Dynasty Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Drafting for the future with a Zero-RB approach

The last time I wrote up one of these mock drafts I was lamenting the fact that my draft went haywire after I selected Derick Henry in Round 5 of a Superflex mock draft. That was not a problem in this one-quarterback draft, as Henry went at the end of the second round.

To be clear, my problem was not with taking Henry where I did. Also, I don’t have a problem with him at the two-three turn (I have him 25th overall in this format). My problem before was that I drafted Henry and then took rookies with two of my next three picks. In this draft running backs went so early that I was really left with little choice but to build with wide receivers and youth. 

Four of my first five picks were wide receivers who were drafted in the first round and will be 23 years old or younger at the start of the 2022 season. The other pick in that range was Josh Allen, who may have a longer window than all of them. This team was clearly built for the long haul.

My next two picks were Chiefs who could greatly increase their value this season in Clyde Edwards-Helaire and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Edwards-Helaire just turned 23 years old and looks primed to be the passing downs back with Ronald Jones joining the team (I drafted him too). Smith-Schuster won’t turn 26 until November and may just be Patrick Mahomes’ No. 1 wide receiver.

With five young receivers on the roster, I was essentially looking for two things in my running backs. Youngish guys who could greatly improve their stock this year like Edwards-Helaire and Jones, and rookies. Chase Edmonds doesn’t really fit either mold, but he doesn’t give me a second starter this year to go along with one of the Chiefs.

Later in the draft, I did draft a couple of veterans in Zach Ertz and Tom Brady, who may seem incongruent with this strategy. But it was the 14th and 15th rounds. There are two possible ways they could pay off big dividends. One, my team could be better than expected in Year 1 and they could help me compete for a title. Two, they could be trade chips to a contender at the deadline. 

Here are the analysts who participated in this mock draft:

Mike Faiella, Dynasty League Football
Joel Cox, CBS Sports
Jay Felicio, Front Yard Fantasy
Dan Schneier, CBS Sports
Marco Enriquez, Dynasty Nerds
Donkey Teeth, Razzball
Heath Cummings, CBS Sports
Adam Aizer, CBS Sports
Troy King, Yahoo Sports
Alfredo Brown, Footballguys
Chris Towers, CBS Sports
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports

And here are the results:

