Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Raiders 37, Ravens 33

Raiders

  • Another reclamation project with quarterback Derek Carr having a big day with 351 yards and three touchdowns. It’ll certainly help his dynasty value but Carr will never exceed QB2 status.
  • Not a big day from Latavius Murray with 65 yards on 15 carries but he had all of the Raiders rushes but two. He’s the clear starter for this year which gives him RB2/3 status.
  • Raiders rookie Amari Cooper is already paying dividends with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Now Cooper owners just need every Raiders game to be a shootout.

Ravens

  • Being a shootout, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had the numbers to go with it with 384 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, this game was atypical and shouldn’t be repeated, keeping Flacco in the low-end QB2 conversation.
  • Receiver Steve Smith just keeps on trucking with ten catches for 150 yards. Being the only receiving threat in Baltimore, Smith could flirt with WR2 status in re-draft leagues but it’s hard to imagine him keeping this up beyond this year.
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Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Jaguars 23, Dolphins 20

Jaguars

  • A week after looking like a bust, quarterback Blake Bortles bounced back, slightly, with 273 yards and two touchdowns. Still not a whole lot to get excited about until he does this consistently.
  • Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon didn’t do a whole lot to prove his worth as a first round rookie pick with 70 rushing yards on 25 carries. He’s the lead back, for now, so he still retains RB2/3 value in dynasty leagues but make sure he gets into gear soon.
  • A Jag that didn’t disappoint was receiver Allen Robinson with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. I didn’t believe it before but Robinson is quickly showing his WR2/3 status in dynasty rankings.

Dolphins

  • Another redemption story was quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who went off in the loss with 359 yards plus two touchdowns. Those would be QB1 numbers I just don’t know how often Tannehill gets there.
  • Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry had another big PPR day with eight catches for 110 yards. He led the team in targets and is easily Tannehill’s favorite receiver. As long as that stays true, Landry could knock on the WR2 door for dynasty as well.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Steelers 43, 49ers 18

Steelers

  • In what is quickly becoming one of the top offenses in the league, all Ben Roethlisberger did was throw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a top five dynasty quarterback.
  • His favorite target, receiver Antonio Brown, is also making a claim for top dynasty receiver with nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown.
  • At long last, linebacker Ryan Shazier broke out with 15 tackles and a sack. Shazier was a top IDP pick in rookie dynasty drafts last year but shouldn’t shake the injury bug. Now healthy, Shazier is on his way to LB1 status.

49ers

  • Despite the blowout, quarterback Colin Kaepernick had another solid outing with 335 yards and two touchdowns through the air plus another 51 yards on the ground. It’s the kind of high-end QB2 numbers we’ve wanted from Kaepernick since he burst on the scene.
  • New acquisition Torrey Smith had a big day with six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. The consistency has always been an issue with Smith but he certainly looked like Kaepernick’s top target. He should be considered a WR4 in dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Panthers 24, Texans 17

Panthers

  • Cam Newton shouldered the load again with 195 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 76 more and a touchdown on the ground. Proving once again, Cam Newton does not need receivers to be successful.
  • Running back Jonathan Stewart had another average day with just 62 yards on 17 carries. It’s hard to tell if Stewart’s lack of production is due to the extra attention in the box thanks to zero outside or deep threats. Either way, Stewart can’t be trusted for more than RB3 value right now.
  • Meanwhile, tight end Greg Olsen did get back on track with six catches for 70 yards. He also paced the rest of the team with 14 targets. Olsen’s production should continue to have a decent floor.

Texans

  • It wasn’t the debut Ryan Mallet was hoping for with just 244 yards on 58 pass attempts plus one touchdown. With little prospects of a major infusion of talent, there’s no reason to keep Mallet on a dynasty roster.
  • The only bright spot was defensive end J.J. Watt’s continued dominance with five tackles, a sack and two passes defended.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Buccaneers 26, Saints 19

Buccaneers

  • Quarterback Jameis Winston bounced back from a horrible debut with 207 yards passing and a touchdown along with 23 yards on the ground and another touchdown. This was the kind of performance we expected and it should solidify his status as a QB2 in dynasty rankings.
  • In IDP news, defensive end Jacquies Smith had a big day with three sacks giving him four on the season. The 25-year old has bounced around the league but may have found a place in Tampa and could end up in the DL2 conversation if he keeps these numbers up.

Saints

  • Quarterback Drew Brees turned in another sub-par performance with only 255 yards and a touchdown and an interception. It’s fair to wonder if his physical regression plus the loss of some key weapons has had its effect. He’s in the big group of low-end QB1s in dynasty rankings but you might want to get out while you still can.
  • Another weak performance for running back Mark Ingram with 53 yards on just 16 carries but he did have a touchdown. It’s interesting to remember the hype behind Ingram in the off-season but he can’t be considered more than a borderline RB2/3 in dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Vikings 26, Lions 16

Vikings

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had another average game with 153 yards and a touchdown but added 21 yards on the ground and another touchdown. No need to abandon ship on Bridgewater yet but hopefully the hype catches up soon.
  • Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson ran wild for 134 yards rushing plus 58 yards receiving. He should continue to be a RB1 in dynasty rankings until he shows he can’t do it.
  • Tight end Kyle Rudolph had another five-catch game with 30 yards and a touchdown. He’ll continue to rise in the dynasty rankings.

Lions

  • Quarterback Matt Stafford had a very Stafford-like game with 286 yards on 53 pass attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. Stafford has clearly played himself out of elite QB1 status in dynasty leagues.
  • Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah had a poor game with nine yards rushing and nine yards receiving on just eight touches. He should still lead the team in carries going forward so he’ll be fine.
  • Receiver Calvin Johnson bounced back with 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. He may not be the elite dynasty receiver he was but he’s still a low-end WR1.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Cardinals 48, Bears 23

Cardinals

  • Carson Palmer continues to roll with 185 yards and four touchdowns plus an interception. He continues to provide low-end QB1 numbers and is a high-end QB2 in dynasty rankings. The only drawback is his health or lack thereof.
  • Receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a throwback game with 112 yards on eight catches and three touchdowns. It’s a pretty diverse receiving corps in Arizona with Fitzgerald and John Brown fighting for attention. None of them should be considered more than a WR3 in dynasty rankings.

Bears

  • Running back Matt Forte shows no signs of slowing down with 61 yards rushing plus four catches for 44 yards. He may be spelled more this year but he’s still production RB1 numbers. And with the injuries piling up, Forte is the only playmaker in Chicago.