- Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a big day with over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with three catches for 26 yards. He’ll be a boom or bust player each week. We’re not sold on his dynasty prospects as a reliable receiver just yet.
- Rams receiver Brian Quick had a big day with seven catches for 99 yards. Quick has had promise for quite some time but one game will not change years of data.
- On the IDP side, Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen had two sacks today which is a great start. He should be a low-end DL1 in dynasty leagues.
- Let the Jordan Matthews bandwagon keep moving along as they’re not comparing the Eagles receiver, physically, to Terrell Owens. Matthews appears to be about the 4th receiver off rookie dynasty boards and is looking like a great value.
- After some initial optimism, it looks like Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon will actually man the Marvin Jones role in Jay Gruden’s offense while DeSean Jackson mans the A.J. Green role. It’s disconcerting for Garcon dynasty owners but great for Jackson owners. Stay tuned.
- As if we didn’t need more proof, expect Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to get the ball a lot. Patterson has the makings of a WR1 in short order.
- Giants receiver Odell Beckham won’t be the starter yet as Rueben Randle will be the second receiver to start the season. Randle has never taken the reigns which means Beckham should see significant time early.
- Austin Seferien-Jenkins hasn’t been able to practice thanks to Washington’s graduation schedule which means he’ll start off behind incumbents Tim Wright and Brandon Myers. ASJ probably won’t contribute much in his rookie year but should be on the radar in the second round of your rookie drafts.
- Confirming what was thought before, Giants tight end Adrien Robinson has yet to distance himself from the competition. He should be avoided in dynasty leagues.
- If you have any chance of grabbing Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a reasonable price, do it now. He’s going to be featured a ton this year.
Dynasty Impact: The Vikings trade up to get their quarterback in Bridgewater. On tape, Bridgewater looked like a top five pick but dropped thanks to a disastrous pro day. That didn’t deter the Vikings where he could step in and start immediately. With Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson, he’ll have the tools to be the top quarterback taken in dynasty rookie drafts.
We roll on with your questions. Be sure to get yours in at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com. Peter writes:
I’m in a PPR keeper league. I can only keep 7 on offense. I’m wondering if I could get some input on who would be best to keep. My team is:
QB: Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler
RB: LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Trent Richardson, Stevan Ridley
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kendall Wright, Danny Amendola, Jacoby Jones, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Julius Thomas
I have made some picks, I would just like to have your thoughts on my players. Thank you.
I would say that’s a solid team so far. You also have some depth but not enough to make these decisions difficult. Let’s dive in.
Quarterback – Assuming it’s not a two quarterback league, Matt Ryan would be the choice. Wilson is good, and young, but is not in an offense that requires him to throw the ball a lot. He averaged only 210 yards per game while throwing for 26 touchdowns. Now, he did add over 500 yards per game on the ground but no quarterback in NFL history has kept that rushing pace throughout their career. Meanwhile, Ryan had his worst year since 2010 but was still fantasy’s 11th ranked quarterback, throwing for 282 yards per game and the same 26 touchdowns as Russell Wilson. He didn’t have Julio Jones or Roddy White for good chunks of the year. He’s getting them back plus the Falcons figure to add some talent on the offensive line. Until Matty Ice puts together two years of the kind of performance he did in 2013, you have to assume it was an anomaly.
Running Back – LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are the only choices here. Trent Richardson will have every chance to win the starting job in Indianapolis this year but has not looked good in the NFL. He’s averaged a paltry 3.3 YPC over two seasons and was badly outplayed by Donald Brown towards the end of the season. There’s just nothing there to indicate he’ll be a valuable commodity in dynasty leagues. With Stevan Ridley, I just don’t trust any running back in New England and probably never will as long as Bill Belichick is coach. Ridley’s already been in the dog house with Belichick and it remains to be seen if he’ll return to a big role in 2014. It’s just too unreliable for me.
