I recently finished a 30-round fantasy football dynasty start-up draft. It gets pretty challenging once you get past the first 25 rounds or so. I asked a fellow co-owner why he made one of the late picks he did and his response was, "He was the only guy I knew!"
But I know I'm not the only one doing huge drafts like this, and you might be looking for values late in your start-up dynasty draft as well.
These are not your typical "sleepers." Velus Jones Jr.? Robbie Anderson? Yeah, right, they were gone before the 20th round. What follows are five of my favorite values for dynasty at each position who were picked after the 25th round (300th overall).
Kellen Mond, QB, Minnesota Vikings
I was hoping to secure some Mond shares going into last season and was unable to do so. Given that he only had three pass attempts last season, I don't regret it too much. But I'm now more intent on securing a few shares of him.
Kirk Cousins is 33 and a free agent come 2024. Do you expect the Vikings to extend his contract? I don't. Meanwhile, next in line is Kellen Mond, who is already having a decent spring.
Other Deep QB Honorable Mentions: Tyrod Taylor (NYG), Carson Strong (PHI)
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Yes, I know Najee Harris is a volume monster. He saw more than 300 carries last year. And my guess is he sees close to that number again. But what if he gets hurt? If you're a Harris owner, you probably want to handcuff him at some point, and I'm not sure he will last past the 25th round. Snell should see nearly all the scraps that Harris leaves behind. And if Harris goes down, Snell should get the majority of the work in the Pittsburgh backfield.
Other Deep RB Honorable Mentions: DeeJay Dallas (SEA), Duke Johnson (BUF)
Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
This may come as a bit of a surprise, but Jones is currently a WR2. Jones already has a seven-TD season under his belt. I will also remind you that when utilized, he's pretty good. For example, he broke the career record of 387 receptions for Division I football when he caught 399 passes while at East Carolina.
I also think this tweet says a lot:
At his current cost, he is an absolute steal.
Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Zaccheaus immediately fell out of the WR1 spot for Atlanta with the drafting of first-rounder Drake London. However, given how often Atlanta will be playing from behind, Zaccheus should see plenty of targets. With just 45 catches and four touchdowns over the last two years, Bryan Edwards has failed to live up to the hype.
And are you really worried about Damiere Byrd or Geronimo Allison stealing targets away from Zaccheaus? You shouldn't. Given his standard ADP is around 360, you could do far worse.
Other Deep WR Honorable Mentions: Tyler Johnson (TB), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (TEN)
Charlie Kolar, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Kolar was one of the highest-rated TEs in this draft class. He was a Mackey Award finalist and first-team all-conference selection this past season, which led many to project him to be a late Day 2 pick. The Ravens, however, got a steal in getting him in the back half of the fourth. And as we know, the Ravens love to use their tight ends.
I am curious to see how exactly the Ravens use him and how often he will appear in two-TE sets. But we know he has some great hands.
Let others reach for Greg Dulcich or Jeremy Ruckert, knowing you can patiently wait and grab Kolar a few rounds later.
Other Deep TE Honorable Mentions: Daniel Bellinger (NYG), Tommy Tremble (CAR)