Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – April 2014

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  • Denver Broncos vs Baltimore RavensNo changes in the top five: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, and Doug Martin. 
  • Biggest riser this month is Montee Ball of Denver, going from 21st to 16th. With the signing of Knowshon Moreno off to Miami, Ball is, without a doubt, the starter in the high-powered Denver offense.
  • Other risers include new Giants starting running back Rashad Jennings going from 49th to 43rd. After finishing strong in Oakland, Jennings will be asked to take over the starting job in New York after the departure of Andre Brown and David Wilson‘s health still up in the air.
  • Another riser is new starter Toby Gerhart in Jacksonville. Gerhart wasn’t even ranked in dynasty circles until he signed with the Jaguars and is now 46th. Still just 27 without a lot of wear on those tires, Gerhart could be a decent running back option on a young, improving team.
  • The other significant riser is the Saints Khiry Robinson. With the Saints looking to run the ball more, Robinson is the youngest in the new New Orleans running attack.
  • Drops include the previously mentioned Andre Brown from 43rd to 48th. Brown’s ranking was contingent on his status as a starter. He ended up in Houston where he’ll back up perpetually injured Arian Foster so he’ll be an interesting handcuff in 2014 but shouldn’t be relied on.
  • Jets running back Bilal Powell also drops, this time from 54th to 59th. Powell drops to 3rd on the Jets depth chart after the signing of Chris Johnson.

Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Titans dominate Jets, 38-13

  • Titans quarterback Jake Locker continued his impressive start to the season, completing 75% of his passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Locker did injure his hip in the game so it remains to be seen how much time, if any, he’ll miss. But he could be a stable QB2 for dynasty leaguers.
  • Jets running back Bilal Powell also continued his good season, averaging almost five yards a carry. The problem was the Jets got behind early so he only had 16 carries for the game. Powell has an impressive 4.4 YPC for the season and should continue to start. He probably won’t be the starter long-term, though, so his value may never be higher.
  • Jets tight end Kellen Winslow was Geno Smith’s favorite target with nine targets, six catches and 79 yards. It’s too bad Winslow is already 30 and has a sketchy injury history.
  • On the Tennessee side, there still doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut favorite in the receiving game. Nate Washington had nine targets while Kendall Wright had eight. Until one of those show some consistency or develops a rapport with Locker, neither one should be highly valued in dynasty circles.
  • Titans linebacker Zach Brown continues to have a good season with six more tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. At just 23, Brown should be a part of Titans defense for many years to come.

Dynast Recap – Week 3 – Jets outlast Bills, 27-20

  • In a battle of rookie quarterbacks, the Jets Geno Smith prevailed and looked quite impressive against a weak Buffalo defense. He had 331 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. With no pressure, Smith could have a productive season. Keep an eye out.
  • Meanwhile, the man picked ahead of Geno, Bills quarterback E.J. Manual had a quiet day with 243 yards and one touchdown. He did only compete 19 passes on 42 attempts. The Jets defense has been impressive so far so Manual should be fine. I would put him and Geno neck and neck for dynasty purposes.
  • Jets running back Bilal Powell had 149 yards after Chris Ivory got hurt. Ivory will be out for some time so Powell does have some value. Trade him now if you can as the Jets will look for a more long-term solution in the off-season.
  • For Buffalo rookie receiver Robert Woods, the 10 targets were a plus. The two receptions were not. Woods will be fine though and a low buy trade is advisable.
  • Jets defensive lineman Muhammed Wilkerson had two of the Jets eight sacks on Sunday. Wilkerson is only 23 and on a very good defense. He could be a DL1 by year’s end.