RotoHeat member Bill Zutell posed an interesting question in the Facebook group recently, seeking some guidance on how a blended rankings of the 2019 and 2020 rookie classes may look. Having just recently put out my “redo” of the 2019 rookie draft, I attempted to then pepper in where these incoming 2020 rookies may slot in a blended 2019/2020 Dynasty Rookie Rankings.
The exercise was much more difficult than I anticipated, but it did require me to go back to my Dynasty Rankings and revisit them to ensure they were up to date. I found myself putting a draft slot to a name to determine where I should slot some rookies – for example, as I have D’Andre Swift as my top rookie for this season, I started asking myself “would I trade Josh Jacobs/A.J. Brown/D.K. Metcalf/etc. for the 1.01? Once I heard an internal ‘yes,’ I moved to the next 2020 rookie in my rankings and asked the same question.
Note, I made these rankings without the benefit of knowing the landing spot or draft capital of any of these incoming rookies. As such, they are slotted in as an educated guess at this point, and I do anticipate the list changing a bit at the end of April. For the time being, they are being ranked almost exclusively based on talent, whereas the 2019 rookies are being evaluated against their talent as well as their current team/role. Without further adieu, here are the results.
|Overall Rank||Name||Class – My Rank|
|1||Josh Jacobs||2019 – RB1|
|2||A.J. Brown||2019 – WR1|
|3||D.K. Metcalf||2019 – WR2|
|4||D’Andre Swift||2020- RB1|
|5||J.K. Dobbins||2020 – RB2|
|6||CeeDee Lamb||2020 – WR1|
|7||Jerry Jeudy||2020 – WR2|
|8||Miles Sanders||2019 – RB2|
|9||Devin Singletary||2019 – RB3|
|10||Cam Akers||2020 – RB3|
|11||Jonathan Taylor||2020 – RB4|
|12||N’Keal Harry||2019 – WR3|
|13||Deebo Samuel||2019 – WR4|
|14||Terry McLaurin||2019 – WR5|
|15||Jalen Reagor||2020 – WR3|
|16||Tee Higgins||2020 – WR4|
|17||Noah Fant||2019 – TE1|
|18||T.J. Hockenson||2019 – TE2|
|19||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||2020 – RB5|
|20||Diontae Johnson||2019 – WR6|
|21||Kyler Murray||2019 – QB1|
|22||Marquise Brown||2019 – WR7|
|23||Joe Burrow||2020 – QB1|
|24||Mecole Hardman||2019 – WR8|
Change is Coming
As I mentioned before, we have no idea where these 2020 rookies will be playing yet. Some will end up in extremely fantasy friendly situations, others will not. This will be a list to revisit AFTER the NFL Draft and update at that time, but in the meantime I will be leveraging this chart to help gauge player values as it relates to 2019 players and 2020 picks, and making trade offers accordingly.