Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Chiefs escape Browns, 23-17

  • Browns quarterback Jason Campbell had a surprisingly effective game with a 8.1 YPA, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. This may have bought him another backup opportunity in the league.
  • Campbell’s receiver Josh Gordon continues to impress with 132 yards on five catches and a touchdown. The guy is the real deal.
  • Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson had 12 tackles on the day. He’s on pace for about 100 but would still be his lowest in four years. He’s also 30 years old so his time as an LB1 in dynasty fantasy circles might be coming to an end.
  • Browns safety T.J. Ward had his third straight game of 10+ tackles and added a sack and tackle for a loss. Ward is a fine DB1 play going forward in dynasty circles.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Patriots come back against Dolphins, 27-17

  • The Patriots continue to split carries with Stevan Ridley having 14 against LeGarrette Blount’s 11. The New England running game is one to avoid until there’s some level of consistency.
  • The Dolphins also seem to not notice who the more talented runner is as they had a 2/3 / 1/3 split with their runners. Lamar Miller (luckily) had 18 carries compared to Daniel Thomas’ 9. This is another situation to monitor to insure Miller gets an opportunity at maximizing his value.
  • Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace had three catches even though he led the team with 10 targets. Something is off and until Miami switches gears and institutes a game plan that works better with Wallace’s long-ball skill set, just avoid.
  • Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower had his second solid outing in a row with 10 tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. At just 23, Hightower has potential to be a solid LB2/3 for many dynasty years.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Saints down Bills, 35-17

  • Saints quarterback Drew Brees was downright surgical with five touchdowns and nearly 10 YPA. Even at his age, Brees is a top three option in dynasty circles. You just can’t ignore that level of consistency.
  • Brees’ teammate Pierre Thomas had an efficient day with 65 rushing yards on 14 carries and add three catches for 29 yards. He’s got one more year on a team-friendly contract and with Mark Ingram seemingly on his way out, Thomas should have value for at least the next year and a half.
  • Bills tight end Scott Chandler had, by far, his best game of the year with seven catches for 72 yards. Don’t be fooled though as this is not the sign Chandler owners were looking for. A free agent after this year, the Bills will be on the lookout for an upgrade.
  • Saints rookie receiver Kenny Stills had three catches for 129 yards and a long touchdown. But this is par for the course for any Saints receiver. Stills is a boom-or-bust receiver as long as he’s in New Orleans.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Giants slip by Eagles, 15-7

  • Eagles rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was forced into action after a re-aggravation of Mike Vick’s hamstring issue. Barkley did go 17/26 for 158 yards but had one interception and one lost fumble. Turnovers are the quickest way to get the hook so Barkley will have to cut that out. It certainly didn’t look like he was someone to monitor in dynasty leagues.
  • Giants receiver Victor Cruz had seven catches for 86 yards on 10 targets despite sitting out a portion of the game due to injury. Cruz is about the most reliable fantasy dynasty player on the Giants.
  • Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks had his biggest tackle game of the year with 12. Kendricks was a bit of a sleeper heading into this year but hasn’t lit it up as expected. Maybe this is the start of something.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Panthers down Bucs, 31-13

  • Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon just couldn’t get anything going last night. Down early, Glennon ended up with 51 pass attempts but only threw for 275 yards for an anemic 5.4 YPA. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the Bucs will be in need of a quarterback in the upcoming draft.
  • Fellow Bucs rookie Mike James didn’t fare much better. He only had 10 carries for 39 yards but did see five targets and pulled in four catches. for 25 yards. James did nothing to carve out more playing time when Doug Martin returns.
  • Meanwhile, the Panthers continue to run the ball well with Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Tolbert each averaging over 4.5 YPC. Tolbert will probably be the one without a chair when Jonathan Stewart returns.
  • Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was bright spot on defense with 12 tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. David is one of the premier rushing linebackers in the league and would make a fine LB1/2 for many years.
  • On the other side of the field, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly continues his slow, but steady, pace with eight more tackles. Unless he goes on a run he won’t match last years tackle numbers but he’s still got as many interceptions as he did last year already. His stock may never be lower but it’s still higher than most.

