2014 Dynasty League Rankings
Updated Tuesday, August 5, 2014My Dynasty rankings are predicated on a three year window. To project six seasons long term is unrealistic and not feasible considering the flux of free agency and the injury impact of the NFL. Along with different Dynasty league formatting. I factor individual talent, supporting cast, system, injury history/character concerns, and perceived value in the eyes of Dynasty players.
1. Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
Can he repeat his monster 2013? He's probably the back of choice if you're locked into win now mode. If you're thinking long term, he's not the best option. This is the peak of his career. His performance and market value will only drop from here on out.
2. LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF - Age 27
Probably the best compromise between instant production and long term staying power. He's not young anymore, but should still be a rock in your lineup for the next few years.
3. Doug Martin, RB, TB - Age 26
I look for him to bounce back after an injury-plagued 2013 season. He should have several seasons of top 10 production left.
4. Eddie Lacy, RB, GB - Age 24
He's not a world beater, but he's a solid back locked into a great situation. Barring injury, expect more of the same for the next couple years. He's nowhere near the fourth best back in the NFL, but this is FF.
5. Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN - Age 23
He's a good player who should be around for a long time. The problem with Gio is that he's not a true three down back and the selection of Jeremy Hill puts a low cap on his ceiling for the foreseeable future. He gets a + for longevity, but he's not going to score difference-maker points for you.
6. Trent Richardson, RB, OAK - Age 24
He was awful last season. How much of that was him and how much was the situation? I think he's a good back who will have a Marshawn Lynch/Thomas Jones kind of career. There is more risk than with many of the alternatives, but also more upside since he's just 23 years old.
7. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Age 30
The best pure runner of the last five years, but he's getting old and has never been a great pass catcher for PPR leagues. He offers a lot of value for contenders, but is a depreciating asset on the backslope of his prime.
8. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA - Age 29
A very similar proposition to guys like Peterson and Forte. He's a good player, but the clock is ticking on his career. With the hold out and threats of retirement, there's more volatility here than you'd think.
9. Matt Forte, RB, CHI - Age 29
Very good, but very old. His value is on the decline. He only fits contenders because he won't be around long enough to help rebuilders. If you need instant points and you don't care about tomorrow, he's a solid choice.
10. C.J. Spiller, RB, NO - Age 27
One of the most dynamic runners in the NFL, but his FF production to date usually hasn't matched his talent level.
11. Christine Michael, RB, SEA - Age 24
Dynamite talent. The question with him is durability. He had a lot of injuries in college and might not be able to handle the workload in the NFL. If he stays healthy, look out.
12. Carlos Hyde, RB, SF (R) - Age 23
He's an Eddie Lacy type of talent who landed in a great situation. It's just a matter of time until they hand him the keys to the car.
13. Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - Age 22
High volume masked his mediocre efficiency in 2013 and made his season look better than it really was. He needs to improve or face risk of replacement in the near future. Personally, I am only lukewarm on his ability.
14. Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI - Age 27
Faces some situational uncertainty with Woodhead and Brown lurking to take touches, but nevertheless a solid RB2 with some tread left on the tires.
15. DeMarco Murray, RB, PHI - Age 27
He's really good when he's healthy. Unfortunately, he seems to get injured every season. That makes it very hard to rely on him as anything more than a RB2.
16. Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Age 26
He has been excellent running the ball the last two seasons, but he doesn't catch passes. Without the receptions his ceiling is modest.
17. Arian Foster, RB, HOU - Age 28
Struggled with injuries last season and is no longer young, but could be in line for a bounce back season and offers good value for teams seeking instant impact.
18. Toby Gerhart, RB, JAX - Age 28
Will be given the opportunity to become an every-down back. Expectations are modest, but there's little preventing him from top 10-12 ppg numbers given his ability as both a rusher and receiver. He could give you two years of really solid production and is a cheap alternative to the likes of Lynch and Forte.
19. Montee Ball, RB, DEN - Age 24
I think he's just an average back, but it might not matter in the same offense that turned Knowshon Moreno into fantasy gold. Sell high if he has a breakout season and be sure to add CJ Anderson late for insurance.
20. Reggie Bush, RB, SF - Age 30
A short-term RB2 who can amass solid numbers in PPR leagues. He's a bit fragile and there's not much of his prime left.
21. Zac Stacy, RB, NYJ - Age 24
Had a decent rookie year on a terrible team, but now faces a challenge from Mason. If he can keep the job, he'll be a steal at this price. That's no guarantee though.
22. Andre Ellington, RB, ARI - Age 26
Undersized for a three down back, but he was sensational last season and the Cardinals seem to think he can become the full-time starter. There's upside, but also some risk here. Is he the next Jamaal Charles or just a glorified change of pace back?
23. Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN (R) - Age 22
Much like Ball, I'm not sold that he's anything besides a middle-of-the-road NFL talent. However, he should be the starter from day one and could be valued as a top 10 dynasty back a year from now if he has a decent season.
24. Bernard Pierce, RB, JAX - Age 24
Showed flashes of talent as a rookie, but regressed as a sophomore behind a terrible line. Pierce is brittle, but has potential starter ability and will get a brief audition with Rice suspended.
25. Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Age 25
Thrived last season when given consistent work, with an impressive 6.8 YPC in all games of 10+ carries (including playoffs). Ingram will benefit from a change of scenery after this season and could potentially revive his career ala Cedric Benson.