It’s June, which means dynasty month! We’re pretty early in the supplemental draft season, so I wanted to look at my Industry CFF league and discuss my draft and the first round or two in another article. Today, you’ll look at my first five draft rounds, why I took the player I took, and who was on my mind when I made that pick. Hopefully, this will give you a sense of who was on the board and help you create some “ADP” for your drafts this offseason. In my next article, I’ll be discussing rounds 6 through 15!

League rules and team details that are relevant to this conversation:
-14 team league
-5 points per passing TD (6 points starting in 2025)
-The Current roster is more in line for rebuilding rather than competing
-Rosters are very deep, so the supplemental options are thin. 55+ players rostered per team.
-The draft format is snake

1.05 – Ryan Williams, Alabama, WR

In supplemental drafts, Williams is the last player in the tier of options at the top. I believe the consensus would be that Micah Hudson, the Texas Tech freshman wide receiver, should be over Williams, but I’d prefer the Alabama freshman over him. He’s young and already on campus and, most importantly, injury-free (as far as we’re aware). Hudson seemingly had a minor setback from a previous injury but should be good to go this fall. Call it PTSD. Call it playing it safe.

This is a Kalen DeBoer offense that you want a piece of, and it wouldn’t shock me if Williams performs well in 2024 and becomes the top receiver for two seasons before heading to the NFL. If Williams does, in fact, play well enough this season to be considered the WR1 for Alabama in 2025, isn’t he a top 2-3 round CFF asset in next year’s best ball drafts?

Next in my queue: Walker White, Auburn, QB

2.10 – Lee Beebe, UAB, RB

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Admittedly, Beebe isn’t a guy I have much of this offseason. I’m not entirely sold that it’s currently his job, but I believe it’s very likely he’s the RB1 in a UAB offense that, in a small sample size, has been fun for running backs. He has three years remaining eligibility and has looked good in his 55 career carries.

The cherry on top is that he had 14 receptions last season, even though he wasn’t the starter. Beebe has value for me on a team that I wanted to try and compete within 2024, but I knew it would be an uphill battle to do so. If he is who we think he is this season, then he’s a clear top-eight-round CFF redraft option in 2025. 

Next in my queue: David Eziomume, Clemson, RB

3.05 – Hauss Hejny, TCU, QB

This pick was all about shooting for upside at an extremely valuable position. Hejny appears to be the Demond Williams of TCU with big upside and a smaller frame that is unsurprisingly raw. I don’t love that Josh Hoover and his multiple years of eligibility are ahead of him, but this is where I’m drafting for talent and upside. When I made the pick, I told Andrew Katz, fellow Burning the Redshirt, that I hated that I was picking Hejny and that I was hoping his transfer portal spot in 2025 wouldn’t tank his value. That is precisely what it felt like when I took him here.

To end on a positive note, Hoover is a good, not great, quarterback. I don’t see a reason for him to lose the job, but it wouldn’t shock me if he got hurt this year or next and never saw the field again if a guy like Hejny stepped up to the plate. 

Looking at who was next on my board, James Peoples was a guy I would have loved to land. He appears to be the next man up at Ohio State at running back, which is absolutely a place you want to invest in. 

Next in my queue: James Peoples, Ohio State, RB

3.14 – Josh Meredith, Washington State, WR

*Pick was acquired from a pre-draft trade*

I wanted to come into this draft toeing the line of rebuilding and competing, and Meredith fulfills the latter here. He has top ten upside at the position according to Mike Bainbridge’s CFF Guide (which recently dropped that you should check out in addition to the Campus2Canton guide that will be out in July).

He made it to the 42nd overall pick though because there are some question marks about his role. We believe he will be a top-two receiver in that fruitful Washington State offense, but it’s not a given. I really liked the selection because he has two years of eligibility and I see a path to two years of top 20 receiver production. Going from four receptions in his first three seasons to the NFL Draft after one good year doesn’t feel like the best move for Meredith’s future. 

Next in my queue: Omari Kelly, Middle Tennessee State, WR

4.10 – Omari Kelly, Middle Tennessee State, WR

Kelly is in the same boat as Meredith in that he’s unproven. He’s in what we think will be a very good offense in 2024, and he has multiple years of eligibility. It helps that I have his quarterback, Nicholas Vattiato, but that’s just a cherry on top. Kelly was hyped up as the guy on the G5 Hive episode with the MTSU reporter, which has really sparked people’s interest in him this offseason for best ball drafts.

Courtesy of Middle Tennessee State Athletics

He was likely here at this point in the draft because we have just the spring to work off of and a reporter hyping him up. That formula has burned us all many times in the past. There’s also concern that maybe MTSU runs more than we think they will. I’ll take my chances here in the fourth round, and if one of him or Meredith turns out to be the guy, I think they can be in 2024.

Jevon Jackson was next up in my queue as a multi-year running back in an offense with no real competition at this position. He ended up going to Chris Moxley, the very next pick. 

Next in my queue: Jevon Jackson, UTEP, RB

5.05 – Elijah Brown, Stanford, QB

Brown is a freshman quarterback with people talking about him after his nice spring. He’s a 4-star who has been described as polished and won a ton in high school. I believe Brown sits a year before seeing action, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the quarterback play is so bad at Stanford that Brown gets some action in 2024.

In addition to the fact that early playing time isn’t out of the question, meaning 2-3 years of production, this is a Stanford offense that, in theory, you want a piece of. Troy Taylor is considered an offensive coach who is great for fantasy, so adding a guy who could see multiple years of starting under him is a big positive here.

After making the pick, I received a trade offer and a message from a second owner upset that I captured Brown at 5.05. That certainly helps me feel like he was the right pick! Up next for me was Dylan Carson, the Air Force running back. It’s assumed that he’s going to be the fullback for them this season. Multiple years of that role was appealing to me, and ultimately, I got a little cute thinking/hoping I could nab him in the sixth round. 

Next in my queue: Dylan Carson, Air Force, RB

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