Long-Range Targets: Fantasy Football Players for Dynasty Teams

Dynasty leagues provide fantasy football managers a more real-life experience than do redraft leagues.  In dynasty leagues, as in the NFL, managers build their teams not only to win this year, but also to win in years to come.

With dynasty managers in mind, we have assembled a list of five players who may or may not contribute to a championship run on your fantasy football team this year but who are definitely worth stashing on your roster for those championship runs in the future.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

Bell has outplayed Mikel Leshoure and secured the No. 2 spot on the Lions’ depth chart behind oft-injured Reggie Bush.  Bell finished the preseason with 106 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (6.6 ypc) to go with his 91 receiving yards on 7 receptions.  In Detroit’s high-octane offense, Bell may turn out to be a win-now and a win-later player for fantasy football managers.

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks

A rookie out of Texas A&M, Michael is clearly more talented than Robert Turbin. Michael romped through the Green Bay defense in the preseason (11 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown) and has raised many more eyebrows in the Pacific Northwest than has Turbin.  Handcuff Michael, not Turbin, to Marshawn Lynch.

Quinton Patton, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Patton has been quietly tearing up the preseason and earning himself a spot as the No. 3 receiver on the 49ers.  He hauled in six receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, including a 43-yard score against the San Diego Chargers in the final week.  He’ll start the year in the slot, but expect him to overtake Marlon Moore on the outside in the near future.  This kid has a gigantic arrow pointing up next to his name.

Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints

The rookie out of Oklahoma will be the Saints’ No. 3 receiver, and it’s never a bad gig being the No. 3 receiver in the league’s No. 1 passing offense from 2012.  Stills produced 9 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, making him an interesting roster stash in redraft leagues and a definite add in dynasty leagues.  A consistent amount of targets each week could be an issue for him early on, but at this pace, he could quickly become a regular contributor to the scoreline.

Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

After a first-team All-Pac-12 senior season at Oregon State, Wheaton had a fantastic preseason in Pittsburgh, turning in 9 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and positioning himself as an integral part of the Steelers’ offense – especially early in the season when Pittsburgh will be without RB Le’Veon Bell.  Bell’s backups are anything but spectacular, so the Steelers will likely attack first through the air.  This could be the start of something great for Wheaton in black and gold.

Five more names for dynasty fantasy football league managers’ watch lists:

  • Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams
  • Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cyrus Gray, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Cierre Wood, RB, Houston Texans
  • Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans