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Once the NFL Draft draws to a close, the vacation for dynasty-league owners typically comes to an end. For the new dynasty player, startups are around the corner. For those owners already committed to at least one dynasty league, rookie drafts tend to fill the dog days before training camp.
Dynasty leagues are intriguing for the simple fact that, unlike redraft leagues, long-term potential often outweighs current production in a lot of owners' minds. Whereas redraft leagues' primary mindset is what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, dynasty owners typically embrace more of a what-can-you-do-for-me long-term approach.
In the offseason, potential takes on a much more significant part of dynasty rankings than usual. With the exception of a few post-June 1 additions and perhaps a surprise signing or release near the end of the preseason, all 32 teams pretty much have concluded their offseason facelifts. Free agency reshuffles the deck every year and can allow a second-string player to emerge as the more established veteran either chases a bigger paycheck, a Super Bowl ring or both. The draft introduces a number of new variables into the fantasy equation, but can also knock a few of the veterans near the bottom of the rankings off the charts completely.
These rankings are for PPR leagues, where each touchdown is worth six points. I will release my next set of rankings at the end of the preseason and then update those rankings 2-3 times during the regular season as well.
Two final considerations going forward:
1) I will judge running backs based on the next 2-3 years
2) At every other position, I will take more of a four-year viewpoint.