Sat. Oct 19th, 2019

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Fantasy Football Big Board 2.0 (Hicks)

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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.

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers 2.0

Tight Ends

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.

You can see how my rankings mach-up with my fellow dynasty writers by checking out or full prospect database at the 48 Report

Tier 1: Top 5 Value

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
10WRN’Keal HarryArizona State6’4″213
20WRDK MetcalfOle Miss6’4″228
30WRKelvin HarmonNC State6’2″221
40WRHakeem ButlerIowa State6’6″225
52WRAJ BrownOle Miss6’1″225
62TENoah FantIowa6’5″240

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

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
7-2RBRodney AndersonOklahoma6’2″220
82RBMiles SandersPenn State5’11’215
92TETJ HockensonIowa6’5″250
10-4RBJosh JacobsAlabama5’10216
112WRParris CampbellOhio State6’1″208
123WRDeebo SamuelSouth
Carolina
6’0″210
13-4RBDavid MontgomeryIowa State5’11216

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

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
14-2RBJustice HillOklahoma
State
5’10190
153TEIrv Smith JrAlabama6’3″243
160RBDamien HarrisAlabama5’10”215
170WREmanuel HallMissouri6’3″195
18NR*WRMiles BoykinNotre
Dame
6’4″228
19-5RBTrayveon WilliamsTexas
A&M
5’9200
20NR*WRStanley MorganNebraska6’1″200

*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

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
21NRRBAlex
Barnes
Kansas
State
6’1″225
22NRWRDillon
Mitchell
Oregon6’2″189
23-4WRJalen
Hurd
Baylor6’4″217
240TEJace
Strenberger
Texas
A&M
6’4″250
25NRWRTerry
McLaurin
Ohio State6’1″205
26-1QBKyler
Murray
Oklahoma5’10”195
270WRJJ Arcega-
Whiteside
Stanford6’3225
28-2RBDarrell
Henderson
Memphis5’9″200
29-7QBDrew
Lock
Missouri6’4″225
30NRRBJames
Williams
Washington
State
6’0″205
31-11WRMarquise
Brown
Oklahoma5’10”168
32-2QBDwayne
Haskins
Ohio State6’2″215
33-4WRRiley
Ridley
Georgia6’2200
34NRRBDevine
Ozigbo
Nebraska6”0″235
35-7WRAndy
Isabella
U Mass5’10”190

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

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
36-13RBDevin
Singletary
Florida
Atlantic
5’9200
37-1QBDaniel
Jones
Duke6’5″220
38-3WRAnthony
Johnson
Buffalo6’2207
39NRRBAlexander
Mattison
Boise State5’11”211
40-19RBBenny
Snell
Kentucky5’11”223
41-9TEDax
Raymond
Utah State6’5″250
423QBBrett
Rypien
Boise State6’2″202
433TEDawson
Knox
Ole Miss6’4″250
44-11RBElijah
Holyfield
Georgia5’11”215
45NRWRHunter
Renfrow
Clemson5’10”180
462RBMyles
Gaskin
Washington5’9″191
47-13QBTyree
Jackson
Buffalo6’7″245
48-11RBMike
Weber
Ohio State5’10214
49-18WRLil Jordan
Humprey
Texas6’4″225
50-12WRGreg
Dortch
Wake
Forest
5’9″170

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

RankChangePOSPlayerCollegeHeightWeight
51-1RBBryce
Love
Stanford5’10”202
52-10WRWill
Grier
WVU6’2″223
53-13TEKaden
Smith
Stanford6’5259
54-15QBEaston
Stick
North
Dakota State
6’2″222
55NRWRKeeSean
Johnson
Fresno
State
6’2″199
56-12WRDeMarkus
Lodge
Ole Miss6’2″200
57NRWRDavid
Sills
West
Viginia
6’4″210
58NRRBKaran
Higdon
Michigan5’10”202
59-12QBJordan
Ta’amu
Ole Miss6’2″212
60-19TEIsaac
Nuata
Georgia6’4″240
61-18RBDamarea
Crockett
Missouri5’11225
62-11QBGardner
Minshew
Washington
State
6’2′220
63-14QBJarrett
Stidham
Auburn6’2″215

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.

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