Daily Dynasty Update – February 27th

Daily Dynasty Update – February 26th

Daily Dynasty Update – February 25th

  • Free agent quarterback Michael Vick might find a home with the Jets in 2014. Vick is the top free agent quarterback available and should be starting somewhere next year, salving some dynasty value for Vick owners.
  • The only quarterback left standing in Cleveland is Brian Hoyer. The Browns are widely expected to draft a quarterback but, for now, Hoyer is the starter. You’d be wise to pick him up in 12, or 14-team dynasty leagues. 
  • The DeMarcus Ware cap casualty rumors are picking up steam. From a business perspective it makes sense: cutting Ware would save $7 million or roughly 1/3 of how much over the cap the Cowboys currently stand. But it would be another downgrade on talent as Dallas continues to pay it forward. 

Daily Dynasty Update – February 24th

Your dynasty questions answered, Part VIII

We roll on with your questions. Be sure to get yours in at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com. Peter writes:

I’m in a PPR keeper league. I can only keep 7 on offense. I’m wondering if I could get some input on who would be best to keep. My team is:

QB: Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler
RB: LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Trent Richardson, Stevan Ridley
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kendall Wright, Danny Amendola, Jacoby Jones, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Julius Thomas
DEF: Ravens

I have made some picks, I would just like to have your thoughts on my players. Thank you.

I would say that’s a solid team so far. You also have some depth but not enough to make these decisions difficult. Let’s dive in.

Quarterback – Assuming it’s not a two quarterback league, Matt Ryan would be the choice. Wilson is good, and young, but is not in an offense that requires him to throw the ball a lot. He averaged only 210 yards per game while throwing for 26 touchdowns. Now, he did add over 500 yards per game on the ground but no quarterback in NFL history has kept that rushing pace throughout their career. Meanwhile, Ryan had his worst year since 2010 but was still fantasy’s 11th ranked quarterback, throwing for 282 yards per game and the same 26 touchdowns as Russell Wilson. He didn’t have Julio Jones or Roddy White for good chunks of the year. He’s getting them back plus the Falcons figure to add some talent on the offensive line. Until Matty Ice puts together two years of the kind of performance he did in 2013, you have to assume it was an anomaly.

Running Back – LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are the only choices here. Trent Richardson will have every chance to win the starting job in Indianapolis this year but has not looked good in the NFL. He’s averaged a paltry 3.3 YPC over two seasons and was badly outplayed by Donald Brown towards the end of the season. There’s just nothing there to indicate he’ll be a valuable commodity in dynasty leagues. With Stevan Ridley, I just don’t trust any running back in New England and probably never will as long as Bill Belichick is coach. Ridley’s already been in the dog house with Belichick and it remains to be seen if he’ll return to a big role in 2014. It’s just too unreliable for me.

Wide Receiver – The two easy choices are Demaryius Thomas and Cordarrelle Patterson. Thomas is a top five dynasty receiver as long as Peyton Manning’s around while Patterson will have the benefit of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.  The same Turner who got 1,600 yards out of Josh  Gordon with three different quarterbacks. Patterson, arguably, has the same raw talent and athleticism as Gordon but needs to convert that into being a productive receiver. With Turner in town and, presumably, a new quarterback, the expectations are high. The third receiver I’d take would be Kendall Wright. Wright managed to make almost 100 catches in an offense ranked only 21st in the league. He’s only 24 and is also looking to have an upgrade at quarterback in the near future. He could be the next great slot weapon in dynasty leagues. The only receiver I’d even consider keeping would be Amendola, especially in a PPR league. The most games he started was eight in one season and has shown no ability to be able to hold up over a whole season. He might not even be the top slot option in New England’s offense if Julian Edelman is re-signed. It’s just too much risk. As for Jones and Sanders, both are easily  replaceable options at receiver, especially with the upcoming rookie draft.

Tight End – This one’s easy. Julius Thomas will be a top five dynasty option for at least a few years.

There you have it. On offense I’d go Ryan, McCoy, Murray, D. Thomas, Patterson, Wright, J. Thomas. A well-rounded team of young guys that could produce for your fantasy team for a while.

Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below and always remember to send your questions in to dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com today!

Your dynasty questions answered, Part VII

With the combine in full swing, we take more of your questions. If you have a dynasty questions, be sure to email us at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com.

Anthony writes:

Would you grade Le’Veon Bell for Victor Cruz and the 6th overall pick this year?

In our latest running back rankings, we have Bell checking in #11. Bell started his rookie season injured but ended up playing 13 games. He was highly productive in the passing game with 45 catches for 400 yards and a 8.9 YPC average. However, the running game was a little less productive, gaining just 3.5 YPC on 244 attempts. Now, that could be due to a 24th ranked offensive line in run blocking or Bell’s inability to find the gap but either way, it wasn’t good. Now, Bell is only 22 and has talent around him to draw defensive attention away and will still be a productive back. But I think there’s more value on the other side.

Victor Cruz is currently ranked #15 in our dynasty rankings and is trending downwards. However, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited about Cruz heading in to 2014 and beyond. Cruz is now the primary weapon in the Giants offense now that Hakeem Nicks isn’t expected back. His contract dispute behind him, Cruz will be ready to at the beginning of training camp and will be just 27 heading in to the season.

But what really makes this trade for Anthony is the sixth pick in the upcoming draft, a draft Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said was the deepest in 30 years. With 2-3 elite tight end prospects, 3-4 elite receiver prospects and a handful of quarterback and running back prospects, you’re guaranteed to get a difference maker with that 6th pick. Not looking at the rest of your roster, adding Cruz plus that pick is a good return for a player at the most replaceable position in dynasty football. I say do it.

Remember to send your questions in to dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com. Enjoy the combine!

Updated Dynasty Quarterback Rankings – February 2014, 2.0

Click here for complete dynasty quarterback rankings. 

  • The top five remains unchanged with Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford. 
  • Biggest drop was Matt Ryan but that’s more to do with the rise of Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, and Nick Foles. The Falcons will be a hot pick for bounce back team of the year.
  • The biggest riser was Ryan Mallett of the Patriots. Tom Brady is a year older and Mallett is still there. It only figures that he’s the quarterback of the future.