It’s been a while since I’ve put something together from the Dynasty Den, and since the depression of the baseball season has somewhat passed, there’s no time like the present. I thought perhaps it might be better at this stage in the season to put something together that I did a couple times before the season opened. Many leagues have already had their free agency deadline anyway, so this seemed more appropriate. Obviously, there is quite a bit of movement given what has gone on in the three months since our last ranking. A lucky thirteen players dropped out, which of course means that 13 new guys have joined the list.
Just to recap the rules, this is a ranking of players strictly for this purpose of dynasty leagues. Taking into account only keeper/dynasty status, and a basic scoring system. We’ll count up from #50 to #1. The way it will work is that you would keep the #49 guy on the list over the #50 guy on the list, but not the #48 guy. You’d keep the #9 guy on the list over the #10 guy on the list, but not the #8 guy, etc. The #1 guy on the list is a player you would keep over any and everyone. A player’s ranking from the last posting (pre-season rannking) is listed in parenthesis. As is usually the case with these things, it’s subjective and many decisions should be based on your entire roster (among other factors).
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Falling off the list:
(50) WR Tai Streets, San Francisco – Opportunity was there this year, not seized.
(46) QB Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo – What the hell happened here?
(44) RB Charlie Garner, Oakland – Winds of change could be sweeping thru Oakland.
(43) RB Curtis Martin, NY Jets – Still getting it done, though can’t go on for much longer.
(42) QB Jeff Garcia, San Francisco – Tim Rattay Era begins?
(41) WR Jerry Porter, Oakland – A lost season for all Raiders.
(40) WR Koren Robinson, Seattle – Still not sure why so many people had him ranked so high in the preseason.
(38) TE Jeremy Shockey, NY Giants – Talks a good game, wasn’t very productive when healthy.
(32) WR Peerless Price, Atlanta – Disappointing season, yet had no QB to work with.
(30) WR Darrell Jackson, Seattle – Needs to quickly clear up the “dropsies”.
(29) RB Eddie George, Tennessee – Still mildly productive, but for how long.
(28) QB Rich Gannon, Oakland – Can no longer be counted on to be injury free. Raiders in disarray.
(19) WR David Boston, San Diego – What a terrible season he’s had.
A list of guys that many people thought would do well, but didn’t this season. They don’t make my top 50 at this time.
50 (45) TE Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City – An up and down season, mostly down, but now up.
49 (25) WR Laveranues Coles, Washington – If Wash ever gets itself straightened out, could move up this list.
48 (22) WR Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh – Not a good year, needs to rebound.
47 (21) RB Corey Dillon, Cincinnati – Not sure why I bother even having him on this list.
46 (unranked) TE Randy McMichael, Miami – Young and productive, a nice combination.
45 (unranked) WR Andre Johnson, Houston – Strong rookie season.
44 (unranked) RB Marcel Shipp, Arizona – Joao is the one laughing now.
43 (unranked) RB Anthony Thomas, Chicago – Many scoffed at him this season, though he’s still a risk.
42 (unranked) QB Tommy Maddox, Pittsburgh – Might not survive another bad year, but potential is still there.
41 (unranked) QB Kerry Collins, New York Giants – Steady and entrenched as the starter.
This seemed to be a good place to settle on for disappointments like Dillon, Burress, and Coles. All three have the potential for moving back up the list, but they could also move in the other direction. Plenty of newcomers join the list, welcome aboard!
40 (26) WR Donald Driver, Green Bay – Not his best season, but can have the big week.
39 (49) QB Chad Pennington, NY Jets – Has been productive when healthy.
38 (unranked) RB Domanick Davis, Houston – Came out of no where, could be the starter for years to come.
37 (34) QB Aaron Brooks, New Orleans – Not his best season, but still worthy of this spot in the order.
36 (18) RB William Green, Cleveland – If he could only stay on the field.
35 (unranked) QB Trent Green, Kansas City – Steady performer registering the occasional 300+ yard game.
34 (35) WR Joe Horn, New Orleans – So goes Brooks, so goes Horn.