Daily Dynasty Update – October 19th

  • With the trade deadline getting closer, there are several players on the trade block including receiver Kenny Britt from Tennessee. No one quite knows what the Titans plans are yet but with Kendall Wright providing some stability, the need for Britt in Tennessee is less. His stock might improve if he were traded but that’s a big if.
  • Lions running back Theo Riddick will play more, if he’s available, due to the injury to Joique Bell. Neither are long-term solutions in your fantasy dynasty leagues but could be a throw-in to a trade down the road, especially to someone looking to handcuff Reggie Bush.
  • Dallas receiver Miles Austin sat again as the Cowboys hope rest will fix what’s wrong with Austin and his hamstrings. He had an O-fer last week and is the fourth best option in the Cowboys pecking order after Dez Bryant, Jason WItten, and even Terrence Williams. You’d be wise to trade Austin as fast as you can.
  • Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano will most likely be playing this weekend. Rookie Travis Kelce was supposed to give Fasano a run for his money as the ‘move’ tight end but is out for the year. Fasano has value this year and maybe longer if Kelce continues to have issues next year.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Seahawks beat Cardinals, 34-22

  • The Cardinals continue to give Rashard Mendenhall carries where he produced 1.7 YPC on 13 carries. Why they don’t see the light and hand over rushing duties to rookie Andre Ellington, I’ll never know. But one thing’s for sure – Ellington is the guy to own in Arizona. He still managed two catches on five targets. If he ever gets full-time duties, watch out.
  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had 45 pass attempts but only five were directed towards Larry Fitzgerald. You have to wonder about Fitz’s long-term value with Carson Palmer and that offensive line at the helm.
  • In good news, Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd got 10 of those targets and pulled in six catches for 71 yards.
  • Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith had the best game of his young career with nine tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pass defended. Smith is just 24 and is the starting weak-side linebacker in a very good defense so there is long-term potential there.

Daily Dynasty Update – October 18th

  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles might be getting the ball more if that’s possible. While this is great news for 2013, keep an eye on Charles in the near future to make sure the tread doesn’t completely wear off those tires.
  • Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez stated he’s not asking for a trade. However, I’m sure Gonzalez didn’t envision the Falcons getting off to a 1-4 start which would lead one to believe he might give it another go. I’d be buying low on Gonzalez right now. Even if it’s for the last half of a season, he’s a top five tight end option and more so with Julio Jones out for the year.
  • The Texans will start Case Keenum at quarterback Sunday. If Keenum can show anything against the Chiefs, don’t be surprised if Matt Schaub is permanently benched. Schaub has little to no value in dynasty circles anymore.
  • Eagles quarterback Mike Vick is out again, giving Nick Foles another audition. It’s very possible Foles could be the starter going forward with another good showing. He threw for three touchdowns last week in a win over Tampa.

Daily Dynasty Update – October 17th

  • Seattle receiver Percy Harvin will start practicing this week. It’s a great sign of Harvin’s progress but also means this week might be the last week you have a legitimate shot to trade for him. 
  • RGIII plans on running more. In the short-term, this could be a boon for Griffin’s fantasy value but you have to wonder how sustainable it is, especially in dynasty circles. 
  • Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has officially been diagnosed as concussed. You have to wonder how Amendola keeps getting hurt. His value is also all over the place in dynasty leagues – some probably think there’s still something there and would still want a decent return. While others might be ready to rid themselves of this walking injury report. His status in fantasy, in general, is a true toss-up.
  • Arizona running back Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in each game this season. It’s safe to drop him in all formats, even deeper leagues. 
  • Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is officially done for the season. But any astute dynasty player knows this would be a perfect time to pick him off someone else’s team, especially if they’re in it to win it this year. 

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Chargers down Colts, 19-9

  • Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen continues to impress with nine catches for 107 yards. By far, he was the most targeted by Philip Rivers with 12. It looks like Allen will be a star.
  • Colts running back Trent Richardson finally managed 4.0 YPC for the first time this season but only managed 40 yards on 10 carries. However, you have to be disappointed that he didn’t get at least more YPC against this Chargers defense.
  • In encouraging news, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was targeted as much as Reggie Wayne with eight.
  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers continues to play well with the injection of talent around him including Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen. He had a 67% completion percentage with over 7.0 YPC and no interceptions. There’s no reason to believe Rivers won’t continue to play decent enough to be a QB2 for a few more years.