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Mike Faiella J. Jefferson WR MIN
2 Joel Cox C. McCaffrey RB CAR
3 Jay Felicio J. Chase WR CIN
4 Dan Schneier J. Taylor RB IND
5 Marco Enriquez C. Kupp WR LAR
6 Donkey Teeth N. Harris RB PIT
7 Heath Cummings C. Lamb WR DAL
8 Adam Aizer K. Pitts TE ATL
9 Troy King A. Ekeler RB LAC
10 Alfredo Brown B. Hall RB NYJ
11 Chris Towers D. Swift RB DET
12 Jamey Eisenberg A. Brown WR PHI
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Jamey Eisenberg M. Andrews TE BAL
14 Chris Towers T. Higgins WR CIN
15 Alfredo Brown J. Williams RB DEN
16 Troy King L. Fournette RB TB
17 Adam Aizer S. Diggs WR BUF
18 Heath Cummings J. Waddle WR MIA
19 Donkey Teeth D. Samuel WR SF
20 Marco Enriquez D. Adams WR LV
21 Dan Schneier J. Mixon RB CIN
22 Jay Felicio T. Hill WR MIA
23 Joel Cox D. Henry RB TEN
24 Mike Faiella D. Metcalf WR SEA
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 Mike Faiella J. Dobbins RB BAL
26 Joel Cox D. Cook RB MIN
27 Jay Felicio D. London WR ATL
28 Dan Schneier A. Kamara RB NO
29 Marco Enriquez T. Etienne RB JAC
30 Donkey Teeth P. Mahomes QB KC
31 Heath Cummings J. Allen QB BUF
32 Adam Aizer C. Godwin WR TB
33 Troy King J. Conner RB ARI
34 Alfredo Brown D. Moore WR CAR
35 Chris Towers D. Montgomery RB CHI
36 Jamey Eisenberg N. Chubb RB CLE
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Jamey Eisenberg S. Barkley RB NYG
38 Chris Towers T. Burks WR TEN
39 Alfredo Brown T. McLaurin WR WAS
40 Troy King D. Johnson WR PIT
41 Adam Aizer A. Jones RB GB
42 Heath Cummings G. Wilson WR NYJ
43 Donkey Teeth M. Evans WR TB
44 Marco Enriquez A. Gibson RB WAS
45 Dan Schneier M. Pittman WR IND
46 Jay Felicio T. Kelce TE KC
47 Joel Cox J. Jeudy WR DEN
48 Mike Faiella C. Akers RB LAR
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 Mike Faiella J. Herbert QB LAC
50 Joel Cox R. Bateman WR BAL
51 Jay Felicio K. Walker III RB SEA
52 Dan Schneier D. Smith WR PHI
53 Marco Enriquez L. Jackson QB BAL
54 Donkey Teeth M. Brown WR ARI
55 Heath Cummings C. Olave WR NO
56 Adam Aizer C. Sutton WR DEN
57 Troy King J. Williams WR DET
58 Alfredo Brown K. Murray QB ARI
59 Chris Towers G. Kittle TE SF
60 Jamey Eisenberg K. Allen WR LAC
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Jamey Eisenberg A. Dillon RB GB
62 Chris Towers E. Moore WR NYJ
63 Alfredo Brown D. Mooney WR CHI
64 Troy King J. Hurts QB PHI
65 Adam Aizer J. Jacobs RB LV
66 Heath Cummings C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
67 Donkey Teeth M. Sanders RB PHI
68 Marco Enriquez E. Mitchell RB SF
69 Dan Schneier A. Cooper WR CLE
70 Jay Felicio D. Harris RB NE
71 Joel Cox T. Hockenson TE DET
72 Mike Faiella B. Aiyuk WR SF
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 Mike Faiella A. St. Brown WR DET
74 Joel Cox S. Moore WR KC
75 Jay Felicio E. Elliott RB DAL
76 Dan Schneier D. Waller TE LV
77 Marco Enriquez A. Robinson WR LAR
78 Donkey Teeth K. Hunt RB CLE
79 Heath Cummings J. Smith-Schuster WR KC
80 Adam Aizer C. Watson WR GB
81 Troy King B. Cooks WR HOU
82 Alfredo Brown J. Dotson WR WAS
83 Chris Towers M. Williams WR LAC
84 Jamey Eisenberg T. Pollard RB DAL
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Jamey Eisenberg J. Burrow QB CIN
86 Chris Towers G. Pickens WR PIT
87 Alfredo Brown G. Davis WR BUF
88 Troy King D. Schultz TE DAL
89 Adam Aizer R. Wilson QB DEN
90 Heath Cummings J. Cook RB BUF
91 Donkey Teeth C. Claypool WR PIT
92 Marco Enriquez C. Kmet TE CHI
93 Dan Schneier D. Watson QB CLE
94 Jay Felicio H. Renfrow WR LV
95 Joel Cox C. Kirk WR JAC
96 Mike Faiella D. Hopkins WR ARI
