The Top 250 Dynasty Football Rankings 5.0 – Week 6 Refresh

Rankings PSA: these #Dynasty250 rankings are designed for 2QB and superflex leagues, so if you play in single quarterback league, fade the QB’s.

What will stand out about my rankings is how low I am as compared to ADP on running backs. I’m a #zeroRB disciple and I play to have an elite contender every year, a combination that has me wary of ever holding expensive workhorse running backs when I can get much cheaper good-enough-options. The younger and more perceived job security and long term value that a running back has, the more I like to flip them. My priority is to make sure I always have X+1 blue chip wide receivers, where X = the max number of WR’s your league allows you to start each week. +1 allows you injury insurance and/or bye week help. I wouldn’t blame anyone who preferred X+2!

There’s no other position other than running back where you can stash a few players, almost for free (besides roster opportunity cost) and frequently have a must-start player within weeks due to running back carnage and churn. Sure, some weeks you’ll be at an RB disadvantage, sometimes even a large one, but if you build your team to have advantages at every other position you’ll have a more resilient and higher scoring team for multiple seasons.

Rank Name Position Comments
1 Odell Beckham WR
2 DeAndre Hopkins WR We thought last year proved Hopkins is “QB proof,” but what if Hoyer is actually pretty decent and Brock is just bad?
3 Andrew Luck QB Had a chance to watch him week five and he made a ton of “NFL throws” into tight windows down field, the kind of throws that distinguish you from most starters.
4 Russell Wilson QB
5 Cam Newton QB Dynasty owners would love to see him be a little more conservative as a rusher.
6 Aaron Rodgers QB It seems like there should be another gear. For example, we saw a missed deep throw to Jordy on SNF that used to be almost automatic.
7 Allen Robinson WR
8 Julio Jones WR
9 Mike Evans WR
10 Antonio Brown WR Have seen him go straight up for Allen Robinson twice this year.
11 Amari Cooper WR
12 Rob Gronkowski TE
13 Derek Carr QB Cue the final fantasy level up music.
14 Carson Wentz QB Still Pro Football Focus’ top graded QB. You can wait for more information to confirm he’s really a stud, but then it’ll be too late.
15 Brandin Cooks WR
16 Sammy Watkins WR Great time to buy him, but his 2016 value is undeniably shaky.
17 Stefon Diggs WR
18 Jameis Winston QB
19 Will Fuller WR
20 Alshon Jeffery WR
21 A.J. Green WR
22 Dez Bryant WR
23 Donte Moncrief WR
24 Jarvis Landry WR
25 Marcus Mariota QB Encouraging week in an otherwise very disappointing season. Won’t turn 23 until the end of the month, so I expect further progression, but can’t help but think of my initial comment on him from August where I noted that bust risk remains there.
26 Blake Bortles QB Has not taken the expected step forward. I would not blame owners who prefer to fade Mariota and Bortles further, but I still expect them to be useful starters for a long time.
27 DeVante Parker WR
28 Corey Coleman WR
29 Ezekiel Elliott RB I believe you can cash out for a stud WR prospect and a second useful RB and I believe you should do that.
30 Le’Veon Bell RB See Elliot, Ezekiel.
31 David Johnson RB See Elliot, Ezekiel.
32 Todd Gurley RB Might have to hold for a bit and wait for him to regain some value.
33 Jordan Matthews WR
34 Sterling Shepard WR
35 T.Y. Hilton WR
36 Demaryius Thomas WR
37 Matthew Stafford QB Stafford is enjoying a career year at an age in which quarterbacks often peak.
38 Ben Roethlisberger QB
39 Matt Ryan QB
40 Tom Brady QB
41 Willie Snead WR
42 Doug Baldwin WR
43 Keenan Allen WR
44 Jordan Reed TE
45 Kelvin Benjamin WR
46 Marvin Jones WR
47 Randall Cobb WR Big bounce-back week for Cobb to restore some confidence.
48 Lamar Miller RB
