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.
Be sure to catch all of the Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Explained series.
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.
1QB DYNASTY FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: CONNOR LAPLANTE
Fantasy football involves a thorough evaluation of player values, taking into account market/consensus value and personal values/projections. The interaction between these values is crucial for success in dynasty.
Consensus values tend to overvalue young players, but the unpredictable nature of the NFL season makes it necessary to prioritize experienced veterans in dynasty rankings. These players have a proven track record, and past performance is the strongest predictor of future performance.
The success of a player is not only dependent on their past performance, but also on factors such as team dynamics, coaching, and supporting cast. Fantasy scoring follows a power law distribution, which emphasizes the importance of finding players with high upside potential.
To identify these players, it is important to understand the situation they are in. Conventional wisdom suggests that talent alone rises to the top, but in reality, the situation a player is in plays a crucial role in their success. This is why I take cost into consideration when making my rankings and look for low-cost players who may have high upside if the consensus perception of their situation is incorrect.
It's important to note that situation analysis is very difficult to navigate, especially this early in the offseason, but I made my best effort to utilize what we do know as of now. Admittedly I am still in the process of creating more objective player values based on past performance, so just know that these rankings will probably look very different in a couple of months.