Dynasty rookie drafts are in full swing and fantasy football managers are scrambling to gather all the information they can. There were some big risers and fallers after the NFL Draft, as my Superflex dynasty rankings have changed drastically. After releasing my top 12 ranked players on Tuesday, I’ll be discussing my 13th through 24th ranked players today. Some exciting tight end prospects are discussed, as well as some intriguing day two running back prospects with a lot of potential.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Superflex Rookie Rankings 1-12
13- Devon Achane – Running Back – Miami Dolphins
Devon Achane is a former track star and is one of the most fun players to watch in the 2023 NFL Draft. This was evident by his 4.32 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, as he is electric with the ball in his hands. Achane is also coming off a strong season at Texas A&M, however, his size will hold him back at the next level.
At 5’9, 188 pounds, there aren’t many running backs that are fantasy relevant with that kind of frame. Opportunity has the biggest correlation to fantasy success, and Achane could be limited in that regard. Regardless, Achane is a special talent and couldn’t have landed in a better spot in Miami. He could excel in a 10-15 touch per game role and have immediate flex upside in a powerful offense.
14- Dalton Kincaid – Tight End – Buffalo Bills
The first tight end off the board, Dalton Kincaid, has the most advanced receiving skills of any tight end in this draft class. He has great hands and has a knack for creating space between himself and defenders. Kincaid isn’t a strong run blocker though and will likely have a large role in the slot at the next level.
As a result, Dawson Knox will likely take a lot of the in-line work, but he could be on the move as early as next season. Being a part of a Josh Allen led offense without a clear second target is very exciting for his fantasy football prospects.
15- Michael Mayer – Tight End – Las Vegas Raiders
While Kincaid has the most fantasy football upside, Michael Mayer is by far and away the most complete tight end. He has a strong frame, is an outstanding blocker, and is great at finding soft spots in zone coverage. Mayer was an absolutely massive part of the Notre Dame offense as well, with a 31.1% target share and 809 receiving yards in his final season.
Early playing time shouldn’t be an issue either, as he should step into the starting role in Las Vegas right away. Mayer may lack elite upside, but he should settle in as a top 10 fantasy tight end for a very long time.
16- Roschon Johnson – Running Back – Chicago Bears
One of my favorite running backs in the pre-draft process, I was disappointed to see Roschon Johnson not get day two draft capital. Despite being a very well-rounded player, he didn’t get to show these skills off at Texas. Playing behind Bijan Robinson didn’t leave many opportunities, nonetheless, he impressed when he was on the field.
Johnson has great vision and a strong frame that makes him very hard to bring down. Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman provide stiff competition; however, this is as open a backfield as any in the NFL. Playing time won’t be guaranteed, but a lead role down the line is certainly possible for Johnson.
17- Jonathan Mingo – Wide Receiver – Carolina Panthers
One of the biggest risers after the 2023 NFL Draft, Jonathan Mingo was surprisingly selected 39th overall. He will pair with Bryce Young in one of the shallowest wide receiver rooms in the NFL. This will give Mingo an opportunity to make an impact early, and the draft capital justifies taking him with a mid-second round rookie pick.
I’ve compared him to George Pickens, with his strong frame and alpha mentality. Mingo is also a strong route runner and is great at tracking the football on deep routes. He does lack top-line speed though and wasn’t particularly productive in college. Nevertheless, an NFL team saw enough potential to take him early in the second round, which has me rethinking my pre-draft evaluation.
18- Rashee Rice – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs
Are fantasy football managers ready to get hurt again? The Kansas City Chiefs have once again reached on a skill position player, putting drafters in a pickle once again. Rashee Rice, unlike many players in this class, has an attractive blend of size and speed. He is another strong ball tracker who is great at the contested catch point as well.
Despite these positives, he isn’t a player I had ranked in my top 24 players ahead of the NFL Draft. The landing spot in a wide open Kansas City offense with Patrick Mahomes is too tantalizing, though. Fantasy managers shouldn’t vault Rice too far up their rankings based on this landing spot, but the middle of the second round is a great value.
