NFL Draft: Fantasy Football losers include Aaron Rodgers after the first round, while two other QBs among the winners

Given how this offseason has gone so far, is it any surprise that Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft was dominated by wide receivers? Six of them were won in the first round, all in the top 18 picks, but that’s not even what I’m referring to: The standout plays came with AJ Brown and Marquise Brown being traded to Philadelphia and Arizona, respectively.

Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Amari Cooper and now these two top-notch businesses. Is Deebo Samuel next? That question will remain on Day 2 of tonight’s draft as well, and at this point, why bet against a wide receiver being traded?

Otherwise, the first round wasn’t exactly dominated by Fantasy-relevant names – the top five picks were defensive players, followed by two offensive linemen, and there was only one QB – Kenny Pickett, staying at home with the Steelers – taken away. in addition to the six wide receivers. This wasn’t exactly unexpected, although it was a little surprising to see all of the Packers, Chiefs, and Bills pass through skill position players.

We should see more of them leaving the board tonight, and Dave Richard will take over. Fantasy Football Today Newsletter to react to everything you need to know about tonight, so make sure you keep an eye out for that. In today’s bulletin, we’re looking at first-round winners and losers, including a QB who suddenly has a huge lead and some disappointing landing spots for some of the new wide receivers.

But first, here’s everything you need to know from the FFT team’s first round:

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And now, here are the biggest winners and losers in the entire NFL after the first round.

Fantasy winners after Round 1

Jalen hurts

The Eagles have been looking for a new No. 1 wide receiver since before Hurts started, and now they can have two. Brown is a massive upgrade over Jalen Reagor, and he will make life even easier for Devonta Smith after a very strong rookie season. It’s unclear whether all of these pass takers – including Dallas Goedert – will be must-have costume options. However, if the Eagles increase their passing volume and efficiency with the addition of Brown, which seems likely, Hurts could take a big step forward. Heath thinks he might even fight for the QB’s first spot. I’m not waiting what kind of a jump, but there are parallels with Josh Allen adding Stefon Diggs going into its third season. This is a good reminder not to bury Brown, who remains an elite talent.

Treylon Burks

When I read Dan Schneier’s profile of Burks before the draft, I told him it made me think of AJ Brown, so there’s a good symmetry in him being the Titans’ burly replacement for Brown. Now, I don’t think Burks will take the field and take over Brown’s 28% goal last season, but there’s clearly an opportunity here, especially if Robert Woods isn’t 100% ready for the start of the season. boot camp coming out of his torn ACL. It’s a little surprising that Burks was only the fifth WR captured, but he’s proven he can be a focal point in college, and his tape showcases a varied set of skills that can put him into action in a number of different situations. One thing I love about Burks is that he ranked fourth in the country last season in yards after reception. He will need this skill to thrive in a low volume attack from the Titans. If we’re just talking about 2022, I can make Burks the best rookie in WR, even after landing in a low-volume bout.

Drake London

London consistently won contested passes in college, and it’s fair to wonder if that kind of skill will translate against the much better, stronger, and more physical defenders he’ll face in the NFL. But he will have the opportunity to prove it in Atlanta, where he fills a huge need alongside Kyle Pitts. With Calvin Ridley suspended for the 2022 season, this was a big necessity for the Falcons, and the London figures to take the field as Marcus Mariota’s No. 2 option alongside Kyle Pitts. This will be a nightmare duo for any defense that doesn’t have some giants on their side. London was the top wide receiver picked on Thursday and could be first picked in the Fantasy drafts. He should be a top five pick in all rookie drafts and a WR4 for Fantasy on redraft.

Devin Singletary (…for now)

No running backs were picked in the first round, which means Singletary won’t compete with anyone with that kind of draft capital, at least. It still seems likely that the Bills will add a running back to the draft, but if they go through Day 2 Friday without picking one, that would be a very good sign for Singletary. The Bills offense hasn’t produced much value for running backs over the years — they were the last in the NFL in PPR points by running backs in Josh Allen’s first three seasons and were still in the bottom 10 last season — so any kind of timeshare would render anyone here back to the fringes of Fantasia’s relevance. However, if the Bills actually enter the season, with Singletary as the leader and only a Day 3 pick and Zack Moss as his competitor, he could very well be a viable RB2 in the PPR leagues. He passed the first checkpoint.

