2023 Dynasty Fantasy Football Update: New Dynasty Rankings with the NFL Rookies

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2023 Dynasty Fantasy Football Update: New Dynasty Rankings with the NFL Rookies

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With the 2023 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, it’s time to update our PPR rankings to include the shiny new rookies. Here are our updated 1QB dynasty fantasy football rankings (considering PPR scoring) with the assumption it’s not a league that would allow you to add any individual players off NFL defenses. Keep in mind, we have all the tools you need for trade analysis, drafting help, and more for the 2023 season at dynastyleaguefootball dot com.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings: Dynasty Post-NFL Draft 1QB Rankings

24. Stefon Diggs, WR BUF

It’s tough to find many players more consistent than Diggs, who quickly turned into Josh Allen’s best target and bona fide WR1 in dynasty leagues. It’s crazy to think, but this upcoming year will be his ninth in the league. At 29 years old, it’s fair to wonder how many great years he has left. Still, he should be considered a solid pick late in Round 2.

23. Jahmyr Gibbs. RB DET

The trade of D’Andre Swift to the Eagles leaves the door open for Gibbs to shine this upcoming season. While he’s still going to need to compete with David Montgomery for touches, he looks explosive and should emerge as a top running back quickly in dynasty leagues.

22. Davante Adams, WR LV

The only challenge with Adams in a dynasty league is his age. After a 100/1,516/14 season, it’s clear Adams doesn’t need Aaron Rodgers to be a fantasy force. Still, he’ll be 31 years old this season, which is a concern.

21. Drake London, WR ATL

London was solid as a rookie last season in Atlanta, despite some of the worst quarterback play in the league. If you choose to go WR-WR with your first two picks in a start-up draft, London is a solid target here in Round 2.

20. Austin Ekeler, RB LAC

Much like Adams, Ekeler was a one-man wrecking crew last year for the Chargers with 915 rushing yards, 107 catches, 722 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. Ekeler is another solid target for a contending team, but he’s also a second-rounder in a start-up since he’s 28 years old.

19. Kenneth Walker III, RB SEA

There are questions about Walker’s future with the addition of Zach Charbonnet. But dynasty managers who get him this late in Round 2 could be rewarded handsomely if he holds Charbonnet off and retains his role as a three-down workhorse. 

18. DeVonta Smith, WR PHI

Everyone loves AJ Brown (and they should). However, the “Slim Reaper” put together a great season featuring a 95/1,196/7 line. He also had seven catches for 100 yards in the Super Bowl. As Jalen Hurts continues to improve, expect even bigger things from Smith moving forward.

17. DK Metcalf, WR SEA

There were huge questions about Metcalf last season with Geno Smith at the helm for Seattle. He answered the bell and should be even better this season now that Smith is acclimated to the offense. Metcalf looks like a solid bargain in the second round.

16. Travis Etienne, RB JAX

When the Jags moved on from James Robinson, Etienne hit the ground running. Jacksonville’s offense is improving under new leadership, and Etienne looks like a solid building block for a dynasty team. This is especially true if you take an elite receiver in Round 1.

15. Chris Olave, WR NO

The former first-round pick of the Saints was a fantasy beast last season. He averaged 13.2 points per game as a rookie and should improve his output this season with Derek Carr at the helm. At this point next year, he could be in line for Round 1 consideration.

14. Saquon Barkley, RB NYG

Once the single greatest asset in the game, Barkley finally rounded back into form after injuries had set him back. With a career-high 1,312 rushing yards and 57 catches, there aren’t many running backs in dynasty leagues with the combination of youth and upside Barkley possesses.

13. Christian McCaffrey, RB SF

There are few players who can put up the kind of fantasy points McCaffery can. In fact, there may be no single player more capable of winning your league year in and year out. Now in his second year with the 49ers, expect him to put up massive fantasy points. After all his yards per touch will likely increase as he becomes more comfortable in the offense. He could be the top overall player, yet again, this upcoming season if healthy. The only challenge here is the combination of his age and injury history.

12. Tyreek Hill, WR MIA

A huge target share number and unquestioned receiving role keep Hill in the top 12 – despite his age starting to climb. The Dolphins added Devon Achane to pair with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, and that should keep defenses a little more honest, as well. Hill has mentioned his desire to retire after a few more seasons, but it’s hard to pass on him late in Round 1. Simply put, he’s a stud.

11. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR DET

Some believed the drafting of Jameson Williams in Detroit was going to slow the progress of St. Brown. Well, that clearly hasn’t been the case thus far, as he’s turned into a true alpha at the position and one of the best players to have in a dynasty league, regardless of format.

10. Tee Higgins, WR CIN

Ja’Marr Chase steals most of the headlines, but anyone who plays in a dynasty league knows just what Higgins can provide. He’s extraordinarily consistent and would be an absolute target hog later in his career if the Bengals can’t afford to keep both of their star receivers.

9. Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ

After a fantastic rookie year, Wilson has moved all the way up to the WR7 in our rankings and looks more like a WR1 than a WR2. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm for year two, the upside for Wilson is sky-high and that keeps him ahead of a whole host of WRs and most RBs in our rankings. Wilson has a chance to really emerge with better quarterback play.

8. Jonathan Taylor, RB IND

One of the bigger disappointments last season, Taylor has dropped from consideration at the top spot in most leagues. Still, we’ve seen him dominate before, and he should be the focal point of the offense. This feels especially true with a rookie quarterback needing to be protected. All things considered, he has a solid runway to improve.

