That’s a wrap on the NFL draft and now all there is left to do is pick up the pieces. We covered the Round 1 fallout on Friday, but let’s dive into some of the non-rookie winners and losers from the rest of the draft weekend.
Matthew shared his list on Twitter, but let’s expand on the names a bit more...
* Myles Gaskin. While fantasy gamers rooted for their favorite prospect to land in Miami, the Dolphins brass wisely deployed their draft capital elsewhere. In the process, Gaskin became one of the biggest winners of the draft. An RB1 campaign is on tap for 2021.
* Mike Davis. Similar to Gaskin, Davis emerged from the draft without much competition outside of UDFA Javian Hawkins. Davis’ workload is still susceptible to future signings, but as of now he has a clear path to a bellcow-ish role.
* Matthew Stafford & TJ Hockenson. Golladay’s gone, the Lions didn’t draft a pass catcher until the 4th round (Amon-Ra St. Brown), and the team selected the best offensive line prospect with their first round pick. Hockenson should be the focal point of the passing offense in 2021.
* Ryan Fitzpatrick. Like Stafford, Fitz’s team added an offensive lineman and another weapon (WR Dyami Brown) in the draft. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll put up another great fantasy season in Washington.
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* Melvin Gordon. The Broncos selected Javonte Williams with the No. 35th pick, absolutely destroying Gordon’s fantasy value. Williams is a young, explosive running back who will quickly take over this backfield. Gordon could barely hold off Phillip Lindsay last year, so this does not bode well for him.
*Raheem Mostert. The Niners are a dream landing spot for any running back--their offense ranks 5th & 6th in points to the RB position over the past two seasons--and Sermon certainly fits the bill as a big back with agility. Mostert is an above average RB, but he’s never been a picture of health and consistency. Patience is the name of the game with rookies, but Sermon checks a lot of the boxes for a league winner down the stretch.
*Tevin Coleman/LaMichael Perine. Michael Carter is a versatile athlete capable of big plays and catching passes. He is likely to eat into both Coleman and Perine’s touches with room for more as the season progresses. Bonus Jets loser: Jamison Crowder (hello, Elijah Moore).