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Rob Willette: Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Explained

A behind the scene look at ranking methodology and individual rankings vs the consensus.

Brandon Aiyuk

Welcome to another installment in our new series of articles where DLF rankers not only explain their dynasty fantasy football rankings, but also include a number of the 2023 rookie draft pick selections so you can see how we each, individually, value those dynasty rookie picks in comparison to players as if it were a dynasty fantasy football startup draft.

DLF has always offered our readers multiple sets of dynasty fantasy football rankings from different experts to provide a broad view of player rankings. With many different strategies for building a successful dynasty team, no single set of rankings could possibly meet the needs of every coach. Instead, we've long subscribed to the idea of our experts providing their own individual rankings, ultimately giving our readers the opportunity to gravitate to a particular expert who closely matches their own style of ranking or, perhaps, instead choosing to use an average ranking across all experts. Valuation variability between players in the rankings can often be large but that variability can provide opportunity as well. Our DLF expert rankers should always be able to explain why they are higher, or lower, on a particular player.

While explaining our rankings will provide greater insight alone, we are also including a number of 2023 rookie draft selections interspersed with the players so you can get a better idea of how each of our rankers values those selections when compared to existing veteran players. As would be expected, you will find a great degree of variability in the valuation of these picks as well depending on the style of the ranker. Each draft class has its own quality and depth and, depending on how the ranker values that quality and depth, individual rookie selections will appear earlier or later on the list.

A note about the tables. The Rank column indicates this ranker's personal rankings. The AVG column indicates the consensus rankings value at the time these rankings were created. The "+/-" column indicates how much higher or lower the ranker is to the consensus average.

Each week we will provide rankings for 120 players and 2023 rookie draft picks, alternating between 1QB and Superflex rankings. For a deeper list of rankings, please visit our consensus dynasty fantasy football rankings.

Be sure to catch all of the Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Explained series.


Sitting down to rank fantasy football players from a dynasty perspective is a personal process for each individual. Unlike redraft, you have to take into consideration a variety of factors. Running backs can age out quickly. If your favorite receiver is attached to an aging quarterback, it is something to take into account when delineating between Player A and Player B. To make it more complex, situations can change in a hurry. Cooper Kupp went from a strong performer to an unstoppable force once the Rams made a move for Matthew Stafford.

The quickly shifting tides of the NFL are always something I look to take into account when ranking players. The trade market is as hot as ever with quarterbacks – the engine of any productive fantasy offense – on the move each off-season. This helps me boil rankings down to two main questions:

  • Is this player one who has the talent to last as an impact player?
  • Do I trust their organization to wisely utilize them and build around them?

Of course, neither of these questions comes with easy answers. It is an entirely subjective exercise, and while consensus opinion can certainly influence any individual, I believe it is important to make rankings your own. After all, above everything else, fantasy football should be fun. To the ranks!


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