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Devy Fantasy Football: 2023 Fantasy Rookies

Devy Fantasy Football: 2023 Draft Class Preview

Everything on Twitter tells you that you need to sell your soul for 2023 fantasy rookies. The mixture of talent in the 2023 class and frustrations with the lack of high-end assets in 2022 have created some massive expectations.

Nonetheless, even casual fantasy football players know that 2023 1sts are worth a king’s ransom, but do you know why? Let’s look at the players behind the hype, and talk about the prospects that are projected to be at the top of this 2023 draft class.


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Quarterbacks

CJ Stroud – Ohio State – 6’3 215

Bryce Young – Alabama- 6’0 194

Will Levis – Kentucky – 6’3 232

Tyler Van Dyke – Miami – 6’4 224

Anthony Richardson – Florida – 6’4 236

NFL Mock Draft Database has a total of 5 Quarterbacks projected to go in the first round, led by Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.   Stroud’s prototypical size gives him a slight edge over Heisman winner Bryce Young who is right on his heels.

The database projects two other top 10 quarterbacks in the 2023 draft class with Tyler Van Dyke and Will Levis.  Anthony Richardson is a projected top 18 pick, which would put all 5 Quarterbacks ahead of Kenny Pickett who was selected 20 overall.  This super talented group has a lot of upside for fantasy football production.  Superflex rookie drafts could see all 5 of these guys going in round 1, which just pushes down value at other positions that are equally as talented.

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Running Backs

Bijan Robinson – Texas – 6’0 222

Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama – 5’11 200

Zachary Evans – Ole Miss – 5’11 212

John Emery – LSU – 5’11 220

Sean Tucker – Syracuse – 5’10 210

Zach Charbonnet – UCLA – 6’1 220

Tank Bigsby – Auburn – 6’0 208

Kendall Milton – Georgia – 6’1 220

Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State –  5’6 176

Devon Achane – Texas A&M – 5’9 185

Bijon Robinson from Texas currently leads the group on the consensus big board, followed closely by Jahmyr Gibbs.  These players are quite different in size with Robinson about 20 lbs larger than Gibbs.  Both are big names though and are also expected to be highly drafted players.

These two Running Backs appear to be in their own tier, but there is plenty of talent behind them fighting for that #3 spot.  There is an argument to make for 4 or 5 other players already too. Is it college football season yet?!


Wide Receivers

Jaxson Smith-Njigba – Ohio State – 6’0 197

Kayshon Boutte – LSU – 6’0 190

Jordan Addison – USC – 6’0 175

Quentin Johnston – TCU – 6’4 201

Jermaine Burton – Alabama 6’0 200

Josh Downs – North Carolina – 5’10 180

AT Perry – Wake Forest – 6’5 206

Rakim Jarrett – Maryland – 6’2 200

Parker Washington – Penn State – 5’10 205

Ajou Ajou – USF – 6’3 220

As good as the QBs and RBs are, the Wide Receivers might be the best group in the 2023 draft class.  They not only have a ton of talent, but they also have some elite prospects at the top.  Jaxson Smith-Njigba is the cream of the crop right now, and his ability to shine while on the same field as Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson adds to his resume.  This room also had Jameson Williams who ended up transferring to Alabama.

Do not sleep on Kayson Boutte as well who is an unbelievable receiver in his own right.  Additionally, Jordan Addison transferred to team up with Caleb Williams and Lincoln Riley.  Addison and Williams will be great dynasty prospects, this pairing just sets them up for early success.  There are a lot of really good pass-catchers in this class, and this list will just grow as the season goes along.


Tight Ends

Michael Mayer – Notre Dame – 6’5 235

Arik Gilbert – Georgia – 6’6 255

Sam LaPorta – Iowa – 6’4 249

Will Mallory – Miami – 6’5 245

Jaheim Bell – South Carolina – 6’2 230

In the 2022 NFL Draft, there were no Tight Ends selected in the first round, we will see one in 2023, possibly two.  Michael Mayer is a fantastic prospect that could go in the top half of the draft, or even the top 10.  Arik Gilbert could also be a 1st round talent.  These are the only 2 that could have early draft capital, but there are other great tight ends in this class that you will be hearing about come draft season.

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