7. Jaylen Waddle, WR MIA

Many believed Waddle would regress with Tyreek Hill on the roster. Well, that didn’t happen as he posted a 75/1,356/8 season and saw his yards per catch nearly double. You can make a case for a few more dynasty receivers to be taken ahead of him but not many considering his age and skill set.

6. Breece Hall, RB NYJ

His torn ACL was a massive disappointment in dynasty leagues last season, but we saw enough from Hall to know he’s a legit star talent. He may be eased back in a little this season and that might give someone some pause when it comes to drafting him this high. Still, it’s justifiable as he looks the part of a star young running back.

5. Bijan Robinson, RB ATL

When you look at post-draft dynasty rankings, Bijan is squarely in the Round 1 conversation. He has clear RB1 upside and is at the top of our rookie rankings this year, regardless of format. Bijan has an immediate opportunity to be a dominant player with a floor being that of a RB2. The Falcons are going to use him in a variety of ways, and he looks like the next big thing at running back.

4. CeeDee Lamb, WR DAL

Lamb really put it all together last season with a 107/1,359/9 year, establishing himself as a dynasty building block. With TE Dalton Schultz leaving, that leaves even more targets for him. We should see WR1 numbers for years to come. 

3. AJ Brown, WR PHI

After teaming up with Jalen Hurts and dominating last year, Brown is now our overall WR3. With Hurts taking such huge strides, he’s a great one to build around. The Eagles look to be a force for the foreseeable future, and Brown is going to be right in the middle of it.

2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR CIN

You can debate Chase and Justin Jefferson all day long, but you really can’t go wrong with either of them. After averaging more than 80 catches, 1,200 yards, and double-digit touchdowns in his first two seasons, Chase is clearly in consideration at the top of any draft. With Joe Burrow likely getting locked into a long-term deal soon, this looks to be the best Bengals duo since the heyday of Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson.

1. Justin Jefferson, WR MIN

With rankings now updated after the draft, Jefferson still comes in as our WR1 and is our highest-ranked position player. With an unreal 128/1,809/8 season last year, he’s solidified himself as one of the best dynasty players to build around, regardless of fantasy format.

Just Missed

There are several quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends who just missed the cut this year. The third round consists of Deebo Samuel, Josh Jacobs, Cooper Kupp, Patrick Mahomes, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Kyle Pitts, Chris Godwin, Michael Pittman, Nick Chubb, and Tony Pollard.

Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings Explained

2023 Dynasty Rankings Methodology

It’s important to understand the relative shelf life of different positions when it comes to evaluating players. In rookie drafts, it’s not nearly as important, as you should be able to get at least six or seven seasons from virtually any player you draft, regardless of position.

Running backs are always going to be the riskiest picks, as they tend to have shorter careers. In a start-up draft, you don’t want to spend first or second-round draft capital on an aging running back, despite how productive they may be. In Superflex or 2QB leagues, quarterbacks are going to come with a serious premium, as well. In short, you need to balance youth and talent and build a team in a strategic fashion. This means knowing wide receivers and quarterbacks are likely going to have longer careers but carry more volatility from week to week.

How to Draft a Team and Dominate Your Dynasty Fantasy Football League

You need to have a clear-cut plan of attack and strategy prior to the start of your draft. Are you wanting to compete right away? Are you wanting to build for the future? Which players fit within different tiers? These are all questions you should have answered prior to your draft.

Dynasty Football Rankings Resources: 2023 Dynasty League Season

For a complete list of all the Dynasty Rankings by position, check out our sister site Dynasty League Football’s extensive resources for dynasty content and rankings:

2023 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings FAQ 

What is the difference between Dynasty Rankings and Superflex Dynasty League Rankings?

Dynasty rankings consist of a list of the top players who are expected to make an impact in the NFL for the upcoming season and for future seasons. These rankings are crucial for fantasy football players in traditional dynasty leagues, as they help determine the best players to add to their roster for long-term success.

The main difference between the two is Superflex rankings include an additional premium on the quarterback position, as the Superflex format allows for the starting of a second quarterback in the lineup. In Superflex Rankings, the players’ value as potential quarterback starters is taken into account. Whereas in traditional Dynasty Rankings, the rankings are primarily based on the players’ long-term value and contribution to a dynasty fantasy football team.

In short, quarterbacks are going to be valued more in superflex leagues, as there are fewer in the league. They also score points on a more consistent basis, making them the premier players to have in leagues.

Why are quarterbacks and wide receivers often at the top of Dynasty Player Rankings?

Quarterbacks and wide receivers are often at the top of dynasty rankings because they are key positions in fantasy football. Quarterbacks are the most valuable players on the field, as they control the offense and have the ability to rack up points through passing touchdowns. Wide receivers are also valuable, as they can make big plays and score touchdowns. Both positions also have a longer career arc than running backs.

How important are quarterback rankings in building a successful dynasty football team?

Quarterbacks are very important in building a successful fantasy football team, especially in Superflex formats. By focusing on the top signal callers, you’ll be able to build a strong foundation of talent that will bring you long-term success, as they essentially get guaranteed points each week and are in limited supply.

This is especially important in dynasty leagues, where you’re looking to build a team for the future and not just the current season. In a traditional format, however, they are not nearly as valuable because there isn’t such a supply and demand issue.

Author: Ken Kelly

Ken Kelly is a corporate trainer by day an a tireless editor of dynasty content by night. His passion for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks is second only to his love of fantasy football and the dynasty format. Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK