Big Board Dynasty League – Fantasy Football Draft Strategy (2019)

April 1, 2019

Currently, there are 4 hours left before my Dynasty Startup Draft begins. I am drafting with a great group of guys from fantasy football Twitter. The date is March 31st 2019, so a lot of stuff will change from now until the season begins, and that’s okay.

Whenever that’s the case, the people who prepare the most usually have a great advantage, and people that do little research have an advantage waiting to draft until right before the season, because there’s so much mock draft data and expert analysis. So bring on the challenge of drafting in March, before the NFL Draft.

10 team 1 QB PPR league. I’m drafting out of the 3 spot in a snake draft. No kickers or defenses. We each start by drafting:

  • 1 QB
  • 2 RB
  • 2 WR
  • 1 TE
  • 2 Flex

We will hold our rookie draft in August, and picks are already being swapped prior to the vet draft starting in a few hours.

Basically, I want to do a few things in this article.

I first want to reveal my Dynasty Big Board, that’s semi-specific to this draft. I also want to go over my pre-draft strategy and targets, as well as a review of how the draft went. Reviewing a solid draft this early in the season will give many of you a huge advantage compared to your competition. Lastly, I want to address players that I’m higher and lower on than the general consensus.

Big Board

Below is a table that shows my big board rankings for the 2019 draft (minus the rookie class). For a quick visual guide, the color code is below:

