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2013 Draft Prep: Dynasty rankings by position

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Fantasy owners who play in dynasty leagues truly want the experience of being a general manager. This is the closest you can get to actually run a franchise.

The idea behind playing in a dynasty league is you draft a team where you retain most or all of your players from year to year. Most owners in dynasty leagues are dedicated Fantasy players since you are committed to your league for the long haul.

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These leagues can be complicated. The scoring can be the same as seasonal leagues (standard, PPR, IDP, etc.) but you will have a limited draft after the league is up and running of just rookies and free agents. Some dynasty leagues involve salary caps, but how you set up your league is up to you.

Here we are going to provide rankings if you are starting a dynasty league for the first time. You can also use these rankings as a guide for making long-term keeper decisions. The key is to find young players on the rise who you can count on for many years.

But don't discount veterans, especially if you have the chance to win now. Guys like Peyton Manning, Steven Jackson, Andre Johnson and Tony Gonzalez might not have much left, but they should still be dominant in 2013.

Quarterback

Dynasty Rankings - Quarterbacks
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Cam Newton, Panthers
3. Andrew Luck, Colts
4. Robert Griffin III, Redskins
5. Drew Brees, Saints
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions
7. Matt Ryan, Falcons
8. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
9. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
11. Tom Brady, Patriots
12. Tony Romo, Cowboys
13. Eli Manning, Giants
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
15. Joe Flacco, Ravens
16. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
17. Sam Bradford, Rams
18. Andy Dalton, Bengals
19. Jay Cutler, Bears
20. E.J. Manuel, Bills
21. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
22. Philip Rivers, Chargers
23. Matt Schaub, Texans
24. Geno Smith, Jets

Rodgers will turn 30 this season, but he plans to play seven more years. You can expect at least five of them to be dominant, and he's the easy choice as the No. 1 quarterback. ... Newton gets the nod over Luck and Griffin for the No. 2 spot after averaging 370 Fantasy points in his first two years. ... Brees doesn't have a lot longer to play at 34, but he should still end his career playing at a dominant level, giving him a slight edge over Stafford, 25, and Ryan, 28. ... Kaepernick and Wilson should join Newton, Luck and Griffin as the future stars at this position, and they are easy choices to round out the Top 10 dynasty quarterbacks. ... Peyton Manning, 37, and Brady, 35, might play three more years at best, especially for Manning. Still, based on their current level of play, you should enjoy their production over that span. ... Romo, 33, and Eli Manning, 32 are going to be excellent value for several years, and they are great quarterbacks to pair with potential future standouts in Tannehill, Bradford, Dalton and Manuel. ... Manuel can make the biggest leap of anyone on this list if he starts as a rookie and plays at a high level right away.

Running back

Dynasty Rankings - Running Backs
1. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
2. Trent Richardson, Browns
3. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
4. C.J. Spiller, Bills
5. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
6. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
7. Arian Foster, Texans
8. Ray Rice, Ravens
9. Alfred Morris, Redskins
10. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
11. David Wilson, Giants
12. Lamar Miller, Dolphins
13. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
14. Matt Forte, Bears
15. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
16. Giovani Bernard, Bengals
17. Chris Johnson, Titans
18. Reggie Bush, Lions
19. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
20. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
21. Chris Ivory, Jets
22. Darren McFadden, Raiders
23. Montee Ball, Broncos
24. Steven Jackson, Falcons
25. Frank Gore, 49ers
26. Eddie Lacy, Packers
27. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
28. Darren Sproles, Saints
29. Ben Tate, Texans
30. Marcus Lattimore, 49ers
31. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
32. Mark Ingram, Saints
33. Shane Vereen, Patriots
34. Zac Stacy, Rams
35. Johnathan Franklin, Packers
36. Rashard Mendenhall, Cardinals
37. Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts
38. Bryce Brown, Eagles
39. Bernard Pierce, Ravens
40. Isaiah Pead, Rams
41. Vick Ballard, Colts
42. Mikel Leshoure, Lions
43. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
44. Andre Brown, Giants
45. Joseph Randle, Cowboys
46. Christine Michael, Seahawks
47. Daryl Richardson, Rams
48. Ryan Williams, Cardinals
49. Andre Ellington, Cardinals
50. Stepfan Taylor, Cardinals

