Dynasty Top 200 Rankings (The Season is Happening Edition)

Aug 19, 2020
Dynasty Top 200 Rankings (The Season is Happening Edition)

There are some reasons to start getting excited. It seems the NFL season is happening and we have already seen the start of team training camps. That means the rookie hype trains will begin as they see the field for the first time while veterans are vying for in-season volume, a key spot on the depth chart, or just a team roster spot. There has also been some early injuries, mostly soft tissue, as players are rounding back into peak form after an offseason dominated by individual workouts and self-directed training. All this has dynasty implications as we head into the season still surrounded with uncertainty.

For those entering those final rookie drafts, I have been consistently questioning my own rankings as I think about my league type. Beyond the obvious like superflex, roster size is so important. It is easier to stash those options who make take two to three years in larger leagues but in formats with shallower rosters, priorities change. If you are dealing with a roster of 24 or fewer players, immediate contribution is an easy tie breaker when thinking about rookies within a given tier. Don't overreact but every roster spot counts when the bench is thinner overall.

You will see some rookies whose perceived trade value based on the tier they are located in outweigh their actual rookie draft slot for 2020. This is a reflection of the strength of the players in this class and a reminder of how much more difficult it will become to acquire these players now that the NFL Draft is over.

I will leverage my top 200 dynasty board and give analysis along with tiers that will give a rough idea of player value. While every league and dynasty player will view a player’s value differently, it should represent a guide for dynasty players to work from as they think about their existing rosters, launching a rookie draft, or are beginning a startup dynasty draft.

Tier 1

1. Christian McCaffrey (RB1)

2. Saquon Barkley (RB2)

3. Michael Thomas (WR1)

4. Ezekiel Elliott (RB3)

5. Alvin Kamara (RB4)

6. Dalvin Cook (RB5)

No changes in this tier and dynasty players should have every expectation this group contributes elite level seasons to their rosters. For those who are rebuilding, the next two months becomes a prime spot to trade these assets as teams prioritize playoff runs over long-term roster construction. The price also stays the same with at least three random first-round picks being the initial cost (could take four or even five random first-round picks worth of value) to acquire one of these players.

Tier 2

7. Tyreek Hill (WR2)

8. D.J. Moore (WR3)

9. Nick Chubb (RB6)

10. JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR4)

11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB7)

12. Joe Mixon (RB8)

13. Miles Sanders (RB9)

14. Amari Cooper (WR5)

15. DK Metcalf (WR6)

16. Chris Godwin (WR7)

17. Jonathan Taylor (RB10)

18. A.J. Brown (WR8)

19. Davante Adams (WR9)

20. DeAndre Hopkins (WR10)

21. J.K. Dobbins (RB11)

22. Courtland Sutton (WR11)

23. D'Andre Swift (RB12)

24. Mike Evans (WR12)

25. Jerry Jeudy (WR13)

26. Josh Jacobs (RB13)

27. CeeDee Lamb (WR14)

The clear change from the last edition is the inclusion of Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The rookie benefits from the opt-out of Damien Williams and the obviously fruitful offensive situation. A top five fantasy finish this season is possible, especially if the rumors of DeAndre Washington getting meaningful playing time proves to be training camp chatter and nothing more. Payment is high with multiple first-round picks needed here, even with these top-end 2020 rookies, who are stronger than what we see in a typical draft class.

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