Several factors go into building a consistently elite dynasty team. One of those is identifying the top player on every NFL team. Let’s take a look at the top dynasty fantasy football asset on each team, courtesy Mike Fanelli.
Josh Allen (QB – BUF)
You could argue that Stefon Diggs deserves this title. He has finished the year as a top-10 wide receiver three of the past four seasons. However, Diggs will turn 29 years old in November and likely has only a few more years of elite production left in his career. Meanwhile, Allen has been the overall QB1 back-to-back years in four-point per passing touchdown scoring. He is only 26 years old and has potentially another 10 years of elite production left in his career. Allen should be the first quarterback drafted in all dynasty startup drafts thanks to his arm talent and rushing ability.
Tyreek Hill (WR – MIA)
The Dolphins traded five draft picks to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason for Hill. They then gave him a four-year contract worth $120 million. Hill has consistently finished as a top-10 wide receiver over the past few years. However, will that remain the same without Patrick Mahomes? There are questions surrounding Tua Tagovailoa, but the Dolphins are in an excellent position. Either Tagovailoa will develop into a franchise quarterback this season, or the Dolphins will replace him using their two first-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. While Hill might no longer put up top-five numbers, he remains a WR1 despite the move to Miami.
Damien Harris (RB – NE)
Identifying the top asset on New England’s roster is tough. However, after limited work during his first two years in the NFL, the Patriots traded away Sony Michel and made Harris the lead back. He finished as a top-10 running back in non-PPR scoring and top-14 in PPR last year. His 15 rushing touchdowns were the second-most in the NFL last season. While the Patriots should continue their dominant run-heavy offense this season, Harris’ fantasy future is up in the air. He is entering the final year of his contract, and the Patriots will likely let him walk next offseason. Therefore, rebuilding teams should trade away Harris in the near future.
Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)
Hall is the clear-cut 1.01 pick in rookie drafts and already arguably a top-10 startup running back. The former Iowa State star was a force, averaging 147.8 scrimmage yards per game and 6.1 yards per touch last season. While the Jets have Michael Carter, the 2021 fourth-round pick somewhat struggled as a rookie. He missed three games because of injury and scored over 10 half-point PPR fantasy points in only 35.7 percent of the games. Nevertheless, the Jets have high expectations and plans for Hall. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have traded up to secure him during the NFL Draft. New York’s offense will be fun to watch over the next several years, led by Hall.
J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL)
Lamar Jackson would be the clear top asset on the Ravens in a Superflex league. However, Dobbins slightly beats him out in 1QB leagues. While he missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL, Dobbins should be ready and 100% for Week 1. Dobbins averaged a respectable 11.2 PPR fantasy points per game as a rookie. Furthermore, he averaged 11.2 fantasy points per game despite playing only 45.6% of the snaps as he split time with Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram. However, Ingram is gone, and Edwards is coming off a torn ACL. After trading away Marquise Brown this offseason, many expect the Ravens to return to their run-heavy offense from 2020. If he is healthy, Dobbins could break out and end the year as an RB1.
Ja’Marr Chase (WR – CIN)
Was there any doubt who the top asset on the Bengals would be? Chase is arguably the overall WR1 in dynasty after his historic rookie season. He averaged 7.5 targets and 17.9 PPR fantasy points per game last year. More importantly, fantasy players don’t have to worry about Chase’s quarterback situation anytime soon. His connection with Joe Burrow last season was as strong as it was at LSU.
Furthermore, Burrow and Chase will be cornerstone pieces for the Bengals for the next decade. His rookie season was not a fluke. Chase is a top-two dynasty wide receiver and the Bengal you want on your fantasy teams.
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE)
Chubb has averaged at least 15.4 PPR fantasy points per game each of the past three seasons despite a limited role in the passing game. Additionally, he has been one of the best running backs at ripping off runs of 15 or more yards in his career, according to PlayerProfiler. Last year 7.5% of his rushing attempts were breakaway runs, ranking sixth in the NFL. Chubb also had a 7.4% rate in 2020. So while some are worried the addition of Deshaun Watson will hurt Chubb’s fantasy value, it should actually help it. With defenses no longer able to sell out to stop the run, Chubb will become even more efficient with his rushing attempts.
Najee Harris (RB – PIT)
The rookie running back was a workhorse machine in 2021, averaging 18.1 rushing attempts and 5.5 targets per game. Furthermore, his 381 total touches were the most in the NFL last season. Now that Ben Roethlisberger is retired, Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett will take over at quarterback. That means Harris’ targets per game will drop as both quarterbacks can extend the play with their legs, unlike Roethlisberger. However, it also means defenses will have to pay attention to the running quarterbacks, creating better running lanes for Harris. Don’t worry about the recent media storm around his weight. Harris is a top-five dynasty running back.
