2017 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a first down during a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime 29-23. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Once the Super Bowl ends, the dynasty league analysis officially begins. Debating the perfect balance between talent and age is always an enjoyment for fantasy football enthusiasts. It is time to light up the dynasty “hot stove,” with our 2017 Fantasy Football Dynasty League Rankings.

These rankings are based on PPR scoring format and for a window of the next five seasons. All ages are based on the projected opening game next season.

2017 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings

(All statistics from PlayerProfiler.com)

Quarterback Rankings

Rank Player Team Age (Year-Months)
1 Andrew Luck Ind 27-11
2 Aaron Rodgers GB 33-9
3 Dak Prescott Dal 24-1
4 Matt Ryan Atl 32-3
5 Derek Carr Oak 26-5
6 Russell Wilson Sea 28-9
7 Marcus Mariota Ten 23-10
8 Jameis Winston TB 23-8
9 Drew Brees NO 38-7
10 Tom Brady NE 40-1
11 Matthew Stafford Det 29-7
12 Kirk Cousins WAS 29-0
13 Cam Newton CAR 28-3
14 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 35-6
15 Philip Rivers LAC 35-8
16 Tyrod Taylor BUF 28-1
17 Carson Wentz PHI 24-8
18 Eli Manning NYG 36-8
19 Blake Bortles JAX 25-8
20 Andy Dalton CIN 29-10
21 Joe Flacco BAL 32-7
22 Jimmy Garoppolo NE 25-10
23 Ryan Tannehill MIA 29-1
24 Teddy Bridgewater MIN 24-10
25 Jared Goff LAR 22-10
26 Cody Kessler CLE 24-3
27 Sam Bradford MIN 29-9
28 Carson Palmer ARI 37-8

 

Skinny:  Dak Prescott‘s age, offensive line, and mobility elevate him into the top three. Matt Ryan may very well play into his late 30’s, but his skills will deteriorate quicker than a more athletic player like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. Derek Carr‘s passing offense and strong offensive line put him in the top five. He ranked fifth with 92 Red Zone passing attempts despite missing one game.

Even if Brady plays just three more years, he must rate in the top ten even in dynasty leagues. Ben Roethlisberger‘s recent comments about a possible retirement moved him outside the top twelve. Tyrod Taylor, who led the position with 580 rushing yards, could be substantially higher if his offense improves or he lands on a different team (Denver would be ideal). Jimmy Garoppolo rates ahead of the established Ryan Tannehill because his potential ceiling is higher. Tannehill has proven to be an average NFL quarterback, with just 229.7 passing yards per game last season.

Running Back Rankings

Rank Player Team Age (Year-Months)
1 Ezekiel Elliott Dal 22-1
2 David Johnson Ari 25-8
3 Le’Veon Bell Pit 25-6
4 Jordan Howard Chi 22-10
5 Melvin Gordon LAC 24-4
6 Todd Gurley LAR 23-1
7 Devonta Freeman Atl 25-5
8 Lamar Miller Hou 26-4
9 Derrick Henry Ten 23-1
10 LeSean McCoy Buf 29-1
11 Jay Ajayi Mia 24-2
12 Carlos Hyde SF 25-11
13 Mark Ingram NO 27-8
14 DeMarco Murray Ten 29-6
15 C.J. Prosise Sea 23-3
16 Isaiah Crowell Cle 24-7
17 Robert Kelley Was 24-11
18 Jeremy Hill Cin 24-10
19 Spencer Ware KC 25-9
20 Ameer Abdullah Det 24-2
21 Tevin Coleman Atl 24-4
22 C.J. Anderson Den 26-6
23 Jerick McKinnon Min 25-4
24 Thomas Rawls Sea 24-1
25 Latavius Murray Oak 27-7
26 Kenneth Dixon Bal 23-7
27 Eddie Lacy GB 27-3
28 Paul Perkins NYG 22-9
29 Dion Lewis NE 26-11
30 Ty Montgomery GB 24-7
31 Duke Johnson Jr. Cle 23-11
32 Giovani Bernard Cin 25-9
33 Theo Riddick Det 26-4
34 Bilal Powell NYJ 28-10
35 T.J. Yeldon Jax 23-11
36 LeGarrette Blount NE 30-9
37 Jonathan Stewart Car 30-5
38 Jalen Richard Oak 23-10
39 Devontae Booker Den 25-3
40 Charles Sims TB 26-11
41 Adrian Peterson Min 32-5
42 Frank Gore Ind 34-3
43 Danny Woodhead LAC 32-7
44 James White NE 25-7
45 Wendell Smallwood Phi 23-7
46 DeAndre Washington Oak 24-6
47 Mike Gillislee Buf 26-10
48 Chris Ivory  Jax 29-5
49 Jacquizz Rodgers TB 27-7
50 Kenyan Drake Mia 23-7

 

Skinny: There is no debating the first three running backs. Ezekiel Elliott gets the nod after leading the league with 1,632 rushing yards as a rookie. Very quietly, Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard finished second with 1,314 yards, so he gets the fourth spot over the more fantasy productive Melvin Gordon (12 total touchdowns in only 13 games).

