Lions receiver Ryan Broyles was put on injured reserve, ending his season. Broyles has dealt with injuries his entire career and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever play again. He can be safely dropped in dynasty formats.
Eagle quarterback Michael Vick will be out for a few more games with a hamstring pull. As the story speculates, Vick could be done in Philadelphia and he may find it very difficult to find another starting gig. His value is low right now.
Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace is still not happywith his reduced role in the Dolphins offense. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon unless there are major coaching changes in Miami. His decreased dynasty value won’t change much until then either.
Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was demoted recently. Not the end of the world for the rookie and may signify a good time to buy low in dynasty leagues.
Giants running back Andre Brown is set to return after the Giants bye week. While probably never a RB1, he should be owned in dynasty leagues as he appears to be the Ron Dayne in the 21st century version of the Giants Thunder and Lightning.
Unlike the situation in Arizona, the Rams have no problem handing the keys over to a rookie running back. Zac Stacy ran for 134 yards on 26 carries for a 5+ YPC against a really good defense. Stacy is legit.
The Rams defense did what they had to do and especially defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long who had three sacks each. Long, at 28, and Quinn, at 23, should be the anchors for the Rams for a very long time and owning either in dynasty leagues would be beneficial.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle safety Earl Thomas racked up 10 more tackles totaling 59 on the season. He’s on pace for almost 120 tackles, eight picks, and 12 passes defended. Just an amazing season from a safety. Grab Thomas now if you can.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was downright surgical, going 24/29 for 285 yards and a 10 YPA with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s easily the #1 ranked dynasty quarterback.
Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 94 yards but it took him 29 carries to get there. This will probably be the norm for Lacy – lots of carries as the Packers sit on a lead. The opportunity will be there for many years for Lacy.
Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Normally a top-20 option when all Packer receivers are healthy, Nelson is a top-10 option when he’s the first option.
Meanwhile, a bright spot for Minnesota continues to be middle linebacker Erin Henderson who had 14 tackles and two tackles for a loss. Henderson is on pace for over 150 tackles and, at just 27, should be a LB1/2 in dynasty leagues for at least the foreseeable future.
The Cardinals finally allowed Andre Ellington to start and he didn’t disappoint. Ellington had 154 yards on 15 carries and a long touchdown. He added two catches for eight yards. However, the Cardinals still don’t want to give Ellington more than the 12-15 carries he’s been getting since Stepfan Taylor had just as many carries but a 2.7 YPC. There’s no logical reason to not hand the keys over to Ellington but it is what it is.
Falcons receiver Harry Douglas, filling in for Roddy White and Julio Jones, had 12 catches on 18 targets for 121 yards. Douglas will make a fine option for the rest of 2013 but is already 29 and, unless he goes elsewhere, probably won’t be a dynasty factor.
Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington had six tackles but added three passes defended and an interception. Washington has been as good as advertised and filled up the stat sheet for the Cardinals.
Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed continued his breakout role with eight catches for 90 yards, albeit mostly in garbage time. Nonetheless, Reed is a good, young tight end that should be around awhile.
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno continues to stick around with 44 yards rushing to go along with six catches and 89 yards receiving.
Meanwhile, Denver’s receivers continue to enjoy the spoils of catching passes from Peyton Manning. Wes Welker had six catches for 81 yards on 10 targets, Demaryius Thomas had seven catches for 75 yards on 11 targets and Eric Decker had four catches for 42 yards on seven targets. Like I said, you can’t go wrong with either one. Thomas might have a slight edge because of his age and contract.
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had 10 tackles to give him 59 on the year. Currently, he’s on pace for almost 120. At just 23, Trevathan could be a valuable linebacker for your dynasty team.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was one of the few standouts in an otherwise ugly fantasy game. He had nine catches for 82 yards on 11 targets and will continue to be a WR1 going forward.
Raiders rookie linebacker Sio Moore had two sacks on the day in easily his best game of the year. There was a lot of hype surrounding Moore heading in to dynasty drafts and he may finally be turning the corner.
Raiders defensive lineman Lamarr Houston had himself another sack giving him four on the year and matching last year’s total. Houston has the potential to be a low-end, but steady, DL2/3 in dynasty leagues.
Bengals receiver Marvin Jones exploded for eight receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns. It’s fair to say Jones will no longer be under the radar.
Meanwhile, the Bengals running game didn’t show a lot as BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 33 yards on 11 carries and Giovani Bernardwent for 18 yards on five carries. The Bengals got away with little production from the running game this week but won’t be able to forever. Bernard is still highly ranked in dynasty circles.
Jets receiver David Nelson had a nice little day of eight catches for 80 yards. Even though Nelson is just 26, don’t expect this kind of production to continue. The Jets offense is a bit of a mess and no one is safe.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had another double-digit sack day with a tackle for a loss and a pass defended. At just 23 and the anchor of a strong defense, Burfict will be a solid dynasty contributor for many years.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an extremely efficient day, going 10/16 for 164 yards and one touchdown along with two rushing touchdowns. He’s still going to be a top-tier quarterback in dynasty circles for a long time.
Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III continues to perform with seven catches for 74 yards on 10 targets. With an upgrade at quarterback next year, he’s sure to improve. Now might be a good time to make a play for Shorts.
49ers rookie safety Eric Reid had eight tackles to go along with a pass defended. Reid will be a great producer for many years.