WEEK ONE IS IN THE BOOKS, FOLKS, AND WHAT A WEEK IT WAS!
Rookie RBs and WRs are HOT
All QBs are NOT
One starting QB and 3 First Round picks were BENCHED
The last pick in the Special Ed Draft (Jax D/ST) outscored ALL first rounders
Let’s break it down:
SEXY SEXY ROOKIES
The 2017 rookie class is off to an historic start, and I think it’s safe to say that ROOKIES are the #1 hottest commodity in all of fantasy football. A number of rookies entered the NFL this year with very high expectations. Fournette, Mixon, McCafferey, Hunt, Cook, Williams, Williams, Williams… Now even Kupp, Golladay and Cohen are household names after just one week of play.
It’s gotten to the point where if I’m ever talking to my wife about football and I mention that so-and-so is a rookie, she always says “Oh, so he’s really good, right?”
Rookies are soooo hot right now, and even people who are only tangentially aware of football know it. DYM has actually been following this trend for several years, but this year really looked special for the youngsters. There could be multiple top 10 players in this rookie class and they were coming at GREAT values, so in this year’s drafts Our Plan centered entirely around maximizing our exposure to those sexy sexxxy rookies.
You see, now more than ever the NFL is a young man’s game. The league has evolved in many ways that favor the young player:
More coaches are more able and willing these days to construct their schemes around players’ natural strengths
More general managers are savvy enough to draft players specifically for those prescribed roles
More teams attempt to play faster by keeping a relatively small playbook that functions out of multiple formations
League rules pertaining to pass coverage have changed as to give an advantage to faster and less physical pass-catchers
Add to this the facts that EVERY player gets hurt and ALL the owners are trying to reduce payroll, and you have a league that is ripe with opportunity for only the youngest and most athletic players.
All of these factors have seemed to have been developing over several years. But what has been the real (fantasy) impact?
Take a walk with me through Recent Special Ed Rookie History:
2012: The watershed moment for Special Ed Rookies was in 2012, when Golden Richards took home the SESB title behind a rookie QB (RGIII) and RB1 (Trent Richardson). 2012 was also the year that DYM Legend DOUG MARTIN broke the mold by gaining 1,926 scrimmage yards and 12 TDs, both career highs.
2013: The next year Le’Veon Bell and Gio Bernard exploded onto the scene with over 1,200 yards and 8 TDs apiece.
2014: In 2014 Gio was unseated by another rookie, Jeremy Hill. That year Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins were sought after draft commodities; but it was Odell Beckham Jr. who finished in the top 10 with over 1,300 yards and 12 TDs, taking home the DYM AWARD for Best Waiver Pickup of 2014.
2015: 2015 was a slight lull in Rookie Fantasy production. But they undoubtedly impacted the league: Amari Cooper was the only stand-out WR and the team that drafted him won the first 10 games of the ’15 season. That year it also seemed that potential future stars like Melvin Gordon, Stephon Diggs and Ameer Abdullah were gaining much more visibility (and Special Ed ownership) than rookies of the past.
2016: By the 2016 draft it was quite clear that the word was out on Rookies being the hottest dudes when Zeke Elliott (STILL NOT SUSPENDED!!) was drafted 8th overall by the Polk High Panthers. Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi also became contributors to top Special Ed teams.
… and did I mention how funny these kids’ names are these days??
2017 ROOKIE POWER RANKINGS!
1 – SHHHH. BE VEWY VEWY QUIET. KAWEEM HUNTIN WABBITS
2 – DALVIN AND THE CHIMPMUNKS
3 – BABYTRON aka KENNY GOATADAY
4 – LEONARD FOURNETTE – (hard name to type, way too many vowels)
5 – TARIK COHEN “The Ultimate Semite”
6 – COOPER “SIPPY” KUPP
7 – CHRISTIAN MCCAFFEREY
8 – COREY DAVIS
[on the radar: Kizer, Watson, Trubisky, Mixon, Jones, Williams, Williams, Williams]
btw – I was fading Fournette cause of the foot situation, but he went off on Sunday. I should have never doubted the guy who has this as his Twitter Header:
HERE’S WHY ZEKE IS NOT GONNA BE SUSPENDED THIS YEAR
I mean, the real reason is that he was set up and the whole case is BS.
But @defendyourmoves followers already know that.
The DYM Legal Department sent us this article tho, it’s a good read.
AMERICAS GAME OF THE WEEK RECAP
AGOTW PREDICTIONS RECORD: 0-1
Like I said the other day, this was a tough week to pick AMERICAS GAME OF THE WEEK. Almost every matchup was marred by late injuries or hurricane-forced rescheduling. So we went with the Elite QB matchup in what turned out to be a week where QB play was in a shambles league-wide. Would you believe ALEX SMITH was the week’s #1 QB?
Only 4 QBs threw for over 300 in the Sunday games and 2 of them were GOFF and WENTZ, yuck. Rodgers got his yardage for Fay but added a pick and only 1 TD for a Ryan Fitzpatrick-esque 15.32 pts.
Still this was a closely contested matchup that was not decided until early Wedsday morning.
White Walkers’ non-QBs were solid all around. Highlights include a perfectly adequate 76 yards from the 2014 Special Ed Super Bowl Champ Delanie Walker; and Tucker held it down with a couple CLUTCH FGs.
Bell was a disappointment, but not nearly as disappointing as David Johnson. The highlight for WW was the return of Marshawn Lynch to full Beast Mode status. Not a rookie but still a very sexy fantasy play.