  • Blue = RB
  • Green = WR
  • Orange = TE
  • Red = QB

Player

Position

Team

Age

Position Rank

1. Saquon Barkley RB NYG 22-6 1
2. Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL 24-1 2
3. Alvin Kamara RB NO 24-1 3
4. Christian McCaffrey RB CAR 23-2 4
5. Melvin Gordon RB LAC 26-4 5
6. Deandre Hopkins WR HOU 27-2 1
7. Davante Adams WR GB 26-8 2
8. Odell Beckham WR CLE 26-10 3
9. Michael Thomas WR NO 26-6 4
10. Le’Veon Bell RB NYJ 27-6 6
11. Joe Mixon RB CIN 23-1 7
12. Juju Smith Schuster WR PIT 22-9 5
13. Mike Evans WR TB 26-0 6
14. Todd Gurley RB LAR 25-2 8
15. James Conner RB PIT 24-4 9
16. Dalvin Cook RB MIN 24-0 10
17. Nick Chubb RB CLE 23-8 11
18. Tyreek Hill WR KC 25-6 7
19. Julio Jones WR ATL 30-7 8
20. Keenan Allen WR LAC 27-4 9
21. Antonio Brown WR OAK 31-1 10
22. Brandin Cooks WR LAR 25-11 11
23. Stefon Diggs WR MIN 25-9 12
24. Travis Kelce TE KC 29-11 1
25. Zach Ertz TE PHI 28-9 2
26. Patrick Mahomes QB KC 23-11 1
27. David Johnson RB ARI 27-8 12
28. Sony Michel RB NE 24-6 13
29. Leonard Fournette RB JAX 24-7 14
30. Robert Woods WR LAR 27-4 13
31. Amari Cooper WR DAL 25-2 14
32. Adam Thielen WR MIN 29-0 15
33. TY Hilton WR IND 29-9 16
34. Kerryon Johnson RB DET 22-2 15
35. Damien Williams RB KC 27-5 16
36. Aaron Jones RB GB 24-9 17
37. Derrius Guice RB WAS 22-2 18
38. George Kittle TE SF 25-10 3
39. Kenny Golladay WR DET 25-10 17
40. Tyler Boyd WR CIN 24-9 18
41. Chris Godwin WR TB 23-6 19
42. Cooper Kupp WR LAR 26-2 20
43. Calvin Ridley WR ATL 24-8 21
44. Andrew Luck QB IND 29-11 2
45. Deshaun Watson QB HOU 23-11 3
46. Marlon Mack RB IND 23-5 19
47. Kareem Hunt RB CLE 24-0 20
48. James White RB NE 27-7 21
49. Devonta Freeman RB ATL 27-5 22
50. Derrick Henry RB TEN 25-1 23
51. Chris Carson RB SEA 24-11 24
52. Phillip Lindsay RB DET 25-1 25
53. Jarvis Landry WR CLE 26-9 22
54. Allen Robinson WR CHI 26-0 23
55. DJ Moore WR CAR 22-4 24
56. AJ Green WR CIN 31-1 25
57. Corey Davis WR TEN 24-7 26
58. Dante Pettis WR LAC 24-11 27
59. Will Fuller WR HOU 25-4 28
60. Mike Williams WR SF 23-10 29
61. Tyler Lockett WR SEA 26-11 30
62. Robby Anderson WR NYJ 26-3 31
63. Alshon Jeffery WR PHI 29-6 32
64. OJ Howard TE TB 24-9 4
65. Hunter Henry TE LAC 24-8 5
66. Evan Engram TE NYG 25-0 6
67. Eric Ebron TE IND 26-4 7
68. David Njoku TE CLE 23-1 8
69. Matt Breida RB SF 24-6 26
70. Rashaad Penny RB SEA 23-7 27
71. Jared Goff QB LAR 24-10 4
72. Carson Wentz QB PHI 26-8 5
73. Aaron Rodgers QB GB 35-9 6
74. Baker Mayfield QB CLE 24-4 7
75. Sammy Watkins WR KC 26-2 33
76. Dede Westbrook WR SEA 30-11 34
77. Courtland Sutton WR DEN 23-10 35
78. Doug Baldwin WR JAX 25-9 36
79. Royce Freeman RB DEN 23-6 28
80. Tarik Cohen RB CHI 24-1 29
81. Matt Ryan QB ATL 34-3 8
82. Chris Herndon TE NYJ 23-6 9
83. Austin Hooper TE ATL 24-10 10
84. Vance McDonald TE PIT 29-2 11
85. Jack Doyle TE IND 29-4 12
86. Christian Kirk WR ARI 22-9 37
87. James Washington WR PIT 23-5 38
88. Keke Coutee WR HOU 22-7 39
89. Sterling Shepard WR NYG 25-6 40
90. Russell Wilson QB SEA 30-9 9
91. Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF 27-10 10
92. Kirk Cousins QB MIN 31-0 11
93. Cam Newton QB CAR 30-3 12
94. Sam Darnold QB NYJ 22-3 13
95. Jameis Winston QB TB 25-7 14
96. Mark Ingram RB BAL 29-8 30
97. Kenyan Drake RB MIA 25-7 31
98. Carlos Hyde RB KC 27-11 32
99. Latavius Murray RB NO 29-7 33
100. Jordan Howard RB CHI 24-10 34
101. Tevin Coleman RB SF 26-4 35
102. Jerick McKinnon RB SF 27-4 36
103. Nyheim Hines RB IND 22-9 37
104. Mike Davis RB CHI 26-6 38
105. Lamar Miller RB HOU 28-4 39
106. Trey Burton TE CHI 27-10 13
107. Ian Thomas TE CAR 23-2 14
108. Jared Cook TE NO 32-4 15
109. Dak Prescott QB DAL 26-11 15
110. Mitch Trubisky QB CHI 25-0 16
111. Nick Foles QB JAX 30-7 17
112. Ito Smith RB ATL 23-11 40
113. Austin Ekeler RB LAC 24-3 41
114. Dion Lewis RB TEN 28-11 42
115. Jaylen Samuels RB PIT 23-1 43
116. Isaiah Crowell RB NYJ 26-7 44
117. Anthony Miller WR CHI 24-10 41
118. Michael Gallup WR DAL 23-6 42
119. Marvin Jones WR DET 29-5 43
120. Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 32-5 44
121. Golden Tate WR NYG 31-1 45
122. Devin Funchess WR IND 25-3 46
123. Julian Edelman WR NE 33-3 47
124. Tyrell Williams WR OAK 27-6 48
125. Robert Foster WR BUF 25-3 49
126. Desean Jackson WR PHI 32-9 50
127. Curtis Samuel WR CAR 23-0 51
128. Duke Johnson Jr. RB CLE 25-11 45
129. D’onta Foreman RB HOU 23-4 46
130. Kalen Ballage RB MIA 23-8 47
131. Chase Edmonds RB ARI 23-4 48
132. Ronald Jones ll RB TB 22-1 49
133. Josh Adams RB PHI 22-10 50
134. Chris Thompson RB WAS 28-10 51
135. Lesean McCoy RB BUF 31-1 52
136. Gio Bernard RB CIN 27-9 53
137. Jordan Wilkins RB IND 25-1 54
138. Jalen Richard RB OAK 25-10 55
139. Jordan Reed TE WAS 29-2 16
140. Mark Andrews TE DAL 24-8 17
141. Dallas Goedert TE BAL 23-11 18
142. Big Ben QB PIT 37-6 16
143. Drew Brees QB NO 40-7 17
144. Tom Brady QB NE 42-1 18
145. Philip Rivers QB LAC 37-8 19
146. Josh Allen QB BUF 23-3 20
147. Derek Carr QB OAK 28-5 21
148. Lamar Jackson QB BAL 22-7 22
149. Matt Stafford QB DET 31-6 23
150. Tre’Quan Smith WR NO 23-7 52
151. Antonio Callaway WR CLE 22-7 53
152. Nelson Agholor WR PHI 26-3 54
153. Jamison Crowder WR NYJ 26-2 55
154. DeVante Parker WR MIA 26-7 56
155. Donte Moncrief WR PIT 26-0 57
156. Trey Quinn WR WAS 23-8 58
157. Marquise Goodwin WR SF 28-9 59
158. DaeSean Hamilton WR DEN 24-5 60
159. Elijah Mcguire RB NYJ 25-3 56
160. Gus Edwards RB BAL 24-4 57
161. CJ Anderson RB LAR 28-6 58
162. Adam Humphries WR TEN 26-2 61
163. John Brown WR BUF 29-5 62
164. Josh Doctson WR WAS 26-9 63
165. Marquez Valdez-Scantling WR GB 24-10 64
166. Tim Patrick WR DEN 25-9 65
167. Taylor Gabriel WR CHI 28-6 66
168. Kyle Rudolph TE PHI 24-8 19
169. Gerald Everett TE MIN 29-9 20
170. Jimmy Graham TE LAR 25-2 21
171. Jonnu Smith TE GB 32-9 22
172. Blake Jarwin TE TEN 24-1 23
173. Mike Gesicki TE MIA 23-11 24
174. Kenny Stills WR MIA 27-4 67
175. Albert Wilson WR MIA 27-1 68
176. Quincy Enunwa WR NYJ 27-3 69
177. John Ross WR LAR 24-6 70
178. Josh Reynolds WR NE 28-4 71
179. David Moore WR HOU 31-8 72
180. Deon Cain WR JAX 22-11 73
181. Braxton Berrios WR BUF 24-5 74
182. Phillip Dorsett WR CIN 23-9 75
183. Zay Jones WR ARI 36-0 76
184. Kenneth Dixon RB BAL 25-7 59
185. Peyton Barber RB BAL 25-0 60
186. Jamaal Williams RB DET 28-4 61
187. Justin Jackson RB TB 25-2 62
188. Rex Burkhead RB FA 25-11 63
189. Mark Walton RB FA 26-2 64
190. John Kelly RB GB 24-5 65