In a PPR scoring league, Devonta Freeman is undervalued. Freeman is only 25 years old, and finished fifth at the position with 54 receptions. Despite the presence of Tevin Coleman, Freeman ranked third with 53 Red Zone carries as well. If DeMarco Murray stumbles, Derrick Henry will gladly take the lead role in Tennessee behind an underrated offensive line. If Jamaal Charles is really finished? Spencer Ware moves into the top twelve immediately. Ameer Abdullah still has a great opportunity in a high -scoring Detroit offense.

The question in Green Bay remains: Can Ty Montgomery continue producing at a 5.97 yards per carry pace as a full time running back? Jalen Richard could inherit the goal line back duties in Oakland if Latavius Murray leaves. T.J. Yeldon should be much better, and hopefully a coaching change in Jacksonville helps. If LeSean McCoy ever gets hurt, Mike Gillislee is a great later round flier. Wendell Smallwood is a quality lottery ticket.

Wide Receiver Rankings

Rank Player Team Age (Year-Months)
1 Mike Evans TB 24-0
2 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 24-10
3 Julio Jones Atl 28-7
4 Antonio Brown Pit 29-1
5 Amari Cooper Oak 23-2
6 Brandin Cooks NO 23-11
7 A.J. Green Cin 29-1
8 Dez Bryant Dal 28-10
9 T.Y. Hilton Ind 27-9
10 Michael Thomas NO 24-6
11 Allen Robinson Jax 24-0
12 Sammy Watkins Buf 24-2
13 DeAndre Hopkins Hou 25-3
14 Alshon Jeffery Chi 27-6
15 Demaryius Thomas Den 29-8
16 Donte Moncrief Ind 24-1
17 Jordy Nelson GB 32-3
18 Keenan Allen LAC 25-4
19 Stefon Diggs Min 23-9
20 DeVante Parker Mia 24-7
21 Doug Baldwin Sea 28-11
22 Sterling Shepard NYG 23-6
23 Jamison Crowder Was 24-2
24 Jarvis Landry Mia 24-9
25 Corey Coleman Cle 23-2
26 Tyler Lockett Sea 24-11
27 Davante Adams GB 24-8
28 Josh Doctson Was 24-9
29 Michael Crabtree Oak 29-11
30 Terrelle Pryor Sr. Cle 28-2
31 Tyreek Hill KC 23-6
32 Rishard Matthews Ten 27-10
33 Golden Tate Det 29-1
34 Jordan Matthews Phi 25-1
35 Tyrell Williams LAC 25-6
36 Cameron Meredith Chi 24-11
37 Jeremy Maclin KC 29-3
38 Malcolm Mitchell NE 24-1
39 Will Fuller V Hou 23-4
40 Kelvin Benjamin Car 26-7
41 Emmanuel Sanders Den 30-5
42 Julian Edelman NE 31-3
43 Eric Decker NYJ 30-5
44 Martavis Bryant Pit 25-8
45 Randall Cobb GB 27-0
46 Kenny Britt LAR 28-11
47 Breshad Perriman Bal 23-11
48 Tyler Boyd Cin 22-9
49 Willie Snead NO 24-10
50 Larry Fitzgerald Ari 34-0
51 Marvin Jones Det 27-5
52 Brandon Marshall NYJ 33-5
53 Laquon Treadwell Min 22-2
54 Adam Thielen Min 27-0
55 Robby Anderson NYJ 24-3
56 Michael Floyd NE 27-9
57 Taylor Gabriel Atl 26-6
58 Eli Rogers Pit 24-8
59 DeSean Jackson Was 30-9
60 Josh Gordon Cle 26-4
61 Mohamed Sanu Atl 28-0
62 Chris Hogan NE 28-10
63 Phillip Dorsett Ind 24-8
64 John Brown Ari 27-5
65 Tajae Sharpe Ten 22-8
66 Devin Funchess Car 23-3
67 Kenny Stills Mia 25-4
68 Marqise Lee Jax 25-9
69 Tavon Austin LAR 26-5
70 J.J. Nelson Ari 25-4
71 Cole Beasley Dal 28-4
72 Allen Hurns Jax 25-9
73 Mike Wallace Bal 31-1
74 Braxton Miller Hou 24-9
75 Leonte Carroo Mia 23-7

