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In a Dynasty start-up, one thing I preach is letting your first few picks determine the path of your team. If, after five rounds, your team looks like a redraft dominator, then I suggest doubling down and pushing towards a Year 1 win. Flags fly forever. On the other hand, if your team is full of young talent that is better in Dynasty than redraft, I suggest prioritizing youth moving forward and crossing certain vets off your draft list.

But not everyone learns in the same way. Some people can read instructions and follow them. Others need to actually see the mistakes being made before they fully grasp the concept. That's why the team you'll see that I drafted below looks so severely disjointed. Yeah, that's why. I was thinking of you guys.

The team started innocently enough. I took Justin Jefferson with the fifth pick of the draft, and took Jalen Hurts in Round 2 because this was a Superflex mock. After that pick I highlighted Matthew Stafford as the only quarterback I would take in Round 3 if he was still there. Stafford's safe floor was made more attractive by the volatility in Hurts' profile. I do absolutely believe Hurts has QB1 overall upside this season, but I also recognize Hurts could be one bad season away from losing his job. 

While the Stafford/Hurts combo made sense in that way, it didn't really help determine where this team fit in the two paths I laid out above. And D.J. Moore in Round 4 didn't help either. But when I got to Round 5, I saw a game-changer. Derrick Henry was still there. Drafting Derrick Henry gave me a top-five running back, two top-12 quarterbacks, my No. 2 wide receiver overall and another in the top 20. It was clearly time to put the pedal to the metal and win Year 1, right? 

That's not exactly the path I chose.

Sticking to my rankings, I took rookies with my next two picks in Garrett Wilson and Kenneth Walker. Now, I want to be clear: They were the best players on my board when I picked and I would go so far as to say that Wilson was a great value late in Round 6. But they may not help me win in 2022, and Henry may not have any Fantasy value after 2022.

If I had taken Marquise Brown over Wilson and James Conner over Walker, my team would be the clear favorite this year. And I'd still have plenty of youth to prevent the need for a complete overhaul. If we were playing this out, I may be tempted to use those guys or 2023 picks to make a push in-season for a title. Or, if I have a couple of injuries I'd be looking to deal Henry and the other older players to contenders for youth and picks.

As it stands, I have a good team in 2022 that could be great if a couple of rookies hit. It's not the worst of outcomes, but the uncertainty in which direction the roster is moving is one I try to avoid in Dynasty leagues. This team could end up in the middle in a variety of different ways, and there's no worse place to be.

Here are the analysts who participated in the mock draft:

Robby Jeffries, The Fantasy Authority
Ryan Weisse, Club Fantasy
R.J. White, CBS Fantasy
Faith Enes, Women of Fantasy Football
Heath Cummings, CBS Fantasy
Matt Renshaw, Dynasty Dads Podcast
Dave Richard, CBS Fantasy
Adam Aizer, CBS Fantasy
Frank Stampfl, CBS Fantasy
Ben Schragger, CBS Fantasy
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Fantasy
Chris Towers, CBS Fantasy

And here are the results: 

