart, I can imagine Callaway eventually supplanting Corey Coleman opposite Gordon. I believe in Baker Mayfield too, and that helps me think Callaway can develop right alongside him for years and years to come. The presence of Josh Gordon might be helpful too. If he’s got off-the-field-concerns, who better to teach you what not to do than Gordon.

Kyle Lauletta, Quarterback
8th Pick, 4th Round – New York Giants

I thought Lauletta was one of the most overlooked players in this draft class and thought he’d be a perfect fit to come into the league behind an aging super bowl winning veteran. I was thinking Tom Brady and the Patriots, but I suppose Eli Manning and the Giants is very similar. For that reason, this is one of the BEST landing spots for him for dynasty leagues. Manning’s current contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, and Lauletta could assume the role as the Giants starter with an amazing supporting cast of weapons around him in 2 years.

Mark Walton, Running Back
12th Pick, 4th Round – Cincinnati Bengals

One of my favorite backs in this class ended in one of the WORST spots for him. With an all-around skill set similar to Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard, he is buried at the moment. In the event the Bengals cut Bernard, this could be a good spot for Walton as the #2 behind a starter with off the field issues. Gio may be a cap casualty next year, and if so, I may like this a little more than I do today, and I could imagine Gio-like production from him.

DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver
13th Pick, 4th Round – Denver Broncos

Hamilton was arguably the best route runner in this entire class. That’s one of my favorite traits when I look for immediate production in rookie receivers. If you’re a good route runner and your quarterback can trust you to be where you’re supposed to be, you should get some targets. Unfortunately, being trapped behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders with 2nd round pick Courtland Sutton ahead of you, this ends up as one of the WORST landing spots for him. Playing the long game in dynasty is essential, but in 2 years, if they move on from DT and Sanders, we still won’t know who his quarterback will be as Case Keenum is only signed to a 2-year deal. Too many question marks for me.

Kalen Ballage, Running Back
31st Pick, 4th Round – Miami Dolphins

What a rollercoaster. After 2016 people were expecting big things from Ballage, and he generally disappointed across the board. Then he has a monster week of practice at the senior bowl and a strong showing at the combine. What can we expect from him? It’s hard to say at this point, I’ve said for months he’s got David Johnson’s Ceiling and David Cobb’s floor, so it’s a real roll of the dice, but I’m thinking Miami is one of the BEST spots for him. Frank Gore will be 35 when the season starts, and I wasn’t impressed with Kenyan Drake. Ballage’s ability as a receiver alone gives him some value in PPR leagues, and he has a sneaky outside chance at becoming the starter as the year goes on if he can use his size and skills to their full potential.

Jaleel Scott, Wide Receiver
32nd Pick, 4th Round – Baltimore Ravens

One of my deeper draft darlings, I was waiting for Scott’s name to get called all weekend. Then I saw he was going to the Ravens and I was deeply saddened. This passing game hasn’t been productive for fantasy in years, and I’m not optimistic that will change anytime soon. They brought in Willie Snead, John Brown and Michael Crabtree this off-season, and although Scott can be a red zone threat from day 1 due to his size and catch radius, I’m not holding out hope for 2018. I’m very curious to see how the team brings along Scott and fellow rookie QB Lamar Jackson this year. He is on my radar, but I’m not hopeful given the Ravens history. As of now, it’s one of the WORST landing spots for him, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he is Jackson’s preferred red zone target in 2 or 3 years either.

Daurice Fountain & Deon Cain, Wide Receivers
22nd Pick, 5th Round & 11th Pick, 6th Round respectively – Indianapolis Colts

The Colts grabbed two receivers in the draft and given their atrocious depth chart at the position; there’s a chance one of them can be a productive fantasy asset right away. I like them both for dynasty too. TY Hilton is only 28 and has three more years on his contract, so if both develop, we might be looking at them becoming the #1 and #2 options in an Andrew Luck led offense. For that reason, this was among the BEST places for them both. This, of course, is predicated on Andrew Luck coming back healthy and one of them clearly emerges instead of vulturing from one another.

Jaylen Samuels, Tight End
28th Pick, 5th Round – Pittsburgh Steelers

The most versatile player in the entire draft class Samuels was someone who I couldn’t wait to see where he ended up on draft day. Proof of his versatility can be seen in that he was officially drafted as a tight end, the Steelers have him listed as a running back, and other third-party sites have him listed as a fullback. I don’t think of the Steelers offense being very diverse and cutting edge so that versatility might be lost here, whereas on other teams you could imagine him being used as a tight end on 1st down, out in the slot on 2nd down and as the running back on 3rd down plays. Until I see the Steelers exploit him has the potential matchup nightmare he can be, I regretfully have to think this was one of the WORST spots for him, but I reserve the right to change this if they start moving him around the field in camp in during preseason.

John Kelly, Running Back
2nd Pick, 6th Round – Los Angeles Rams

I was not a fan of Kelly’s coming into the year and really don’t like him now. Backing up arguably the best running back in all of football, Todd Gurley, is horrible for your fantasy football aspirations. Undoubtedly the WORST spot for any running back in this draft.

Equinemius St. Brown, Wide Receiver
33rd Pick, 6th Round – Green Bay Packers

For a player thought by some to be the best receiver in this class 12 months ago, falling in the draft and landing with Aaron Rodgers is one of the BEST case scenarios for any receiver. The history of late-round wide receivers in the NFL is relatively bleak, but most of them haven’t had one of the all-time greats throwing them the football when they got in the league.

Danny Etling, Quarterback
1st Pick, 7th Round – New England Patriots

Who? I did nearly 100 hours of draft prep this year. Mock drafts, rankings, articles, etc. you name it, I was doing it. In all my research and rankings Danny Etling never even scratched the surface of my radar. If history has shown us anything, little known backup quarterbacks on the Patriots are placed in positions to succeed. It has got to be one of the BEST landing spots, and now Danny Etling needs to be on your dynasty radar, especially if you’re a Tom Brady owner.

Marcell Ateman, Wide Receiver
10th Pick, 7th Round – Oakland Raiders

A big receiver that fell further than I thought, Ateman landed in one of the BEST places for him. Judging by the Raiders bringing in Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant, both with similar body types, it appears to be a size new coach Jon Gruden covets. He has some time to learn from both Nelson and Bryant and might develop along their paths as well.

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Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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