With the dust now settled after the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s time to start sorting through landing spots as we look at which IDPs have the best opportunity to be fantasy football contributors in 2021. While there are reasons to be more bullish on certain IDPs in dynasty leagues, we’re going to focus strictly on what makes these players the biggest winners and losers in Year 1 of their NFL and IDP careers.
For this article, we’ll focus strictly on the IDP rookies. Next week, we’ll look at the non-rookie IDPs who gained or lost the most value following the 2021 NFL Draft.
WINNER: EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins
Anyone who has been following my work is well aware of how much I love Jaelan Phillips in this edge defender class. Phillips was the first edge defender drafted and landed in a prime spot to produce right away as a rookie.
Miami's only true starting edge defender is Emmanuel Ogbah. With Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy leaving this offseason, there are significant snaps available. Phillips could easily find himself playing over 600 snaps, should he stay healthy. While health was a major concern for Phillips coming into the pre-draft process, his draft stock suggests that his medicals were clear. He should continue to produce, just as he did in his final college season.