Mining the NFL draft for deep dynasty gems
Now that the 2016 NFL Draft has wrapped up, we can finally focus on projecting these prospects and their value in redraft, keeper and dynasty fantasy football leagues.
Anyone can tell you to go and get Ezekiel Elliott or Michael Thomas — those are obvious fantasy fits.
In this piece, we will focus on drawing your intention to 10 prospects you need to get on your radar before your dynasty league rookie draft.
We will only use players drafted on day three and undrafted free agents. We will also skip over some of the more obvious day three dynasty values like Kenneth Dixon and Malcolm Mitchell. Without further ado, let’s take a look at our first prospect.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles
The West Virginia back didn’t get much pre-draft buzz at all, but he was a highly productive runner in 2015. Smallwood finished with PFF’s sixth-best rushing grade of all backs and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. At 5-10 and 208 pounds he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and he backed that speed up by having 32.7 percent of his runs go for 15-plus yards. He was also the fifth-best back in pass blocking efficiency. With Darren Sproles a free agent after this season and Ryan Mathews a free agent after next, Smallwood has upside to emerge as the lead back sooner than anticipated.
Dan Schneier is a staff writer at PFF Fantasy. You can find him and continue the conversation on Twitter @DanSchneierNFL.