New Jets running back Chris Johnson will probably be held out of OTA’s but should be ready to go for the beginning of 2014. Johnson’s dynasty stock has been rapidly declining since his 2,000 yard season and isn’t expected to get better in New York. He’s now in a timeshare with Chris Ivory with a ceiling of a RB3.
New Jets running back Chris Johnson understands he won’t be a work horse and will split carries with Chris Ivory. His dynasty stock was already slipping and dropping in to a time share won’t help matters. His days of being a top-end dynasty running back are about done.
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing appears to be 100% heading in to 2014. Cushing has had some injury issues over the past few years but could still bounce back as a LB1 if he stays healthy.
Today was a good day with Geno Smith going 20 of 36 for 214 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 48 yards rushing. Depending on coach Rex Ryan’s future, Smith could be back as the starter next year.
Jets running back Chris Ivory had 109 yards on 20 rushes, showing dynasty owners what he’s capable of when given the chance. He’ll be a low-end RB2, high-end RB3 next year.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon bounced back a little with six catches for 97 yards. He’s firmly entrenched as a Tier 1 receiver for 2014 and the settling of the quarterback situation should only solidify that.
Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson had 11 more tackles for 132 on the year. There were some questions about Jackson adjusting to the new 3-4 defensive scheme but he’s squashed those. He’ll be a LB1 heading in to 2014.
Panthers running back Cam Newton had an efficient day going 16 of 24 for 273 yards and a touchdown with zero turnovers. The Panthers have had a great season, led by Newton, and have the pieces in place to be that good for a while which is great news for Newton dynasty owners.
Jets running back Chris Ivory had 66 yards on 11 carries for an impressive 6.0 YPC. Ivory has the talent to be a RB2/3 in dynasty leagues going forward. He just needs a quarterback that won’t turn the ball over and keep it competitive.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the Panthers in targets with eight and hauled in five of those for 88 yards. Olsen continues to be Cam Newton’s most reliable target in the passing game and one of the few tight ends in the league that you know is going to see action every week.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had nine more tackles and a sack to continue to lead the way among all linebackers. He now has 122 tackles and two sacks on the year and, at just 22, is the top linebacker in all of dynasty.
Raiders running back Marcel Reece had a good day with 123 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown plus two catches for 38 yards. Reece is a fine handcuff but it’s hard to imagine Reece entering 2014 as more than that.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Jets running back Chris Ivory had 76 yards on just 18 carries with a touchdown. Ivory’s been reliable when he’s in the game, averaging 4.4 YPC this year. The Jets offense around Ivory is about as bad as it gets so there’s only one way to go in 2014. Ivory could be a decent RB2 next year with strict running duties a la Alfred Morris.
Raiders linebacker Nick Roach continues to rack up the tackles, this time with nine. He’s now at 98 for the year with 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defended, five tackles for a loss and an interception. Brought in to man the middle, Roach should fill that role in Oakland for the foreseeable future.