Texans running back Alfred Blue performed admirably in place of Arian Foster with 156 yards on the ground. He won’t overtake Foster as long as they’re on the same team but should be owned in all dynasty leagues.
Browns running back Isaiah Crowell got the majority of carries and ended up with 61 yards on the ground plus two catches for 30 yards. He undoubtedly has the most upside of any of the Browns running backs and, hopefully, will continue to start.
Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins led the team again with 80 yards receiving, continues a season that’s been better than Andre Johnson. Hopkins appears to have overtaken Johnson in Houston.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had another sack with five tackles and a receiving touchdown. He’s the top DL in dynasty and fantasy league and it’s not even close.
Bills quarterback E.J. Manual continues to look pedestrian with 225 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. If he keeps playing this poorly, he’ll be benched soon. We would abandon him in dynasty formats.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson had a good day with six catches for 71 yards. He continues to be a solid WR2 despite his age and team.
Texans end J.J. Watt had a big day with five tackles, a pass defended, and an interception returned for 80 yards. Another day at the office for the top DL in dynasty.
Texans running back Arian Foster thrashed the Raiders for 138 yards. Foster has faced weak defenses the first two weeks but its encouraging. You can do worse than him for your RB2 in dynasty.
Raiders receiver James Jones had a big day with 112 yards on nine catches with 14 targets to lead the team in call categories. There’s not much dynasty value in a 30-year old receiver with Jones’ production but he could be a good win-now candidate in Oakland, especially with how much they’re expected to be behind this year.
On the other side of the field, Texans receiver Andre Johnson continues to defy the years with six catches and 74 yards on seven targets, leading the team in all categories. He should continue to be a WR2 in all dynasty formats.
Raiders safety Tyvon Branch continues to produce like a DB1 with 12 tackles in a losing effort. Still just 27, he’s a consensus DB1 in all dynasty formats.
If today’s any indication, the Redskins will be passing often. RGIII had 37 attempts for 267 yards. He only ran three times. It’s officially time to be concerned about his dynasty value.
However, theWashington receivers should have good seasons with Pierre Garcon getting 10 receptions for 77 yards and DeSean Jackson getting eight catches for 62 yards. Both should continue to get WR2 numbers.
On the Houston side, Arian Foster looked like his old self with 103 yards rushing. As long as he’s healthy, he should be a decent RB2 going forward in dynasty leagues.
As for the Houston receivers, Andre Johnson does what he always does with six catches for 93 yards on nine targets. He’ll be a WR2 for a few more years. Meanwhile, second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins went four for 89 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to ascend.
Tampa rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be ready for the season but will be behind thanks to late graduation. He’s also recovering from a stress fracture surgery earlier this off-season. ASJ could be a good sleeper pick in your rookie dynasty drafts as he could develop into a prime red zone target.
Expect Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah to be moved around more along the defensive line which should free him up to get to the passer. Ansah had a decent rookie year and should progress even more.
The Bucs have all but anointed rookie Charles Sims as their third down back, taking some of the load off Doug Martin. Martin will still be a RB1 but probably isn’t in the top-tier as many thought he could be.
With the news of Vernon Davis holding out, at least initially, it should get more work in for second year tight end Vance McDonald. McDonald will be able to show what he has which could lead to more playing time.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson was open about a possible trade demand. Johnson is, seemingly, quarterback-proof as he still churned out 1,400 yards with an ineffective Matt Schaub and rookie Case Keenum. Whether in Houston or somewhere else, Johnson is still a solid dynasty receiver.
Lions running back Joique Bell is nursing a knee injury but there are no indications it’s significant. He remains on track to split carries with Reggie Bush and could possibly be the long-term solution.
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon shouldn’t be counted on for 2014. Blackmon was a highly rated receiver in dynasty drafts just two years ago but his behavior keeps getting in the way. Still might be a decent buy-low candidate if you have a taxi squad.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson feels fine after a wrist injury and plans on playing a few more years. Normally, I would be against acquiring a 33-year old that’s not a quarterback but Johnson has shown, time and again, he can keep up as the years go on. While no longer a WR1, he’d be a fine WR2 for your dynasty team.
The Raiders could trade Terrelle Pryor before the 2014 season. While it doesn’t make a ton of sense, getting out of Oakland would greatly increase Pryor’s value. It’s clear he won’t get playing time in Oakland and could use a fresh start.
Retired tight end Tony Gonzalez recently took a job with CBS, effectively ending his career. I still wouldn’t be surprised if he latched on with a team later in the season but this most likely means Gonzalez is done.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is healed from an in-season concussion after a long recovery. While Reed is an elite talent and could eventually join the top five of dynasty tight ends, the concussion, and long recovery time, is a major concern. I would be hesitant to pull the trigger on a major deal with Reed in your dynasty league.