The fantasy season is halfway over, and some coaches are already looking forward to next season. With that in mind, we begin a series of articles that take a look at what a startup dynasty league draft could look like next fall.
While many of the same players are still towards the top, we’ve seen some new stars clearly emerge and some others clearly decline.
This is essentially a one-man mock draft created for a PPR dynasty league; don’t get too caught up into what a team in an assigned slot would end up looking like.
With that in mind, let’s take a look into the future with the first three rounds!
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
It’s tough to knock AD off the block in most leagues as he’s simply as consistent as they come. The correction of his fumbling issues this year takes the only worrisome issue away. The Vikings will continue to rely on him for at least the next four or five seasons.
2. Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
A bit of a letdown had to be expected, but there really isn’t a more explosive running back in the league.
3. Ray Rice, RB, BAL
He’s in the midst of a disappointing season, but Willis McGahee won’t always be around to steal those touchdowns. He’s still getting the yardage and will likely reclaim goal line duties next season when McGahee finds work elsewhere.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX
MJD is also having a bit of a down year, but he’s still one of the few featured backs in the league. He’s shown an element of consistency you have to respect.
5. Arian Foster, RB, HOU
Yep, he’s that good. In fact, it’s quite possible he leapfrogs over MJD if he continues along the same path he’s on right now. He leads the NFL in rushing, yards from scrimmage, touchdowns and 100-yard games. He’s legit here folks.
6. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
After years of disappointment, Johnson has finally put it all together this season. His talent, youth and raw ability make him the first receiver off the board.
7. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
He’s not flashy, but there’s something to be said about being the workhorse on a perennially good team.
8. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
If Thomas Jones wasn’t in Kansas City, it’s possible Charles would be in the Top Five. There are lingering questions about his future workload, but no questions about his ability. Some even say he’s more talented than Chris Johnson. It’s a bold statement, but it could be the truth.
9. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Johnson is the best receiver in the game. He’s the best fantasy receiver in the game as well. Problem is, he’s getting a little older, and it’s going to be tough to take him with a team’s initial pick in a dynasty league.
10. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
Wow, where did this come from? McFadden has teased owners with flashes of ability, but this year has shown us he can be an elite fantasy back.
11. LeSean McCoy, RB PHI
McCoy is a notch below the backs ahead of him, but he looks to be a solid choice for years to come. He’d be a nice pickup late in Round 1.
12. Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
The 22-year-old Nicks is on pace for 1,306 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Any questions?
13. Frank Gore, RB, SF
Gore is likely going to be more productive than a few backs ahead of him on this list for the next couple of years, but in a dynasty league, the tread on his tires drops him down a few notches.
14. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
You could make a case for A-Rod in Round 1 if you so desired. Even with a depleted group of playmakers around him, he’s an elite signal caller in fantasy. You could build around him for a decade.
15. Roddy White, WR, ATL
We knew White was good, but this is getting ridiculous. He’s on pace for 1,660 yards and 12 scores. With a young Matt Ryan growing up fast, White looks like a great option for the next decade.
16. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
His talent rivals anyone on this list, but lingering questions about the quarterback position in Arizona knock him down almost a full round.
17. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
He’s taken full advantage of his opportunity this year and is a Top 10 player in most leagues. He’d be a great No. 2 RB for a dynasty team.
18. Jahvid Best, RB DET
He’s shown some flashes of greatness, but a lingering toe injury has clouded his true ability this season. Is he the next great thing or just the next great injury risk?
19. Philip Rivers, QB, SD
You have to respect the job Rivers is doing this season. His receiving corps makes the Packers look like a team full of Jerry Rice's. When you can still put up monster numbers throwing to Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu, you’re pretty good.
20. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
The concussion issues (two in two years) are serious but so is his speed. He gets behind defenders better than anyone in football. If Vick resigns in Philly, the sky’s the limit.
21. Michael Turner, RB, ATL
His age and workload knock him down a few spots in a dynasty league. He’s a great asset for a competitive team, but not someone to build around for the future.
22. Steven Jackson, RB, STL
See Turner, Michael
23. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Death. Taxes. Manning to Wayne.
24. Brandon Marshall, WR MIA
His quarterbacks are killing him right now; so it’s tough to put him much higher on the list. It’s probably going to be a couple of years before Marshall hits the 100-catch, 10-TD plateau again.
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