This article is part of our Dynasty Watch series.
This is a dynasty top-75 for the 2021 rookie class. Click here to view my attempt at ranking the top 40 rookies for redraft leagues. These rankings are both for 1QB, PPR-scoring leagues for the most part.
I might have missed some player or another and will fix the list if so.
1. Travis Etienne, RB, JAC
Most rankings place Najee Harris ahead of Etienne, but I'd argue their reasoning makes things more complicated than necessary and obscures something obvious in the process. Etienne as a running back prospect is about as obvious as it gets. Not quite as obvious as Jonathan Taylor, but probably the next rung on the ladder. Etienne ran a 4.45-second 40 at 215 pounds, and at Clemson he produced 4,952 yards and 70 touchdowns on 686 carries (7.2 YPC). By his third season he developed into a compelling big-play threat as a pass catcher, too, producing 85 receptions for 1,020 yards on 103 targets (82.5 percent catch rate, 9.9 YPT). He's demonstrated a three-down skill beyond any reasonable doubt, and his pro day testing verified he has the athletic tools for the skill set to translate in the NFL. Etienne's application in the NFL is not obscure or speculative – he carries nearly all of the pertinent traits seen in players like Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones and D'Andre Swift, and he's safely the best prospect of all of them. The Jaguars offense is likely going places with Trevor Lawrence