- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did it again with 201 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 122 yards rushing and another touchdown. He’s a bona fide QB1 in any dynasty format.
- Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson broke out with 157 yards on five catches and 11 targets. and a touchdown. We expect only one Redskin receiver to produce each game so we’d avoid altogether.
- Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was all over the field with eight tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He could challenge for top LB in dynasty formats
- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson does what he does – 191 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. He also added 29 yards on the ground. It’s not sexy but he’ll produce.
- Beast mode was in full effect as Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Christine Michael may be the future but Lynch can still produce.
- One of the bright spots for the Packers was Jordy Nelson picking up where he left off with nine catches for 83 yards. He also led the team with 14 targets and it wasn’t close.
- On the IDP side, Bobby Wagner proved his LB1 chops with 14 tackles.
Complete dynasty linebacker rankings can be found here.
- With the injury to Kiko Alonso, we have a new entry to the top five. The order now goes Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict, NaVorro Bowman, and new to the list, Bobby Wagner.
- Couple injury drops include Kiko Alonso from 4 to 10 and Sean Weatherspoon from 23 to 37.
- Rookie risers include C.J. Mosley from 32 to 22; Christian Kirksey from 44 to 38; and Khalil Mack from off the list to 41.
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- Giants quarterback Eli Manning was just bad. Going 18 of 31 for 156 yards, a third of his incompletions were interceptions (five). If your dynasty league success is contingent on Eli, you need to upgrade. Now.
- Giants running back Andre Brown was equally as bad, going 17 yards on 11 carries. This will do nothing to dispel the notion that Brown can’t carry the load.
- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch struggled in the running game, only getting 47 yards on 16 carries but made up for it in the passing game with 73 yards on six catches. Lynch should still be a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 heading in to next year.
- Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner had another outstanding day with 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a tackle for a loss. He’s a LB1 in all dynasty formats.
- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continues to separate himself among the second-tier of dynasty quarterbacks. He went 22 of 30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 47 yards on the ground. Wilson will never put him Peyton-like numbers but can be relied on a weekly basis to put up decent numbers.
- Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton led the team with 12 tackles. Of course, with the Seahawks running 69 plays, someone was bound to make a ton of tackles. But back to Lofton, he now has 98 tackles through 3/4 of the season. His passes defended is way down from the last two years, where he had seven each year, as opposed to the two this year. Lofton is signed cheaply through at least the next two years and is just 27. He’s a good dynasty LB if you’re weak on tackles.
- Meanwhile, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to display LB1 performances with 11 tackles and a pass defended. On the year, he’s got 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and five passes defended. At just 23, he’s a LB1 in all dynasty leagues.
- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was his usual, efficient self going 13 of 18 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson will never blow you away with his stats but he’s extremely consistent and is on a good, young team. That is a recipe for long-term success in dynasty.
- Seattle running back Robert Turbin has been a steady stream of more work lately, getting seven carries for 17 yards. However, he’s averaging only 3.6YPC and isn’t doing anything to hold off promising rookie Christine Michael.
- Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to fill up the stat sheet, recording nine tackles, a sack and two passes defended along with an interception. Wagner is the biggest beneficiary of Seattle’s extremely talented defense. Hold on to him like grim death.
- Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had a decent day in the almost-upset of Seattle. He went 17 of 23 for 168 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. If Glennon keeps playing like that, he could make Tampa think twice about selecting a quarterback in next April’s draft.
- Fellow rookie Mike James also showed some promise with 158 yards on 28 carries for a 5.6 YPC.
- Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch showed what can happen when you put the ball in his hands with 125 yards on 21 carries.
- Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner had a good day with 11 tackles to go with 1.5 sacks. Wagner is still a LB1 for his production and youth and now may actually be a good buy-low time.
- Tampa safety Mark Barron had a very productive day with 11 tackles and two passes defended. Seattle was in comeback mode, which meant more passing opportunities, but Barron figures to be involved no matter what.
After just calculating the amalgamated linebacker rankings, it’s clear there’s a top tier of five. Luke Kuechly of Carolina is the consensus #1 no matter what rankings you’re looking at. The combination of his age (22) and the fact that he’ll be a three-down back on a pretty bad team means he should see plenty of opportunities to be right in the action for many years to come.
The next two spots are interchangeable and include San Francisco’s NaVorro Bowman and St. Louis’ James Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis is another three-down back playing the middle. He seemingly had his hands on everything – four passes defended, two interceptions and 117 solo tackles to go with 25 assists. The guy is a beast and is only ranked lower than Kuechly because of his age (26). The same could be said of Bowman who actually had more total tackles than Laurinaitis (148-142), more sacks (2.0-0.5), more passes defended (6-4). He’s also a year younger (25-26). If you put a gun to my head and told me to pick one, I’d go with Bowman.
The next two include Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, with a similar resume than Laurinaitis and Bowman but is just 23.
Next is the first outside linebacker of the group, Lavonte David. The second year linebacker from Tampa Bay is just 23 and has the potential to rack up sacks with 19 tackles for a loss in his rookie season.
Bottom line is you can’t go wrong if one of these guys is your lead LB for the next five years.