Dynasty Top 200 Rankings (Pre Nonexistent Preseason Edition)

Jul 04, 2020
Dynasty Top 200 Rankings (Pre Nonexistent Preseason Edition)

The recent announcement that the NFL is canceling the preseason is a blow to the dynasty format as it can represent a prime selling window for hyped prospects. We have seen it in the past with Zach Sudfeld and Raheem Mostert blowing up only to struggle in the upcoming seasons. How about Michael Bishop, the Kansas State quarterback who was drafted to be the next Patriots franchise quarterback a season prior to Tom Brady? Unfortunately, this will be a missed opportunity, but it could also depress the value of other youngsters who are targets of savvy dynasty players.

A key note here. 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)

Status quo here with only Dalvin Cook making much news lately. His contract squabble was briefly public but it does call into question his long-term value with free agency, or a franchise tag, looming in the near-term. 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. JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR3)

9. Nick Chubb (RB6)

10. Joe Mixon (RB7)

11. D.J. Moore (WR4)

12. Miles Sanders (RB8)

13. Amari Cooper (WR5)

14. Chris Godwin (WR6)

15. DK Metcalf (WR7)

16. Davante Adams (WR8)

17. Jonathan Taylor (RB9)

18. DeAndre Hopkins (WR9)

19. Mike Evans (WR10)

20. J.K. Dobbins (RB10)

21. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB11)

22. A.J. Brown (WR11)

23. Courtland Sutton (WR12)

24. D'Andre Swift (RB12)

25. Austin Ekeler (RB13)

26. Jerry Jeudy (WR13)

27. Josh Jacobs (RB14)

28. CeeDee Lamb (WR14)

Another tier that remains the same since the last update, it should be a clear indicator of the dropoff from the top as well as the depth that exists from the mid-first of startups to the mid-third. The mix of proven talent, rookies, and potential bounceback candidates (I believe strongly in a monster JuJu season) gives any strategy a pathway during the early rounds. 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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