After I finished my first set of rankings, I participated in several rookie drafts in a few of my leagues. I quickly found out that I wasn’t adhering to my own set of rankings, thus, a much needed updated. The ‘CHNG’ column gives you the difference in ranking slot from my 1st ranking to the most recent iteration. A few notes before you dig in:
- The top 5 is unchanged, although I wouldn’t fault you if you took Lacy over Bernard.
- The biggest change in my rankings is Christine Michael. I had the 1.06 in one league with Patterson staring at me, and I couldn’t pull the trigger. I would have taken Michael there, but I got an offer to trade down, and I was confident I could get him later on.
- Geno Smith is going to be the key to my late round quarterback strategy this year, and he’s coming at bargain basement prices. In one of my 12 team leagues, he didn’t go until the 3.02. Yes, the third round! Talk about undervalued.
- Latavius Murray keeps rising. I wouldn’t draft him as high as my ranking, because you simply won’t have too (although people are rapidly catching on, thanks DLF!).
- Zac Stacy fell massively after I took a deeper look at his workout and college production. He was the least productive of the Rams running backs in college on a per game basic. Here’s an excellent take on his long road to the starting job over at rotoviz.
- Aaron Dobson is rising. The only real lock for significant playing time on the roster is Danny Amendola, so Dobson could be in line for significant targets early on. He had an up and down college career, but there’s certainly untapped potential here.
- Johnathan Franklin is a tough player to rank. I think both backs will be involved to an extent, but Eddie Lacy is going to be the grinder who gets the touchdowns. I loved Franklin’s tape but the metrics don’t paint a pretty picture, and his situation is really bad.
- There isn’t anyone worthwhile behind Jamaal Charles, so why not take a shot on Kniles Davis?
- Sam McGuffie is a great player to monitor during Oakland’s OTAs. A bigger, more athletic Tavon Austin who didn’t do much on a terrible Rice offense.