When creating this Dynasty Guide, we made a list of the things that we found ourselves looking up the most often when evaluating players in dynasty leagues. We also took suggestions from a lot of you who had strong opinions on what should be included. Below we define everything that is included in this guide.
FG RANKING: Ranking assigned by Fantasy Guides.
TRADE VALUE: These are values assigned from 1-99 to help with evaluating potential trades. They correlate with where a player is ranking in the FG Rankings.
COLOR BARS: These are per-game efficiency stats from the 2021 Fantasy Season. Yes, dynasty is for the long run, but the stats that are usually more important for evaluating are those that are the most recent. They give you the best idea of how well each player performed and how much their team utilized them. They are very useful for being able to visually see how good or bad a player was in a number of different stat lines. Essentially the more color you see on a player, the better they did.
AGE: It's one of the biggest drivers of dynasty value, especially for running backs. Each year you add to that player's age, the more their long-term value diminishes.
MARKET SHARE %: For Running Backs this is the percentage of total yards gained rushing + receiving compared to the team's overall total. For Wide Receivers and Tight Ends, this is the total yards gained receiving compared to the team's overall total.
TARGET SHARE %: For Running Backs this is the percentage of total yards gained rushing + receiving compared to the team's overall total. For Wide Receivers and Tight Ends, this is the total yards gained receiving compared to the team's overall total.
COLLEGE DOMINATOR RATING: For running backs it's their percentage of total team yards + touchdowns. For wide receivers and tight ends it's their percentage of total team receiving yards + receiving touchdowns.
DRAFT CAPITAL: Knowing when a player was drafted is very important, especially early in their careers. A 1st or 2nd round pick is going to get more of an opportunity to prove themself than a late-round or undrafted player.
CONTRACT: One of the best tools to have is knowing when a player is set to become a Free Agent. The "UFA" button shows when each player is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent. If the purple bar is completely full, that means the player is under contract beyond the 2026 NFL season.
CAREER WEAR AND TEAR: Something that is not seen on any other fantasy sites is the TOTAL career workload of a player, including college. It's important to know how much use a player has had over the course of their career. A good example of this is Texans running back, David Johnson. A few years ago, a lot of fantasy analysts would often talk about how DJ, while a little bit older for a running back actually had little usage in Arizona due to sitting for half of his rookie season and then missing the entire year with a broken wrist his 3rd year in the league. This caused him to be drafted very highly in 2018 and 2019. However, a closer look would have shown that he had one of the largest workloads of any running back in college. Looking back, it makes sense why physically he seemed to hit a cliff in 2019.
Taking the full workload into account can give you a much better evaluation of how much tread is left on the tires. Note: for Quarterbacks, the college workload is not included.
INJURY RISK METER: We've taken into account everything from prior injury history in college and the NFL along with age, position and level of usage to try and give an accurate rating of how likely a player is to missing some time in the upcoming season.
ATHLETICISM: Only the metrics that matter are included. Obviously the more athletic the better. While a slow 40-time or 3-cone drill may not matter a lot early in a player's career, it can shorten their career earlier than that of a good athletic score. Think Le'veon Bell (4.65 40) and Adrian Peterson (4.40 40), or Devonta Freeman (7.11 3-cone) and Darren Sproles (6.96 3-cone). Once a player hits 28-30 years old the lack of explosiveness becomes apparent and they just can't break away like they used to. It's good to monitor these athletic measurables as the player ages.