Youth prevails at the top of this list as Martin, 24, Richardson, 21, and McCoy, 24, have plenty of years left to dominate. Richardson would be No. 1 if he didn't already have three nagging injuries (knee, ribs and shin) before training camp even started in his second season. Martin was the No. 3 running back in standard leagues last season and should be very productive for the foreseeable future. ... Charles, 26, and Spiller, 25, get a slight nod over McCoy because they are relatively fresh entering their prime. While McCoy has 835 career carries in four seasons, Charles has just 784 in five years and Spiller has only 388 through three. All three should be awesome though going forward. ... Peterson, 28, is the oldest running back listed until Bush, who is the same age. Still, you'll take what Peterson will give you until he retires based on his amazing career to date. ... Foster is going to get passed over based on his heavy workload (1,010 regular-season carries in four years) and that he'll be 27 when the season starts, but like Peterson he's been so good he should still give you several more years of quality production. ... Put Rice in the same category as Foster, although many owners will be scared of Pierce and his potential increased workload. Let's see it happen first before we panic on Rice. ... The Seahawks might be planning to move on from Lynch in the near future with the drafting of Michael this season, but Lynch should still be dominant as long as he's starting for Seattle. We give Michael the edge long-term over Robert Turbin. ... You have to love the upside of the sophomore running backs in Morris, Wilson and Miller. Don't be surprised if Miller is the best of the bunch. ... I'm skeptical of Jones-Drew, 28, coming off the foot injury last year, which is why he's so low. He's not someone I'm excited about drafting in any format. ... Bernard leads all the rookie rushers, and he's in the Top 20 here because we expect him to shine starting next season. He could even overtake BenJarvus Green-Ellis this year as the featured rusher in Cincinnati, and we don't even have Green-Ellis ranked in the Top 50 because his value is short-term at best. ... Bell also gets the nod over Ball because Bell is in the better situation as the starter for the Steelers. He also has less wear-and-tear coming into the NFL than Ball does from their college careers. ... We're gambling on Ivory being a featured rusher for several years with the Jets. Even though the Jets are trending downward, the addition of Ivory this season was a great move. ... Two running backs with tremendous upside for 2014 are Tate and Lattimore. Tate is a free agent and could be a featured back once he leaves Houston, and Lattimore can be the starter for the 49ers when his knee is healthy. ... The starter for the Rams among Stacy, Pead and Richardson and the eventual starter for the Cardinals in 2014 once Mendenhall is gone (he only signed a one-year deal) among Williams, Taylor and Ellington could become valuable Fantasy options.

Wide receiver

Dynasty Rankings - Wide Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
2. A.J. Green, Bengals
3. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
4. Julio Jones, Falcons
5. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
6. Brandon Marshall, Bears
7. Percy Harvin, Seahawks
8. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
9. Randall Cobb, Packers
10. Victor Cruz, Giants
11. Roddy White, Falcons
12. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
13. Jordy Nelson, Packers
14. Andre Johnson, Texans
15. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
16. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
17. Eric Decker, Broncos
18. Torrey Smith, Ravens
19. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
20. Tavon Austin, Rams
21. Marques Colston, Saints
22. Kenny Britt, Titans
23. Antonio Brown, Steelers
24. Wes Welker, Broncos
25. Danny Amendola, Patriots
26. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
27. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
28. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
29. Mike Wallace, Dolphins
30. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
31. Josh Gordon, Browns
32. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
33. Reggie Wayne, Colts
34. Steve Smith, Panthers
35. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
36. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
37. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
38. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
39. Kendall Wright, Titans
40. Steve Johnson, Bills
41. James Jones, Packers
42. Lance Moore, Saints
43. Keenan Allen, Chargers
44. Danario Alexander, Chargers
45. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
46. Aaron Dobson, Patriots
47. Markus Wheaton, Steelers
48. Vincent Brown, Chargers
49. Denarius Moore, Raiders
50. Rueben Randle, Giants