49 Melvin Gordon RB Gordon has excelled as a receiver and in pass blocking, but has once again struggled as a runner. For the modern, pass-happy NFL, that skill set keeps you on the field, but on a healthier team he might start to lose early down and short yardage touches.
50 Dak Prescott QB Romo’s return hurts his present value, but he’s been a very high-end game manager who protects the ball and can extend drives with his legs.
51 Andy Dalton QB
52 Philip Rivers QB
53 Drew Brees QB
54 Devonta Freeman RB
55 LeSean McCoy RB
56 Mark Ingram RB
57 Michael Crabtree WR Has been among the most efficient wide receivers in the NFL. No one has benefitted more from Carr’s ascension.
58 Allen Hurns WR I was willing to believe in him despite lack of draft pedigree, but he has been a modest disappointment so far.
59 Eric Decker WR
60 Martavis Bryant WR He’ll rise every time in my rankings as he inches closer to a return in 2017, but I wouldn’t blame anyone who is “out” after getting burned by Josh Gordon.
61 Jordy Nelson WR
62 Emmanuel Sanders WR
63 Brandon Marshall WR
64 Jamaal Charles RB
65 Zach Ertz TE
66 Travis Kelce TE
67 Theo Riddick RB A high-floor running back who has earned the trust of the coaching staff in more situations than just passing downs.
68 Terrelle Pryor WR Yep, he’s a thing.
69 Michael Thomas WR Like the two kids behind him better long-term, but Thomas can help you win now too.
70 Tyler Boyd WR Would target if I weren’t a contender; part of this ranking is due to his poor-to-modest present value.
71 Josh Doctson WR See Boyd, Tyler.
72 Ryan Tannehill QB I get the sense that dynasty owners are very down on Tannehill’s long-term prospects despite his career high 8.15 yards per attempt. Good time to buy, not because he’s special, but because he’s perceived to be a Cutler-esque bust, when he’s really too good not to start somewhere indefinitely.
73 Jared Goff QB
74 Doug Martin RB
75 Carlos Hyde RB
76 Eddie Lacy RB
77 Greg Olsen TE
78 Laquon Treadwell WR I’ve never liked Treadwell as much as his biggest fans, but not everyone can be OBJ. Patience.
79 Eli Manning QB The track record, durability and weapons make me inclined to chill out, but maybe this is what the beginning of the decline phase looks like. The yards per attempt still healthy.
80 Paxton Lynch QB As I’ll repeat with Siemian, the beat writers in Denver remain resolute that Lynch is Denver’s QB of the future.
81 Kevin White WR He will creep back up this list if/when he gets healthy. I don’t recommend playing it safe in dynasty; buy shares if you’re not a contender.
82 Jeremy Maclin WR
83 John Brown WR Hard to knock him too much for his week five dud with Stanton in, but it was a disappointment after his order-restoring week four. The overall resume is becoming clearer that he’s good-not-great, but the ageless Larry Fitzgerald continues to play well and suck up targets.
84 Jordan Howard RB The book on Howard was that he was something of a plodder. Well, Howard has held his own as a receiver and pass blocker, which gives him a chance to maintain his three down back status long term.
85 Julian Edelman WR
86 Larry Fitzgerald WR A league winner for contenders.
87 Derrick Henry RB I’m a fan of what he’s done in limited looks and see a potential three down back more than I did preseason, when he looked strictly like an early-down guy.
88 Tevin Coleman RB Coleman has excelled as a pass catcher, allowing him to maintain value despite playing with Freeman.
89 DeMarco Murray RB One of dynasty football’s most obvious sell-high opportunities based on unusually high usage, but there’s no doubt that Murray has earned his snaps.
90 Giovani Bernard RB
91 C.J. Anderson RB Volume dependent back is nothing special and is losing volume.
92 Jerick McKinnon RB Has not taken advantage of the opportunity, struggling to stand out as a runner, receiver or pass blocker.
93 Tyrell Williams WR Giant wide receiver has some serious WR1 vibes going with his size, production and opportunity.
94 Hunter Henry TE Most tight ends take some time to start producing. Henry has elite hands and has already earned Rivers’ trust.
