By: Calvin Danger
We’re Back Baby!
Welcome to the 2016 Dynasty Season. All hosting sites are open, all players have been drafted, most UDFA’s have been signed, rosters are finally pretty close to what they will look like come Kickoff 2016.
I know that some of you out there have already held your rookie draft, but for me, I like to wait until players are picked by a team to start determining what rookies I want. There is the general consensus that it should not matter where a player lands, talent will always trump opportunity. I agree for the most part, but there are certain situations that I try and steer clear from.
For instance, I was a big fan of Corey Coleman leading up to the draft. Had he been drafted to a team such as the Carolina Panthers, who could use an elite outside receiver to stretch the field opposite Kelvin Benjamin, he would have remained among the top 3-4 players on my board. However, he landed in Cleveland, who doesn’t have a quarterback nor a threat opposite where Coleman will play. Now I’m not saying that Coleman should not be drafted, he still has the talent, but he definitely dropped down my board into the late 1st round.
Take the flip side of that. Ezekiel Elliot could not have landed in a better situation. By going to one of, if not the best offensive lines in the league, he jumped up my board from the 4-5 range to #1 overall. He will have years of production in that offense while the Cowboys continue to pound the ball to protect the final few years of Tony Romo.
Now obviously things will change over the course of the next couple of months but here is my 1st stab at a post-draft combined top 24 rookie ranking. If you need a refresher on the scoring system check out our part 1 and part 2 on scoring systems.