Brandin Cooks (WR – HOU)
While he has bounced around the NFL during his eight-year career, Cooks has been one of the more consistent wide receivers. He has at least 1,000 receiving yards in all but one year since his rookie season. Furthermore, Cooks averaged at least 13.8 PPR fantasy points per game every year of his career except the 2019 season, when he dealt with multiple concussions. Despite catching passes from three different quarterbacks over the past two years, Cooks has averaged at least 13 PPR fantasy points per game with each one. After signing an extension this offseason, Cooks is under contract with the Texans through the 2024 season. Until the Texans add a top-tier rookie wide receiver, Cooks should remain a safe-floor WR2 for fantasy teams.
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
Taylor is the clear-cut RB1 in dynasty startup drafts. After ending his rookie year as a top-six running back, Taylor was the overall RB1 last year despite playing only 68.6% of the snaps. He finished just under 60 points ahead of Austin Ekeler (the RB2) in non-PPR scoring and just under 30 points ahead of him in PPR scoring. Furthermore, he has averaged over five yards per rushing attempt in both years in his career, including a 5.5 average last season. Taylor is the focal point of the Indianapolis offense and has several more elite years left in his career.
Travis Etienne (RB – JAC)
Unfortunately, Etienne missed his entire rookie year with a foot injury. However, he is 100% healthy and in line for a big year in 2022. The Jaguars added several pass catchers this offseason, but all of them come with questions. Meanwhile, Etienne could start the year as the featured back after James Robinson suffered a torn Achilles to close out the 2021 season. Even if Robinson returns in time for Week 1, Etienne is the running back you want on your team. Robinson is entering the final year of his contract and might not return in 2023. If your league-mate is willing to listen to offers for Etienne, now is the time to make a deal.
Treylon Burks (WR – TEN)
We saw six wide receivers come off the board in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, Burks might have the most fantasy value despite being the last of the six drafted. Tennessee traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on draft night in exchange for the pick they used to select Burks. He will step into the new No. 1 role in Tennessee, replacing Brown and his career 6.9 targets per game average. While the addition of Robert Woods will hurt Burks’ fantasy impact as a rookie, I don’t expect the veteran wide receiver in Tennessee for the 2023 season. The Titans will likely release Woods after the 2022 season, saving $13.8 million in cap space.
Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)
No one was happy to hear Melvin Gordon re-signed with the Broncos this offseason as Williams was on his way to a featured role in 2022. However, Denver re-signed the veteran running back to a one-year deal. While that isn’t ideal for Williams’ fantasy value, it’s not the end of the world either. Williams averaged 12.1 PPR fantasy points per game last season, making him the RB26 on a per-game basis.
Meanwhile, Gordon averaged 12.2 PPR fantasy points per game and was the RB24 on a per-game basis last year. The new coaching staff will want to use both running backs, but Williams should take over as the lead back. Hopefully, Williams will have the featured role starting in 2023 and turn into a top-five dynasty running back.
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
Despite his “down” year in 2021, Mahomes still finished as the QB4, averaging 21.3 fantasy points per game. More importantly, Mahomes finished the year as a top-seven quarterback every season since taking over as the starter, throwing for at least 37 touchdowns in three of those years.
The loss of Tyreek Hill hurts Mahomes’ long-term value to some degree. However, the Chiefs did an excellent job adding weapons this offseason, including draft darling Skyy Moore. Unless Travis Kelce forgets how to play football, Mahomes has enough weapons around him to remain a top-three dynasty startup quarterback for the next several years.
Davante Adams (WR – LV)
While the move from Green Bay to Las Vegas wasn’t ideal for his fantasy value, Adams remains one of the top five wide receivers in fantasy football. Derek Carr isn’t Aaron Rodgers, but he is coming off arguably his best year in the NFL. Having Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow on the team will hurt and help Adams’ fantasy production. While he won’t see a 31.6% target share as he did in Green Bay last year, Adams won’t consistently see a double or triple team either. As a result, he may not have overall WR1 upside anymore. However, Adams should remain a high-end WR1 for the next few years despite the change in his situation.
Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
After dealing with injuries as a rookie, Williams had 10 receiving touchdowns in his second NFL season. He then had 1,000 receiving yards the following year. While his 2020 numbers were down, it was Justin Herbert‘s first year in the NFL. However, Williams exploded last year with career-highs across the board. More importantly, Williams ended the year as the WR9 in non-PPR and the WR12 in PPR despite Keenan Allen finishing the year as a top-15 wide receiver in both scoring formats. Williams re-signed with the Chargers this offseason and is now under contract through the rest of Herbert’s rookie deal. With Allen recently turning 30 years old, Williams should replace him as the WR1 in Los Angeles this year or next.
CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
When the Cowboys used a first-round pick on Lamb in 2020, many were surprised by the selection. However, Lamb is a prime third-year breakout candidate after the Cowboys traded away Amari Cooper this offseason. Over the first two years of his career, Lamb has averaged 76.5 receptions and over 1,000 receiving yards per season. Furthermore, he averaged 14.6 PPR fantasy points per game last season, making him the WR19 for the year. More importantly, Lamb finished the year as a top-20 wide receiver despite only a 20.4% target share. With Cooper in Cleveland and Michael Gallup recovering from a torn ACL, Lamb is in an excellent position to breakout and become a top-10 dynasty wide receiver this year.
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)
Barkley was a fantasy superstar after averaging 24.1 PPR fantasy points per game as a rookie. However, he has struggled with injuries over the past few years. He has missed 42.9% of the games the past three years because of various injuries. More importantly, Barkley’s yard-per-rushing attempt average has dropped since his rookie season. After averaging five yards per rushing attempt as a rookie, Barkley has averaged 3.5 yards per attempt over the past two years. While he isn’t the fantasy superstar we once thought, Barkley is still the best asset on the team. With their improved offensive line and coaching staff, Barkley can return to his top-12 running back status this year if he can stay on the field.
A.J. Brown (WR – PHI)
After ending the 2020 season as the WR7 on a points per game basis in PPR scoring, Brown regressed last year. He missed a career-high four games because of injuries and had a career-low 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns. However, after getting traded to the Eagles, fantasy fans are excited about the move. Brown has been one of the better big-play wide receivers since entering the NFL, averaging 6.2 yards after the catch. Furthermore, he averaged a broken tackle once every 5.8 receptions over his first two years. Brown has top-10 upside in Philadelphia if he can stay healthy.
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS)
Despite the never-ending merry-go-round at quarterback in Washington, McLaurin has finished every year of his career as a top-24 wide receiver in non-PPR scoring. Furthermore, he has accomplished that feat despite averaging only 5.3 touchdowns per year in his career. McLaurin has also put together back-to-back seasons of over 1,050 receiving yards despite playing with several awful quarterbacks. While Carson Wentz isn’t an elite quarterback, he is the best McLaurin has ever played with in the NFL. Despite the addition of Jahan Dotson, McLaurin remains the WR1 in Washington and a consistent, safe floor WR2 for fantasy teams.
David Montgomery (RB – CHI)
While the Bears lack an appealing offense on paper, David Montgomery has been one of the more consistent running backs over the past two years. After ending the 2020 season as the RB4, averaging 17.7 PPR fantasy points per game, Montgomery was the RB13 on a per-game basis last year, averaging 15 fantasy points per contest. Despite a struggling offensive line, Montgomery totaled at least 849 rushing yards every year of his career. More importantly, he is the unquestioned featured back in Chicago. While Khalil Herbert filled in well last season, he isn’t a threat to Montgomery’s role. Montgomery is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He will have a massive 2022 season in an attempt to earn a new deal.
D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
D’Andre Swift has struggled to stay healthy so far in his career, yet he has been productive when on the field. After averaging 14.6 PPR fantasy points per game as a rookie, Swift averaged 16.1 per contest last year. He has finished both years as a top-18 running back in PPR and a top-24 running back in non-PPR despite missing at least three games both years. More importantly, Swift has plenty of room to grow in his game. He has back-to-back RB2 seasons to start his career despite averaging only 132.5 rushing attempts per year. Furthermore, Swift has only 17 touchdowns in 26 career games. After adding some weight this offseason, Swift should stay healthy and have a top-10 finish in 2022.
AJ Dillon (RB – GB)
After a quiet rookie season, AJ Dillon had a breakout season last year. He averaged 10.9 PPR fantasy points per game and 4.3 yards per rushing attempt. Furthermore, Dillon showed an ability to play a meaningful role in the passing game. He caught 34 of his 37 targets for 313 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His 313 receiving yards were only 78 fewer than Aaron Jones despite seeing 28 fewer targets. With Davante Adams in Las Vegas, Jones and Dillon are the two best weapons on the Green Bay offense. Dillon will take a step forward this year, whether on the ground or in the passing game. More importantly, the Packers can get out of Jones’ contract after the season. Thus, Dillon could have a featured role starting next year.
Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN)
Only two years into his career, Justin Jefferson is already one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He totaled at least 88 receptions, 1,400 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns in both years. Furthermore, Jefferson has been one of the better deep ball players in the league, averaging 15.5 yards per reception in his career. More importantly, he has finished as a top-six wide receiver in both years. While Kirk Cousins isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, he has done an excellent job for Jefferson’s fantasy value. Jefferson is arguably the top dynasty wide receiver.
Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL)
Many considered Pitts the dynasty TE1 even before the Falcons used the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on him. While his rookie season failed to meet the ultra-high expectations, Pitts had over 1,000 receiving yards and 100 targets. Despite scoring only one touchdown, Pitts ended the year as the TE6, averaging 10.4 PPR fantasy points per game. More importantly, Pitts has plenty of room to grow from here. Last year, the top-five tight ends in PPR averaged 7.4 receiving touchdowns. If Pitts had scored 7.4 touchdowns instead of one, he would have ended the year as the TE3. The sky is the limit for Pitts.
DJ Moore (WR – CAR)
Despite a merry-go-round of disastrous quarterbacks, Moore has averaged at least 14 PPR fantasy points per game each of the past three years. Furthermore, he has finished as a top-24 PPR wide receiver every year since 2019 despite scoring under five touchdowns each season. After four productive years, Moore signed a three-year extension this offseason. He is now under contract through the 2025 season. More importantly, the Panthers haven’t added anyone to challenge Moore’s role as the No. 1 wide receiver in Carolina. So while the quarterback situation is still a mess, Moore has proven he’s quarterback-proof.
Chris Olave (WR – NO)
The New Orleans offense looks drastically different than it did a year ago. Arguably the biggest addition was Olave. He was a force at Ohio State, averaging 15.4 yards per reception in his college career. Furthermore, Olave had a breakout age of 19.2, putting him in the 85th percentile. While the Saints signed Jarvis Landry after the draft, it was only a one-year deal. Furthermore, Michael Thomas has played only seven games the past two years because of injuries and still isn’t 100% because of an ankle injury. So not only is Olave the WR1 of the future for the Saints, but he might also need to step into that role as a rookie.
Chris Godwin (WR – TB)
While the veteran is coming off a torn ACL, Godwin has been one of the better PPR wide receivers over the past three years. He has averaged 83 receptions for 1,092 receiving yards and seven touchdowns per year, averaging 17.7 PPR fantasy points per game during that span. Furthermore, Godwin had two top-16 finishes in the past three years, including the overall WR2 in 2019. After signing a three-year extension this offseason, Godwin is under contract through the 2024 season. While Tom Brady might not play another three years, Godwin had his best fantasy season in 2019 with Jameis Winston. Regardless of who is under center for the Buccaneers, Godwin will remain a PPR machine for the next few years.
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI)
One of the biggest storylines this offseason was Kyler Murray and a potential contract extension. While a deal is still in the works, there is optimism that an extension will get worked out, and Murray will be a Cardinal for a long time. Last year, he averaged a career-high 270.5 passing yards and 1.7 passing touchdowns per game. However, his rushing production took a hit because of injuries. While they lost Christian Kirk in free agency, the Cardinals traded for Murray’s former college teammate, Marquise Brown. Furthermore, they re-signed Zach Ertz and used their first draft pick on Trey McBride. While DeAndre Hopkins is entering the latter stage of his career, Murray has the weapons and rushing ability to be a top-five quarterback for years to come.
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR)
Cooper Kupp had a 2021 season for the record books. He was the triple-crown winner, leading the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,917), and receiving touchdowns (16). While he averaged a historic 25.9 PPR fantasy points per game, Kupp averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in two of the previous three years with Jared Goff. More importantly, Kupp is the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver for the Rams but not alone in the receiver room. With Allen Robinson on the other side, it will keep defenses from throwing everything at stopping Kupp. Furthermore, Matthew Stafford and Kupp are under contract for the next several years, so expect elite production from both in 2022 and beyond.
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF)
After struggling with injuries during the 2020 season, Deebo Samuel had a breakout season in 2021. His 121 targets last season were only four fewer than his total in 2019 and 2020 combined. Furthermore, he had over 1,750 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns. Samuel’s ability to play wide receiver and running back is critical to the San Francisco offense. Early in the year, the 49ers needed Samuel at wide receiver. They used him more at running back when the injuries started to pile up later in the year. While there are some concerns given his injury history, Samuel is arguably the most versatile player in the NFL and a top-10 dynasty wide receiver.
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA)
While he lost his franchise quarterback this offseason, D.K. Metcalf remains one of the top young dynasty wide receivers. He has averaged 14.4 PPR fantasy points per game or more in back-to-back seasons. Furthermore, Metcalf has scored 22 receiving touchdowns the past two years despite having under 160 receptions. Last year, he averaged six targets and 17.2 fantasy points per game in three games without Russell Wilson. Surprisingly, Metcalf was the WR8 in PPR scoring during those three weeks. While his future in Seattle is unclear, Metcalf is one of the top young wide receivers in football. Now is the time to take advantage of the dip in his value and trade for Metcalf.
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