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.
26. Bryce Brown, RB, BUF - Age 23
He could take over the Fred Jackson role immediately and become the starter in 2015 if Spiller walks in free agency. Given that he costs a lot less than where I have him ranked, I think he's a strong buy right now.
27. Tre Mason, RB, STL - Age 21
A good, but not great prospect. He should get on the field in some capacity as a rookie and could eventually push Stacy aside.
28. Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN - Age 22
He offers some value as a RB2/RB3 in deep mandatory start 2 RB leagues, but his upside in other formats is capped due to the presence of Bernard. Without catching passes or getting the full workload, his ceiling for the next few years is probably along the lines of Alred Morris or Stevan Ridley. And that's IF he pans out.
29. Terrance West, RB, CLE - Age 24
A north-south power back with a little bit of speed and quickness. I think he has the potential to beat out Ben Tate. Given how injury-prone Tate has been, it might not matter.
30. Shane Vereen, RB, NYG - Age 26
Should have some utility this season in PPR formats, but doesn't run the ball enough to have top value and seems unlikely to emerge elsewhere as an unquestioned workhorse back if the Pats let him go.
31. Ray Rice, RB, FA - Age 28
He was one of the best and most reliable backs in the game for a time, but he hit a major wall last season. If he can get back to his old level then he's a steal here, but that's not a certainty.
32. Stevan Ridley, RB, NYJ - Age 26
He's the best runner on the team, but Vereen will vulture a lot of the passing looks. You have to hope that Ridley lands elsewhere as the starter once his deal is up in NE, but if that happens then he still might find himself mired in a committee due to his lack of receiving ability.
33. Ben Tate, RB, FA - Age 26
Overrated and can't stay on the field. The presence of West really impacts Tate's dynasty value, as he might always be looking over his shoulder and/or splitting carries.
34. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - Age 28
One of the most frustrating backs in the game. He has the talent to be ranked much higher than this, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy lately and DeAngelo Williams won't go away. I like Stewart as an end of the bench flyer, but you can't put your team in a position to rely on him.
35. Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN - Age 22
Explosive rookie has some tweener qualities, but could develop into a dangerous weapon and eventually become the replacement for Peterson.
36. Andre Williams, RB, NYG - Age 22
Might be the best running back in New York's crowded stable of ugly ducklings. An underrated athlete with deceptive home run speed, but inconsistent between the tackles, invisible as a receiver, and injury-prone. Somewhere between Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs.
37. Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL - Age 23
Most likely just a committee back in the long term, but could have a bigger role than expected in 2014 with Steven Jackson as his only competition, so don't be surprised if his value rises this season.
38. Pierre Thomas, RB, FA - Age 30
A good all-around back, but he's getting old and he doesn't really get the ball enough to be more than a RB2/RB3. A nice short-term depth play. Nothing more.
39. Danny Woodhead, RB, SD - Age 30
Receiving ability gives him RB2/RB3 value. Low ceiling and prone to bad weeks due to lack of consistent carries.
40. Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ - Age 29
Great career. How much does he have left? The Jets aren't very good and Johnson has lost a step, so I'm not expecting much.
41. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG - Age 30
An ordinary player with little job security, but he might be able to hold it down for a year and if that happens then he'll have decent value as a stopgap option.
42. Steven Jackson, RB, FA - Age 31
Can he plod his way to one last useful season? He's running on fumes at this point after a great career, but the situation is still favorable.
43. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, FA - Age 30
Another past great in the twilight of his career. I think he's the best back on the team, but it remains to be seen if there's anything left in his legs. All you can realistically hope for is one season of serviceable RB depth.
44. Joique Bell, RB, DET - Age 28
The thunder to Reggie Bush's lightning had a career year last season and only offers depth value in most formats.
45. Lache Seastrunk, RB, TEN - Age 23
An exciting prospect whose athletic ability and production are more impressive than his 6th round NFL draft slot. He could be a nice stash for the future and offers a high ceiling at a low cost. As long as you don't overpay, he's a nice boom-or-bust investment.
46. Knowshon Moreno, RB, FA - Age 27
The definition of average. Now that he's removed from the friendly Denver confines, I wouldn't expect much at all.
47. Darren McFadden, RB, DAL - Age 27
A limited runner with no durability, but the situation is open enough that he could have some useful games this season.
48. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA - Age 23
Did not capitalize on his opportunity last season and appears destined for irrelevance.
49. Charles Sims, RB, TB - Age 24
I'm not a fan of his game and don't expect him to beat out Martin, but he was a high pick by the new regime and may get a chance at some point.
50. LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE - Age 28
Could be a sneaky late value play if Bell struggles to run the ball again. Unlikely to become the outright starter, but could carve out a bigger role than expected.