Take away Calvin Johnson, Marshall and Fitzgerald and the rest of the Top 10 receivers are all 26 and younger, including Green, Jones and Bryant all 24 and Cobb just 22. These receivers are going to dominate the NFL for many years, and this position is in tremendous shape with depth for a long time. ... Nicks could creep back into the Top 10 if he's healthy and remains with the Giants. Both are strong possibilities this season, especially if Nicks signs an extension. ... Bowe should have some of his best years moving forward thanks to Andy Reid joining the Chiefs. We're also expecting a big boost for Torrey Smith, who is entering his third season and first without Anquan Boldin. ... We hope Decker remains in Denver because as long as Peyton Manning is still playing he should continue to shine. Decker led the Broncos and was second in the NFL among receivers with 13 touchdowns last year. ... Crabtree would be a potential Top 10 receiver if he didn't tear his Achilles this offseason. Look for him to come back strong next year, and he should be considered a solid No. 2 option. ... There's a lot to like about Tavon Austin. He may not live up to the hype, but he could be the next Harvin. I'd gamble on him for this season and long-term. ... Britt remains a risky Fantasy option based on his injury history and pension for off-field problems, but he's been out of the news this offseason, which we hope is a sign of things to come. ... Wallace and Maclin have a ton of potential, especially since both are 26 and under. But I want to see Wallace perform at a high level going to Miami, and Maclin is a potential free agent in need of a quarterback upgrade. I would only draft them as No. 3 receivers. ... Gordon scares me since he's one misstep away from being suspended for a year. You can't dispute his talent, but he's been in trouble a little too much for only entering his second season. ... There are a lot of young receivers with upside in Hopkins, Patterson, Floyd, Wright, Allen, Dobson, Wheaton, Brown and Randle. You might prefer to skip over some of the veterans on this list and target the younger options, and hopefully you hit on the next future star. ... Of those guys listed, Patterson has the highest ceiling, but he has the most work to do since he's a raw talent. Floyd might make the biggest leap this season with the addition of Bruce Arians, and we love the upside for Hopkins going to Houston. Since Andre Johnson will be 32 this year, Hopkins could eventually take over as the No. 1 receiver for the Texans.

Tight end

Dynasty Rankings - Tight Ends
1. Jimmy Graham, Saints
2. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
3. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
4. Jason Witten, Cowboys
5. Vernon Davis, 49ers
6. Dennis Pitta, Ravens
7. Greg Olsen, Panthers
8. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
9. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
10. Jared Cook, Rams
11. Jermichael Finley, Packers
12. Martellus Bennett, Bears
13. Dwayne Allen, Colts
14. Coby Fleener, Colts
15. Zach Ertz, Eagles
16. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
17. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
18. Owen Daniels, Texans
19. Antonio Gates, Chargers
20. Jordan Cameron, Browns
21. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
22. Heath Miller, Steelers
23. Fred Davis, Redskins
24. Rob Housler, Cardinals

Graham gets the edge over Gronkowski given the latter's injury status coming into this season, but don't overlook Gronkowski long-term. He's only 24 and has been the best Fantasy tight end over the past three seasons. As long as he can stay healthy he should be better than Graham, but that uncertainty puts Graham on top. ... We're buying Rudolph as the next great tight end. He was a Top 10 tight end last year and is just 23 years old, which makes him younger than all the Top 12 guys listed here except Eifert. Imagine how good Rudolph could be with an upgrade at quarterback. ... Witten, 31, Davis, 29, and Gonzalez, 37, are old by NFL standards, especially Gonzalez, but they are still playing at a high level. We're expecting big things from Davis this season, and Gonzalez should go out with a bang in his final year (potentially) in 2013. ... Pitta, Olsen, Cook, Finley and Bennett have the chance to be solid contributors for at least the next five years and should be consistent starting options. Finley's value for 2014 and beyond will be determined where he plays as an impending free agent. ... There are a lot of young tight ends to like for this season and beyond in Eifert, Allen, Fleener, Ertz and Kelce. All have the ability to be Top 10 Fantasy options if they live up to their potential. We also like Cameron with the coaching change in Cleveland this year, but he has to prove himself first after struggling early in his career. ... Gates, 33, and Miller, 30, can still be serviceable starting options, especially this season, but injuries have limited them coming into this year. ... Gresham could move up the rankings if he leaves the Bengals as expected when he's a free agent. It's clear Eifert is the future starter in Cincinnati.

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