2016 Dynasty Football Rankings
Updated Tuesday, May 31, 2016Our Dynasty rankings are predicated on a five 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. we factor individual talent, supporting cast, system, injury history/character concerns, and perceived value in the eyes of Dynasty players.
1. Todd Gurley, RB, LAR - Age 22
The lack of a passing game ultimately hurts him in LA. No passing attack means stalled drives, three and outs and falling behind early. He can only get better as (if?) the Rams improve offensively.
2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL (R) - Age 21
If Darren McFadden can succeed behind Dallas' offensive line, imagine what a stud RB can do? Sky is the limit for this rookie.
3. Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - Age 25
One bong hit away from some serious consequences. Otherworldly talent when on the field in a high-octane offense.
4. David Johnson, RB, ARI - Age 25
Arizona seemed timid in taking the reins off. He has a legit shot to be 2016's top Fantasy back given his big-play potential and PPR credentials.
5. Lamar Miller, RB, HOU - Age 25
Fantasy owners complaining about Miller's lack of touches in Miami need no longer worry. We're going to see what kind of workload he can handle while in Houston.
6. Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL - Age 24
Skeptics are still out there. Averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Buoyed by PPR totals and his nose for the goal-line.
7. Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA - Age 23
In limited action, Rawls can look like the real deal but it's important to remember we still lack a full season on his resume.
8. Doug Martin, RB, TB - Age 28
Exceeded expectations in 2015 and then some. Steady production will be better appreciated this year.
9. Eddie Lacy, RB, GB - Age 26
If a guy can do it once, he can do it again. Look for Lacy to lose that water weight and get back on track.
10. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Age 31
A big season puts him inside the top 10 of all time rushing leaders. Under contract through the 2017 season.
11. Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Age 27
Looked great on the field last year and boosted his numbers by catching 50 passes, yet only played in 12 games. Only one 16-game season in his five year career.
12. Carlos Hyde, RB, SF - Age 25
A bit under the radar due to San Francisco's decline and the injury that hit him last season. Very little serious competition for touches.
13. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC - Age 30
Aged 29 and coming off another serious ACL injury. Value and ranking likely fluctuates wildly among Fantasy owners.
14. C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN - Age 26
Don't get it twisted. Anderson is better than Ronnie Hillman. The money doesn't lie! Good buy low candidate.
15. DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN - Age 29
Even with the addition of Derrick Henry, the Titans want to be a run-first team. Look for a rebound season from Murray in the short-term.
16. T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAX - Age 23
Chris Ivory is the 2 in Jacksonville's 1-2 punch. Yeldon still has plenty of value as 15 to 18 touch contributor with PPR upside.
17. Derrick Henry, RB, TEN (R) - Age 22
Will begin his career as the No. 2 back. Could really punish tired defenses in the second half given his size-speed-strength.
18. LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF - Age 28
If promised 16 games, McCoy can be a top 5 Fantasy back. He can still produce and catches enough passes to churn out above-average yardage totals. Will be 28 this summer.
19. Latavius Murray, RB, OAK - Age 27
Too reliant on the big play that never seems to come. 4.0 ypc average last season is worrisome. Raiders may eventually look to reduce his role to a change of pace long-term.
20. Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL (R) - Age 23
Very productive college career, yet he may need to wait for Justin Forsett to step aside until he truly blossoms.
21. Dion Lewis, RB, NE - Age 26
Before his ACL injury, Lewis was catching 5 passes per game. Add in a few runs and an active offense led by Tom Brady and Lewis is a PPR stud.
22. Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN - Age 25
Pretty much a lock to post 60 to 70 total yards and a handful of catches every week. 2016 is a contract year.
23. Melvin Gordon, RB, SD - Age 23
His rookie season was underwhelming and then some. He didn't even score a touchdown. Improvements must come or he'll be a flex play at best in any given week.
24. Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET - Age 23
The hype didn't come to fruition, yet Abdullah had a few nice moments. The Lions must improve the line to give their backs a chance to flourish
25. Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN - Age 24
2015 was a disconcerting step back for Hill. His yardage fell off a cliff and ball security became an issue. Touchdowns ultimately saved his Fantasy scoring week to week. May be best to get out now.