This article is a continuation of our Standard Dynasty Rankings Series that takes us through our full top 100 rankings.
Whew. We’ve hit the halfway point. In today’s edition, we truly have some of the biggest young names in our game, including four rookies and a total of eight players who are 25 years old or younger. This talented group is absolutely packed with upside. Here is where you can add a player who in a year or two, is helping lead your team to dominance.
Let’s begin the second half of our Standard Dynasty Rankings top 100!
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51) Ronald Jones, RB TB | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 20
Ronald Jones travels across the country to his new home. While the beaches and sunrise will be a little different, look for Jones to be much the same kind of player in a Bucs uniform. What type of player is that? RoJo is elite athleticism and dangerous electricity packed into a 207-pound frame. In his prime, he’ll not only be a must-start, but a must-watch back as well.
52) Sony Michel, RB NE | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 23
If there’s one rookie who fits in perfectly with their new offense, it’s this young man right here. I can’t wait to see Sony Michel in the backfield with Tom Brady. A lot of potential owners are scared to take any New England running back. But I have a hard time believing Bill Belichick would spend a first round pick just to mess with dynasty players like you and me. I fully expect Michel to be their go-to back for the next seven or eight years.
53) Sammy Watkins, WR KC | 2017 Finish: WR 33 | Age: 24
I’ve always been a big Sammy Watkins fan, but even I can admit that he’s a bit frustrating. The talent and opportunity are there, yet for some reason, things can’t quite click. I’m hoping a place in this Chiefs offense is just what he needs. Going into his fifth season, and amazingly only 24 years old, I’m cautiously optimistic that he can truly breakout in a big way. Look for Watkins to benefit from the reduced defensive attention and become a solid weekly contributor.
54) Robert Woods, WR LAR | 2017 Finish: WR 34 | Age: 26
Speaking of breakout performers, what a year Robert Woods had. The Rams offense seemed to free him up, and man was it beautiful. In only 11 games, the former Bill was able to put up 781 yards and five touchdowns. I think we’ll see him only continue to come into his own in 2018. Don’t let Woods fly beneath your radar in one of the best offenses in the NFL.
55) Jay Ajayi, RB PHI | 2017 Finish: RB 33 | Age: 24
Jay Ajayi’s career has been a whirlwind. I can’t wait to see how he does with a full year in Philly, because for now, I’m not exactly sure what to think. After an extremely quiet rookie year, Ajayi came bursting on to the scene with 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.
Expectations were sky high heading into 2017. Following a very disappointing start that got him traded out of Miami, Ajayi performed much better as an Eagle, but still finished with only one touchdown. This season may just be the biggest of Boise State product’s career. He’ll either establish himself as a solid RB2/3 or become mostly irrelevant.
56) D.J. Moore, WR CAR | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 21
And we have our first rookie pass-catcher. I mentioned how I loved Michel’s landing spot, but D.J. Moore’s doesn’t fall far behind. The Terrapin should immediately become a favorite target of Cam Newton’s, and someday grow into an invaluable WR2. Moore is still young and will probably see few red zone targets early on. Give him a few years though, and we’ll see Stefon Diggs Jr. come alive in a big way.
57) Marvin Jones, WR DET | 2017 Finish: WR 5 | Age: 28
Ready to fall in love with Marvin Jones? This man just keeps improving. In every single season of his five-year playing career, the one-time Bengal has increased his yardage. Coming off an 1,100-yard campaign, I’m definitely rooting for him to do it again. Moving past yardage, he finished 2017 with 18.0 yards per catch, and nine touchdowns, which ranked first and tied for fourth in the league. I’m not saying Jones will repeat his performance as a top-five receiver, but hey, it wouldn’t shock me.
58) Deshaun Watson, QB HOU | 2017 Finish: Injury | Age: 22
With a big arm and bigger heart, Deshaun Watson has as big a fan base as any second-year player can have. Before he tore his ACL in a November practice, he was among the hottest throwers in football and was getting better by the week. He and DeAndre Hopkins were just so much fun to watch. Most analysts would agree that they have already proven that they’re among the best QB-WR duos in the NFL. So what’s not to like with Watson? Sample size. If he can put forth a full 2018 year with stats somewhat close to those of a year ago, his ADP will only rise.
59) Royce Freeman, RB DEN | 2017 Finish: N/A | Age: 22
I’ve been known to think Royce Freeman is overvalued in rookie ADP. But the past is the past right? There’s no denying it, his future in standard looks very bright. If he can beat out Devontae Booker and hold him off long term, there will be nothing holding him back from consistent RB2 production. As I’m sure you know, if you’re able to find that this late, you’ve struck gold.
60) Tevin Coleman, RB ATL | 2017 Finish: RB 22 | Age: 25
You’d never hear a Falcons fan say this, but I will: It’s a shame we haven’t been able to see Tevin Coleman as a full-time starter. Luckily, that day should be coming very soon. And when it does, I have zero doubts that he’ll live up to the challenge. For this season, Coleman is still a terrific bench option, and occasional flex play. A year from now, I think we’ll see him where he’s always belonged, in our starting lineups on a weekly basis.
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