Round By Round
Round 1
PosTeamPlayer
1Robby JeffriesJ. AllenQB BUF
2Ryan WeisseP. MahomesQB KC
3R.J. WhiteJ. HerbertQB LAC
4Faith EnesL. JacksonQB BAL
5Heath CummingsJ. JeffersonWR MIN
6Matt RenshawD. PrescottQB DAL
7Dave RichardJ. ChaseWR CIN
8Adam AizerJ. TaylorRB IND
9Frank StampflK. MurrayQB ARI
10Ben SchraggerC. LambWR DAL
11Jamey EisenbergN. HarrisRB PIT
12Chris TowersC. McCaffreyRB CAR
Round 2
PosTeamPlayer
13Chris TowersJ. BurrowQB CIN
14Jamey EisenbergK. PittsTE ATL
15Ben SchraggerC. KuppWR LAR
16Frank StampflD. WatsonQB CLE
17Adam AizerR. WilsonQB DEN
18Dave RichardJ. WilliamsRB DEN
19Matt RenshawD. SwiftRB DET
20Heath CummingsJ. HurtsQB PHI
21Faith EnesA. EkelerRB LAC
22R.J. WhiteM. AndrewsTE BAL
23Ryan WeisseT. LawrenceQB JAC
24Robby JeffriesJ. MixonRB CIN
Round 3
PosTeamPlayer
25Robby JeffriesB. HallRB NYJ
26Ryan WeisseS. DiggsWR BUF
27R.J. WhiteD. CookRB MIN
28Faith EnesM. EvansWR TB
29Heath CummingsM. StaffordQB LAR
30Matt RenshawT. LanceQB SF
31Dave RichardA. BrownWR PHI
32Adam AizerT. HigginsWR CIN
33Frank StampflD. AdamsWR LV
34Ben SchraggerJ. WaddleWR MIA
35Jamey EisenbergJ. FieldsQB CHI
36Chris TowersC. GodwinWR TB
Round 4
PosTeamPlayer
37Chris TowersD. SamuelWR SF
38Jamey EisenbergT. HillWR MIA
39Ben SchraggerT. TagovailoaQB MIA
40Frank StampflA. KamaraRB NO
41Adam AizerT. BradyQB TB
42Dave RichardD. CarrQB LV
43Matt RenshawD. MetcalfWR SEA
44Heath CummingsD. MooreWR CAR
45Faith EnesD. MontgomeryRB CHI
46R.J. WhiteA. CooperWR CLE
47Ryan WeisseT. KelceTE KC
48Robby JeffriesZ. WilsonQB NYJ
Round 5
PosTeamPlayer
49Robby JeffriesD. JohnsonWR PIT
50Ryan WeisseM. PittmanWR IND
51R.J. WhiteK. AllenWR LAC
52Faith EnesJ. JacobsRB LV
53Heath CummingsD. HenryRB TEN
54Matt RenshawN. ChubbRB CLE
55Dave RichardA. RodgersQB GB
56Adam AizerG. KittleTE SF
57Frank StampflS. BarkleyRB NYG
58Ben SchraggerK. CousinsQB MIN
59Jamey EisenbergJ. WinstonQB NO
60Chris TowersR. TannehillQB TEN
Round 6
PosTeamPlayer
61Chris TowersT. BurksWR TEN
62Jamey EisenbergT. McLaurinWR WAS
63Ben SchraggerD. LondonWR ATL
64Frank StampflJ. JeudyWR DEN
65Adam AizerC. SuttonWR DEN
66Dave RichardA. JonesRB GB
67Matt RenshawJ. DobbinsRB BAL
68Heath CummingsG. WilsonWR NYJ
69Faith EnesH. RenfrowWR LV
70R.J. WhiteC. AkersRB LAR
71Ryan WeisseA. GibsonRB WAS
72Robby JeffriesT. EtienneRB JAC
Round 7
PosTeamPlayer
73Robby JeffriesT. HockensonTE DET
74Ryan WeisseM. BrownWR ARI
75R.J. WhiteL. FournetteRB TB
76Faith EnesM. JonesQB NE
77Heath CummingsK. Walker IIIRB SEA
78Matt RenshawR. BatemanWR BAL
79Dave RichardG. DavisWR BUF
80Adam AizerD. SmithWR PHI
81Frank StampflE. MooreWR NYJ
82Ben SchraggerJ. ConnerRB ARI
83Jamey EisenbergB. CooksWR HOU
84Chris TowersC. OlaveWR NO
Round 8
PosTeamPlayer
85Chris TowersJ. WilliamsWR DET
86Jamey EisenbergS. MooreWR KC
87Ben SchraggerC. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
88Frank StampflA. St. BrownWR DET
89Adam AizerA. DillonRB GB
90Dave RichardD. WallerTE LV
91Matt RenshawJ. Smith-SchusterWR KC
92Heath CummingsD. MooneyWR CHI
