Dynasty and keeper leagues require a slightly different mindset than standard leagues. You're playing for keeps, long term. That said, it's important to consider how many players you actually get to keep each year when assessing a players value when it comes time to make a cut, or when draft day rolls around.
If you only keep a few players, trying to stack your line-up with the future Adrian Petersons and Peyton Mannings, will kill your team. Just ask the fools who took Darren Mcfadden in the second (or even first) round of many keeper leagues two seasons ago. Or those that jumped on Michael Crabtree waaayyy too early last year.
It's okay to hang on to older established players over those who offer promise...somewhere down the road. You want to win this season too, right?
The rankings below are based a combination of long term potential combined with current day value for the 2010 season. The differences between the dynasty rankings and redraft (or standard) rankings are relatively minor. As an example, Brett Favre (assuming he doesn't actually retire this year) ranks lower in a dynasty league. However, if you know for sure he has one more season left, that doesn't mean his value isn't greater than his rank. I'd take him over Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco as long as I have solid keeper depth elsewhere on my roster.
The key is balance.
The break between players at #7 denotes the prime cut-off for keeper picks. Unless you're in a two QB league, or you keep a large number of players, only the first seven are solid keepers.
|5 years younger than Brees, and he runs too
|No reason he shouldn't be in the top 2 again on '10
|No running game, no Owen Daniels, no problem
|Expect a slight drop off from '09
|He could end 2010 in the Top 3
|Expect a slight improvement in '10, or more...
|Better than Brady and Rivers last season
|Big Ben throwing the ball, and eluding tackles
|Not flashy, but good young receivers mean points
|Rough sophomore year, but should rebound
|Needs weapons, but has the cannon
|Averaged 2 TDs a game as starter. Sleeper/keeper
|A rebound season is in store with right team moves
|Will he or won't he? One great year left if he plays
|Not a 4000 yard thrower, but still a solid option
|Expect a better & healthier season in 2010
|If he can stay healthy, he can do big things in '10
|He has to be better than last year...right?
|If only he could stay healthy...dream a little dream
|He has the tools, he has the skills, can they collide?
|High upside, Steve Smith, nice sleeper QB
|Better things to come under Shanahan, if he stays
|If he loses Brandon Marshall... Ouch
|If he isn't pushed out he's a decent #2 QB option
|Very raw, INT prone, on a run first team
|More poise than Sanchez, but fewer tools
|If he keeps the job he could surprise on a bad team
|He'll need more than 156 passing yards per game
|Somewhere over the Cuyahoga promise lives...
|Let's see what Chan Gailey does with him
|Will likely be gone by training camp
|There is no team in I, says Russell, and the fans cry