This article is a continuation of our Standard Dynasty Rankings Series that takes us through our full top 100 rankings.
Things are really heating up as we approach the 30s. For those that have been following along, a total of 17 wideouts, 12 tailbacks, and one tight end have already gone off the board. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most exciting players in dynasty, including a pair of rookie running backs, and the best tight end in football. What are we waiting for? Let’s get into 31-40 of our Standard Dynasty Rankings!
31) T.Y. Hilton, WR IND | 2017 Finish: WR 24 | Age: 28
Andrew Luck’s shoulder issues have affected a lot of players, but none more so than his favorite target, T.Y. Hilton. Two seasons ago, with a healthy Luck, the four-time pro-bowler led the NFL in receiving with nearly 1,500 yards. Last year, with Jacoby Brissett throwing him the ball, Hilton didn’t crack the 1000-yard mark. What a difference a year makes.
Hilton is still one of the best deep threats and all-around receivers in the league. If Luck is healthy, we should see high-quality production. If his health problems persist, well, Hilton’s future doesn’t look quite as bright.
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32) Rob Gronkowski, TE | 2017 Finish: TE 1 | Age: 29
For most people including myself, it’s not even close. Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL. But with his age nearing that scary 30 number, and rumors of retirement constantly swirling around, it’s hard to feel super confident in Gronk’s future. In the short term, we know we’re getting nothing but dominance. But can we say with certainty that he’ll still be playing in three years? I don’t think so.
33) Derrius Guice, RB WAS | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 20
25 picks after Saquon Barkley, our second rookie is off the board. I’m not just saying this, but Derrius Guice has the potential to be a standard dynasty superstar. Not just a solid starter, but a building block. So why isn’t he much higher on the list? It’s simple. He hasn’t proven anything yet. We can glamor at his college tape, landing spot, and elite traits, but until we see it on the field, it’s all conjecture. At this time next year, don’t be surprised in the slightest if Guice is ranked in the teens.
34) Rashaad Penny, RB SEA | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 22
We wait forever for our second rookie, only to find our third one pick later. Just like with Guice, I have high hopes for what Rashaad Penny can become. We all know the opportunity and talent is there. But unfortunately for the late first rounder, he may just be running behind the worst offensive line in the NFL. Melvin Gordon’s first few years have been highly productive, albeit, very inefficient. Rashaad Penny could be very much the same early in his career.
35) Jordan Howard, RB CHI | 2017 Finish: RB 10 | Age: 23
Jordan Howard is built for standard scoring. He’s nothing special as a receiver, but he’s a consistent 1,000-yard rusher. That’s nothing fancy, but I’ll take that every day of the week.
I’ll be paying close attention to Howard in 2018. Not only as to how well he’ll fend off Tarik Cohen, but also as to how he’ll fit in the changing Bears offense. Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel were all added to improve the passing attack. Will Howard’s touches take a dive as they shift toward a more open offense, or will the reduced defensive attention lead to yet another great season?
36) Jarvis Landry, WR CLE | 2017 Finish: WR 14 | Age: 25
Jarvis Landry really gets hurt in Standard. Take his 2017 year for example: In PPR scoring, he’s a top-five WR. But as you can see, he’s not even a WR1 in standard. Even still, he’s one of the best young receivers we have in the NFL. In the last three seasons, he’s averaged over 1,000 yards and just below six touchdowns. If he can keep putting up those numbers, he’ll continue to be an every-week starter at WR.
37) Corey Davis, WR TEN | 2017 Finish: WR 106/Injury | Age: 23
He never found the end zone (in the regular season), missed five games due to injury, and gathered 375 receiving yards. There’s no way around it, Corey Davis’s rookie season was very marginal. Nevertheless, he finds himself as a high-end pick. Why? Because of one six letter word. Upside. Picked fifth overall by Tennessee in the 2017 draft, he’s about as naturally gifted as they come. Still very young, Davis is risky, but a very good pick in the mid-to-late 30s.
38) Zach Ertz, TE PHI | 2017 Finish: TE 3 | Age: 27
I was one of several owners who was pleasantly surprised with Zach Ertz’s 2017 outburst. With rock solid chemistry between him and Carson Wentz, I think many more productive years are in store for the former Stanford standout. Is there any reason to be wary of a drop in production in 2018? In short, yes. Ertz’s eight touchdowns aren’t unrepeatable, but that was twice as much as he has ever done in a single season. Whether or not his numbers will drop off a bit, we can confidently say that Ertz is up there with the best tight ends in dynasty.
39) Jerick McKinnon, RB SF | 2017 Finish: RB 24 | Age: 26
The Jet has landed in San Francisco. Jerick McKinnon was never able to be the true RB1 in Minnesota. That won’t be the case anymore. If you haven’t had the chance to see him, he’s probably not going to be a 1,000-yard type of runner. But weigh his prestige in the passing game as well as his promise as a runner, and you can see why I and many others are expecting big things. I’m beaming in anticipation to see what he can do in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. For the next handful of years, I truly think McKinnon will be one of the better RBs in fantasy football.
40) Josh Gordon, WR CLE | 2017 Finish: WR 100/Suspension | Age: 27
We’re all pulling for Josh Gordon. He’s had the definition of what we call an up and down career. In 2013, as just 22 years old, Gordon torched helpless corners all season long on his way to 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns. That’s what we call the up. What happened next was the down.
For most of 2014 and all of 2015, Gordon was suspended by the NFL for violating their drug policy. After sitting out in 2016 and missing most of 2017, Gordon is finally back, and as it appears, is here to stay. To be clear, this isn’t just a feel-good story. We’re still talking about one of the more talented receivers in football. He’ll be an absolute treat to watch in 2018 and beyond.
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