19- Marvin Mims – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
Marvin Mims was another one of my favorite prospects in the pre-draft process. He was a star at the NFL Combine, can play inside or outside, and was outstanding against man coverage at Oklahoma. His 96th-percentile breakout age in college also puts him in elite territory, being a three-year producer.
I was slightly disappointed in the draft capital, but the Denver Broncos are an intriguing destination. The Broncos’ offense will certainly improve under new head coach Sean Payton, and Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton have struggled to stay healthy over the years as well. With Sutton failing to meet expectations last year too, he could be out the door sooner rather than later.
20- Sam LaPorta – Tight End – Detroit Lions
Sam LaPorta was my TE3 before the NFL Draft, but I didn’t imagine him being selected 34th overall. LaPorta is coming off three straight seasons at Iowa with over a 20% target share and had back-to-back seasons of over 600 receiving yards. The film also shows a player who is very tough to tackle and fantastic in contested catch situations.
LaPorta has a smaller frame though, and players with his prospect profile have yielded mixed results recently. He won’t be a factor as a blocker as a result, and will likely receive plenty of slot snaps. The Lions have a clear need at tight end though, and this is great for his fantasy football prospects. Detroit has one of the best offenses in the league, and he could be a red zone threat right away.
21- Tank Bigsby – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
Tank Bigsby was a player that would have been a borderline top 12 player in these rankings with the right landing spot. Even day two draft capital doesn’t make him an attractive option given the presence of Travis Etienne though. Nonetheless, Bigsby enters the league as one of the best handcuff running backs in the NFL.
Standalone value is possible too, but he will likely be touchdown-dependent. He isn’t a strong pass catcher and is a very poor blocker, which will ultimately limit his third down snaps. Etienne is a talented rusher as well, leaving Bigsby with a marginal number of touches at best. If Etienne were to ever miss time, he is a player who could immediately have RB2 upside.
22- Tyjae Spears – Running Back – Tennessee Titans
Rather than selecting mid round wide receivers at a saturated position, I’ll be targeting more day two running backs. Tyjae Spears was a very productive college running back, rolling off eight straight 100-yard rushing performances to close out his career. He has great vision and a knack for creating space between himself and defenders.
On the other hand, Spears isn’t a great athlete and lacks topline speed. He’s suffered two significant knee injuries as well, which will make fantasy managers nervous. However, Spears should be an adequate handcuff to Derrick Henry, who is entering his age 29 season. Given the rushing volume Henry receives, he will be at risk of injury himself and could still be traded this off-season.
23- Jayden Reed – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
Jayden Reed was another surprise in the second round as the Packers added some much-needed wide receiver depth. I thought it was puzzling with some of the wide receivers left on the board, but there is a lot to like about Reed. He has great ball skills and is a dangerous deep threat.
A lack of top-end speed though has limited his ability to separate from defenders in college. The landing spot in Green Bay is far from ideal either. Jordan Love could ultimately have a hard time sustaining another fantasy relevant receiver outside of Christian Watson. Reed is a WR5 in dynasty leagues at the moment with a limited fantasy ceiling.
24- Hendon Hooker – Quarterback – Detroit Lions
Hendon Hooker surprisingly fell to the third round of the NFL Draft to the Detroit Lions. A rumored destination for a long time now, however, many analysts expected it to be earlier at pick 34. Hooker enters the NFL as an older prospect coming off a significant knee injury. He should be cleared for training camp though and will get the opportunity to learn under Jared Goff in an exciting offense.
Hooker is an intriguing prospect with a unique blend of size and athleticism. He doesn’t make many mistakes either and has strong passing mechanics. Regardless, as an older third-round pick, Hooker faces a long shot at fantasy relevancy. With that kind of draft capital, Detroit will feel no pressure to force him on the field, particularly if Goff is playing well. With a strong offensive line and skill position players backing Goff up, Hooker may be destined to be a long-term backup.
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