Daily Dynasty Update – February 21st

Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – January 2014, 2.0

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  • Nothing new at the top. LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles will be your consensus 1-2 dynasty running backs heading in to 2014. 
  • A slight drop for Alfred Morris from 11th to 13th, possibly due to concerns with new coach Jay Gruden’s offense. Morris is probably not an RB1 in dynasty leagues but is an ideal RB2. 
  • Other drops include Darren McFadden from 23rd to 26th. There’s a lot of uncertainty with McFadden heading in 2014 – injuries, free agency, etc. There’s also BenJarvus Green-Ellis from Cincinnati who will take an even bigger back seat to Giovani Bernard
  • The biggest riser (again) is Cardinals running back Andre Ellington from 31st to 23rd. Ellington could be a RB1 in dynasty leagues when (if) he takes the reins. 

Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – Cardinals shock Seahawks,

  • The Cardinals running attached was more of the same. Incumbent Rashard Mendenhall ran for 63 yards on 21 carries for a 3 YPC. Meanwhile, Andre Ellington went for 64 yards on 15 carries and a 4.3 YPC. Ellington dynasty owners pray that Mendenhall won’t be back.
  • Seattle safety Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles and an interception. He’s been outshone by fellow safety Earl Thomas all year but today was vintage Chancellor. Him and Thomas are fairly interchangeable as far as Seattle safeties.
  • Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell had two more sacks on the day, giving him eight on the year. Campbell is a highly effective dynasty DL as his stat sheet is pretty diverse. He has 53 tackles on the year along with six passes defended.

Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Cardinals escape Titans, 37-34 (OT)

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an efficient day going 20 of 30 for 231 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are playing well, Palmer will be a decent option as a low-end QB2 in dynasty leagues for the next 1-2 years.
  • Cardinals running back Andre Ellington continues to outplay incumbent running back Rashard Mendenhall, going for 71 yards on only 10 carries. He was also the leading receiver with 87 yards on four catches. If Mendenhall doesn’t come back next year, Ellington will be a RB1 dynasty option.
  • Titans receiver Kendall Wright had his best game of the year, catching 12 for 150 yards. It’s been an impressive season for Wright even with the last of a reliable quarterback option. The Titans are expected to upgrade the position next year which will only boost Wright’s value.
  • Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had an impressive nine tackles with 1.5 sacks. He now has 54 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the season, great totals for an interior lineman. Casey is approaching Geno Atkins-type production

Dynasty Recap – Week 14 – Cardinals take down Rams, 30-10

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was highly efficient, going 27 of 32 for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals have been good this season and Palmer should continue to be hot at times in 2014. He’s still older and slow but could be serviceable for a year or two.
  • Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington outplayed, again, Rashard Mendenhall, running for 46 yards on 11 carries. He’ll continue to be second fiddle to Mendenhall but that should change next year.
  • Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauled in all 12 of his targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are winning, Fitzgerald should be happy and continue to produce.
  • Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree continues to play well with nine tackles and the first sack of his career. He’s up to 94 tackles on the year and has played as well as any rookie linebacker this side of Kiko Alonso. He’s the next possible Lavonte David.

Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – Cardinals destroy Colts

  • It’s sounding like a broken record but Trent Richardson had another sub-par game with a 2.1 YPC on seven attempts. It’s officially time to buy-low on Richardson. Anyone treating him like anything other than a bust is crazy.
  • Meanwhile, the Cardinals put Rashard Mendenhall back to the top of the depth chart and carried it 13 times for 54 yards and a touchdown for a respectable 4.2 YPC. Even though rookie Andre Ellington also had a good game with 50 yards on 10 carries, don’t expect him to overtake Mendenhall any time soon. Next year, on the other hand, hopefully the Arizona coaching staff sees the light.
  • Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd hauled in all seven targets for 104 yards and a touchdown. Whether Larry Fitzgerald stays or goes, Floyd is a solid player.
  • Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby continues his solid 2013 season with five tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Count me as one of those that didn’t believe Dansby had anything left but with 14 passes defended (including at least one in each game) to go along with his 87 tackles, he’s made himself relevant. I’d expect Arizona to re-sign the free agent after this season and try to keep their excellent defense in tact.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Cardinals beat Jaguars, 27-14

  • Cardinals running back Andre Ellington had even less carries than suspected with eight for three yards to go along with two receptions for 10 yards.
  • Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd had the best game of his career with six catches for 193 yards and a touchdown. With Larry Fitzgerald’s status unknown for next year, it wouldn’t hurt to explore Floyd’s availability in your dynasty league.
  • Cardinals tight end Rob Housler had his best game of the year with six catches for 70 yards on nine targets. Until Housler provides some consistency, Housler is a ‘sell’ candidate.
  • Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell had another sack to bring his season-total to five. Campbell continues to be one of the most consistent defensive linemen in the game.

Daily Dynasty Update – November 14th

Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Cardinals edge Texans, 27-24

  • The results on Houston quarterback Case Keenum were mixed as he threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions but only had a 4.7 YPA and did lose a fumble. No one doubts he’s been better than Matt Schaub but it remains to be seen if he’ll be a viable dynasty leaguer.
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians is back to his old ways and giving the ball more to Rashard Mendenhall than to rookie Andre Ellington with Mendenhall getting 13 carries to Ellington’s 11. Ellington averaged two more yards per carry, providing even more proof of his superiority. Ellington is the long-term play in Arizona.
  • Texans running back Ben Tate didn’t exactly run away with the starting job, netting 56 yards rushing on 15 carries with three catches for eight yards. However, we won’t see Tate 100% until probably next season as he’s dealing with bruised ribs. He’s still a good long-term play.

Daily Dynasty Update – October 30th