93Faith EnesZ. ErtzTE ARI
94R.J. WhiteM. RyanQB IND
95Ryan WeisseE. ElliottRB DAL
96Robby JeffriesM. WilliamsWR LAC
Round 9
PosTeamPlayer
97Robby JeffriesA. RobinsonWR LAR
98Ryan WeisseM. ThomasWR NO
99R.J. WhiteJ. GoffQB DET
100Faith EnesD. HarrisRB NE
101Heath CummingsE. MitchellRB SF
102Matt RenshawK. PickettQB PIT
103Dave RichardT. PollardRB DAL
104Adam AizerC. WatsonWR GB
105Frank StampflD. HopkinsWR ARI
106Ben SchraggerM. SandersRB PHI
107Jamey EisenbergD. SingletaryRB BUF
108Chris TowersJ. CookRB BUF
Round 10
PosTeamPlayer
109Chris TowersA. OkwuegbunamTE DEN
110Jamey EisenbergR. WhiteRB TB
111Ben SchraggerD. SchultzTE DAL
112Frank StampflC. EdmondsRB MIA
113Adam AizerT. AllgeierRB ATL
114Dave RichardT. LockettWR SEA
115Matt RenshawB. AiyukWR SF
116Heath CummingsJ. DotsonWR WAS
117Faith EnesG. PickensWR PIT
118R.J. WhiteM. GallupWR DAL
119Ryan WeisseP. FreiermuthTE PIT
120Robby JeffriesC. KirkWR JAC
Round 11
PosTeamPlayer
121Robby JeffriesA. LazardWR GB
122Ryan WeisseC. PattersonRB ATL
123R.J. WhiteR. JonesRB KC
124Faith EnesR. WoodsWR TEN
125Heath CummingsD. GoedertTE PHI
126Matt RenshawD. MillsQB HOU
127Dave RichardR. StevensonRB NE
128Adam AizerK. HuntRB CLE
129Frank StampflD. PierceRB HOU
130Ben SchraggerJ. RobinsonRB JAC
131Jamey EisenbergA. MattisonRB MIN
132Chris TowersI. SpillerRB LAC
Round 12
PosTeamPlayer
133Chris TowersC. ClaypoolWR PIT
134Jamey EisenbergK. ToneyWR NYG
135Ben SchraggerD. JonesQB NYG
136Frank StampflR. MooreWR ARI
137Adam AizerJ. GaroppoloQB SF
138Dave RichardB. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
139Matt RenshawO. Beckham Jr.WR LAR
140Heath CummingsC. WentzQB WAS
141Faith EnesM. GesickiTE MIA
142R.J. WhiteM. CarterRB NYJ
143Ryan WeisseM. WillisQB TEN
144Robby JeffriesM. MariotaQB ATL
Round 13
PosTeamPlayer
145Robby JeffriesM. TrubiskyQB PIT
146Ryan WeisseD. RidderQB ATL
147R.J. WhiteA. ThielenWR MIN
148Faith EnesT. McBrideTE ARI
149Heath CummingsC. KmetTE CHI
150Matt RenshawM. GordonRB DEN
151Dave RichardD. Peoples-JonesWR CLE
152Adam AizerK. GolladayWR NYG
153Frank StampflN. FantTE SEA
154Ben SchraggerC. RidleyWR ATL
155Jamey EisenbergM. CorralQB CAR
156Chris TowersK. GainwellRB PHI
Round 14
PosTeamPlayer
157Chris TowersM. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
158Jamey EisenbergD. BellWR CLE
159Ben SchraggerJ. Metchie IIIWR HOU
160Frank StampflD. KnoxTE BUF
161Adam AizerZ. WhiteRB LV
162Dave RichardR. GageWR TB
163Matt RenshawI. SmithTE MIN
164Heath CummingsK. HerbertRB CHI
165Faith EnesT. ThorntonWR NE
166R.J. WhiteD. ParkerWR NE
167Ryan WeisseR. PennyRB SEA
168Robby JeffriesD. HendersonRB LAR
Round 15
PosTeamPlayer
169Robby JeffriesJ. TolbertWR DAL
170Ryan WeisseJ. MeyersWR NE
171R.J. WhiteA. PierceWR IND
172Faith EnesD. NjokuTE CLE
173Heath CummingsE. BenjaminRB ARI
174Matt RenshawJ. LandryWR NO
175Dave RichardJ. PalmerWR LAC
176Adam AizerJ. JonesWR TEN
177Frank StampflT. Davis-PriceRB SF
178Ben SchraggerN. HinesRB IND
179Jamey EisenbergK. OsbornWR MIN
