Fight Chance Fantasy's Dynasty Question of the Week: Other than Bijan Robinson what other rookie are you most excited about?


After discussing some Buy Low and Sell High players in our previous dynasty articles, it's time to look ahead at this year's rookie class for the upcoming April NFL Draft. This time of year a rookie's stock seems to rise or fall each day, due to all the stories and workouts that will transpire in the upcoming weeks. But with the dust settling from the conclusion of the NFL Combine, Conner Shears and I wanted to tackle a more rookie-focused prospect question for out Fighting Chance Fantasy question of the week. So here we go!

Other than Bijan Robinson, what rookie prospect are you most excited about and hoping to draft in your dynasty leagues this season?

 

Dalton Kincaid, TE Utah Utes

Originally, I was writing this piece about Anthony Richardson to make my case for him. Now, with the NFL Combine hype surrounding the quarterback, I felt compelled to change course. Instead, I am directing my focus toward tight end Dalton Kincaid. I wanted to write about someone less obvious who deserves some hype. Someone who has ELITE ball skills in the receiving game. Fantastic body control, great vision, and elite hands to make all of the tough catches.

Kincaid possesses good speed and great athleticism capable of making defenders miss in various ways. He also has a knack for finding a soft spot in zone coverage. He is the best receiving tight end in the class and is a bit of a sleeper at the moment although his name seems to be gaining steam as of late. 

  

Perhaps he is not the best all-around tight end in the class, with Darnell Washington and Michael Mayer garnering all the hype, who are likely to go as the first two tight ends in the NFL draft. But for fantasy that doesn’t matter. All that matters for fantasy tight ends is their receiving volume. Although a great red zone threat, Washington will often be asked to stay in to block simply because he is so good at it. Washington will be an extension of the offensive line that can catch and run. While I don't consider Kincaid to be a bad blocker, he can make all the catches and inherently won’t be asked to block at as high of a rate as someone like Washington, so we're hoping that means he is on the field catching passes instead. 

Rookie tight ends historically amount to nothing, so maybe you can try your luck in-season to trade for Kincaid at a discount, but if you are a believer like me, then it would be wise to secure him now while the cost is a mid-late 2nd round pick.  - Conner Shears @ConnerShears 

 

Quentin Johnston, WR TCU Horned Frogs

Nobody has turned more heads at the NFL Combine than Anthony Richardson. His stock has risen like a SpaceX rocket in the underwear Olympics this past week and his landing spot will be interesting. Although Jaxson Smith-Njiba busted out for the Buckeyes in 2022, the player I’m most intrigued with heading into the draft season is Quentin Johnston. Johnston officially measured in at 6’-2” and 208 lbs. In his final seasons with the Horned Frogs, Johnston brought in 60 receptions for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games. Johnston decided to pass on running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine opting to run it at his pro day at TCU. However, he did show off some of his athleticism at Indianapolis by posting a 40.5” Vert and 11.2’ Broad Jump and even demonstrated a high point grab to wow the crowd. 

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Some experts claim that he’s a receiver that uses his body to catch passes instead of his hands but check out a few plays here that illustrate what he can do on the football field.

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Johnston will easily be drafted in the first round of all rookie drafts. How high he will go, will be determined if you are in a two-quarterback/super-flex league or not. Be ready to pounce that draft button if he happens to get passed the fifth spot in your rookie drafts. I will leave you with his run at the combine gauntlet, to let that marinate until your rookie draft. - Leo Grandio @smooth1074

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Which rookie prospect are you most excited about this yearWhat topic or questions would you like for us to cover in the upcoming weeks? You can reach us on Twitter at @FCFantasySports.

 


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