Thomas, Barkley and other values for dynasty leagues

Some rookies and college candidates have cemented their names in the minds of developmental league players, says Joey Cartolano.

| 8 months ago
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Thomas, Barkley and other values for dynasty leagues

As I’ve written many times on this site, rookies are important dynasty pieces to keep tabs on, even after rookie drafts have taken place. They are volatile assets who can be improperly valued very easily. The same can be said of college prospects, where even more variables needs to be considered in order to see the forest through the trees. A keen dynasty player is always aware of the incoming college talent. Intermittently this season, I’ll be checking in on these young dynasty and developmental assets to keep you updated on recent developments, both on and off the field.

The rookies

One of the more polarizing prospects in last year’s draft due to a dissonance between his strong tape and lackluster college statistics, Michael Thomas is proving that his meager output at Ohio State was indeed a byproduct of their run-heavy scheme and not a result of any deficiency of his own. I argued before the draft that his 781 yards and nine touchdowns from his final collegiate season needed to be taken within the context of a 2015 Buckeye offense that only generated 2,455 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns total, and those that did are now reaping the rewards. Below are the aggregate stats for the Saints’ top three receivers in the four games since their Week 5 bye:

Player Tm G Snaps Targ Rec Yds TD aDOT YPR
Michael Thomas NO 4 247 32 26 344 3 8.8 13.2
Brandin Cooks NO 4 218 30 23 343 3 13.3 14.9
Willie Snead NO 4 220 28 22 226 0 6.3 10.3

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Joey Cartolano has been contributing dynasty, redraft, developmental and DFS content since 2013. He also makes regular appearances on PFF Radio's Dynasty Slant.

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