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Peter Howard: Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Explained

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

Kyle Pitts

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.


Dynasty is about replacing the startup draft, not “beating” it. We all enjoy the startup, it’s the most addictive part of fantasy football, but the difference between Dynasty and every other fantasy format is that we only get one and then you have to find ways to change, modify, and fix your team on your own.

In that way, rankings are, in a way, specifically contrary to dynasty. A trade can be good or bad based on your team's situation. A startup pick can be good or bad relative to your other startup picks. Because we can’t re-draft we have to be more cautious and more accurate with how long-term value and more sensitive to variance over upside.


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Peter Howard: Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Explained
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Cy Guy
1 month ago

I never comment on these but I have to say I love this write up. The level of detail is awesome, and the analysis top notch. If I happen to disagree with a ranking, I can look at the explanation to see WHY and either adjust my own ranking or factor the reason into these. Thank you, love content like this.

1 month ago

All I saw was go buy Deshaun Watson

Larry Gunn
1 month ago

Thanks Peter! I appreciate this series.

Pacheco…. I love this heart. I was really impressed with his improvement during the season (Bieniemy?)…but with CEH and McKinnon likely moving on, not to mention the running back depth in free agency and the draft, doesn’t the future seem somewhat murky for him?

1 month ago

Super helpful article to read and reflect upon my own thought processes, biases, and values. Thank you for the time put in and the level of detail shared!
One specific thing that caught my eye was how low Jerry Jeudy is for you. Any particular reason?

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