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 Mike Faiella D. Goedert TE PHI
98 Joel Cox P. Freiermuth TE PIT
99 Jay Felicio C. Ridley WR ATL
100 Dan Schneier M. Thomas WR NO
101 Marco Enriquez I. Spiller RB LAC
102 Donkey Teeth T. Lockett WR SEA
103 Heath Cummings C. Edmonds RB MIA
104 Adam Aizer K. Toney WR NYG
105 Troy King T. Boyd WR CIN
106 Alfredo Brown M. Carter RB NYJ
107 Chris Towers D. Prescott QB DAL
108 Jamey Eisenberg R. Moore WR ARI
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Jamey Eisenberg D. Pierce RB HOU
110 Chris Towers J. Robinson RB JAC
111 Alfredo Brown M. Gallup WR DAL
112 Troy King J. Meyers WR NE
113 Adam Aizer D. Singletary RB BUF
114 Heath Cummings R. White RB TB
115 Donkey Teeth N. Fant TE SEA
116 Marco Enriquez A. Thielen WR MIN
117 Dan Schneier R. Stevenson RB NE
118 Jay Felicio T. Allgeier RB ATL
119 Joel Cox M. Stafford QB LAR
120 Mike Faiella D. Bell WR CLE
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 Mike Faiella J. Metchie III WR HOU
122 Joel Cox R. Woods WR TEN
123 Jay Felicio D. Knox TE BUF
124 Dan Schneier W. Robinson WR NYG
125 Marco Enriquez J. Fields QB CHI
126 Donkey Teeth R. Penny RB SEA
127 Heath Cummings R. Jones RB KC
128 Adam Aizer A. Lazard WR GB
129 Troy King A. Pierce WR IND
130 Alfredo Brown K. Herbert RB CHI
131 Chris Towers T. Lance QB SF
132 Jamey Eisenberg T. Patrick WR DEN
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Jamey Eisenberg K. Osborn WR MIN
134 Chris Towers D. Peoples-Jones WR CLE
135 Alfredo Brown M. Gesicki TE MIA
136 Troy King T. McBride TE ARI
137 Adam Aizer T. Lawrence QB JAC
138 Heath Cummings I. Smith TE MIN
139 Donkey Teeth C. Patterson RB ATL
140 Marco Enriquez J. Tolbert WR DAL
141 Dan Schneier Z. White RB LV
142 Jay Felicio R. Gage WR TB
143 Joel Cox H. Haskins RB TEN
144 Mike Faiella M. Gordon RB DEN
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 Mike Faiella A. Okwuegbunam TE DEN
146 Joel Cox P. Strong Jr. RB NE
147 Jay Felicio K. Golladay WR NYG
148 Dan Schneier D. Njoku TE CLE
149 Marco Enriquez K. Gainwell RB PHI
150 Donkey Teeth B. Robinson Jr. RB WAS
151 Heath Cummings A. Mattison RB MIN
152 Adam Aizer R. Gronkowski TE TB
153 Troy King T. Davis-Price RB SF
154 Alfredo Brown D. Chark WR DET
155 Chris Towers R. Anderson WR CAR
156 Jamey Eisenberg M. Valdes-Scantling WR KC
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 Jamey Eisenberg N. Hines RB IND
158 Chris Towers T. Sermon RB SF
159 Alfredo Brown D. Henderson RB LAR
160 Troy King J. Landry WR NO
161 Adam Aizer J. Jones WR TEN
162 Heath Cummings Z. Ertz TE ARI
163 Donkey Teeth A. Rodgers QB GB
164 Marco Enriquez B. Jordan TE HOU
165 Dan Schneier T. Tagovailoa QB MIA
166 Jay Felicio D. Carr QB LV
167 Joel Cox J. Palmer WR LAC
168 Mike Faiella Z. Wilson QB NYJ
Round 15
Pos Team Player
169 Mike Faiella K. Shakir WR BUF
170 Joel Cox J. Ross WR KC
171 Jay Felicio K. Cousins QB MIN
172 Dan Schneier T. Chandler RB MIN
173 Marco Enriquez J. Crowder WR BUF
174 Donkey Teeth T. Higbee TE LAR
175 Heath Cummings T. Brady QB TB
176 Adam Aizer R. Doubs WR GB
177 Troy King N. Collins WR HOU
178 Alfredo Brown V. Jefferson WR LAR
179 Chris Towers M. Jones QB NE
180 Jamey Eisenberg G. Dulcich TE DEN
Round 16
Pos Team Player
181 Jamey Eisenberg J. Ruckert TE NYJ
182 Chris Towers C. Samuel WR WAS
183 Alfredo Brown G. Everett TE LAC
184 Troy King K. Pickett QB PIT
185 Adam Aizer G. Edwards RB BAL
186 Heath Cummings V. Jones Jr. WR CHI
187 Donkey Teeth C. Davis WR NYJ
188 Marco Enriquez D. Parker WR NE
189 Dan Schneier T. Badie RB BAL
190 Jay Felicio K. Williams RB LAR
191 Joel Cox J. Ford RB CLE
192 Mike Faiella K. Ingram RB ARI

