With the NFL Draft behind us and Undrafted Free Agency coming to a close, now is a great time to join a startup league. With the rookie hype going off of the charts, you can find sweet value in the later rounds as veteran players ADP drops. With the NFL Draft being the talk of the town over the last few weeks, video footage of rookies from their college years is being shared all over social media. Of course their ADP is going to rise, look at all the sweet plays they’re making!
But this is what we can use to our advantage. People are going to buy into the hype of these rookies that have never played a single snap in the NFL. So how do we respond? Well, by going and snatching up some crafty vets! Dynasty startups usually favor age instead of production and that’s another way we can find value late in the draft. Look, we’re not trying to build a team that can win 3, 4, or 5 years from now… let’s go get a championship this year!
I’m going to go through each position and point out the guys we should be buying cheap in Dynasty Best Ball startups. Some of the guys may surprise you and that’s the exciting part of building a championship contender. Keep in mind that this is for Best Ball leagues, meaning that boom-or-bust kind of players can certainly push you to the top of the standings.
Drew Lock is sitting at an ADP of 171.8, according to Fantasy Football Calculator, which places him at QB26 in 12 team leagues. Lock has age in his favor, just 23 years old, and the Broncos have supplied him with a plethora of weapons. The former 2nd round pick performed adamantly in his first year after taking over the helm from Joe Flacco. With the likes of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon, and former college teammate Albert Okwuegbunam on hand, Lock is loaded with talent around him. Also, “Drew Lock and Loaded” is a high-quality fantasy team name.
Raheem Mostert may be on the rise soon so snatch up the value while you can. He’s currently being drafted as RB33 at an ADP of 107.6, according to Fantasy Football Calculator. He’s the favorite for snaps after his impressive campaign last season and the departure of Matt Brieda. Mostert had 952 yards from scrimmage last which will likely only go up as he becomes the lead RB in San Francisco. At age 28, Mostert may not have many years left in the league, but he’ll supply fantasy owners with RB2 FPTS at RB3-4 price.
Speaking of Matt Brieda, the 25-year-old was recently acquired by the Miami Dolphins and finds himself in an open competition for snaps. He’s averaging 5.0 yards per carry in his career and an exceptional 86.7% catch rate over the last 2 seasons. The Dolphins are going to want to open up the field for Tua Tagovailoa and Brieda has experience catching the ball out of the backfield and in the slot. He should be able to beat out the ragtag group that is Jordan Howard, Myles Gaskin, Kalen Ballage. At the time of writing, you can grab Brieda for the same price as former teammate Raheem Mostert.
Emmanuel Sanders is wearing new threads this season after being acquired by the New Orleans Saints. At the ripe age of 33, Sanders’ best years are probably behind him at this point in his career. Keep this in mind though, Sanders’ best seasons in the NFL were when he played alongside at least one of the following: Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, and/or Wes Welker. Now Sanders gets to play alongside the great Michael Thomas in New Orleans with Drew Brees throwing to him. The Saints cannot afford to let the aging Brees sit back in the pocket and risk getting hit, thus, “Sanders underneath and across the middle for a 1st down” will be a constant phrase utilized by stadium announcers.
DeSean Jackson is another WR being overlooked by fantasy owners in drafts. Also at 33 years of age, Jackson is currently the 67th WR selected in Dynasty startup drafts. Remember how I stated that this is for Best Ball leagues? Well, Jackson is the ultimate Best Ball wide receiver! Having not lost a step, Jackson is still known for his blazing fast speed and ability to take the top off of the defense. Injuries have hampered the veteran in recent years but when he plays, he can easily catch 1 or 2 passes for 50 yards apiece and possibly a touchdown. Best Ball was created for guys like Jackson which is why you should reap the benefits of grabbing him in around the 15th round.
Tyler Eifert is free! He’s going undrafted or at the tail end of Dynasty Best Ball startup drafts. Now playing in Jacksonville, Eifert joins the Jags after they’ve lost multiple players in the receiving game. Matt Gajewski, of Rotoballers fame, outlined this in a fairly simple tweet: “The Jaguars lost 76 targets so far this off-season. 67 of them were from tight ends. Wheels up Tyler Eifert?” Having played his first full season since 2015 this past season, Eifert caught 43 passes for just over 430 yards and 3 TDs. This was with Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley throwing him passes for the Bengals. So answer me this, do you believe in Minshew Magic?