I’ve been watching this QAnon docuseries on HBO this week, Q: Into the Storm. I’ll confess, I haven’t been plugged into the Qverse until now. But it turns out there’s a bunch of politicians and movie stars who murder babies and drink their blood. Allegedly. I mean, it kind of makes sense. I won’t get any further into the political weeds here, but if you showed me footage of Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell eating babies together it wouldn’t be the most shocking video I’ve seen this year. Those cats playing the piano blew my mind. Where am I going with all this? Not quite sure. Something convoluted about Pat Fitzmaurice and Rich Hribar scooping up babies like evil Illuminati brethren in our recent superflex dynasty best ball draft. Take a look at how many rookies each of our esteemed analysts selected in the draft:

*View the entire superflex dynasty startup draft board here

**Also view the entire draft board from our previous non-superflex dynasty best ball startup here

Analyst Website # of Rookies Drafted
Pat Fitzmaurice The Football Girl/Football Guys 9
Rich Hribar Sharp Football Analysis 9
Jake Ciely The Athletic 7
Michael Salfino The Athletic 7
B_Don Razzball 6
Dave Richard CBS 5
Heath Cummings CBS 5
Andy Behrens Yahoo 5
Donkey Teeth Razzball 3
Dalton Del Don Yahoo 3
Rudy Gamble Razzball 2
Scott Pianowski Yahoo 1

Of the 336 players selected in this 28 round draft, 62 of those players were from this year’s incoming rookie class. Here’s where each of them was selected:

*Note: this is a half PPR best ball superflex dynasty startup draft with starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 SUPERFLEX

Rookie Pick Player Position Team Overall Pick Analyst
1 Trevor Lawrence QB JAC 11 B_Don
2 Trey Lance QB SF 12 Dalton Del Don
3 Justin Fields QB CHI 17 Rudy Gamble
4 Ja’Marr Chase WR CIN 19 Michael Salfino
5 Zach Wilson QB NYJ 30 Michael Salfino
6 Mac Jones QB NE 33 B_Don
7 Najee Harris RB PIT 34 Andy Behrens
8 Travis Etienne RB JAC 42 Pat Fitzmaurice
9 Javonte Williams RB DEN 48 Dave Richard
10 Kyle Pitts TE ATL 49 Dave Richard
11 DeVonta Smith WR PHI 63 Andy Behrens
12 Trey Sermon RB SF 64 B_Don
13 Jaylen Waddle WR MIA 90 Pat Fitzmaurice
14 Michael Carter RB NYJ 91 Michael Salfino
15 Rondale Moore WR ARI 103 Pat Fitzmaurice
16 Terrace Marshall WR CAR 118 Heath Cummings
17 Elijah Moore WR NYJ 119 Rich Hribar
18 Kellen Mond QB MIN 130 Andy Behrens
19 Rashod Bateman WR BAL 134 Donkey Teeth
20 Kadarius Toney WR NYG 146 Rich Hribar
21 Dyami Brown WR WAS 151 Pat Fitzmaurice
22 Chuba Hubbard RB CAR 168 Dave Richard
23 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR DET 173 Jake Ciely
24 Kenneth Gainwell RB PHI 175 Pat Fitzmaurice
25 Pat Freiermuth TE PIT 185 Rudy Gamble
26 Rhamondre Stevenson RB NE 186 Pat Fitzmaurice
27 Anthony Schwartz WR CLE 187 Michael Salfino
28 Elijah Mitchell WR SF 194 Rich Hribar
29 Nico Collins WR HOU 196 Scott Pianowski
30 Chris Evans RB CIN 205 Dalton Del Don
31 Amari Rodgers WR GB 206 Donkey Teeth
32 Davis Mills QB HOU 218 Rich Hribar
33 Tommy Tremble TE CAR 221 Jake Ciely
34 Javian Hawkins RB ATL 222 Michael Salfino
35 Josh Palmer WR LAC 226 Andy Behrens
36 Tylan Wallace WR BAL 234 Pat Fitzmaurice
37 D’Wayne Eskridge WR SEA 238 Scott Pianowski
38 Kyle Trask QB TB 239 Rich Hribar
39 Tutu Atwell WR LAR 247 Pat Fitzmaurice
40 Jermar Jefferson RB DET 249 B_Don
41 Larry Rountree RB LAC 251 Donkey Teeth
42 Khalil Herbert RB CHI 253 Dalton Del Don
43 Cornell Powell WR KC 259 Michael Salfino
44 Kene Nwangwu RB MIN 260 Jake Ciely
45 Kylin Hill RB GB 262 Heath Cummings
46 Brevin Jordan TE HOU 263 Rich Hribar
47 Gerrid Doaks RB MIA 266 Rich Hribar
48 Kylen Granson TE IND 267 Heath Cummings
49 Hunter Long TE MIA 282 Pat Fitzmaurice
50 Simi Fehoko WR DAL 287 Rich Hribar
51 Dez Fitzpatrick WR TEN 288 Dave Richard
52 Frank Darby WR ATL 290 Rich Hribar
53 Tre’ McKitty TE LAC 293 Jake Ciely
54 Noah Gray TE KC 294 Michael Salfino
55 Shi Smith WR CAR 297 B_Don
56 Seth Williams WR DEN 304 B_Don
57 Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR MIN 308 Jake Ciely
58 Dazz Newsome WR CHI 312 Dave Richard
59  Pooka Williams RB CIN 317 Jake Ciely
60  Ian Book QB NO 327 Andy Behrens
61 Josh Imatorbhebhe WR JAC 332 Jake Ciely
62 Jaelon Darden WR TB 334 Heath Cummings

