I’ve spoken in the past about the concept of fantasy value versus dynasty value. The former is fairly straightforward – players that score more points have more fantasy value, regardless of any extraneous factor (i.e. age). The latter is essentially “user based,” with the value being determined in a more artificial sense. In other words, if the vast majority of owners rate a player highly, that’s what he’s worth, regardless of what he’s done between the white lines.
Now, of course, there are numerous examples of players who possess both types of value. Young studs have the best of both worlds – they’re winning you games right now with their play, while owners simultaneously fantasize about the same thing happening for years to come. Even older “veterans” at the apex of their game, a la Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, remain highly regarded. Once you hit a certain, age-related point, however, there’s nowhere to go but down (Larry Fitzgerald says hi!) and that’s fine, because these players are still scoring you points and doing so at a discount. They may have dwindling dynasty value, but they’re producing where it matters, rendering them as a very useful and cost-effective class of players.
But it’s opposite of this scenario that confounds me the most. I’m talking about the guys who’ve done little to nothing on the field, yet are still thought of a lot more highly than their productive counterparts. I’m talking about the Dynasty All-Hype Team.
Listed below are players who, according to the most recent January ADP, still carry quite a bit of value in the minds of dynasty owners, regardless of their lack of NFL production. I’ll provide a brief synopsis of each, along with listing some players I’d rather own at the price points. Please note, however, that I won’t be including any rookies in this exercise – I’m well aware how talented freshmen are valued, and it’s no surprise if they don’t produce early on.
With that in hand, let’s reveal our overrated all-stars!
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