So you're starting or playing in a dynasty league, eh?
Be warned: dynasty leagues are a different type of fantasy football animal.
You retain most or all of your players, so dynasty leagues require a commitment over several seasons.
Unlike redraft leagues, where you must get rid of an entire team next season (good for those who had bad teams this past season), you are stuck with your team in a dynasty league—for better or for worse—for years to come. So it better be competitive.
Unlike keeper leagues, where you can retain one or a few of your best players and start over with the rest of your roster, dynasty leagues require almost all of your entire roster carry over into the next season.
And since each fantasy dynasty team's rosters are typically deeper than redraft or keeper league team rosters, the challenge is heightened.
In principle, dynasty league drafts are not much different from redraft league drafts: you want the best available players according to their value.
The biggest difference is that, in a dynasty draft, when confronted with several players of similar value, you'll generally lean towards the player whom you think can produce the longest. After all, you're going to be holding on to players for years to come (barring trades) so why take a vet who only has a couple years left in the tank?
Important note: the following recommendations exclude older top players (e.g., Drew Brees, who will be entering his 12th season in 2012). This does NOT mean to avoid such older players during your draft.
It would be unwise to bypass a highly productive vet for an unproven youngster. Remember that many young players become busts. This list is simply to highlight who could be foundational players for you for many years to come.
So who are young players worth considering in dynasty league drafts?