We’re approaching the midway point in the 2017 season, so it seems like as good a time as any to update the dynasty rankings. I don’t update them on a weekly basis because I don’t think they should change very much on a weekly basis. I’m generally viewed as the slowest to react here at CBS and that definitely extends to dynasty. Even more so. If this season has taught us anything, it’s to not overreact to a couple of weeks of football.
But one thing there can be no doubt about is that this rookie class has been as good as even the most optimistic of us thought it would be. Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt and Christian McCaffrey are all top-10 backs in their rookie year (all of my Dynasty rankings are based on PPR scoring) and Dalvin Cook looked like arguably the best of the group before his injury.
That injury puts Cook’s value in a strange place. He has the talent to be ranked among the top-five backs, if not higher. And medical advancements have certainly limited the impact of an ACL injury on a player’s future but haven’t completely mitigated them. We’re hoping that Cook is a full go at the start of camp next season and that he returns asefore. There’s just no guarantee that’s the case.
Since these rankings are based on the PPR format, you’re going to see guys like McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara a little bit higher than you may have expected. I do still believe that McCaffrey could be more of a feature back in the future, which is why he is in the top 10 and Kamara is not.
DeMarco Murray was the biggest faller in the top 30 since the start of the season. Murray, who turns 30 in February, is at the age where an instant dropoff would not be surprising, and he’s being pushed hard for carries by Derrick Henry. Even if Murray is back in Tennessee in 2018, I would expect it to be in a more complementary role. If I owned Murray, I’d be seeing if he has any value to the running back-thirsty team in your league.