33 (unranked) RB Michael Pittman, Tampa Bay – Look at the numbers, deserves to be here.
32 (23) WR Amani Toomer, NY Giants – Belongs here.
31 (39) WR Charles Rogers, Detroit – A bit of a gamble here, but future very bright.
A good mix of guys that are on the rise, and guys that are falling. Rogers checks in here despite missing most of the season due to injury, seemed like a logical place for him. Toomer, Horn, Driver and Pennington all have the potential to be better.
30 (unranked) QB Tom Brady, New England – Perhaps the home town bias shows in his ranking here.
29 (31) TE Todd Heap, Baltimore – Established as the top TE in the league.
28 (17) WR Eric Moulds, Buffalo – Suffering thru a bad season, but still good.
27 (48) RB Stephen Davis, Carolina – Proved he’s a workhorse.
26 (37)WR Chad Johnson, Cincinnati – Gets better every game.
25 (unranked) WR Santana Moss, NY Jets – With Pennington at the controls, he could move up much higher.
24 (27) WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh – Having a great season despite Pittsburgh’s struggles.
23 (16) QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia – If only he’d run a little more.
22 (33) RB Fred Taylor, Jacksonville – Getting it done on a bad team this year.
21 (unranked) QB Marc Bulger, St.Louis – One could argue for a higher ranking.
A couple of guys making high entries to the survey in Brady, Moss, and Bulger. You could argue for higher rankings for Moss and Bulger for sure. Heap moves into this grouping based on the other TEs falling by the wayside. Too bad Washington didn’t know how to use Stephen Davis, eh?
20 (36) RB Tiki Barber, NY Giants – Top ten if he could hold onto the ball.
19 (unranked) QB Steve McNair, Tennessee – Having an MVP season.
18 (11) RB Marshall Faulk, St.Louis – Can’t have this guy too far outside the top ten.
17 (10) RB Travis Henry, Buffalo – Quietly putting up the numbers, but the rookie lurks.
16 (9) WR Terrell Owens, San Francisco – Not his best season, but still one of the best.
15 (5) RB Edgerrin James, Indianapolis – An injury riddled campaign this year drops him down.
14 (24) QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis – Always performs at a high level.
13 (15) RB Jamal Lewis, Baltimore – Showing no signs of past injury.
12 (14) QB Duante Culpepper, Minnesota – Always a threat by air and by land.
11 (6) RB Duece McAllister, New Orleans – Hard to figure out where he belongs, some people love him, some don’t. I’m in the middle.
Getting into some very good players here, guys just on the outside of the top ten, yet guys you’d certainly love to have on your team. McNair has the highest debut ever, and I think it is well deserved. His numbers are outstanding this season. McAllister, James, Owens, and Henry fall out of the top ten. The competition is tough up there, they could be back.
10 (8) WR Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis – Surely he’s still a top ten keeper.
9 (7) RB Shawn Alexander, Seattle – A quiet season, he still belongs here.
8 (4) QB Michael Vick, Atlanta – Injury drops him down a few notches, but still a top ten keeper.
7 (3) RB Clinton Portis, Denver – Drops down a few notches, but you’d still be glad to own him.
6 (12) RB Priest Holmes, Kansas City – What injured hip?
5 (20) RB Ahman Green, Green Bay – Any questions about his production are long and buried this year.
4 (47) WR Torry Holt, St.Louis – Just a phenominal season.
3 (13) WR Randy Moss, Minnesota – This is a guy you don’t want to lose once you have him.
2 (2) RB Ricky Williams, Miami – Has proved he can carry the load, when Miami can get it going.
1 (1) RB LaDanian Tomlinson, San Diego – Really nothing has changed since the beginning of the season.
Creme de la creme here. Nothing has really changed at the very top. Tomlinson and Williams still rule the roost. Holt a huge climber due to his production this year as he and Moss are as good a pairing of WRs as you can get. What can you say about guys like Holmes and Ahman Green, they’ve just been dominant this season in putting any questions about their durability to rest. Vick remains in the top ten despite not playing a single down this year, he’s still a guy that I wouldn’t want to get rid of….except for seven other players…