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Fantasy Football Newsletter – Ranking Anthony Richardson, De’Von Achane

De'Von Achane

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Fantasy Football Draft Rankings Are Live

This is obviously the slowest time of year for NFL teams as minicamps wrapped up, and we still have about a month before training camps get rolling for the majority of NFL teams. 

What better time to look at Mike’s initial 2024 fantasy football rankings to start getting ready for our drafts. Here are a few names that fall below consensus.

QB Anthony Richardson, IND

Draft Buddy QB12, Consensus QB6

The upside with Anthony Richardson is undeniable. His fantasy points per snap rates are up there with the absolute elite. He is a best ball darling right now, where you don’t have to make difficult start/sit decisions and upside is everything trying to win a big tournament on Underdog. We’re looking at season long rankings, though, and that’s where it gets sticky. Richardson never got to go through the normal rookie QB curve when it comes to defenses adjusting to him and then what he in turn can do. That he’s ranked this highly while still very raw at the NFL level is a testament to what we did see in limited playing time, as well as faith in Shane Steichen’s offensive prowess.

Mike: Love the player, but Richardson’s recovery from shoulder surgery is concerning. Reports of soreness and missed reps during minicamp warrants caution. Drafting today I prefer getting a two round discount settling for Brock Purdy or Kyler Murray.

RB De’Von Achane, MIA

Draft Buddy RB14, Consensus RB10

Like Richardson, much of De’Von Achane’s inflated value comes from best ball season where we don’t have to choose our starters and his owners strictly benefit from the spike weeks. The problems come in trying to predict those spike weeks. News has already come out how in Achane’s exit interviews after the season, his instructions were to add muscle and mass in order to better absorb the wear and tear of playing RB in the NFL. If he did just that but lost some explosion it certainly wouldn’t be the first time for a RB adjusting to the NFL game. What’s more, Raheem Mostert is still slated to be the primary ball carrier in Miami, and they drafted an Achane clone in Jaylen Wright in the 3rd round, so there’s plenty of talented RBs in that room to make Achane’s spike weeks difficult to predict.

Mike: Very difficult to predict. Achane is enticing by what he can do, but it is feast or famine thanks to limited projected touches compared to the other backs drafted around him. Plus he carries a higher injury risk than most given his diminutive size. 

WR Tank Dell, HOU

Draft Buddy WR36, Consensus WR28

Seeing a trend here? Once again, we have to account for the difference between best ball, where CJ Stroud’s favorite slot receiver Tank Dell shines, and season long where we have to spend that time making those nerve wracking start/sit decisions. Ultimately, this ranking comes down to what you think the Texans offense will be, and until we start seeing games on the field there’s no good way to “know,” so shoot your shot based on what you think. With superstar Nico Collins, the addition of Stefon Diggs to the WR corps, and Joe Mixon to the backfield in Year Two of a run-centric offense, betting on all three of the Houston WRs to have a great season is a long shot at best, and foolhardy at worst.

Mike: Too many mouths to feed to justify projecting Dell as a Top 30 WR and Top 60 overall pick. Again, I love the player. CJ Stroud clearly loves him too. But, he’s going to be tough to rank and trust each week. Short of an injury or two, it is unlikely he’s going to supplant Collins or Diggs as a high-target receiver.

Keep in mind it’s important to build upside into our rosters in addition to safer plays, so we shouldn’t take these rankings as telling us to completely avoid these players. Instead, use them to highlight which players carry more downside risk than where they are currently getting drafted. And keep that in mind, as we mock draft and develop our ultimate draft plan, player values shift up and down. Maybe some of these players are worth risking it for the biscuit come draft time.

What Is Rainbow Bowl?

Let’s wrap up this first newsletter by highlighting a charity league from our incredible fantasy football community – Rainbow Bowl created by Steve Lawson (@Steve_Lawson93).

With over 130 participants in its inaugural season, Rainbow Bowl is a best ball tournament that is raising both money and awareness for the Trevor Project. Steve’s goal with Rainbow Bowl is, “helping LGBTQ kids become LGBTQ adults,” and the Trevor Project is the leading suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth. You can’t ask for a more natural pairing than that.

If you have interest and want to sign up for the best ball tournament you can do so, and you can also donate and support the Trevor Project and the Rainbow Bowl even if you don’t want to actively participate.

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