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Dynasty rankings are looking forward and reflect how I think a player will perform for the next 3-5 years.  Age is a major factor in these rankings.

1.  Chris Johnson (9/23/85)

2.  Arian Foster (8/24/86)

3.  Jamaal Charles (12/27/86)

4.  Lesean McCoy (7/12/88)

5.  Ray Rice (1/22/87)

6.  Adrian Peterson (3/21/85)

7.  Maurice Jones-Drew (3/23/85)

8.  Darren McFadden (8/27/87)

9.  Rashard Mendenhall (6/19/87)

10.  Mark Ingram (12/21/89)

There’s not much difference between the top 6 running backs.  You can make a case for anybody in the top 6 to be the #1 pick but I like to go with the sure thing when I’m drafting that high.  I need to see one more year out of Foster before I move him to the #1 spot.  I love Charles and McCoy in PPR leagues and they will put up Brian Westbrook type numbers for the next 5 years.  The only question mark I have about them is if they can handle the workload.  Rice is a very safe pick after the top 4 and his value will increase if he is able to land the goal line work.  I’m not as high on AP as most people are.  He has a ton of wear and tear on his legs dating back to college and his running style leaves him susceptible to big hits.  MJD is only 26 and doesn’t have the usual amount of wear and tear as most running backs his age.  McFadden is risky due to his injury history but he has all the talent to be a top 5 RB for the next 5 years.  I would wait until the 2nd round to take him though.  Mendenhall is a workhorse and is in a great situation in Pittsburgh.  He just needs to put a muzzle on his twitter account.  Ingram landed in the perfect situation in New Orleans and will be a lock for double digit TD’s in the Saints high powered offense.

Stay tuned for 11-20.

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  1. cleaver596 says:
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    If we only have an 8 game season like it sounds might be a possibility, does that change any of the thinking for drafting, especially in keepers or dynasty. Such as an older guy who doesn’t have to put as many miles on his legs this year, which might keep him fresher for next year. Also, any guys who seem to pick up the pace down the stretch. Any thoughts?

  2. Matt Dougherty

    Matt Dougherty says:
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    The 8 game scenario that has been reported in the press is only a worst case scenario and I don’t think it will come to that. From what I’ve heard it looks like the two sides are making serious progress and a deal should get done within the next month or so. If it were to come an 8 game season it would not have much of an impact on these rankings. A guy like Frank Gore or Michael Turner might move up a spot or two but nothing drastic. These dynasty rankings look ahead 5 3-5 years from now so losing 8 games won’t have much of an impact. It would have more of an impact on redraft rankings since those older RB’s are less likely to wear down and get injured.

  3. TTB says:
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    Glad to see some updated dynasty rankings. I have a tough question. In a league (standard scoring plus 0.5 pts per catch) and I have this possible trade:

    I give: Mendenhall and Felix Jones
    I get: JCharles and someone to be named

    My squad is loaded, so it’s a matter of questioning Charles over Mendenhall? Start standard lineup plus a RB/WR flex

    My core guys:

    WR – AJohnson, GJennings, Maclin, Colston, MWilliams (TB)
    RB – APeterson, CJohnson, Mendenhall, FJones, Tolbert

    I wouldn’t have many bye week issues at RB because I can start a 4th WR at flex.

    Just not sold on Felix as a lead RB and his injuries are also a concern for the long term.

    Thoughts?

  4. Matt Dougherty

    Matt Dougherty says:
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    I would definitly do that trade. Charles is a big upgrade over Mendy in PPR leagues and I don’t believe Felix Jones will ever be a lead RB. I actually like Demarco Murray better and think he will become the #1 RB at some point during the season.

  5. Dominic says:
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    So I am the commish in a dynasty league.

    This is our 2nd season so this will be our first rookie/free agent draft. I just wanted to find out how you actually do it.

    Yahoo will not let us expand rosters because we are already at the limit with 30 players. The lineup is as follows:

    QB, WR, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, K, D, LB, LB, LB, DT, DE, DE, CB, CB, S, S, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

    So clearly its IDP heavy and we have 11 bench spots but it still feels like our benches are tiny.

    Do you recommend going to another site as well, like mfl?

    Do we just do a draft and cut players we don’t want or what?

    Do you just do a straight snake from last years standings?

  6. Matt Dougherty

    Matt Dougherty says:
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    I run several dynasty leagues on FantasyFootballLeagueSite.com and we use MyFantasyLeague for all of our leagues. MFL is the best league software that I know of, particularly for dynasty leagues.

    In our leagues we do a 4 round rookie/free agent draft during the offseason and the owners must cut players before picking to stay at the roster limit. The draft order is based on the prior year standings and is non-serpentine. So the team with the worst record gets the 1st pick in all rounds, etc. There are different variations but this is the most common format. MFL will let you customize your league settings.

  7. Dominic says:
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    @Matt Dougherty: thanks thats probably how we will do it

  8. brad says:
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    Would you give a 2 year keeper contract to James Starks or Ryan Torain, or would you play it safer and go with Witten? (those are my top 3 choices)

  9. Matt Dougherty

    Matt Dougherty says:
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    Since it’s only 2 years, I would go with Witten. He has a couple of years left before his value starts to decline. Starks and Torain will likely be in timeshare situations.

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