Daily Dynasty Update – March 14th

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Daily Dynasty Update – March 4th

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  • Tight end Garrett Graham is supposed to a be a hot commodity, especially between Houston and Green Bay. It’ll hurt the young tight end on that roster (either Houston’s Ryan Griffin or Green Bay’s Brandon Bostick) but will help the tight end on the team Graham leaves.
  • Brandon Pettigrew is expected to hit free agency after starting his career in Detroit. The Lions should be in the market for an upgrade as Pettigrew has been a big disappointment in his career. Whether it’s through the draft or free agency, the new Detroit tight end will be one to watch.
  • The Steelers hit linebacker Jason Worilds with the transition tag which means they can match any offer a team makes to the free agent. If he leaves, expect LaMarr Woodley to stay. If Worilds stays, expect Woodley to go.

Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – February 2014

Click here for updated tight end dynasty rankings. 

  • No big shakes in the top five – Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, and Vernon Davis are all there. These rankings should hold barring significant injury news on Gronk.
  • The big risers this month include Tim Wright from Tampa Bay, Delanie Walker from Tennessee, Brandon Bostick from Green Bay, and Mychal Rivera from Oakland. With the exception of Walker, all are young and are expected to see even more action in 2014. Bostick would be the guy that most leagues shouldn’t know about quite yet so get him if you can.
  • The big drops include Jared Cook of the Rams, Antonio Gates from San Diego, Brandon Pettigrew, who is set to be a free agent, Fred Davis, also set to be a free agent, and the ‘retiring’ Tony Gonzalez. Cook just fell off a cliff after a promising season opener. The Rams are expected to add even more weapons, diminishing Cook’s role. Brandon Pettigrew has had all the opportunity in the world with Detroit’s high-octane attack but hasn’t produced. Chances are low he’ll suddenly break out on another team. Fred Davis hasn’t produce since his breakout year  three years ago. Now rankings are taking in to account Tony Gonzalez’ retirement. But I won’t believe it until I see it. If you can snag Gonzalez for a late round pick in your draft, or something equivalent, do it. 

Daily Dynasty Update – January 22nd

Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Lions slip by Bears, 21-19

  • Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery continues to demand the most attention in the Bears passing game with an incredible 18 targets, catching half of those for 114 yards. Thanks to new coach Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler is passing the ball around and it’s working to Jeffery’s benefit. 
  • Lions  tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his best game of the year with five catches and 70 yards. In his four-plus seasons in Detroit, Pettigrew has yet to break out and has shown what any tight end can do in that offense. His contract is up after this year and Detroit will almost surely look for an upgrade in the off-season. 
  • Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch had another solid game with seven tackles. Tulloch is on pace for another 100 tackle season and should be in Detroit for a while. 

Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Lions hold off Bears, 40-32

  • Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery had a break out game with five catches, 107 yards and a touchdown. The 23-year old has the size and showed flashes of the skill. It’ll be up to Jay Cutler and the Bears to get him the ball. Now would be the time to make a move for Jeffery.
  • Furthermore, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett continues to string together good games and had eight catches for 90 yards. As long as the current Bears regime is in place, Bennett will get his.
  • On the other side of the field, Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his best day of the year with seven catches and 54 yards. Don’t believe it though as Pettigrew has routinely teased fantasy owners. Hopefully, Detroit can replace Pettigrew with someone more consistent when he becomes a free agent after this year.
  • Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch had his best game of the year with 14 tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. Re-signed before the 2012 season,  the 28-year old Tulloch will continue to be a reliable dynasty fantasy starter for 3-4 years.

The Matthew Stafford Contract Extension

Contract extensions don’t usually mean much to fantasy football re-drafters but they do when Matthew Stafford is your franchise quarterback in a dynasty league. Stafford just signed a contract extension through 2017. While this news is great for Stafford’s dynasty value it’s especially great for Calvin Johnson’s, who’s signed through 2019. To have stability in the quarterback position is extremely important and should keep CJ at the top of dynasty big boards. Hopefully Stafford can keep getting 200 targets to Johnson for many years to come. Needless to say it also has positive value for other Lions like Ryan Broyles, who has the potential to be a very good #2 WR in the Lions offense for many years to come. Now would especially be a good time to buy low since he’s recovering from ACL surgery. It also solidifies Brandon Pettigrew as a top-15 tight end option for at least 2-3 years and makes Reggie Bush a solid top-20 option at running back for at least this year.