Team by Team

Mike Faiella
Rd Pk Player
1 1 J. Jefferson WR MIN
2 24 D. Metcalf WR SEA
3 25 J. Dobbins RB BAL
4 48 C. Akers RB LAR
5 49 J. Herbert QB LAC
6 72 B. Aiyuk WR SF
7 73 A. St. Brown WR DET
8 96 D. Hopkins WR ARI
9 97 D. Goedert TE PHI
10 120 D. Bell WR CLE
11 121 J. Metchie III WR HOU
12 144 M. Gordon RB DEN
13 145 A. Okwuegbunam TE DEN
14 168 Z. Wilson QB NYJ
15 169 K. Shakir WR BUF
16 192 K. Ingram RB ARI
Joel Cox
Rd Pk Player
1 2 C. McCaffrey RB CAR
2 23 D. Henry RB TEN
3 26 D. Cook RB MIN
4 47 J. Jeudy WR DEN
5 50 R. Bateman WR BAL
6 71 T. Hockenson TE DET
7 74 S. Moore WR KC
8 95 C. Kirk WR JAC
9 98 P. Freiermuth TE PIT
10 119 M. Stafford QB LAR
11 122 R. Woods WR TEN
12 143 H. Haskins RB TEN
13 146 P. Strong Jr. RB NE
14 167 J. Palmer WR LAC
15 170 J. Ross WR KC
16 191 J. Ford RB CLE
Jay Felicio
Rd Pk Player
1 3 J. Chase WR CIN
2 22 T. Hill WR MIA
3 27 D. London WR ATL
4 46 T. Kelce TE KC
5 51 K. Walker III RB SEA
6 70 D. Harris RB NE
7 75 E. Elliott RB DAL
8 94 H. Renfrow WR LV
9 99 C. Ridley WR ATL
10 118 T. Allgeier RB ATL
11 123 D. Knox TE BUF
12 142 R. Gage WR TB
13 147 K. Golladay WR NYG
14 166 D. Carr QB LV
15 171 K. Cousins QB MIN
16 190 K. Williams RB LAR
Dan Schneier
Rd Pk Player
1 4 J. Taylor RB IND
2 21 J. Mixon RB CIN
3 28 A. Kamara RB NO
4 45 M. Pittman WR IND
5 52 D. Smith WR PHI
6 69 A. Cooper WR CLE
7 76 D. Waller TE LV
8 93 D. Watson QB CLE
9 100 M. Thomas WR NO
10 117 R. Stevenson RB NE
11 124 W. Robinson WR NYG
12 141 Z. White RB LV
13 148 D. Njoku TE CLE
14 165 T. Tagovailoa QB MIA
15 172 T. Chandler RB MIN
16 189 T. Badie RB BAL
Marco Enriquez
Rd Pk Player
1 5 C. Kupp WR LAR
2 20 D. Adams WR LV
3 29 T. Etienne RB JAC
4 44 A. Gibson RB WAS
5 53 L. Jackson QB BAL
6 68 E. Mitchell RB SF
7 77 A. Robinson WR LAR
8 92 C. Kmet TE CHI
9 101 I. Spiller RB LAC
10 116 A. Thielen WR MIN
11 125 J. Fields QB CHI
12 140 J. Tolbert WR DAL
13 149 K. Gainwell RB PHI
14 164 B. Jordan TE HOU
15 173 J. Crowder WR BUF
16 188 D. Parker WR NE
Donkey Teeth
Rd Pk Player
1 6 N. Harris RB PIT
2 19 D. Samuel WR SF
3 30 P. Mahomes QB KC
4 43 M. Evans WR TB
5 54 M. Brown WR ARI
6 67 M. Sanders RB PHI
7 78 K. Hunt RB CLE
8 91 C. Claypool WR PIT
9 102 T. Lockett WR SEA
10 115 N. Fant TE SEA
11 126 R. Penny RB SEA
12 139 C. Patterson RB ATL
13 150 B. Robinson Jr. RB WAS
14 163 A. Rodgers QB GB
15 174 T. Higbee TE LAR
16 187 C. Davis WR NYJ
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 7 C. Lamb WR DAL
2 18 J. Waddle WR MIA
