Sell Ravens rookie Rashod Bateman
By: CJ Krause
We are in Dynasty Christmas! The NFL draft has just ended and rookie drafts are just beginning. All the prepping and planning and the draft totally went as we all thought….. not. Many shocks and surprises and odd landing spots. I hate to be negative, but here is a dose of reality coming your way. If you drafted pre-NFL draft or have these guys in Devy, it might be time to get out while the gettin’ is good.
Rashod Bateman- WR Baltimore Ravens
One of my favorite pre-draft prospects, Bateman went to what I believe to be the 2nd worst landing spot for 2021 (just behind Philadelphia). Bateman was already losing steam in the dynasty community when at his pro day he measured in 2 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than previously reported. That didn’t stop him from getting 1st round draft capital though. We love to see that because it opens doors for a sell.
Baltimore only passed the ball 42.5% of the time in 2020, making them, for the second consecutive year, the least pass-happy team in the NFL. This does not bode well for Bateman, who is most likely starting out at best the second receiving option behind Mark Andrews. Bateman is currently going as the 4th wide receiver off the board in rookie drafts, and I would be looking to find the Bateman truther in my league and get out.
Amari Rodgers- WR Green Bay Packers
With the Aaron Rodgers situation seemingly showing that Aaron will not be in Green Bay come 2021, this is a definite downgrade for 3rd round pick Amari Rodgers. The good news is Amari’s role seems secure being the slot receiver for the Green Bay Packers, who are severely lacking in that department. The bad news is he may have Jordan Love throwing him the ball.
As of now, little is known of Love, who was the Packers’ 2020 1st round pick. But, reports throughout the 2020 season indicate Love was not performing up to expectations in practices and was farther behind the curve than what Green Bay expected when they drafted him. That uncertainty and a prospect that wasn’t amongst the top recruits in the 2021 class is enough to warrant a sell while he is still tied to Aaron Rodgers.
Michael Carter- RB New York Jets
Leading up to the draft, it was assumed the Jets were going to pick up a running back. The New York Jets decided to forgo the Big 3 running backs in Harris, Etienne, and Williams to instead wait until day 3 to once again draft a running back in Michael Carter. Carter is walking into a backfield with his main competition being the ghost of Tevin Coleman and La’mical Perine. Coleman’s last year was coming off his worst pro season, in which he only played 8 games for the San Francisco 49ers.
In those games, he had 28 rushing attempts for 53 yards which averaged a 1.9 ypc average and 0 touchdowns. NOT GOOD. Perine couldn’t get past the ancient one Frank Gore to have a meaningful rookie campaign. Perine played in 10 games in which he had 64 rushing attempts for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns. Almost double the yards per carry as Coleman but still NOT GOOD. So the stage is set for Carter to be able to overtake the backfield, but the concerns are (1) he has the same draft capital as Perine; (2) he never had a full backfield to himself, and (3) at his pro-day ran a 4.54 40 yards dash which on his speed score based on his 201-pound frame makes him a 28th percentile athlete. All signs point to another bust for the Jets RB room and this is one I’m trying to get away from at his current price.
There you have it, three rookies you should be looking to get off your roster and be looking to acquire more proven assets or future rookies pick to try again.
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