With the fantasy season now officially over (no one should play week 17), it’s time to turn our attention fully to the off-season. After completing a 2 round 1 QB rookie mock last week, we decided a Superflex mock was in order. If you don’t play in Superflex leagues, you’re truly missing out. Today we reveal our 1st round selections; we’ll share rounds 2 and 3 tomorrow.
1.01 Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (@FF_EvilEmpire)
Barkley looks like the consensus #1 pick of the 2018 dynasty community, and for good reason. Saquon has insane measurables, listed 5’11”, 223 lbs with sub 4.4 speed and the strength to lift a truck. He has shown immense talent, proven each week with his vision, tackle breaking, receiving skills, toughness, and statistics. Finally, and maybe most importantly, Barkley exhibits fantastic character, evidenced by his demeanor off the field and by NFL personnel calling him “smart, humble, coachable, teachable.”
1.02 Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (@DFF_Madman)
There’s a chance I would select Guice at 1.01. I like him that much. Having the second pick in the first round saves me draft capital and I still get the guy I value more. So, at 1.02, getting Guice is twice as nice. What have you done for me lately? People have short memories. This kid was a beast last season setting the SEC afire with his rushing totals. I love the way Guice can run around guys and through tight spaces but is just as willing to run DBs over if they get in his way. Running low to the ground with excellent power, Guice has quick feet that never stop moving. He’s a dynamic all-around back with nice lateral quickness. He puts his vision and balance on display in the passing game as well, getting positive yardage on many plays that easily could have resulted in no-gains.
1.03 Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (@SlizzDigital)
I’ve watched the big name WRs in the 2018 draft class and there is a major drop off after Courtland Sutton. Courtland Sutton is a legitimate #1 WR. Standing at 6’4”, 214 lbs and estimated to run his 40 in the 4.5’s he has the build/makeup of an elite WR. Sutton Topped 1000 yards in back to back season’s while averaging 16.4 yards per reception. Sutton has the physical build to give NFL QBs a large window to put the football in and he is big enough to bully most NFL DBs before and after the catch. I see him landing with Jimmy G in San Fran or Trubisky in Chicago in the draft, both spots are ideal situations for him.
1.04 Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (@Devywarehouse)
Chubb finished up his college career by being the 2nd All-Time leading rusher in SEC history. Had Chubb not sustained a major knee injury during his Sophomore season he may have surpassed Herschel Walker. Chubb may not be as good as he was prior to his knee injury but he is still the 3rd best back in this class.
1.05 Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (@FranchiseKF)
This spot feels like the most likely position that the first QB is taken. Take your pick of Rosen, Mayfield or Jackson here. If you need an immediate contribution from your QB, Rosen or Mayfield are safer choices. Lamar Jackson will immediately be one of the most dynamic runners, at any position, in the entire NFL. The fact that he is still in the infantile stages of development as a QB and has shown the arm talent and ability to appropriately read defenses gives a foretaste of his tremendous ceiling.
1.06 Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (@DFF_Feuker)
Getting the best pure pocket passer here in a Super flex league is GOLDEN. Prototypical size at 6’4″ 220. Has the arm talent for all the pro level throws. Character concerns are overblown I look at it as no drugs no abuse no arrests no problems. The only on the field problem I have with him isn’t even his fault. Rosen may struggle if his offensive line doesn’t give him average time to throw as he has limited mobility you would want for a porous line.
1.07 Sam Darnold, QB, Southern Cal (@DFF_Brian)
There are questions about whether or not Darnold will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Should he forgo his senior season in Los Angeles, I would be very pleased getting him here. While Josh Rosen might be more polished at the moment, and Lamar Jackson is an exciting player that put up tremendous statistics in college, I’d argue Darnold has as much or more upside than both. The fact that he has room to grow says a lot about how high his ceiling is. In my opinion, Darnold has that “it” factor that coaches and GMs look for in a franchise quarterback. He can make all the throws, and by all accounts he’s a tremendous leader. He should make an immediate impact, but should also improve moving forward. He can potentially be my fantasy QB1 for the next decade.
1.08 James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (@Fulst_rosto)
Arguably ‘18s premier deep threat prospect, the Cowboys senior led the nation in average yards per game with 118.6. Washington burst onto the scene with an impressive 5-184-3 line as a sophomore vs T.C.U in Nov 2015. The 6’ 1” 205lb Cowboys wideout went on to produce 1,000+yds for 3 consecutive years. Returning for his final year at Oklahoma State with a 60-1423-12 stat line helped earn Washington this year’s prestigious Biletnikoff award. James shows exceptional skills tracking the ball at full speed but is not just a burner, winning contested catches is within his repertoire. A slight concern in PPR leagues is his low volume of catches, he averaged only 5.8 per game in ‘17. I will be targeting him in bestball leagues where his big games will be a huge bonus.
1.09 Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (@JerrySinDFF)
Going to Alabama as a wide receiver means that you’ll definitely get to play on the biggest stages, but you’ll never be a focal point of the offense. Ridley doesn’t have the stats to warrant a pick here, but he was consistent throughout his entire career, he did everything that was asked of him. As a true freshman, he torched future Top 12 pick, and current starting NFL CB, Trae Waynes, to the tune of 8 catches for 138 yards and 2 TD’s in the CFP semifinal. Also considered Florida State WR Auden Tate with this pick.
1.10 Ronald Jones II, RB, USC (@DFFMemphis)
Jones looks to be another outstanding USC running back. He will enter the Cotton Bowl versus Ohio State as USC’s 5th all-time leading rusher. Jones’ 3,555 career rushing yards at USC put him ahead of guys like OJ Simpson and Reggie Bush. Jones is not a bruiser, as he is only listed at 200 pounds, but he has displayed the ability to handle a heavy workload. Jones had 177 carries as a sophomore and is up to 242 carries as a junior with one game to play. Jones maintained the same 6.1 yards per rush even though his workload increased by 37% this year. Jones is 6’0 and 200, which scares me a little, but makes him very comparable in size to Jamaal Charles.
One of his biggest opportunities post-2016 was showing more toughness, which he addressed by cleaning up his diet and increasing his 2017 workload by 37% and his rushing production by 27%. The biggest remaining concern with Jones is his use as a pass catcher. He only had 11 catches as a sophomore and that number has only moved slightly to 13 this year. Jones will have to show pass-catching skills at the combine and his Pro day or we could see him slide down NFL draft boards. The holds true for dynasty drafts as well. Jones will have to produce in the passing game in order to be an asset in today’s PPR fantasy landscape.
1.11 Bryce Love, RB, Stanford (@DFFMikeJernigan )
Doak Walker award winner. 1,973 yards, 17 TDs, and an 8.3 YPC average. The skill set of Christian McCaffrey, with a smaller build (5’10” and 184lbs). Size could be an issue at the NFL level, but at pick 1.11, I thought it was worth a shot at an elite college RB.
1.12 Damien Harris, RB, Alabama (@DFF_Shane)
Harris has the size of a bell-cow, 5’11” 220 lbs., he’s plenty fast to boot. Watching his film I can count on one hand the number of times I saw him go down on 1st contact. PFF’s 2nd rated most elusive college back Harris is a great blend of strength and speed who can run through or around a defender. Limited pass-catching role in college, but that’s owed to the Alabama offense not a lack of ability.
That’s our wrap-up of Round 1. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you Rounds 2 and 3. Make sure you have a leg-up on your league mates and pre-order the Devy Watch today. As our gift to you when you pre-order today, you’ll immediately receive the 2017 CFB Target and 2017 CFB Dominator Rating data.