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Dynasty Fantasy Football: Ranking The Top 40 Rookies

Heath Cummings breaks down his ranking of the Top 40 rookies in Dynasty Fantasy Football.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on CBS Fantasy and was written by Heath Cummings.


I broke down my opinion of Leonard Fournette and Corey Davis in the Dynasty Top 100 published on Monday. They're part of an elite tier that includes Christian McCaffrey. After that, buckle in.

I feel pretty solid about the next tier of four rookies even if the order is highly debatable. Joe Mixon is obviously a polarizing player and I suspect many will like Dalvin Cook more than I do. It's fairly easy for me to rank Mike Williams and John Ross ahead of the running backs in a vacuum because receiver is more reliable in both redraft and dynasty. Still, if I had a WR-heavy team I wouldn't hesitate to take Mixon as early as 1.3 based on talent. He's the home run play with a floor similar to Josh Gordon's. 

I'd expect my most controversial ranking will be at No. 8, Josh Reynolds. To be clear, if you have the 8th pick you can almost certainly wait until the second round for Reynolds because no one is taking him in the first. I love his combination of red zone potential, deep ball ability and opportunity. He could immediately be Jared Goff's best red zone target and I would not rule out Reynolds becoming Goff's No. 1 by the end of 2017. One of the people I trust the most on evaluating college players is Matt Waldman, who helped sell me on Reynolds (If you want the most in-depth look at this incoming class available, check out his Rookie Scouting Portfolio).

Finally, I've taken a few questions about how low I am on O.J. Howard. It is not that I'm anti-Howard so much as I'm not particularly excited about using a mid-1st on a tight end. Tight ends are notorious slow starters and it's generally three years before they're giving you Fantasy starter production. Considering the low impact a mid-range TE1 has I would rather take a running back or wide receiver in most cases.

The complete Top 40 is below, we'll have more details on the 2017 prospects for many of these players in the coming weeks and months.

DYNASTY ROOKIE TOP 40
RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
1 Leonard Fournette JAC RB
2 Corey Davis TEN WR
3 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
4 Mike Williams LAC WR
5 John Ross CIN WR
6 Joe Mixon CIN RB
7 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
8 Josh Reynolds LAR WR
9 ArDarius Stewart NYJ WR
10 Curtis Samuel CAR WR
11 O.J. Howard TB TE
12 Samaje Perine WAS RB
13 Jamaal Williams GB RB
14 David Njoku CLE TE
15 Chris Godwin TB WR
16 Zay Jones BUF WR
17 Carlos Henderson DEN WR
18 Evan Engram NYG TE
19 Kareem Hunt KC RB
20 Isaiah Ford MIA WR
21 D'Onta Foreman HOU RB
22 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
23 Juju Smith-Schuster PIT WR
24 Alvin Kamara NO RB
25 Patrick Mahomes KC QB
26 Dede Westbrook JAC WR
27 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
28 DeShone Kizer CLE QB
29 Adam Shaheen CHI TE
30 Marlon Mack IND RB
31 Jeremy McNichols TB RB
32 Gerald Everett LAR TE
33 Mitch Trubisky CHI QB
34 Taywan Taylor TEN WR
35 Jake Butt DEN TE
36 Wayne Gallman NYG RB
37 Donnel Pumphery PHI RB
38 Joe Williams SF RB
39 Jonnu Smith TEN TE
40 Jordan Leggett NYJ TE

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