95 Eric Ebron TE
96 Sam Bradford QB Like Stafford, Bradford is enjoying a career year at an age in which QB’s often peak. Red flag is his the health track record.
97 Joe Flacco QB
98 Kirk Cousins QB
99 Alex Smith QB Plenty of value tied to the circumstances, so if you fall out of the race sell asap.
100 Tyrod Taylor QB
101 Duke Johnson RB The hope is that he develops into Theo Riddick long-term, but you’d like to see more production now.
102 Travis Benjamin WR
103 Matt Forte RB
104 Tyler Eifert TE
105 Ameer Abdullah RB Too much talent around him to have a ton of confidence in the volume. Limited information on the foot injury.
106 Tyler Lockett WR
107 Latavius Murray RB The fantasy community killed Latavius, but credit where due – he has played well. Sounds like touches will continue to be spread out, though.
108 Teddy Bridgewater QB
109 Tony Romo QB
110 Carson Palmer QB
111 Jimmy Graham TE
112 Breshad Perriman WR Flashing just enough to keep me optimistic. The depth chart could clear up in a hurry as the Ravens have a lot of old / generic WR’s.
113 Sammie Coates WR We saw the good (deep ball speed and athleticism) and the bad (dropped the easiest TD catch ever) on Sunday, but can’t deny he’s a massive value gainer.
114 Ryan Mathews RB
115 T.J. Yeldon RB High draft pick has not done much to distinguish himself this year.
116 Tavon Austin WR
117 Isaiah Crowell RB I really hope you did or are looking to sell high on him. Still in a timeshare and has struggled in pass protection.
118 Cole Beasley WR Love Cole Beasley. His efficiency merits even more usage. Upside does not always come in the form of 22-year-olds.
119 Spencer Ware RB I’m drawn to players like Ware – talented nominal backups that can blossom into starters.
120 Delanie Walker TE
121 Martellus Bennett TE Is this guy going to have a monster season or is this guy going to have a monster season?
122 Kenneth Dixon RB Excited about his chances to be a second half league winner.
123 Leonte Carroo WR
124 Nelson Agholor WR Wentz continues to give him red zone looks, but he has not made plays yet.
125 DeSean Jackson WR
126 Christine Michael RB I’m selling in part because I think his usage has peaked, but also because he’s struggled as a receiver.
127 Matt Jones RB
128 Dorial Green-Beckham WR Remains a highly intriguing prospect due to size, speed, strength combination. Did you see him stiff arm that middle lineback week five!?
129 Brock Osweiler QB The contract helps, but if he plays this poorly that won’t stop the Texans from trying to upgrade.
130 Jimmy Garoppolo QB
131 Trevor Siemian QB The Broncos have some of the best beat writers in the NFL and they continue to say that Lynch is the future there, but Siemian has played well enough to get a shot elsewhere, methinks.
132 Michael Floyd WR Floyd got off to a poor start in ’15, too.
133 Tajae Sharpe WR Offseason hype has badly outpaced his production, but still he’s very young for a rookie; promise and opportunity still give him a chance to regain some stock quickly.
134 Jeremy Hill RB
135 Kenyan Drake RB
136 C.J. Prosise RB
137 Jay Ajayi RB Has been solid, but unspectacular in his audition.
138 Devontae Booker RB Inching closer to a timeshare. May be your last chance to buy cheaply.
139 Adrian Peterson RB I can’t imagine anyone is selling for this low, but I can’t recommend a buy when he could plausibly retire. His 2017 deal is very expensive, so he figures to get cut at which point he’ll need to decide whether to return for less $, go elsewhere or retire.
140 Ladarius Green TE
141 Tyler Ervin RB
142 Julius Thomas TE
143 Coby Fleener TE
144 Dwayne Washington RB
145 Thomas Rawls RB Hopefully you followed the “get the cheaper RB” principle and avoided.
146 Jonathan Stewart RB
147 Kyle Rudolph TE Rudolph has never played with a quarterback playing as well as Bradford is now.
148 Gary Barnidge TE
149 Jamison Crowder WR Crowder sucks! Crowder is awesome! Maybe he’s somewhere in between?
