Updated Dynasty Quarterback Rankings – November 2015

Complete updated dynasty quarterback rankings can be found here.

  • Top five remains the same albeit in a slightly different order: Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton moves up to three, Russell Wilson, and Matt Ryan.
  • Biggest movers include Andy Dalton up to 11th from 22nd; Tyrod Taylor up to 25th from 37th; and Kirk Cousins up to 32nd from 39th.
  • Drops include Matt Stafford down to 13th from 6th; Peyton Manning down to 20th from 13th; and Colin Kaepernick down to 27th from 16th
  • Rookies Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston check-in at 15th and 16th respectively.

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Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Seahawks 20, 49ers 3

Seahawks

  • Russell Wilson had a very pedestrian 235 yards plus a touchdown and two interceptions. He added 20 yards on the ground. It’s been a down year for Wilson but all the means for dynasty purposes is he’s in the large group of QB1’s in dynasty rankings instead of making the leap to elite status.
  • Running back Marshawn Lynch got back on track with 122 yards and a touchdown. It was his best game all season and confirms his RB1 status.
  • Receiver Tyler Lockett had a breakout game with five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. He’s already made plays in the return game but more games like this on offense makes Lockett an intriguing dynasty prospect.

49ers

  • Colin Kaepernick looked bad. He threw for 124 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and no rushing yards. He’s not even a QB2 at this point.
  • Running back Carlos Hyde ran for 40 yards on 11 carries. Hyde may be the only good offensive dynasty piece on the entire team.
  • Linebacker Michael Wilhoite had another double-digit tackle game. He now has 63 on the year and is on his way to 150+.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Steelers 43, 49ers 18

Steelers

  • In what is quickly becoming one of the top offenses in the league, all Ben Roethlisberger did was throw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a top five dynasty quarterback.
  • His favorite target, receiver Antonio Brown, is also making a claim for top dynasty receiver with nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown.
  • At long last, linebacker Ryan Shazier broke out with 15 tackles and a sack. Shazier was a top IDP pick in rookie dynasty drafts last year but shouldn’t shake the injury bug. Now healthy, Shazier is on his way to LB1 status.

49ers

  • Despite the blowout, quarterback Colin Kaepernick had another solid outing with 335 yards and two touchdowns through the air plus another 51 yards on the ground. It’s the kind of high-end QB2 numbers we’ve wanted from Kaepernick since he burst on the scene.
  • New acquisition Torrey Smith had a big day with six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. The consistency has always been an issue with Smith but he certainly looked like Kaepernick’s top target. He should be considered a WR4 in dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – 49ers upend Chiefs, 22-17

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a pedestrian day with 201 yards passing and a touchdown plus only 18 yards rushing. Kap is no more than a  high-end QB2 at this point.
  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles continues to come back from injury with only 80 yards rushing. To be fair, he was playing a good defense and should be closer to his output from last year as the season wears on.
  • Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston got another sack, bringing up his total to six for the season. Houston is a LB1 in big-play leagues

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Bears come back 49ers, 28-20

  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had a good day with 176 yards and four touchdowns against a depleted 49ers defense. He’s still a very viable QB2 for dynasty purposes.
  • Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an off night with 248 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions to go along with 66 yards rushing. Kaepernick simply isn’t consistent enough to warrant a QB1 ranking in dynasty.
  • Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is another one defying time and space with three touchdowns. He continues to be a low-end WR1 in dynasty formats as long as Jay Cutler is around.

Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – 49ers dispatch Cowboys, 28-10

  • 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a good day with 200 yards passing and two touchdowns. He didn’t need to do much as the 49ers dominated early.
  • Cowboys running back Demarco Murray rumbled for 118 yards and a touchdown and sprinkled in three catches for 25 yards. Murray continues to be a low-end RB1 in dynasty formats.
  • The receiver that won’t quit, Anquan Boldin, had another good day with eight catches for 99 yards. He’s still a top target in the 49er offense.

Your dynasty questions answered here, part XII

kaepernickAs always, email your dynasty questions to dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com. On to the questions!

Ol Stylos asks,

I have Vernon Davis, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Matt Prater, Josh Gordon, Colin Kaepernick, and Jay Cutler and need to keep two. Who should they be?

First order of business is to cross Matt Prater off the list. Sorry, Matt.

Second, let’s break it down by position:

  • Quarterback – Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick – I think quarterback is a premium position and if you can get a good, young one you have to do it and Kaepernick fits the bill. At 26, he has a long shelf-life while the coaches should be taking the training wheels off this year. Reports have already hinted that Kaepernick will pass more thanks to the trade for Stevie Johnson and a healthy Michael Crabtree. He was already a top-1o fantasy quarterback last year and there’s no reason for him to regress. Meanwhile, Cutler is already 31 and while he might have the better fantasy offense, hasn’t played a full 16 games in five years. The choice is easy for me.
  • Wide Receiver – DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Josh Gordon – After a breakout year in 2013, Philadelphia released Jackson, allowing him to sign with the Redskins. The downgrade in offense is obvious combined with the fact that he might only be the third option in the passing game. Meanwhile, Vincent Jackson has quietly been a top fantasy receiver with five 1,000-yard seasons in six years with two different teams. He’s definitely the most accomplished of this group but that doesn’t necessarily translate to dynasty success going forward. Jackson, already 31, now has first round pick Mike Evans to compete with along with second round pick Austin Seferien-Jenkins. I could see another year or two of above average output from VJ but not much after. The real conundrum is what do you do with Josh Gordon? If Gordon were playing, he’s be your keeper, no questions asked. But with a looming suspension, possibly for a full year, I couldn’t justifying keeping him especially when you only have two spots. Which leaves…
  • Tight End – Vernon Davis. If you check out our dynasty wide receiver rankings, Davis is firmly entrenched as the 7th best tight end, higher than either Jackson and even Josh Gordon now while his offense, as noted above, is expected to pass more. Among the players available, Davis is the only one that could be considered elite and give you an advantage over most teams in your league.

So there you have it – we go all 49ers with Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis. I think you can get a quality receiver in your rookie draft to make up for the lack of a keeper but Kap and VD should keep you competitive for years to come.