My big board is broken down mostly by tiers, though you’ll see plenty of players that I don’t believe fit into a tier, so they’re by themselves (Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan, George Kittle).

I only did 175 players for the big board, and will add more throughout the offseason.

I’ll start with what I’d say is the biggest surprise.

Big Board Surprise Player Rankings

Todd Gurley 

Obviously Gurley will be gone before this. I have him slated in a spot on my big board that I’d be comfortable drafting him at. That definitely means I will not have Todd Gurley on any of my teams, because he’ll never fall that far, but I accept that. He is amazing and might crush the league again next year. But with the arthritis concerns in his knees, I want him to be someone else’s concern.

Players That I Ranked Lower Than Most People

Amari Cooper

Another player that just won’t make it to me in any drafts based on where I feel comfortable taking him. Having the 2 Rams WR’s (Cooks, Woods) ahead of him won’t sit well with many people.

George Kittle

I’m very high on Kittle and the entire 49ers offense. That being said, I still think there’s a 2 person tandem at the top of the tight end rankings, and Kittle doesn’t crack that group yet.

Chris Carson & Phillip Lindsay

Two players I really liked last year. I believe in the younger talent, and overall better players in Royce Freeman and Rashaad Penny. I’ll take the latter at discounts to the former in drafts this year.

Tarik Cohen & Jordan Howard  

Everyone is freaking out of the Jordan Howard trade and these two just both got way overpriced. This is the price you pay for drafting in March. Things should calm down by late summer.

Now the fun part, players that I’m HIGHER on than the rest of the fantasy community.