150 Quincy Enunwa WR
151 Chris Conley WR Has quietly developed nicely in year two.
152 Phillip Dorsett WR Has had his moments, but overall hasn’t taken advantage of Moncrief injury.
153 Dion Lewis RB
154 Chris Hogan WR
155 Mike Wallace WR
156 LeGarrette Blount RB
157 Chris Ivory RB
158 DeAndre Washington RB
159 Golden Tate WR
160 Rishard Matthews WR
161 Davante Adams WR
162 Arian Foster RB
163 Dwayne Allen TE
164 Frank Gore RB
165 Clive Walford TE
166 Austin Hooper TE
167 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE
168 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
169 Malcolm Mitchell WR
170 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Guess who’s back?
171 Devin Funchess WR
172 Paul Perkins RB
173 Charles Sims RB Nice little buy opportunity if you can afford to stash him until after he comes off of IR (or for next year).
174 Alfred Morris RB Falling in love with his upside behind that offensive line should Zeke bust, get hurt or get suspended.
175 Jay Cutler QB
176 Brian Hoyer QB Has played pretty well in Chicago.
177 Kenny britt WR
178 Pharoh Cooper WR
179 Bilal Powell RB Still a nice handcuff to Forte.
180 Zach Miller TE
181 Torrey Smith WR Could benefit tremendously from the change to Kaep.
182 Josh Gordon WR  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
183 DeAngelo Williams RB
184 Jeremy Langford RB Hopefully you listened to basically entire fantasy community when they said this guy lacked skills.
185 Mike Glennon QB My favorite QB spec add for 2017.
186 Brett Hundley QB My favorite QB spec add for… 2019.
187 Colin Kaepernick QB Some upside here as a streaming option. I’d be selling for something that can help long term to a QB-needy team.
188 Cody Kessler QB Showed some modest promise.
189 Braxton Miller WR Even if you like Miller, the Texans offense can’t support a third WR option, can it?
190 Jaelen Strong WR
191 Pierre Garcon WR
192 Mohamed Sanu WR
193 Steve Smith WR
194 Dennis Pitta TE
195 James White RB 2016 has yielded more evidence that he’s a worthy passing down back in real life, though fantasy returns have been modest.
196 Darren Sproles RB I’d be selling after his next big game.
197 Maxx Williams TE
198 Tyler Higbee TE
199 Jason Witten TE
200 Charles Clay TE
201 Marqise Lee WR
202 Chris Thompson RB
203 Wendell Smallwood RB
204 Jalen Richard RB
205 Terrance West RB
206 Virgil Green TE
207 Rashad Jennings RB
208 Markus Wheaton WR A massive disappointment given opportunity afforded to him by Bryant suspension.
209 Kenny Stills WR
210 Victor Cruz WR
211 Shaun Draughn RB
212 Shane Vereen RB
213 Cameron Artis-Payne RB
214 Alex Collins RB
215 Antonio Gates TE Historically there’s a decline among tight ends at 31 and then a crater at 37. Gates is 36.
216 Terrance Williams WR
217 Andre Ellington RB With CJ1K out, Ellington is a very nice zero RB target for 2016.
218 James Starks RB
219 Jeremy Kerley WR
220 Josh McCown QB
221 Robert Griffin III QB
222 Adam Humphries WR
223 Brandon Lafell WR
224 Case Keenum QB Borrowed time QB tier
225 Jesse James TE Hasn’t really stood out consistently with Ladarius Green hurt.
226 Adam Thielen WR
227 Paul Richardson WR Has flashed this year, so I will continue to monitor him given 2nd round pedigree.
228 Devin Smith WR Good time to buy with the Jets receiving corps banged up, though unclear when he’ll return.
229 Danny Woodhead RB A sneaky stash in PPR leagues.
230 Jonathan Williams RB
231 Rob Kelley RB
232 Lance Dunbar RB Has struggled in his return from injury, but I’m intrigued by him as a pass-catching back still since he’s a 2017 FA.
233 Crockett Gillmore TE
234 Kamar Aiken WR
235 Javorius Allen RB
236 Vance McDonald TE
237 Vincent Jackson WR Toast.
238 Will Tye TE
239 Jack Doyle TE
240 Larry Donnell TE
241 Orleans Darkwa RB
242 Matt Asiata RB
243 Fozzy Whitaker RB
244 Josh Ferguson RB
245 Mike Gillislee RB
246 Terrell Watson RB
247 Darius Jackson RB
248 Tyreek Hill WR
249 Kenjon Barner RB
250 Zach Zenner RB

