Deke’s 2023 Rookie Fantasy Rankings

The NFL Draft has come and gone and a new batch of rookies are here for us to tie our hopes and dreams to. Although there’s some supreme talent in this class, I decided through this exercise that I honestly hate about 80% of the landing spots for the top tier guys.

It’s not that I don’t love Gibbs, JSN or Zay Flowers still. It’s more the hatred for their situation compared to where we had spent the last 2 months mocking them to. Is Zay Flowers still going to be great? Probably. Would he have been better in Kansas City? Duh.

Now the first question I know I’ll be asked is “Is this for Dynasty? Single QB league? PPR? Redraft?” and the answer to them all is “Yes”. I’ll admit maybe it’s just a general vibe of lazy but I won’t be doing a new ranking for every type of league.

What you’ll find below is more a guage of who I truly believe will be a fantasy football player worth noting from start to finish/

I know in a Superflex or 1QB league that the QBs are going to be much higher but let’s lean this one more towards 1QB league’s with a flex option (PPR of course). Some general thoughts below before you scroll down to the list!

Gibbs and JSN give me some big red flags right out the gate. I love them both but I honestly despise the Lions RB situation (yes, even without Swift and Williams) and I have some big reservations about trusting Geno Smith for 2 straight years. Are they the 1.02 and 1.03? Of course, don’t overthink it. I’m just not spending a lot of draft stock to trade up for them.

Out of the top receivers, Jordan Addison is my favorite landing spot by far. I’m a big fan of some of the later round guys (Downs, Hyatt, Mingo) but Addison should instantly be a viable starter in Minnesota.

After Gibbs, I’m looking for the opportunity to have a significant role with these RBs. Achane offers the upside of a young athletic back that Mostert and Wilson just don’t have right now. Unless Miami finds another back this offseason, Achane could be a sleeper for the Dolphins.

I also love Roschon Johnson’s landing spot. Despite the ranking (mainly because of where he was drafted), I would entertain Johnson ahead of both Achane and Charbonnet because the Bears need a bruiser. That being said Foreman has proven to be a good journeyman but if the Bears want to find their next starting back, Johnson has upside.

Tight ends are weird this year so my strategy is to just see which ones are being taken early. Kincaid will most likely go first in every draft from this TE class but Mayer provides a clear path as a starter and we’ve never seen something like Washington in Pittsburgh until now. Sam LaPorta, Tyler Kraft, Luke Musgrave and Luke Schoonmaker are all names to monitor that could easily find themselves in the top 15 at the position come years end.

Some names to research before your rookie draft – Jayden Reed, Tyjae Spears, Tank Dell, Pika Nacua and DeWayne McBride. All of these guys have the formula – talent + opportunity = fantasy relevance.

Bijan RobinsonAtlanta FalconsRB1
Jahmyr GibbsDetroit LionsRB2
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSeattle SeahawksWR1
Jordan AddisonMinnesota VikingsWR2
Quentin JohnstonLA ChargersWR3
Zay FlowersBaltimore RavensWR4
Devon AchaneMiami DolphinsRB3
Zach CharbonnetSeattle SeahawksRB4
Roschon JohnsonChicago BearsRB5
Anthony RichardsonIndianapolis ColtsQB1
Dalton KincaidBuffalo BillsTE1
Bryce YoungCarolina PanthersQB2
Kendre MillerNew Orleans SaintsRB6
C.J. StroudHouston TexansQB3
Josh DownsIndianapolis ColtsWR5
Jonathan MingoCarolina PanthersWR6
Marvin Mims Jr.Denver BroncosWR7
Michael MayerLas Vegas RaidersTE2
Jalin HyattNew York GiantsWR8
Tyjae SpearsTennessee TitansRB 7
Jayden ReedGreen Bay PackersWR9
Sam LaPortaDetroit LionsTE3
Tank DellHouston TexansWR10
Cedric TillmanCleveland BrownsWR11
Tank BigbsyJacksonville JaguarsRB8
Rashee RiceKansas City ChiefsWR12
Will LevisTennessee TitansQB4
Luke MusgraveGreen Bay PackersTE4
Chase BrownCincinnati BengalsRB9
Israel AbdanikandaNew York JetsRB10
Luke SchoonmakerDallas CowboysTE5
Hendon HookerDetroit LionsQB5
Zach EvansLos Angeles RamsRB11
Darnell WashingtonPittsburgh SteelersTE6
Deuce VaughnDallas CowboysRB12
Pika NacuaLos Angeles RamsWR13
A.T. PerryNew Orleans SaintsWR14
Tucker KraftGreen Bay PackersTE7
Parker WashingtonJacksonville JaguarsWR15
Michael WilsonArizona CardinalsWR16
Eric GrayNew York GiantsRB13
Stetson BennettLos Angeles RamsQB6
Brenton StrangeJacksonville JaguarsTE8
DeWayne McBrideMinnesota VikingsRB14
Dorian Thompson-RobinsonCleveland BrownsQB7
Kayshon BoutteNew England PatriotsWR17
Xavier HutchinsonHouston TexansWR18
Chris Rodriguez Jr.Washington CommandersRB15
Charlie JonesCincinnati BengalsWR19
Jake HaenerNew Orleans SaintsQB8

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