Players That I Ranked Higher Than Most People

Le’Veon Bell

My number 1a target in this draft. He’s fallen to me a ton in the second round, and that’s my goal for this draft tonight. Do we forget how dominant Le’Veon is in fantasy? And a year off has only done him well.

Brandin Cooks

Another 1200 yard season for the number 1 WR on a top offense in the NFL with great support all around him. Love the young stud.

Robert Woods

Has anyone looked at Robert Woods game log for 2018? Talk about consistent. His game log tier below what Davante Adams’ looked like, Mr. Consistency himself.

Damien Williams

My number 1 target tonight is Damien Williams. My goal is to pair him with Carlos Hyde in the 7th and 9th and lock down the KC running game.

Tyler Boyd

Getting no hype at all, Boyd broke out last season and went over 1000 yards. I love Boyd in the slot and have him as a top 18 WR this year.

Dante Pettis

This is just my draft crush guys so let me have this one. He’s way too high on my Big Board but I assure you he’ll find his way onto my roster somehow.

Robby Anderson

I want all the Jets. I will die on the “Sam Darnold is a better quarterback than Baker Mayfield” hill. The 22 year old has so much upside and showed vast improvement at the end of 2018. I love Robby, Bell, Darnold and Herndon this year at their current prices.

Dede Westbrook

Took over as the WR1 in Jacksonville last year and just got a huge upgrade at the quarterback position. This ADP is whacky to me but I’m not complaining as I’ve gotten him everywhere.

Jack Doyle

For the cost of some pocket lint and 4 paper clips you can acquire Jack Doyle. He’s a steal at those prices.

Jimmy Garoppolo

I’m finally buying in to Jimmy G. Blame Dante Pettis. Jimmy will most likely make the squad tonight.

Ian Thomas

Young Tight End looked very promising filling in for Greg Olsen last year. Look for Thomas to continue making strides.

Curtis Samuel

Give me the huge discount of a young and talented Carolina receiver.

Mike Davis – Mike Davis rushed for at least 4 yards on 56% of his carries, 12% more than the average RB. That was the best rate in the NFL. Davis is a solid receiver, and will fit great in Nagy’s offense in Chicago.

My Strategy for This Dynasty Draft Setup

I have some pretty cool notes that I wrote for myself heading into this draft that I’ll share with you now, and explain in detail after.

My notes are as follow:

  • Stick within your tiers. Tiers are way more important than absolute rankings.if you want a RB but your top tier is out, but top tier WR is available, go WR
  • If Kelce or Ertz is available in the 3rd, take him or wait at TE
  • Go high on either Mahomes or top TE, not both.
  • There’s 11 RB’s then huge drop off
  • There’s 10 WR’s then huge drop off
  • There’s then another 2-6 WR’s then another drop off (after TY/Thielen)
  • There’s 3 TE’s then huge drop off
  • There’s Patrick Mahomes, then everyone else at QB
  • Cant undersell the drop off in RB after top 10. You go from Chubb Dalvin Conner, to Michel DJ and Kerryon.
  • If the draft falls to me the right way, I’ll be going RB RB TE WR WR WR WR
  • Really want to draft both Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde (8th and 10th)
  • Le’veon is a huge target for me in the 2nd. Won’t reach at RB in second if I don’t love who’s still there.

So a brief rundown on those. My tiers are what’s important. If I don’t like my tier in the position I have a need in, I will go find the best available player until better value falls to me.

I want to go after the top 2 Tight Ends to establish an advantage at the position. I don’t want to do it in the 2nd though. If they’re both gone by the 3rd round I will wait very long for the Tight End position.

I either want a huge advantage at QB or TE. I’d rather get neither than both, however. Going top QB and TE will leave you too thin in a league that starts 6 RB/WR’s.

Let’s Break Down the Strategy

You have to be flexible going into drafts, there’s no doubt about it. That’s especially true when playing with guys you’ve never been in a league with before, so you don’t know their tendencies. That being said, I do want to go in with an overall strategy and goal.

Using my Big Board, I noticed a massive drop in RB viability after RB34. Even more so than recent seasons. That being said, I want to lock up 2 top tier RB’s right out of the gate. Saquon and Zeke will be the first 2 picks, so I will be choosing between Kamara and CMC at 4. Then after that I’m looking for Bell, Cook, or Conner to drop to me in the second round, securing 2 of my top 10 RB’s.

Next I want to get a top TE. I want to dominate that position. Ertz is my target in the 3rd round. If he’s gone I will adjust and take best available.