Biggest Rookie Reach

In the the non-superflex draft we saw a large premium on running backs. In this superflex edition the premium shifted, as you’d expect, to quarterbacks. And it was the rookies after Trevor Lawrence who’s price tags surprised me most.

By now Dalton Del Don’s man crush on Trey Lance has been well documented in previous posts, so we won’t spend any further time on that love affair. 

Our own Rudy Gamble did get aggressive on Justin Fields at pick 17 overall, which gets my Bears’ fan stamp of approval but my fantasy analyst stamp of skepticism.

But it was B_Don’s selection of Mac Jones at pick 33, as the 6th rookie off the board, which wins the prize of biggest reach. Yes, this is a dynasty superflex league, and yes QBs were flying off the board. I still can’t get on board with the Patriots rookie QB in the 3rd round. Remember, this is an organization which hasn’t hit on a skill position draft pick since 2010 (Gronk). My faith in Belichick has been shaken to the core. I’d much rather take a shot on Najee Harris or Kyle Pitts in this area of the draft, especially considering this team spent their first two picks on  Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow

Best Rookie Bargain

I grabbed Jaylen Waddle with pick 67 in the non-superflex version of this league and if I hadn’t butt fumbled backwards into Chris Godwin and Mike Evans at picks 62 and 77 in this draft then Waddle probably ends up on team Donkey Teeth once again via pick 86. Instead Pat Fitzmaurice snagged what I think will end up as the rookie steal of this draft at pick 90.

Waddle going off the board 27 picks after Devonta Smith is nuts to me. Alfred The Boof went over these two Bama receivers in his pre-draft and post-draft rookie wide receiver rankings and I completely agree with his assessments: Smith is undersized and faces an uphill battle against NFL defenses while Waddle could be a game changing talent who fits the Antonio Brown/Tyreek Hill mold. Swing for the fences on Waddle if you get the chance.

Late Rookie Values

Should Kyle Trask fall 203 picks behind Mac Jones in a startup superflex draft? Don’t get me wrong, I envision Trask developing into a pretty mediocre real life and fantasy QB. But that has plenty of value in a superflex format. And besides one round of draft capital, does Mac Jones really bring all that much more to the table? Of course Tom Brady might be wearing adult diapers by the time he retires, but Trask is still a fantastic value for our newcomer, Rich Hribar, at pick 236.

We didn’t know Julio Jones would be calling Tennessee home at the time of our draft, but there were rumblings that he might not be in Atlanta come week one. Now that Julio will officially be playing down by the schoolyard with Tannehill in 2021, the door is open wide for new blood in ATL. Are Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus the answer? I don’t think so. Cut to sixth round rookie Frank Darby, Brandon Aiyuk’s former teammate at Arizona State. Sixth round NFL draft picks are hit or miss, but something tells me the Falcons valued Darby as more than a 6th rounder and they might be fast tracking him in the Julio role in this offense by the end of 2021. And if not, the price was once again right for Rich Hribar at pick 290, the 52nd rookie off the board.