180Chris TowersB. MayfieldQB CLE
Round 16
PosTeamPlayer
181Chris TowersD. CharkWR DET
182Jamey EisenbergR. DoubsWR GB
183Ben SchraggerR. GronkowskiTE TB
184Frank StampflT. PatrickWR DEN
185Adam AizerM. HardmanWR KC
186Dave RichardK. ShakirWR BUF
187Matt RenshawT. BoydWR CIN
188Heath CummingsT. SermonRB SF
189Faith EnesK. DrakeRB LV
190R.J. WhiteR. TonyanTE GB
191Ryan WeisseK. IngramRB ARI
192Robby JeffriesD. LockQB SEA
Round 17
PosTeamPlayer
193Robby JeffriesG. SmithQB SEA
194Ryan WeisseH. HenryTE NE
195R.J. WhiteM. MackRB HOU
196Faith EnesR. MostertRB MIA
197Heath CummingsW. FullerWR MIA
198Matt RenshawJ. WilliamsRB DET
199Dave RichardJ. RossWR KC
200Adam AizerA. RodgersWR GB
201Frank StampflG. EdwardsRB BAL
202Ben SchraggerM. IngramRB NO
203Jamey EisenbergP. Strong Jr.RB NE
204Chris TowersS. MichelRB MIA
Round 18
PosTeamPlayer
205Chris TowersL. ThomasTE WAS
206Jamey EisenbergG. DulcichTE DEN
207Ben SchraggerV. JeffersonWR LAR
208Frank StampflJ. McKissicRB WAS
209Adam AizerT. HigbeeTE LAR
210Dave RichardT. BadieRB BAL
211Matt RenshawH. HurstTE CIN
212Heath CummingsG. MinshewQB PHI
213Faith EnesC. UzomahTE NYJ
214R.J. WhiteS. WatkinsWR GB
215Ryan WeisseK. WilliamsRB LAR
216Robby JeffriesS. DarnoldQB CAR
Team by Team
Robby Jeffries
RdPkPlayer
11J. AllenQB BUF
224J. MixonRB CIN
325B. HallRB NYJ
448Z. WilsonQB NYJ
549D. JohnsonWR PIT
672T. EtienneRB JAC
773T. HockensonTE DET
896M. WilliamsWR LAC
997A. RobinsonWR LAR
10120C. KirkWR JAC
11121A. LazardWR GB
12144M. MariotaQB ATL
13145M. TrubiskyQB PIT
14168D. HendersonRB LAR
15169J. TolbertWR DAL
16192D. LockQB SEA
17193G. SmithQB SEA
18216S. DarnoldQB CAR
Ryan Weisse
RdPkPlayer
12P. MahomesQB KC
223T. LawrenceQB JAC
326S. DiggsWR BUF
447T. KelceTE KC
550M. PittmanWR IND
671A. GibsonRB WAS
774M. BrownWR ARI
895E. ElliottRB DAL
998M. ThomasWR NO
10119P. FreiermuthTE PIT
11122C. PattersonRB ATL
12143M. WillisQB TEN
13146D. RidderQB ATL
14167R. PennyRB SEA
15170J. MeyersWR NE
16191K. IngramRB ARI
17194H. HenryTE NE
18215K. WilliamsRB LAR
R.J. White
RdPkPlayer
13J. HerbertQB LAC
222M. AndrewsTE BAL
327D. CookRB MIN
446A. CooperWR CLE
551K. AllenWR LAC
670C. AkersRB LAR
775L. FournetteRB TB
894M. RyanQB IND
999J. GoffQB DET
10118M. GallupWR DAL
11123R. JonesRB KC
12142M. CarterRB NYJ
13147A. ThielenWR MIN
14166D. ParkerWR NE
15171A. PierceWR IND
16190R. TonyanTE GB
17195M. MackRB HOU
18214S. WatkinsWR GB
Faith Enes
RdPkPlayer
14L. JacksonQB BAL
221A. EkelerRB LAC
328M. EvansWR TB
445D. MontgomeryRB CHI
552J. JacobsRB LV
669H. RenfrowWR LV
776M. JonesQB NE
893Z. ErtzTE ARI
9100D. HarrisRB NE
10117G. PickensWR PIT
11124R. WoodsWR TEN
12141M. GesickiTE MIA
13148T. McBrideTE ARI
14165T. ThorntonWR NE
15172D. NjokuTE CLE
16189K. DrakeRB LV
17196R. MostertRB MIA
18213C. UzomahTE NYJ
Heath Cummings
RdPkPlayer
15J. JeffersonWR MIN
220J. HurtsQB PHI
329M. StaffordQB LAR
444D. MooreWR CAR
553D. HenryRB TEN
668G. WilsonWR NYJ
777K. Walker IIIRB SEA
892D. MooneyWR CHI
9101E. MitchellRB SF
10116J. DotsonWR WAS
11125D. GoedertTE PHI
