Big Surprises in the Live and Loaded Black Crown Rookie Draft: Breaking Down All 4 Rounds of the Superflex Spectacle
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Last night, Curtis Patrick held the inaugural rookie draft for the Black Crown Dynasty League live on zoom. It was a raucous and festive occasion with many of my favorite writers in the dynasty community – T.J. Calkins, Ryan McDowell, Patrick Kerrane, J.J. Zachariason, Rich Hribar, Matthew Freedman, Scott Barrett, Tyler Buecher, Danny Kelly, and John Daigle.

This is a Superflex, TE Premium league with multiple flexes to fill out the 11 starting spots. The recent startup included a fun quirk where drafters were able to select a rookie pick instead of a veteran. In a risky, high-upside approach meant to maximize current and future trade value, I selected 11 rookie picks in the first three rounds.

In order to prepare for this and other rookie drafts, we’ve gone through several exercises on the site:

We have you covered on deep player analysis and rookie draft tactics. In this exercise, I’ll be discussing how owners have tailored rookie selection for their overall roster strategies and exploring the challenges of navigating numerous picks in a live draft.

We’ll also look at some of this draft’s best ADP values. Is ADP correct on these players or should they be falling to these levels more often? The Dynasty ADP tool already has numerous Superflex/TE Premium rookie drafts from our partners at the FFPC. While the starting lineup requirements are different, this ADP gives us a general blueprint for comparing the Black Crown to high-stakes drafts.

With only five minutes on the clock in Round 1 and three minutes for the last three rounds, it wasn’t as easy to move back and take our favorites at ADP. This created a handful of wild twists where the industry’s top minds had to stay put and grab their guy.

Round 1

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Shawn Siegele

Author of the original Zero RB article and 2013 NFFC Primetime Grand Champion. 11-time main event league winner. 2015, 2017, 2018 titles in MFL10 of Death.
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