3 31 J. Allen QB BUF
4 42 G. Wilson WR NYJ
5 55 C. Olave WR NO
6 66 C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC
7 79 J. Smith-Schuster WR KC
8 90 J. Cook RB BUF
9 103 C. Edmonds RB MIA
10 114 R. White RB TB
11 127 R. Jones RB KC
12 138 I. Smith TE MIN
13 151 A. Mattison RB MIN
14 162 Z. Ertz TE ARI
15 175 T. Brady QB TB
16 186 V. Jones Jr. WR CHI
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 8 K. Pitts TE ATL
2 17 S. Diggs WR BUF
3 32 C. Godwin WR TB
4 41 A. Jones RB GB
5 56 C. Sutton WR DEN
6 65 J. Jacobs RB LV
7 80 C. Watson WR GB
8 89 R. Wilson QB DEN
9 104 K. Toney WR NYG
10 113 D. Singletary RB BUF
11 128 A. Lazard WR GB
12 137 T. Lawrence QB JAC
13 152 R. Gronkowski TE TB
14 161 J. Jones WR TEN
15 176 R. Doubs WR GB
16 185 G. Edwards RB BAL
Troy King
Rd Pk Player
1 9 A. Ekeler RB LAC
2 16 L. Fournette RB TB
3 33 J. Conner RB ARI
4 40 D. Johnson WR PIT
5 57 J. Williams WR DET
6 64 J. Hurts QB PHI
7 81 B. Cooks WR HOU
8 88 D. Schultz TE DAL
9 105 T. Boyd WR CIN
10 112 J. Meyers WR NE
11 129 A. Pierce WR IND
12 136 T. McBride TE ARI
13 153 T. Davis-Price RB SF
14 160 J. Landry WR NO
15 177 N. Collins WR HOU
16 184 K. Pickett QB PIT
Alfredo Brown
Rd Pk Player
1 10 B. Hall RB NYJ
2 15 J. Williams RB DEN
3 34 D. Moore WR CAR
4 39 T. McLaurin WR WAS
5 58 K. Murray QB ARI
6 63 D. Mooney WR CHI
7 82 J. Dotson WR WAS
8 87 G. Davis WR BUF
9 106 M. Carter RB NYJ
10 111 M. Gallup WR DAL
11 130 K. Herbert RB CHI
12 135 M. Gesicki TE MIA
13 154 D. Chark WR DET
14 159 D. Henderson RB LAR
15 178 V. Jefferson WR LAR
16 183 G. Everett TE LAC
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 11 D. Swift RB DET
2 14 T. Higgins WR CIN
3 35 D. Montgomery RB CHI
4 38 T. Burks WR TEN
5 59 G. Kittle TE SF
6 62 E. Moore WR NYJ
7 83 M. Williams WR LAC
8 86 G. Pickens WR PIT
9 107 D. Prescott QB DAL
10 110 J. Robinson RB JAC
11 131 T. Lance QB SF
12 134 D. Peoples-Jones WR CLE
13 155 R. Anderson WR CAR
14 158 T. Sermon RB SF
15 179 M. Jones QB NE
16 182 C. Samuel WR WAS
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 12 A. Brown WR PHI
2 13 M. Andrews TE BAL
3 36 N. Chubb RB CLE
4 37 S. Barkley RB NYG
5 60 K. Allen WR LAC
6 61 A. Dillon RB GB
7 84 T. Pollard RB DAL
8 85 J. Burrow QB CIN
9 108 R. Moore WR ARI
10 109 D. Pierce RB HOU
11 132 T. Patrick WR DEN
12 133 K. Osborn WR MIN
13 156 M. Valdes-Scantling WR KC
14 157 N. Hines RB IND
15 180 G. Dulcich TE DEN
16 181 J. Ruckert TE NYJ

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