Rounds 4-7 I want to stack up on WR upside. In many mocks I’ve gone Woods, Golladay, Boyd and Pettis here. If my draft can look like that tonight, I will be pumped.

Round 8 I’m targeting Damien Williams. People are so low on him, but most likely I’ll have to attack Williams earlier, and go WR in this round.

Round 9-10 I want to find my starting QB. Targets are Matt Ryan, Jimmy G, and Jameis Winston. I want to draft Darnold or Trubisky as my backup.

Best case scenario, my team looks something like this after 10 rounds:

  1. Kamara
  2. Bell
  3. Ertz
  4. Woods
  5. Golladay
  6. D. WIlliams
  7. Boyd
  8. Pettis
  9. Ryan
  10. Hyde

I’m also going into this draft fully prepared to trade down or out for some rookie picks. I want to be flexible. Volume of picks is normally better than what number the pick is.

I am about to begin this draft, let’s see how it goes!

Dynasty Big Board Draft Recap

The draft was a blast. As you’ll see in a second, our plan was running quite smoothly at the beginning of the draft. I did panic around the 11th round when I saw Latavius Murray still available so I offered almost everyone in the league a trade to move up. Too late. Murray was snatched at 11.7. Would have loved him on my team especially after *spoiler* going Kamara at 3.

There was a ton of trading, the league is very active, which I love. Had a lot of my guys fall to me, and others snatched just the pick before me (Brandin Cooks fell all the way to 4.7 and we draft at 4.8!) Let’s get into my team, and I’ll show you how the 22 round draft went.

My Team

My ideal scenario was playing out quite beautifully at the beginning of the draft. As you recall, this is what I said an ideal start to my draft would look like:

  1. Kamara
  2. Bell
  3. Ertz
  4. Woods
  5. Golladay
  6. D. Williams
  7. Boyd
  8. Pettis
  9. Ryan
  10. Hyde

*Scroll down a little to see entire Draft Board. Our team is “hydeandzeke13” drafting from the 3 spot*

First 4 rounds went to perfection. One interesting decision I had was at 3.3. I was adamant about taking a top TE to have an advantage at the position, but Mahomes was still available. It killed me, but I went Ertz. I essentially got 9 out of my 10 ideal picks (minus Golladay who went at 4.1) and even got Matt Ryan in the 13th instead of the 9th, as my backup!

I also got James White (8.8) Dede (10.8) and Mike Davis (12.8) at great values.

Things That Went Well

  • Studs at Running back, with excellent depth throughout the top 6.
  • Paired Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde
  • Bell fell to me in the second
  • Established a dominance at TE (Ertz starting with Vance as backup)
  • Solid QB’s with 1 young stud
  • Very deep at Wide receiver
  • Depth is the top quality of my team

Things That Didn’t Go So Well

  • Missed out on Brandin Cooks by 1 pick.
  • Couldn’t land Latavius Murray
  • 2nd to last person to draft my WR1
  • Top end skills at WR
  • Will have to address TE in rookie draft
  • Couldn’t land Curtis Samuel, Keke Coutee or Anthony Miller for young upside plays
  • At 9.3 I wanted either Tyler Lockett or Robby Anderson. They went 8.10 and 9.1 so I settled on Goff

Entire Draft Board

Let’s take a look at everyone else’s teams and see how ours stacks up:

2019 nfl big board dynasty draft lineup

nfl fantasy football big board draft 2019

Favorite Roster

I absolutely love my team. If you have a similar way of looking at roster construction to me, then you understand the plan and the vision. But there are some other teams I really do like in this draft.

If I had to pick 1 opponent that had the best draft, I’d have to go with @awlsabermetrics from Twitter.

He had the first overall pick, and traded out for the 1.05 and 3.05 which ended up being CMC and George Kittle. I love those 2 over Saquon, so phenomenal move right out the gate. He also stole some of my favorite value receivers in Lockett, Allen Robinson and Robby Anderson, to pair with a stud like Tyreek Hill. He has some questionable players to form his QB group but I think Jameis will be solid and his team will overcome it.

Notes and final thoughts

Overall, I couldn’t have been happier with how things went. My Big Board was so helpful in this draft and I’m glad I took the time to create it, and hopefully you guys can use it to your advantage as well. If you use my big board, have any questions on it, or just want to talk fantasy football, please reach out at @hydeandzeke on Twitter.

Happy Drafting!

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