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  1. […] updates their rankings of the top 250 overall players for dynasty/keeper leagues. […]

  2. robbyrobdu
    October 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Love that Tajae Sharpe moved down…I think it was a hype based ranking…run-first team and at best 3rd option.

    I am very shocked Terrance West is only at 205 even in the zeroRB mentality.

    A couple guys who I have started to buy on are Cameron Meredith (even before the breakout…guy is a SPARQ stud with very good to great hands) and CJ Fiedorowicz. Houston will be playing from behind a lot and Lamar has not looked that amazing, he offers a great target for a young QB and maybe some Kubiak rubbed off on him.

    As an FSU fan never LOVED Ponder, and we all laughed here in Tallahassee when he went 1st round…but with this being a 2 QB ranking I believe he is close to sealing in when Kaepernick stumbles.

    Also very surprised Trevone Boykin isn’t on this list as a Rookie backup who can run and has already gotten PT this year…backup to your #4 overall player…

    • October 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Can I just hire you to gloss over my rankings in advance? I pretty much agree with everything you said, except I couldn’t care less about Ponder and Boykin is more of a strategic own for cautious Wilson owners than someone I would rank among the top 250 guys.

      Meredith is a good old fashioned omission. West could be higher. CJ just didn’t register, because Houston hadn’t used their tight ends at all under Bill O’Brien until this year and so the time share tight end wasn’t someone I was looking at closely. I do like him for TE premium. PFF gives him a very healthy receiving grade.

      • robbyrobdu
        October 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Of course!!…I have been slacking on submitting to be a writer…I spend more time on this in almost exclusively free Dynasty Leagues than most spend on their actual jobs! LoL

        Agreed on Ponder and Boykin for now…think Boykin may have some standalone however…

        • October 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

          Robby, follow / message me on Twitter? I’ll follow back and DM you.

          • robbyrobdu
            October 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

            Will have to make a twitter account lol

      • robbyrobdu
        October 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        Also it’s not a full PPRUSH it’s .25
        And .75 PPREC

        I like to reward rarity and with workhorse RBS getting scarcer and scarcer their value has increased and I wanted to reflect that.

        I think bonus points for long runs and long catches as well as total yards is great too.

        I just made 2 trades you would probably love as well:
        NYG D/ST
        1st rounder (top 4 at worst 5 at best 3)
        Andrew Luck
        Carlos Dunlap
        ARI D/ST

        In that deal I had Russ, Brady, Mariota and felt I needed a better QB for when Brady goes…I like Mariota but Luck is so elite I wanted to pay…I snuck the D/ST swap in there and that is huge for me….we start 2 D/ST so they are all spoken for…I already have the rams…I have 2 elite young units now.

        Later that night I worked
        Jerrick McKinnon
        Jimmy Graham
        2017 1st
        2017 3rd
        TY Hilton
        Cameron Meredith
        2017 2nd
        2018 2nd

        Needed an elite WR and I think I may have gotten 2….we go no waivers but ESPN still locks adds over the weekend and I added Meredith 2 weeks ago through post…once designations changed I could not add with ineligible players on IR…he got added and then EXPLODED…I had to make the move to get him in there. He asked Kelce originally and the ORIGINAL deal was Agholor, Ajayi, Fiedorowicz…but when it came down to it no one is willing to take risks and he wanted names…
        Those 2nds are from a bottom half team and by taking TY I make the picks even higher 🙂

        I am trying to get Allen Robinson as well right now, but that same owner has Emmanuel Sanders and is pushing him but wants a lot (Perriman and my remaining 1st is about where we are at) and with Sanders’ value peaked that deal will help my championship push, but Perriman is poised to explode…as early as this week.

        Thanks for reading the rant, love the updated list…obviously with my league being 2 TE I have that position at a premium as well.

        BTW I have no problem with the Rodgers ranking thus far…he is still the best all around QB in the NFL until we see a pronounced slip.

  3. October 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    You lost me at ranking Rodgers #6…a ~33-year-old, mediocre fantasy starter.

    • October 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Sorry to lose you so quickly!

      The GOAT redraft ranker, John Paulsen of fame, has Rodgers 2nd overall rest of season. Rodgers has a lot of elite play left in him and he’s been very durable. There are reasons to be concerned, though.

  4. October 31, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Just moved $47 Tevin Coleman in exchange for $1 Jarvis Landry and $31 Brandon Cooks in a dynasty keeper (can keep up to 15 players each year) with fixed pricing forever.



    • October 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Oh my goodness… your league must be cranky about that one

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