 

Skinny: Mike Evans gets the top nod as the top dynasty wide receiver, having ranked first in Air Yards (1,146), Targets (171), and Target Share (30 percent) in 2016. Evans’ pairing with a young quarterback in Jameis Winston, rates among the best over the next five years. With Michael Crabtree turning 30 next season, Amari Cooper nabs the coveted fifth spot among this elite group. Two players not getting the attention they deserve are T.Y. Hilton and Michael Thomas. Hilton led the league with 1,448 receiving yards on the fourth most targets (155), while also rating second in Air Yards, just 46 behind Evans. The best fact about rookie Michael Thomas? How about that he led all receivers with the best Air Yards/Target (8.9 per target). As a rookie slot receiver, that is impressive.

The next tier of receivers are characterized with poor quarterback play or injury concerns. Allen Robinson and DeAndre Hopkins were fantasy busts this season, but are still both 24 and 25 years old respectively. Stefon Diggs and Corey Coleman are younger than that, and showed flashes of greatness in poor offenses. Sterling Shepard could have a breakout season, especially if the Giants cut ties with Victor Cruz. If Terrelle Pryor leaves Cleveland, he could quickly vault into the top 20 depending on destination.

Jordan Matthews, Tyrell Williams, and Cameron Meredith are all under 26 years old and possess explosive athleticism. Patriots rookie Malcolm Mitchell caught four touchdowns passes and played a fantastic second half of the Super Bowl. If the 25-year-old Martavis Bryant can stay on the field and keep Ben Roethlisberger for a few years, he would be in the top 25. Robby Anderson, the undrafted rookie out of Temple, is a great lottery ticket. He runs a 4.41 40 yard dash, and is in the 75th percentile or above in Burst Score, Height-Adjusted Speed Score, and Catch Radius. Taylor Gabriel has found a home on the carpet in Atlanta, and fantasy owners will never give up on the mercurial, but lethally talented Josh Gordon.

Tight End Rankings

Rank Player Team Age (Year-Months)
1 Rob Gronkowski NE 28-3
2 Travis Kelce KC 27-11
3 Hunter Henry LAC 22-9
4 Greg Olsen Car 32-5
5 Ladarius Green Pit 27-3
6 Tyler Eifert Cin 26-11
7 Zach Ertz Phi 26-9
8 Eric Ebron Det 24-4
9 Cameron Brate TB 26-2
10 Austin Hooper Atl 22-10
11 Jordan Reed Was 27-2
12 Jimmy Graham Sea 30-9
13 Kyle Rudolph Min 27-9
14 Coby Fleener NO 28-11
15 Delanie Walker Ten 33-0
16 Julius Thomas Jax 29-2
17 Vance McDonald SF 27-2
18 Dwayne Allen Ind 27-6
19 C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou 25-10
20 Martellus Bennett NE 30-5
21 Tyler Higbee LAR 24-8
22 Antonio Gates LAC 37-2
23 Jason Witten Dal 35-4
24 Zach Miller Chi 32-11
25 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ 24-11
26 Clive Walford Oak 25-10
27 Maxx Williams Bal 23-4
28 Dennis Pitta Bal 32-2
29 Jack Doyle Ind 27-4
30 Charles Clay Buf 28-6

 

Given the underwhelming year Rob Gronkowski had, many fantasy owners will forget how dominant he was when healthy. Gronkowski ranked first among all tight ends with 21.6 yards per receptions, and still finished 20th in receiving yards despite playing roughly seven games. Travis Kelce had the breakout season many have been waiting for, finishing second among all tight ends in receptions (85) and first in receiving yards (1,125). Antonio Gates turns 37 this season, which means Hunter Henry will see an increase in playing time and targets. Henry ranked third in Red Zone receptions (11) and led the position with eight total touchdowns, four more than Kelce.

Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron, and Cameron Brate are highly targeted players in good offenses. Don’t give up on Coby Fleener yet, as he will only be 28 years old and is in an offense that always scores points. Jordan Reed ‘s injury history is a huge red flag, with 18 missed games over his four NFL seasons. Very few tight ends possess the metrics Austin Seferian-Jenkins does, and he just needs a good work ethic and a chance to produce. If Dennis Pitta gets hurt, Maxx Williams is the best lottery ticket in this group.

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