12140C. WentzQB WAS
13149C. KmetTE CHI
14164K. HerbertRB CHI
15173E. BenjaminRB ARI
16188T. SermonRB SF
17197W. FullerWR MIA
18212G. MinshewQB PHI
Matt Renshaw
RdPkPlayer
16D. PrescottQB DAL
219D. SwiftRB DET
330T. LanceQB SF
443D. MetcalfWR SEA
554N. ChubbRB CLE
667J. DobbinsRB BAL
778R. BatemanWR BAL
891J. Smith-SchusterWR KC
9102K. PickettQB PIT
10115B. AiyukWR SF
11126D. MillsQB HOU
12139O. Beckham Jr.WR LAR
13150M. GordonRB DEN
14163I. SmithTE MIN
15174J. LandryWR NO
16187T. BoydWR CIN
17198J. WilliamsRB DET
18211H. HurstTE CIN
Dave Richard
RdPkPlayer
17J. ChaseWR CIN
218J. WilliamsRB DEN
331A. BrownWR PHI
442D. CarrQB LV
555A. RodgersQB GB
666A. JonesRB GB
779G. DavisWR BUF
890D. WallerTE LV
9103T. PollardRB DAL
10114T. LockettWR SEA
11127R. StevensonRB NE
12138B. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
13151D. Peoples-JonesWR CLE
14162R. GageWR TB
15175J. PalmerWR LAC
16186K. ShakirWR BUF
17199J. RossWR KC
18210T. BadieRB BAL
Adam Aizer
RdPkPlayer
18J. TaylorRB IND
217R. WilsonQB DEN
332T. HigginsWR CIN
441T. BradyQB TB
556G. KittleTE SF
665C. SuttonWR DEN
780D. SmithWR PHI
889A. DillonRB GB
9104C. WatsonWR GB
10113T. AllgeierRB ATL
11128K. HuntRB CLE
12137J. GaroppoloQB SF
13152K. GolladayWR NYG
14161Z. WhiteRB LV
15176J. JonesWR TEN
16185M. HardmanWR KC
17200A. RodgersWR GB
18209T. HigbeeTE LAR
Frank Stampfl
RdPkPlayer
19K. MurrayQB ARI
216D. WatsonQB CLE
333D. AdamsWR LV
440A. KamaraRB NO
557S. BarkleyRB NYG
664J. JeudyWR DEN
781E. MooreWR NYJ
888A. St. BrownWR DET
9105D. HopkinsWR ARI
10112C. EdmondsRB MIA
11129D. PierceRB HOU
12136R. MooreWR ARI
13153N. FantTE SEA
14160D. KnoxTE BUF
15177T. Davis-PriceRB SF
16184T. PatrickWR DEN
17201G. EdwardsRB BAL
18208J. McKissicRB WAS
Ben Schragger
RdPkPlayer
110C. LambWR DAL
215C. KuppWR LAR
334J. WaddleWR MIA
439T. TagovailoaQB MIA
558K. CousinsQB MIN
663D. LondonWR ATL
782J. ConnerRB ARI
887C. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
9106M. SandersRB PHI
10111D. SchultzTE DAL
11130J. RobinsonRB JAC
12135D. JonesQB NYG
13154C. RidleyWR ATL
14159J. Metchie IIIWR HOU
15178N. HinesRB IND
16183R. GronkowskiTE TB
17202M. IngramRB NO
18207V. JeffersonWR LAR
Jamey Eisenberg
RdPkPlayer
111N. HarrisRB PIT
214K. PittsTE ATL
335J. FieldsQB CHI
438T. HillWR MIA
559J. WinstonQB NO
662T. McLaurinWR WAS
783B. CooksWR HOU
886S. MooreWR KC
9107D. SingletaryRB BUF
10110R. WhiteRB TB
11131A. MattisonRB MIN
12134K. ToneyWR NYG
13155M. CorralQB CAR
14158D. BellWR CLE
15179K. OsbornWR MIN
16182R. DoubsWR GB
17203P. Strong Jr.RB NE
18206G. DulcichTE DEN
Chris Towers
RdPkPlayer
112C. McCaffreyRB CAR
213J. BurrowQB CIN
336C. GodwinWR TB
437D. SamuelWR SF
560R. TannehillQB TEN
661T. BurksWR TEN
784C. OlaveWR NO
885J. WilliamsWR DET
9108J. CookRB BUF
10109A. OkwuegbunamTE DEN
11132I. SpillerRB LAC
12133C. ClaypoolWR PIT
13156K. GainwellRB PHI
14157M. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
15180B. MayfieldQB CLE
16181D. CharkWR DET
17204S. MichelRB MIA
18205L. ThomasTE WAS