Welcome to my second fantasy football big board. I’ve already released positional rankings, based purely on tape, for each position group. You may want to check out those articles before reading this if you haven’t already. You also may want to check out my first big board article.
This edition of my big board includes tape reviews for an additional 15 players. It also includes adjusted scores for already reviewed players-based on additional film review, pro-day numbers, or other information which contributes to the NFL Draft stock.
I use tier based rankings. If you’re not used to this system note that players within the same tier have similar value for me. Choosing players within the same tier should come down to: personal preference of the fantasy football player making the draft pick (hey, it’s your pick not mine) and what your roster construction demands.
Tier 1: Top 5 Value
|1||0||WR||N’Keal Harry||Arizona State||6’4″||213|
|2||0||WR||DK Metcalf||Ole Miss||6’4″||228|
|3||0||WR||Kelvin Harmon||NC State||6’2″||221|
|4||0||WR||Hakeem Butler||Iowa State||6’6″||225|
|5||2||WR||AJ Brown||Ole Miss||6’1″||225|
I’m down to 6 players that I could legitimately justify taking with a top 5 rookie dynasty draft pick. My top 4 players remain unchanged, but a deeper review of AJ Brown has solidified his position in the top 5. Further analysis on this wide receivers can be found in my Wide Receivers 2.0 article.
As running backs continue to be unimpressive it has become clear that none deserve to go in the top half of the first round of rookie drafts without ideal landing spots.
The barren landscape of tight ends in the NFL leads me to consider Fant a top option. Fant’s athleticism is very impressive and it leads me to believe that he may be able to produce early for fantasy football players-bucking the trend of the position.
Tier 2: 1st Round Worthy
|8||2||RB||Miles Sanders||Penn State||5’11’||215|
|11||2||WR||Parris Campbell||Ohio State||6’1″||208|
|12||3||WR||Deebo Samuel||South |
|13||-4||RB||David Montgomery||Iowa State||5’11||216|
This tier is defined by running backs sliding. Anderson slides 2 spots as his health continues to be shrouded in mystery. I love Anderson, and 7 is still higher than most are willing to rank him, but I need to see how much NFL teams love him. Jacobs slides 4 spots from unimpressive performance testing. As teams fill their running back needs in free agency it seems less and less likely that he will have a 3 down role early in his career. Montgomery’s 4 spot slide is less about him and more about those who jumped above him-only a good landing spot can bring him back into the first round for my rankings.
Tier 3: 2nd Round Value
|14||-2||RB||Justice Hill||Oklahoma |
|15||3||TE||Irv Smith Jr||Alabama||6’3″||243|
|18||NR*||WR||Miles Boykin||Notre |
|19||-5||RB||Trayveon Williams||Texas |
*NR=Not Ranked. This player was not ranked in my 1st big board article
Tier 3 is defined by players that are very likely going to be available in the second round of the dynasty rookie fantasy football drafts. Who you prefer in this round may come down whether you want ceiling (upside) or floor (safety).
Hill (PPR threat), Hall (Y-type WR/burner along the sideline), Miles Boykin (athleticism), and Trayveon Williams (lack of projected draft capital) all are high upside players I like. Look for landing spots to truly separate them, but for now I’d be happy to get all of them in the 2nd round of my rookie drafts.
Irv Smith Jr., given his position, may take longer to pay off for you-but his athletic play style may pay off in 2/3 years. Damien Harris seems bound for a solid, but not highlight filled, football career. You may like him better in non-PPR formats. Stanley Morgan is an exciting gadget type player who may get a lot of receptions for you, but is not likely to be a red zone threat.
Tier 4: Plant Your Flag
This tier is when things start to get wild. It is filled with players that could be available in either the 2nd or 3rd rounds of your fantasy football rookie drafts-depending on the preferences of your league mates.
Alex Barnes is a great combination of strength and speed; he has solid film and performed very well at the combine. Dillon Mitchell is an explosive play maker and shows off high upside athleticism in his tape. James Williams could be dangerous if he lands in a high-powered NFL offense that utilizes him specifically in a pass catching role. Devine Ozigbo was a combine snub; he is a powerful runner who has great balance and dangerous acceleration downfield.
I remain lower than most on Henderson-who comes off to me as having poor vision, rounded cuts, and unable to pass block. Hollywood Brown will likely be off your board by the mid-2nd round but I could not possibly justify the undersized, injured, and one dimensional wide receiver going before the 3rd round.
Tier 5: Throw Your Dart
|49||-18||WR||Lil Jordan |
Once you have hit the 4th round you are truly throwing darts and hoping for the best. Some choose to use this round to fill roster need i.e. taking the best QB available for depth. I, however, prefer to find players with high ceilings because all players carry risk at this point-so why not go big and get someone with an equal amount of upside?
Dax Raymond and Dawson Knox are two very athletic tight ends who could produce for your fantasy football roster. Raymond has great tape and is a well rounded tight end, but is a bit older. Knox is still very raw and is underdeveloped as a route runner but is extremely athletic for the position.
Alexander Mattison and Benny Snell are powerful running backs who may not see action on 3rd downs in the NFL but could get significant goal line work. It never hurts to have a touchdown vulture on your roster.
You’ll likely be waiting a few years for Tyree Jackson to develop, but stashing him could be worth it. The Buffalo sensation has a huge arm and is impressively athletic for his size. His poor footwork, accuracy, and decision making, though, will take time to hone even with the best coaching situation.
Tier 6: Taxi Squad Heros
My final tier (for now) is filled with players that scream JAG (just another guy) to me. There are some big names on this list-ones I was excited to review film on. None of them, however, stood out enough to fall into the “dart throw” category for me.
If you do find yourself in a league that drafts into the 50’s/60’s overall there are some players that could fit into your taxi squad. Bryce Love’s college production shows you his upside-perhaps an improved offensive line could bring him back to near Heisman production. Isaac Nauta was on a lot of radars, until poor combine testing cast major concerns over his athleticism and speed; maybe a good landing spot could help him offset those issues. Davis Sills fits the profile of an “X” receiver in the NFL and flashed at times, but the converted QB has terrible hands-if he develops into a more reliable wideout he could be a red zone threat.