Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Vikings 28, Lions 19

Vikings

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got back on track with 316 yards plus two touchdowns. He struggled to start the season but more games like this put him back in the QB1 conversation.
  • Receiver Stefon Diggs continues to impress with six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. It was also the first time he led the team in targets. Diggs has the potential to be a good WR2/3 in dynasty formats.
  • Rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks had six tackles plus two sacks, doubling his sack total for the season. More games like this and he’ll be a solid LB2/3 in dynasty IDP formats.

Lions 

  • Matt Stafford was on his way to get back on track with 256 yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt. Stafford could still end up in the QB1 conversation by the end of the season but it’ll take a lot.
  • Meanwhile, rookie Ameer Abdullah appears to have taken over the starting job permanently, leading the team with eight carries for 43 yards. He’s not quite setting the world on fire like other rookie runners but could still be a decent RB2 in dynasty formats.
  • Tight end Eric Ebron continues to string together good performances with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. He’ll need to be more consistent to enter the TE1 conversation but he could be a good buy low candidate.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Rams 24, Browns 6

Rams

  • It was the Todd Gurley show with 128 yards and two touchdowns on the ground plus four catches for 35 yards. He might be the top running back in dynasty.
  • Receiver Tavon Austin continues to give some value as a WR3/4 with four catches for 43 yards while leading the team in targets with seven. He’s finally being used as he should and it’s paying off, slowly but surely.

Browns

  • The running game is a mess with three players getting between five and eight carries. No one there is worth monitoring for dynasty purposes.
  • One of the few bright spots this season has been tight end Gary Barnidge. He had six catches for 101 yards. He’s in his last year of his current contract so it remains to be seen if he stays in Cleveland. But if so, he could keep these numbers up beyond this season.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Dolphins 44, Texans 26

Dolphins

  • Ryan Tannehill was about as perfect as you could get, going 18/19 for 282 yards and four touchdowns. We still can’t pull the trigger on Tannehill as a QB1 in dynasty but this doesn’t hurt.
  • Meanwhile, running back Lamar Miller is making a case to be a RB1 with 175 yards on the ground plus three catches for 61 yards and two total touchdowns. He’s been running wild in the two games since the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin. Maybe this is a sign of things to come.
  • Jarvis Landry had a very un-Jarvis Landry-like game with five catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. In PPR dynasty leagues, he can be a solid WR2/3.

Texans

  • Not much to like including the Achilles tear sustained by Arian Foster. He gained 59 yards on the ground plus caught five passes for 66 yards and another touchdown before going down, probably for the season and beyond.
  • DeAndre Hopkins had only six catches for 50 yards. No reason to worry as he should bounce back next week.
  • On the defensive side, Jadeveon Clowney had his best game with 8 tackles and a sack. Hopefully it’ll kickstart a productive season.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Patriots 30, Jets 23

Patriots 

  • Tom Brady keeps on rolling with 355 yards and two touchdowns. He’s so far ahead of most quarterbacks that, despite the age, he has to be a top-five dynasty QB.
  • Likewise, Rob Gronkowski had 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. He’s dynasty’s top TE. Period.
  • On defense, linebacker Jamie Collins led the way with 12 tackles plus a sack. He should be considered a LB1 in dynasty IDP formats.

Jets

  • Even though he’s not the long-term answer, Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid option this season. Today, he had 295 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. It’s possible you could sell him this year to a win-now team.
  • Receiver Eric Decker continues to provide value under the radar with six catches for 94 yards and a team-high 12 targets. Decker has succeeded despite changes in coaches and quarterbacks.
  • Defensive end Sheldon Richardson added another sack in his second game back. He’s a DL1 when healthy and playing but it’s anyone’s  guess if he’ll be back with New York next year. I might try to sell high.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Jaguars 34, Bills 31

Jaguars

  • Blake Bortles had an up and down day with 182 yards plus two touchdowns and an interception. After looking like a bust in the first part of the season, Bortles has come on strong lately. He could end up as a low-end dynasty QB1 by the end of the season.
  • Meanwhile, running back T.J. Yeldon had a good day with 115 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. He faced a tough defense so it was encouraging. The entire Jaguar offense has picked it up lately which is good news for Yeldon.
  • Young receiver Allen Robinson re-established his place as the top target in Jacksonville, leading the team in targets (9), receptions (6), and yards (98). He also added a touchdown. Robinson can safely be viewed as a low-end WR2 in dynasty rankings

Bills

  • Running back LeSean McCoy had an ok day with 68 yards rushing plus two catches for 36 yards. He’s a low-end RB1 until further notice.
  • Receiver Robert Woods had a good game in place of starter Sammy Watkins with nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Woods may not find a long-term place in Buffalo but should be a reliable piece somewhere else.
  • Safety Corey  Graham had nine tackles plus an interception returned for a touchdown. He’s played like a solid DB1 this season but, at 30 years old, should probably considered more of a DB2 in IDP dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Seahawks 20, 49ers 3

Seahawks

  • Russell Wilson had a very pedestrian 235 yards plus a touchdown and two interceptions. He added 20 yards on the ground. It’s been a down year for Wilson but all the means for dynasty purposes is he’s in the large group of QB1’s in dynasty rankings instead of making the leap to elite status.
  • Running back Marshawn Lynch got back on track with 122 yards and a touchdown. It was his best game all season and confirms his RB1 status.
  • Receiver Tyler Lockett had a breakout game with five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. He’s already made plays in the return game but more games like this on offense makes Lockett an intriguing dynasty prospect.

49ers

  • Colin Kaepernick looked bad. He threw for 124 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and no rushing yards. He’s not even a QB2 at this point.
  • Running back Carlos Hyde ran for 40 yards on 11 carries. Hyde may be the only good offensive dynasty piece on the entire team.
  • Linebacker Michael Wilhoite had another double-digit tackle game. He now has 63 on the year and is on his way to 150+.

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Lions 37, Bears 34

Lions 

  • It was vintage Matthew Stafford with 405 yards and four touchdowns. It was against a poor defense so we wouldn’t bump him back up dynasty rankings just yet.
  • It was also vintage Calvin Johnson with six catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. Calvin hasn’t fallen down dynasty rankings nearly as much as Stafford and should be considered a low-end WR1.
  • Linebacker Stephen Tulloch had 13 tackles but, unlike the two above, probably won’t have a day like that again. Tulloch is no longer a three-down back so his dynasty ranking should drop.

Bears

  • Jay Cutler kept slinging it with 353 yards and a touchdown. Still keeping him at QB2 levels.
  • Receiver Alshon Jeffery came back big with eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown. With the Bears season sliding, Jeffery should get a lot of targets.