This article is a continuation of our Standard Dynasty Rankings Series that takes us through our full top 100 rankings.
We’ve gone through the single digits and advanced past the teens. According to first-grade level math, we must be in the 20s. Let’s recap: Ten running backs and ten receivers are already gone. Today, we’ll run into our first tight end (no quarterbacks yet).
This set of ten is dominated by pass catchers. We’ve got seven WRs, only two RBs, and of course, one TE. Here we go, let’s get into 21-30 of our Standard Dynasty rankings!
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21) Christian McCaffrey, RB CAR | 2017 Finish: RB 15 | Age: 22
Silky smooth cuts, soft hands, and electric athleticism. I really like Christian McCaffrey. Standard scoring doesn’t help him like it does for most RBs, but it doesn’t necessarily hurt him either. McCaffrey has already made his mark as a receiver but I’m looking for him to become the runner I know he can be in 2018. This kid’s already one of the most exciting players in all of football. Give me CMC here every time.
22) Tyreek Hill, WR KC | 2017 Finish: WR 4 | Age: 24
We talked about McCaffrey being exciting, but he doesn’t really compare to this man. Tyreek Hill is the king of big plays. As a 24-year-old coming off a top-five season, he’s somebody I’ll be watching closely this year. Hill was brushed off by some (including me) after an impressive rookie year because he relied so heavily on the explosive play. But after he did it for the second year in a row, we have to start recognizing that he’s just an exceptional talent.
23) Devonta Freeman, RB ATL | 2017 Finish: RB 13 | Age: 26
If Devonta Freeman’s RB13 year isn’t extremely encouraging, I understand. He had the lowest amount of rushing and receiving yards since his rookie season, where he had less than 100 touches. Being a high RB2 isn’t bad, but for a player of his caliber, we’re expecting top ten finishes. I believe he has a few more of those to come. Will it be in 2018? Perhaps not. You know why? Tevin Coleman. Once he’s out of Atlanta next season, we should see Freeman truly start to dominate again.
24) Travis Kelce, TE KC | 2017 Finish: TE 2 | Age: 28
We’ve finally got someone other than an RB or WR. Amazingly, this is the first tight end, but already, the third Kansas City Chief. It’s safe to say that Patrick Mahomes has some weapons to work with. Back to Kelce, he’s clearly the best TE in dynasty if you’re asking me. He still has a few prime years left and looks like he’ll make the most of them. Look for Kelce to put up another 1,000-yard season and once again push for eight touchdowns.
25) Allen Robinson, WR CHI | 2017 Finish: Injury | Age: 24
If not for the injury concerns with Allen Robinson, he would have no problem securing a higher spot on this list. But unfortunately, his lack of dependability has to be considered. ARob played two fully healthy seasons in 2015 and 2016. In total, he gathered over 2,200 yards through the air and hauled in 20 touchdowns. Those are the kind of numbers that make championship teams. If Robinson stays healthy and clicks with Mitchell Trubisky, he should reinstate himself as one of the best young receivers in all of football.
26) Brandin Cooks, WR LAR | 2017 Finish: WR 7 | Age: 24
Poor Brandin Cooks. All he does is produce, yet he continues to get traded. I’m hoping he’s found his long-term home with the Rams. Cooks now has three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has averaged eight touchdowns during that span. Even more impressively, the former OSU Beaver has posted three straight top-eight WR seasons. Who else has done that? Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. It’s time we see Cooks as the dominant force that he is.
27) Stefon Diggs, WR MIN | 2017 Finish: WR 17 | Age: 24
There’s just a certain likeability with Stefon Diggs’ game. We watch some of the routes he runs or catches he makes and we can’t help but just marvel at his talent. It might surprise you to hear that Diggs career high in yards is 903. I think 2018 is the year he finally joins the 1,000-yard season club. His future might not be in Minnesota due to salary cap issues, but wherever he goes, I think we can count on him to continue to put up solid numbers.
28) Amari Cooper, WR OAK | 2017 Finish: WR 31 | Age: 24
A year ago, Amari Cooper’s ADP was just over seven. Those were the days. I’m not sure what happened in 2017, but whatever it was, let’s hope the Bama product has figured out how he’s going to get back on track.
Michael Crabtree is out and Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant are in. Will Cooper assert himself as the unquestioned WR1 like we know he can? Or will Jon Gruden’s off-season acquisitions slow him down? Only time will tell. This may just be the biggest season of Cooper’s career, and I think he’ll rise to the occasion.
29) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR PIT | 2017 Finish: WR 18 | Age: 21
JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven touchdowns en route to a top-20 season. I don’t know if he’ll quite be able to pull that off again in 2018, but either way, his future looks very rosy. Unless James Washington comes in and dominates, there’s no reason to think JuJu won’t take over for Bryant as the number two receiver in this high powered offense. Across from AB, Smith-Schuster would be able to put up starter-level numbers for a very long time.
30) Adam Thielen, WR MIN | 2017 Finish: WR 11 | Age: 27
Adam Thielen has been rapidly improving. From undrafted in 2013 to a second-team All-Pro in this past year, he’s a very easy player to root for. An improvement at quarterback in Kirk Cousins was brought in this off-season, and as the co-WR1 in the Vikings offense, we’re all expecting another great season from Thielen. If he can find the end-zone more often (four in 2017), we’ll see him enter the must-start category on an every-week basis.
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