Ju Ju Smith-Schuster

The Chiefs may still add a wide receiver on Day 2, but the fact that Smith-Schuster isn’t competing with first-round draft capital when the Chiefs two first round is a good sign for your value. That’s assuming he’s going to be target number 2 behind Travis Kelce and ahead of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman, but it’s a gamble I’m willing to take as he’s the only one of these players who’s shown a real difference -ability to do. It looks like we’re going to find out how much of Smith-Schuster’s meltdown over the past two seasons — he averaged just 8.6 yards per Front desk – it was his fault against Ben Roethlisberger. Patrick Mahomes is a pretty significant QB upgrade. Don’t be surprised if Smith-Schuster finishes in the first four rounds of the ADP in the summer.

Kyler Murray

In the end, the Cardinals effectively replaced Christian Kirk with Marquise Brown, and I think that’s a pretty significant upgrade. Brown hasn’t blossomed as we’d hoped in his first three seasons in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot to like about him, starting with the fact that he can open the field with regularity. With DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, and Rondale Moore already established on the depth chart, Murray needed a real, deep threat. Brown has struggled to stay on the same page as Lamar Jackson at times, but Murray has been in a relationship with him since their time together in college, so I hope that continues. Murray hasn’t yet made the leap we were hoping for as a passer, but Brown gives him by far the best Hopkins side piece he’s ever had. Murray still has overall QB1 potential.

Marquise Brown/Rashod Bateman

The Brown vs. Bateman splattered on Fantasy Twitter, throughout the offseason, when it was over, this was the response all along:

Bateman has the opportunity to come in as Jackson’s #1 option (or 1b for Mark Andrews), while Brown goes for a higher volume offense with a quarterback he’s already had success with. I’ll take Brown ahead of Bateman, but they both have the advantage in WR2 now. At least from a fantasy point of view, this was the best scenario for both of them.

Fantasy losers after the 1st round


Amon-Ra St. brown

St. Brown would already have to prove that his season-ending breakout wasn’t just the product of a lack of competition when TJ Hockenson and D’Andre Swift are both healthy next season, and now he’ll be playing alongside Jameson Williams. the fourth wide receiver picked on Thursday and arguably the most talented in the entire draft. Williams could be worked on slowly as he is coming back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in January, but you have to imagine the Lions took him in with the expectation that he would be option number 1 soon. There may still be room for St. Brown is a must-have costume option too, but between him, Swift and Hockenson, it seems likely that someone will be disappointed, and St. Brown appears to be the most likely candidate. He’s more of a WR3 in PPR now, at best, unless Williams aren’t ready for the start of the season.

Garrett Wilson/Elijah Moore

The Jets will give Zach Wilson every opportunity to prove they didn’t make a mistake by taking him in second place overall a year ago, and the addition of Wilson gives them a very talented receiving corps along with the bigger Corey Davis. . Moore and Wilson are not identical players, of course, but both are fast receivers who are on the smaller side, so there could be some overlap in their usage. The most likely outcome is probably that the Jets don’t have a single obvious number 1 wide receiver, at least to start the 2022 season, and given that we still don’t know if this offense will be any good, that’s going to be hard to trust someone here like an initial Fantasy option. Wilson and Moore look like WR4s to me.

Chris Olave

Between the return of Michael Thomas, the re-signing of Jameis Winston and now the addition of a WR with the number 11 pick – a pick the Saints traded for – perhaps the passing game is returning to New Orleans. For Olave’s sake, it was better, because the Saints attempted the league’s third-lowest passes a year ago, and it wasn’t just because of Taysom Hill’s games. They didn’t trust their quarterbacks to open up the offense consistently, and perhaps the lack of pass capture options was the reason. However, Olave will be competing with Thomas for targets, and there may not be many of them out there. I’m not going to draft Olave hoping I can start him on Fantasy early on, at least.

Jahan Dotson

Relative to where he should be taken, Dotson going 16th is a really big win. However, he will receive passes from Carson Wentz in a team that already has Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas. Maybe the last two don’t matter much, and there have been rumors of some displeasure with McLaurin, but what matters is that I don’t think it’s going to be a very good offense in Washington. Wentz has to earn my trust back, and that makes Dotson more of a late-round driver for 2022. However, for Dynasty, he’s a sneaky buy with the potential to emerge as the team’s top choice if they choose not to give in. the McLaurin contract demands.

Aaron Rodgers

I mean, it might not matter, because it’s Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers have once again chosen not to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver when it seems to be their greatest need. and they had two pickaxes! Right now, Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins seem like Rodgers’ top two choices, and while he’s been pretty good with pretty average weapons in the past, he’s asking a lot of Rodgers to continue to be a high-end fantasy option in that context. . You never want to bet against Rodgers, but I’m seeing him as a marginal QB1 right now. Maybe they’ll change as early on the 2nd, though they’re not scheduled to pick until the 53rd overall.

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