By Duncan Smith

Thank you for joining me for part 5 of my Dynasty startup review. At this point we’re going to increase the number of rounds we cover again and reach the halfway point of the draft by covering rounds 11 through 15.

The draft played out as you can see below:

We can immediately see that after the trickle of running backs selected in the previous three rounds, there is a noticeable upswing in RBs picked in these rounds.

It’s also clear that everyone is trying to fill out their starting rosters by grabbing Tight Ends. In a TE Premium scoring format, it is essential to get a quality option at the position, and we can see players not willing to wait any longer.

Of the quarterbacks selected, it is perhaps telling that Nick Foles is selected a full four rounds before incumbent Mitch Trubisky. Both players are risky picks, and there is a real danger that the Chicago quarterback situation becomes a real mess.

At this stage of proceedings, we see a couple of players with no current team drafted in Cam Newton and Antonio Brown, I’m a big fan of the Newton pick, and if I hadn’t felt the need to get an upside Tight End in Ian Thomas for my locker room, then I likely would have grabbed him here.

I’m not too fond of the Antonio Brown pick. Brown is a game-changing/Hall of Fame calibre wideout, but he is also clearly a troubled man who is likely to face an immediate suspension if he does find a team.

I do not believe in Gronk or Tampa for that matter. I hope I’m wrong because the NFC South could be the source of some bonkers high volume games next season, but I worry that Brady will show some Peyton Manning final season regression and all of the Bucs’ passing players are going to struggle.

@NickDizzle17 had his next six players all taken before his 11th round pick, but he still managed to come away with AJ Green. He could be great value for a WR with the potential of WR1 if he can stay healthy and form a bond with gunslinger Joe Burrow.

With the last pick of the 15th round, I take Corey Davis (I know, I know, but someone had to), while Davis has in no way lived up to his draft capital, yet he has shown the talent. If he can finally live up to his billing this year, then I’ve robbed the league getting him at the end of the 15th.

When it comes to Running Backs in this portion of the draft, we are starting to see some handcuffs selected. Sorry, not handcuffs, they’re ‘change of pace’ backs—notably Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, and Wee Phil Lindsay.

Of the three I like Phillip Lindsay the most, he refuses to quit, the undrafted free agent rocked up in Denver two years ago and instantly became a Bronco’s cult hero. Last year he was apparently at risk of being cut and went on to outperform Royce Freeman and now looks like he’s effectively going to outlast Freeman in Denver.

We’ve reached the halfway point of the draft now, and our teams are shaping up. It has become clear to me that I’m not going to be competing this year, so I’m making riskier picks than I might have done in another situation, notably Eno Benjamin and Kerryon Johnson at Running Back.

Overall I’m pleased with my team build so far, I have a lot of young guys with incredible talent, I might not compete this year, but the worst that can happen is that I’m picking first in next year’s rookie draft and I will take that deal in year one all the time.

I will be back shortly with my recap of the rest of the draft..

Duncan Smith – Dynasty/IDP
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