4 Blockbuster Trades During Round 1 of the Faked Goods Rookie Draft

Playing real leagues with some of my favorite folks in the community is the best part of being a fantasy writer. The Faked Goods league is an offshoot of the podcast and co-commished by Chad Scott and Rich Hribar. A year ago, Rich invited me to join in a dispersal draft. Due to the quality of the dispersal pool, I was gifted a fairly strong team, but this year’s rookie draft provided one of the first opportunities to make it my own.1 Every year, in every rookie draft, I try to select as many rookies as possible even though I’ve usually traded away all of my rookie picks. If you’ve read the groundbreaking and best-selling Rookies Are Free Money from Brian Malone, you know why. Yesterday, I was able to swing four blockbuster-ish trades into the first round. 
  1. That’s probably not strictly true. Last season I traded for Jarvis Landry, Adam Thielen, Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman, and Pierre Garcon. As a result, I didn’t have a first-round rookie selection in this draft or in 2019. But I did own 2.02, 2.04, 2.05.  (back)

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  1. shawn, you are a maniac during dyno drafts. u could trade me ur entire team for peanuts & i'd still think u pulled a fast one on me.

  2. Jason says:

    @FF_Contrarian how would you value ex favorites who are now in line to potentially see their value increase substantially and are still young. Talking about guys like J McKinnon, D Henry, T Coleman ... what would you trade each for among the rookie picks? Worth a pick 2-5? Or more like 6-10? Even later? Thanks for all your work!

  3. @FantasyNerd The guy I'd really want there is McKinnon. He has upside into the RB4 overall range behind the Gurley, Bell, Johnson tier. You can tell from my pre- and post-draft tiers that I have the 2-8/9 area fairly flat. I'd much rather have McKinnon than Guice, Chubb, or Michel.

    Coleman is a little trickier since he's looking at another year in a timeshare before hopefully becoming a star. He's a fair trade anywhere in the 2-10 range, but I'd probably prefer the rookies. Penny, Jones, and Freeman have more upside and will have more trade value if they hit.

    I'm selling Henry (and wouldn't trade a first-round rookie pick for him) but in some redraft formats he could end up as a Zero RB target if he falls far enough.

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