Our crew of dynasty consultants have shared their thoughts on how to boost your chances of success with some roster moves in the final days before the NFL Draft, when everything changes in the dynasty landscape. DDC dynasty consultants are back with some final advice on how this year's NFL Draft class is perceived, and how one might take advantage of those widely-held perceptions.
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There seems to be a lot of buzz about this year's tight end class, and for good reason. There's a good number of freakish athletes at the position this year and potentially a few you could make an argument for to select in the first round of a rookie draft. But before you put all of your eggs into the tight end basket, understand that it's one of the slowest positions in terms of player development at the professional level. There are examples from the last few seasons of tight ends who were forecasted to be elite NFL talents but for the most part have been average at best. Despite the seemingly deep pool at the position, proceed with caution if you're planning on investing in the tight end early and expecting immediate returns.
I think dynasty owners tend to be smart about avoiding weak quarterback classes in their rookie drafts, but I believe this year might be one of the weakest in recent memory. There are plenty of trait-heavy prospects who will need two or three years to fantasy relevant. I think someone like Mahomes or Kizer would be someone I'd target in a couple years, acquiring them from a frustrated owner in your league who expected early returns.
The tight end class for 2017 is fantastic, probably the best we have seen in years. However, this is a good time to remind fantasy players that just 13 tight ends since 1990 have hit 500 yards receiving in their rookie year. Four have hit 600 yards. The odds of any of these tight ends producing as a rookie are very small. I frequently see folks use significant draft capital to acquire them. We are obviously playing for the long haul in dynasty, but I think fantasy owners would be better served passing on this tight end class in a year you will almost certainly have to overpay, and trading for them after their rookie years when they haven't produced. The cost will almost certainly be lower.