Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Raiders 37, Chargers 29

Raiders

  • Quarterback Derek Carr had another good game with 289 yards plus three touchdowns and no turnovers. He’s not quite at the QB1 level but he’s firmly in the QB2 conversation.
  • Rookie receiver Amari Cooper caught five passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He’s well on his way to WR1 status.
  • Linebacker Malcolm Smith had a big day with 11 tackles, a sack and an interception. He’s played like a LB1 this year and should level out as a solid LB2 for dynasty purposes.

Chargers

  • Quarterback Philip Rivers had another big day with 336 yards plus three touchdowns and two interceptions. He’ll continue to put up QB1 numbers and should be considered as such in dynasty formats.
  • Receiver Keenan Allen continues his bounce back season with nine catches for 89 yards. As long as Rivers is around, Allen should be a rock solid WR2 in dynasty formats.
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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.

Updated Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings – August 2015

Complete updated dynasty wide receiver rankings found here.

  • Top five remains the same as we head into training camp: Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, and Demaryius Thomas. 
  • Top rookies include Amari Cooper at 14; Kevin White at 18 and Devante Parker at 20. The next tier includes Nelson Algholor at 26; Breshad Perriman at 28; Dorial Green-Beckham at 30.

No doubt this list will change significant before the start of the season as roles are carved out. Be sure to follow us @dynasty_ffc for all the latest.

Updated Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings – May 2015

Complete updated dynasty wide receiver rankings can be found here.

  • Top five has a slightly different order with Dez Bryant and Julio Jones the same at the top but Antonio Brown now third with A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas behind them.
  • This year’s rookie class includes several fine options including Amari Cooper at 15; Kevin White at 18; DeVante Parker at 20; Nelson Algholor at 27; Dorial Green-Beckham at 29; Breshad Perriman at 30; Jaelen Strong at 44; Philip Dorsett at 51; Tyler Lockett at 58; and Devin Funchess at 60.
  • Notable drops include Justin Blackmon from 47th to 59th, no doubt thanks to the news that the Jags are ready to cut ties with him; and Terrance Williams from 51st to 63rd, primarily to the improvement of slot-man Cole Beasley.

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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft – May 2015

It’s been less than a week since the NFL Draft started but we already have an idea at which rookies you should target. We did a 12-team, offense-only rookie mock draft. Below are the results:

  • 1st overall pick – Todd Gurley – RB – St. Louis Rams – Todd Gurley is the only prospect with generational talent and he’ll get the carries needed to justify this selection. The offensive line is a question but imagine Adrian Peterson in 2012. He didn’t need one and neither will Gurley.
  • 2nd overall pick – Kevin White – WR – Chicago Bears – White has the size and credentials to be a WR1 and will start immediately. He enters a better situation than fellow rookie receiver Amari Cooper and should immediately have 1,000 yard seasons.
  • 3rd overall pick – Melvin Gordon – RB – San Diego Chargers – Elite skills everywhere minus the size of a Gurley. The Charles comparisons are lazy but probably accurate here. And there is NO competition from day one. Just an overall clean prospect going to a great situation.
  • 4th overall pick – Amari Cooper – WR – Oakland Raiders – Just 21 when the season starts, Cooper was the consensus top receiver in college last year and followed it up with a great combine including a sub-4.4 40-time. Doesn’t have the best situation but should overcome that.
  • 5th overall pick – DeVante Parker – WR – Miami Dolphins – Assuming the medical stuff checks out on the foot, he’s an excellent receiver with a chance to be a day one starter. Reminds me of Crabtree pre-achillies injury.
  • 6th overall pick – Nelson Algholor – WR – Philadelphia Eagles – The heir apparent to Jeremy Maclin, Algholor is a crisp route runner and can return punts which just add to his versatility. If you’re a believe in Chip Kelly, you’ll love Algholor.
  • 7th overall pick – Jameis Winston – QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I’m as scared by the qbs as anyone but st this point in the first its worth it. Offensive line permitting, he can accumulate stats his first year.
  • 8th overall pick – Ameer Abdullah – RB – Detroit Lions – His low center of gravity coupled with his career 5.5 YPC figures to translate to the NFL. He also enters a good situation with only the pedestrian Joique Bell ahead of him for early-down duty.
  • 9th overall pick – Marcus Mariota – QB – Tennessee Titans – Assuming he’s the starter from day one, he’s worth drafting at the end of the first round of this rookie mock draft.
  • 10th overall pick – T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars – Yeldon has the size and experience to be a three-down back and is drawing comparisons to a poor man’s Arian Foster. He has little-to-no competition in Jacksonville and should start right away.
  • 11th overall pick – Maxx Williams – TE – Baltimore Ravens – The only TE guaranteed to start from day one. Joe Flacco will love him and make the targets readily available.
  • 12th overall pick – Breshad Perriman – WR – Baltimore Ravens – The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman coupled with the lack of competition creates a golden opportunity for Perriman. He takes over Torrey Smith’s spot immediately and will love Joe Flacco’s big arm.

2015 NFL Draft – 4th Overall Pick – Raiders Draft Amari Cooper

After hitting a home run last year with Khalil Mack, the Raiders (seemingly) drafted another stud in receiver Amari Cooper with the 4th overall pick.

Cooper battled Kevin White to be considered the top receiver in this year’s class and ended up winning out. However, he goes to an Oakland team that hasn’t been relevant in some time. He’ll be catching passes from Derek Carr, who had a decent rookie year, but should be heavily covered as the only weapon in that offense.

For dynasty purposes, Cooper may not be drafted as high as White based on the higher floor and situation. I’d be hesitant to draft Cooper now that he’s in Oakland.