Below is a 2016 Fantasy Football Rookie Expert Draft. This is a real draft that just took place, and the owners consist of fantasy football writers in the fantasy industry. There are some veterans mixed, as this is a rookie-only draft, but with the option to select available waiver wire players. I have provided a bit of commentary throughout the first 18 picks. Enjoy.
1.01 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB (R) – Likely to have top 5-10 overall value heading into 2017.
1.02 Doctson, Josh WAS WR (R) – Huge upside in this situation. Lots of target potential in WAS.
1.03 Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR (R) – Slowness is the concern, other abilities through roof.
1.04 Coleman, Corey CLE WR (R) – He could thrive, but he needs consistent QB play.
1.05 Shepard, Sterling NYG WR (R) – Solid talent, but overvalued here.
1.06 Henry, Derrick TEN RB (R) – TEN plans to run a lot in ’16, so TD potential is still nice.
1.07 Fuller, Will HOU WR (R) – Ceiling is low given he can never be the No. 1 WR.
1.08 Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB (R) – The potential steal of all 2016 rookie drafts.
1.09 Thomas, Michael NOS WR (R) – Nice sleeper appeal with little risk right here.
1.10 Boyd, Tyler CIN WR (R) – Ceiling is capped given he can’t be the No. 1 anytime soon.
1.11 Carroo, Leonte MIA WR (R) – Lots of mouths to feed in MIA, this isn’t a great spot.
1.12 Booker, Devontae DEN RB (R) – Huge, huge sleeper in the 1.10-2.05 range. Huge.
2.01 Prosise, C.J. SEA RB (R) – Very, very nice upside at this low-risk slot. Sleeper.
2.02 Howard, Jordan CHI RB (R) – Sleeper for sure, and the risk is about zero right here.
2.03 Goff, Jared RAM QB (R) – Good upside in STL.
2.04 Perkins, Paul NYG RB (R) – Another great sleeper with almost no risk at this point.
2.05 Marshall, Keith WAS RB (R) – Raw, but the talent is through the roof. Watch out.
2.06 Henry, Hunter SDC TE (R) – This value seems right.
The Rest, with selective commentary
2.07 Thomas, Mike RAM WR (R)
2.08 Williams, Jonathan BUF RB (R)
2.09 Mitchell, Malcolm NEP WR (R)
2.10 Hogan, Chris NEP WR
2.11 Hooper, Austin ATL TE (R)
2.12 Allen, Dwayne IND TE
3.01 Washington, DeAndre OAK RB (R) – Decent appeal this late. This is actually quite late, no risk.
3.02 Higbee, Tyler RAM TE (R)
3.03 Payton, Jordan CLE WR (R)
3.04 Drake, Kenyan MIA RB (R)
3.05 Miller, Braxton HOU WR (R)
3.06 Moore, Chris BAL WR (R)
3.07 Wentz, Carson PHI QB (R) – This is quite a drop from Goff at 2.03, very low risk.
3.08 Cooper, Pharoh RAM WR (R) – Steal of the later rounds, the kid has nice, nice upside.
3.09 Ervin, Tyler HOU RB (R)
3.10 Garrett, Keyarris CAR WR (R)
3.11 Smallwood, Wendell PHI RB (R) – Great opportunity that no one is talking about.
3.12 Lynch, Paxton DEN QB (R) – Almost zero risk here.
4.01 Higgins, Rashard CLE WR (R)
4.02 Smelter, DeAndre SFO WR
4.03 Ferguson, Josh IND RB (R)
4.04 Heuerman, Jeff DEN TE
4.05 Collins, Alex SEA RB (R) – Could either be cut come September, or be a super sleeper.
4.06 Listenbee, Kolby BUF WR (R)
4.07 Janis, Jeff GBP WR
4.08 Quick, Brian RAM WR
4.09 Peake, Charone NYJ WR (R)
4.10 Miller, Zach CHI TE
4.11 Sharpe, Tajae TEN WR (R)
4.12 Tucker, Justin BAL PK