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Dynasty Rookie Ranks: Update

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I released Rotoworld's initial Dynasty rookie rankings in early May, a week after the NFL draft. With the second wave of rookie drafts kicking off in early August, one of the most popular requests in my Twitter feed is an updated list to reflect stronger opinions from offseason and training camp practice reports.


Why not? That sounds like an excellent idea, and I'm happy to oblige. The following lists are based on standard-scoring (non-PPR) leagues with 25-man rosters. The lists by position include draft round and pick selection. 


Top 90 Overall


Tier One


1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

2. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

3. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns


Tier Two


4. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

5. Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams

6. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

7. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars

8. David Wilson, RB, Giants


Big Changes: Bumped Pead from No. 9 to No. 5 after going back and watching clips from his senior season. It's easy to see why he has invoked comparisons to Jamaal Charles, Chris Johnson and LeSean McCoy. I can't blame anyone for preferring first-rounder Wilson, who is an explosive talent in his own right, but Pead jumps off the screen to me. 


Moved Wright ahead of Blackmon. I had this duo as the top two receivers immediately following the draft, and I still believe that to be the case. Blackmon may have the talent edge, but he's a long-term suspension risk with a DUI apiece in college and the pros. More problematic is his situation, with GM Gene Smith married to Blaine Gabbert as the franchise quarterback. I'm leaning toward Wright in an offense filled with explosive young talent and a far more promising young quarterback. 


Tier Three


9. Brian Quick, WR, Rams

10. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

11. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

12. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos

13. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

14. Stephen Hill, WR, Jets

15. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

16. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

17. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

18. LaMichael James, RB, 49ers


Big Changes: Bumped Brian Quick, Lamar Miller and Ronnie Hillman. Quick gets the nod over Floyd because I don't have the patience to wait for the latter to explode onto the fantasy scene while stuck behind target-hog Larry Fitzgerald for the next half-decade. Quick, on the other hand, has an easy path to the No. 1 receiver role under Sam Bradford. I don't see much more than a change-of-pace back when I watch Hillman, but that species is finally beginning to carve out a reliable weekly fantasy niche in today's pass-heavy NFL. I think Miller's game will translate better at the next level, though.


Added Josh Gordon. I never saw Gordon play in college. I've struggled with this ranking because I do believe Jeffery is a fine prospect who was unfairly shredded in the pre-draft cattle call, but the positive reports on Gordon's size, speed, athleticism and vast potential are too much to ignore. 


Tier Four


19. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants

20. Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions

21. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

22. Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns

23. Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks

24. A.J. Jenkins, WR, 49ers

25. Nick Toon, WR, Saints

26. Juron Criner, WR, Raiders

27. Greg Childs, WR, Vikings

28. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals

29. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts

30. Chris Givens, WR, Rams

Big Changes: Moved Wilson ahead of Weeden. I've come around to Wilson after originally believing he would be limited to a Seneca Wallace career path in the NFL. He's much better than that and will likely take over the offense at some point in 2012. 


Bumped Broyles, who has recovered well from ACL surgery and appears to be a future PPR-league monster. Also bumped offseason standouts Toon and Criner while dropping Jenkins and Givens, who appear to be buried on their respective depth charts. Added Ballard now that he's expected to be in the mix for significant carries as a rookie.


Tier Five


31. Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts

32. Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers

33. Evan Rodriguez, TE, Bears

34. T.J. Graham, WR, Bills

35. Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens

36. Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles

37. Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals

38. Keshawn Martin, WR, Texans

39. Travis Benjamin, WR, Brown

40. Chris Rainey, WR/RB, Steelers

41. Michael Smith, RB, Buccaneers

42. Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots

43. LaVon Brazill, WR, Colts

44. DeVier Posey, WR, Texans

45. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

46. Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos


Big Changes: Added Rodriguez, who has some Aaron Hernandez qualities as a "move" tight end. Added Brown and Bolden after their impressive showings in OTAs and early training camp. Dropped Pierce now that Ray Rice is locked up long-term. Bumped Graham, Benjamin and Martin now that they appear poised to contribute as rookies. I still like Michael Smith as a late-draft flier.


Tier Six


47. Michael Egnew, TE, Dolphins

48. Nick Foles, QB, Eagles

49. Michael Hayes, RB, Chargers

50. Chris Polk, RB, Eagles

51. Taylor Thompson, TE, Titans

52. Adrien Robinson, TE, Giants

53. Tommy Streeter, WR, Ravens

54. Marvin McNutt, WR, Eagles

55. Danny Coale, WR, Cowboys

56. Ryan Lindley, QB, Cardinals

57. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

58. Orson Charles, TE, Bengals

59. Cyrus Gray, RB, Chiefs

60. Devon Wylie, WR, Chiefs

61. Joe Adams, WR, Panthers

62. Rod Streater, WR, Raiders

63. Jarius Wright, WR, Vikings

64. Damaris Johnson, WR, Eagles

65. Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys

66. B.J. Coleman, QB, Packers

67. Deonte Thompson, WR, Ravens

68. B.J. Cunningham, WR, Dolphins

69. Jonathan Grimes, RB, Texans

70. Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins

71. Marc Tyler, RB, Packers

72. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Jets

73. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

74. Dan Herron, RB, Bengals

75. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams

76. Dominique Davis, QB, Falcons

77. Kellen Moore, QB, Lions

78. Jordan White, WR, Jets

79. Ed Wesley, RB, Cowboys

80. Nathan Palmer, WR, 49ers

81. Junior Hemingway, WR, Chiefs

82. Edwin Baker, RB, Chargers

83. Josh Cooper, WR, Browns

84. Chandler Harnish, QB, Colts

85. Case Keenum, QB, Texans

86. Davin Meggett, RB, Texans

87. Alex Tanney, QB, Chiefs

88. Randy Bullock, K, Texans

89. Blair Walsh, K, Vikings

90. Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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