Dynasty and keeper leagues require a slightly different mindset than standard leagues. You’re playing for keeps, long term. That said, it’s important to consider how many players you actually get to keep each year when assessing a players value when it comes time to make a cut, or when draft day rolls around.
If you only keep a few players, trying to stack your line-up with the future Adrian Petersons and Peyton Mannings, will kill your team. Just ask the fools who took Darren Mcfadden in the second (or even first) round of many keeper leagues two seasons ago. Or those that jumped on Michael Crabtree way too early last year.
It’s okay to hang on to older established players over those who offer promise somewhere down the road. You want to win this season too, right?
The rankings below are based a combination of long term potential combined with current day value for the 2010 season. The differences between the dynasty rankings and redraft (or standard) rankings are relatively minor. As an example, Brett Favre (assuming he doesn’t actually retire this year) ranks lower in a dynasty league. However, if you know for sure he has one more season left, that doesn’t mean his value isn’t greater than his rank. I’d take him over Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco as long as I have solid keeper depth elsewhere on my roster.
The key is balance.
The break between players at No. 7 denotes the prime cut-off for keeper picks. Unless you’re in a two QB league, or you keep a large number of players, only the first seven are solid keepers.
|1||Aaron Rodgers||GBP||26||Five years younger than Brees, and he runs too|
|2||Drew Brees||NOS||31||No reason he shouldn’t be in the top two again on ‘10|
|3||Matt Schaub||HOU||28||No running game, no Owen Daniels, no problem|
|4||Peyton Manning||IND||33||Expect a slight drop off from ‘09|
|5||Philip Rivers||SDG||28||He could end 2010 in the Top three|
|6||Tom Brady||NEP||32||Expect a slight improvement in ‘10, or more…|
|7||Tony Romo||DAL||29||Better than Brady and Rivers last season|
|8||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||28||Big Ben throwing the ball, and eluding tackles|
|9||Eli Manning||NYG||29||Not flashy, but good young receivers mean points|
|10||Matt Ryan||ATL||24||Rough sophomore year, but should rebound|
|11||Joe Flacco||BAL||25||Needs weapons, but has the cannon|
|12||Alex Smith||SFO||25||Averaged Two TDs a game as starter. Sleeper/keeper|
|13||Jay Cutler||CHI||26||A rebound season is in store with right team moves|
|14||Brett Favre||MIN||40||Will he or won’t he? One great year left if he plays|
|15||Donovan McNabb||PHI||34||Not a 4,000 yard thrower, but still a solid option|
|16||Matt Cassell||KCC||27||Expect a better & healthier season in 2010|
|17||Matthew Stafford||DET||22||If he can stay healthy, he can do big things in ‘10|
|18||Carson Palmer||CIN||30||He has to be better than last year…right?|
|19||Matt Hasselbeck||SEA||34||If only he could stay healthy…dream a little dream|
|20||Matt Lienhert||ARI||26||He has the tools, he has the skills, can they collide?|
|21||Matt Moore||CAR||25||High upside, Steve Smith, nice sleeper QB|
|22||Jason Campbell||WAS||28||Better things to come under Shanahan, if he stays|
|23||Kyle Orton||DEN||27||If he loses Brandon Marshall… Ouch|
|24||David Garrard||JAX||32||If he isn’t pushed out he’s a decent No. 2 QB option|
|25||Mark Sanchez||NYJ||23||Very raw, INT prone, on a run first team|
|26||Chad Henne||MIA||24||More poise than Sanchez, but fewer tools|
|27||Josh Freeman||TBB||22||If he keeps the job he could surprise on a bad team|
|28||Vince Young||TEN||26||He’ll need more than 156 passing yards per game|
|29||Brady Quinn||CLE||25||Somewhere over the Cuyahoga promise lives…|
|30||Trent Edwards||BUF||26||Let’s see what Chan Gailey does with him|
|31||Marc Bulger||STL||32||Will likely be gone by training camp|
|32||JaMarcus Russell||OAK||5||There is no team in I, says Russell, and the fans cry|