It's the end of May, the buzz from the NFL Draft has come and gone and training camps are far away. So, as many degenerates look to get our football fix, you are starting to see dynasties start up everywhere you look. If you haven't joined a dynasty league yet, I highly suggest it. The crazier the better in my opinion. Once you start you'll be hooked. If you listen to this advice and join a dynasty startup, let me tell you some guys who I think will exceed their ADP, and deserve some Respeck on their name.
All ADP values are taken from dynastynerds.com ADP and are for PPR scoring because, as Sal Leto says, if you're playing standard you might as well be homeless.
Melvin Gordon ADP: 20th overall
What does Gordon have to do to get some damn respeck? A first round pick to the San Diego Chargers in 2015, Gordon failed to live up to lofty expectations his rookie year, but he made up for it and then some in 2016. Through week 14, Gordon was the number 4 running back in PPR scoring and a touchdown machine. While some critics may say that Gordon wasn't as efficient as you'd like for an RB1, he got a ton of volume and in fantasy, volume is king. The Chargers were one of the worst offensive lines in the league in 2016, averaging just 1.06 yards before contact and they know it as they used two out of their first three picks on interior offensive linemen. Add the fact that L.A. didn't use any of their picks on running back, and the hiring of former Bills O.C and running backs coach Anthony Lynn, and this offseason has done nothing but add to Gordon’s value. While 20 overall might not seem too low, it comes into context more when you consider the names taken ahead of him. Fellow L.A running back Todd Gurley is still going ahead of Gordon, and while Gurley may have been the more highly touted prospect, he is in a terrible offensive situation and hasn't shown himself to be as skilled a pass catcher as Gordon. Devonta Freeman, who I also love, is being drafted ahead of Gordon and while I don't think this is as egregious as Gurley, he has Coleman breathing down his neck. Sammy Watkins is for some reason being drafted ahead of Gordon, and while I understand the upside, good luck betting on those feet. Gordon is only 24, in one of the best situations and is worthy of a first round pick and being the fourth running back taken in any dynasty.
Joe Mixon ADP: 44 overall
The usual disclaimer for Mixon: I know what he did, I know he's a piece of trash, but this is about football. Okay? We good? Good. Mixon is my favorite rookie running back of this class and he went to arguably the best situation for his skill set. An unholy combination of Ezekiel Elliott’s athletic profile and LeVeon Bell’s style, Mixon might have been the first running back off the board if it hadn't been for his character concerns. While some may be concerned about Mixon getting the workload in Cincinnati, I say to them: have you seen Jeremy Hill play football? Giovani Bernard is a good player, but he's coming off of a major injury and there are questions to how effective he'll be. There's little doubt in my mind that Mixon’s ability will push him past those two in training camp and by mid season he will be a focal point of the Cincinnati offense. With a pass catching group that includes AJ Green, Tyler Eifert and rookie John Ross, defenses will be unable to stack the box against Mixon which should lead to open running lanes and outlet passes, as Mixon is a great route runner and could be an elite checkdown option for Andy Dalton. While others may reach for Fournette, McCaffrey and Cook in the second round, give me a more proven option there and Mixon in the third anyday as I believe he will be the best rookie running back not only in 2017 but possibly for their careers.
Bilal Powell 126 overall
Talk about lack of respeck! Powell entered 2016 as a sleeper for a lot of people, but after failing to usurp Matt Forte for most of the season, he seems to have fallen off people's love lists in favor of new hot younger players. The fact remains however that when Powell was finally given the opportunity in New York, he was an absolute stud. From weeks 14-17 Powell was second to only LeVeon Bell in PPR scoring. While some agists may say that 28 is too old to invest in a running back, Powell is a young 28 as he has mostly been a part time player for his career. I know that Matt Forte is still on the roster, but I believe Powell showed enough last season to pass Forte on the depth chart, and New York beat writers agree as Powell was listed as the starter on ESPN’s projected starting lineups. It may only be a two year rental, but a running back who has shown RB1 upside is worth at least an eighth round pick, especially when you consider over the hill players like Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles are going ahead of him.
Emmanuel Sanders ADP: 72 overall
Another year of the Denver receivers not getting any respeck! While I like Demaryius at his current ADP also, j chose to write about Sanders because he's virtually the same player, just at about a 30 pick reduced price. I know what you're saying, but Trevor Simeon! Paxton Lynch! How can you invest in a player with those two as his QB options? Well, because the production has been there, even with Simeon and Peyton Manning’s corpse throwing him the ball. In the past two seasons, Sanders has caught 155 passes for 2,167 yards and 11 touchdowns, even with those piss poor QB performances. While the Broncos drafted Carlos Henderson, I don't see him usurping Sanders or Thomas anytime soon. Sanders is a nice WR2 to have, one that has shown he can produce Week winning performances and is a good 5th round pick, especially for a team that went running back heavy in the first few rounds.
Phillip Dorsett ADP: 206 overall
I'm gonna end this respeck column with a player that probably doesn't deserve much of it. Dorsett by most metrics has been considered a bust after being taken in the 1st round in 2015. When given the opportunity last season due to Moncrief’s injury, he failed to prove his worth and was largely fantasy irrelevant. However, he is still a young wide receiver in an Andrew Luck offense. When you consider that guys like Paul Richardson and 7th round pick Isaiah Ford are being drafted ahead of him, you see that the hate has gone too far. With Dorsett, I just keep thinking of Devante Adams. Anyone who had a startup in 2016 knows that Adams was being taken around this point, as most people had given up on him due to his poor 2015 performance when Jordy Nelson was injured. If you took a flier on Adams, you've been handsomely rewarded as he put together a WR1 season last year and is currently a 2nd round pick in most startups. I'm not saying that this is going to happen with Dorsett, but there are worse players to take fliers on than a 24 year old first round pick with Andrew Luck throwing him the football.
Anthony Reimer is a writer and contributor for FLAFFL House. You can find him on Twitter @reimeras and on Fantasy Life App @mrmeseeks.