Wide Receiver – The two easy choices are Demaryius Thomas and Cordarrelle Patterson. Thomas is a top five dynasty receiver as long as Peyton Manning’s around while Patterson will have the benefit of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. The same Turner who got 1,600 yards out of Josh Gordon with three different quarterbacks. Patterson, arguably, has the same raw talent and athleticism as Gordon but needs to convert that into being a productive receiver. With Turner in town and, presumably, a new quarterback, the expectations are high. The third receiver I’d take would be Kendall Wright. Wright managed to make almost 100 catches in an offense ranked only 21st in the league. He’s only 24 and is also looking to have an upgrade at quarterback in the near future. He could be the next great slot weapon in dynasty leagues. The only receiver I’d even consider keeping would be Amendola, especially in a PPR league. The most games he started was eight in one season and has shown no ability to be able to hold up over a whole season. He might not even be the top slot option in New England’s offense if Julian Edelman is re-signed. It’s just too much risk. As for Jones and Sanders, both are easily replaceable options at receiver, especially with the upcoming rookie draft.
Tight End – This one’s easy. Julius Thomas will be a top five dynasty option for at least a few years.
There you have it. On offense I’d go Ryan, McCoy, Murray, D. Thomas, Patterson, Wright, J. Thomas. A well-rounded team of young guys that could produce for your fantasy team for a while.
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- The Cordarrelle Patterson train is just starting to pick up steam in Minnesota as local analysts are starting to peg Patterson to have a ‘monster’ season. It’s understandable as Patterson will be only behind Greg Jennings on the depth chart and has the luxury of Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator. His stock should only increase as we get closer to the season.
- Speaking of wide receiver dynasty stock, reports are indicating Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins could be the best receiver prospect since Julio Jones. In a crowded rookie field, Watkins should go high in the NFL and dynasty rookie drafts.
- New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he wants to use a two running back system and get Bernard Pierce back on track. Pierce is an excellent buy-low candidate as he rehabs from rotator cuff surgery.
- Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware hopes to miss less practice time in 2014. It’s a good thing since Ware’s age and injuries issues are sapping him of his top-tier talent. Ware may not have much left in the tank for your IDP team.
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- A new entry in the top five with Josh Gordon at #4. Gordon did a lot with little to work with on offense so anything should be an upgrade in 2014.
- You can certainly see a trend in the biggest risers: the Bears Alshon Jeffery is up to 9th from 15th; Steeler Antonio Brown is up to 11th from 14th; Chargers rookie Keenan Allen makes the biggest leap to 15th from 24th; and the Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson to 17th from 21st. All are under the age of 26.
- Drops include the Seahawks Percy Harvin from 9th to 12th primarily because he can’t seem to get on the field; Bucs Vincent Jackson goes from 20th to 26th since Lovie Smith was hired as coach; the enigma Hakeem Nicks drops from 23rd to 29th and could fall further depending on where he signs.
- Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is penciled in as the starter for 2014 and many years to come, possibly as the next Percy Harvin. His stock will be sky-high around dynasty drat time thanks to that and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
- Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will begin a new phase of his rehab by including straight-line runs. Wayne was seriously injured halfway though the year last year but could be had on the cheap in most dynasty leagues if you’re looking for a WR3 for a year or two.
- Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew will, most likely, test the free agent market. In related news, the Lions will probably upgrade the position. Pettigrew was one of the most promising tight end prospects for years thanks to the high-powered Detroit offense but never took advantage.
- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez apparently wont’ have to look hard to find work should he be a cap casualty. For Sanchez dynasty owners, there’s a glimmer of hope.
- Recently ‘retired’ Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride suggested tight end Brandon Myers might be better suited as a reserve. For Myers dynasty owners – abort! abort!
Be sure to check out the updated dynasty wide receiver rankings here.
- Top five stays the same with Calvin, AJ, Dez, Demaryius, and Julio in order.
- A couple of NFC North receivers make big leaps with Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery moving up to 15th from 22nd. Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson moved up to 21st from 26th. Fellow rookie receiver Keenan Allen also moved up five spots from 29th to 24th.
- Dropping this month is Ravens receiver Torrey Smith drops from 12th to 16th. Bigger drops include Broncos receiver Wes Welker dropping from 23rd to 27th and Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace from 24th to 30th. Welker has been dealing with a concussion this season while Wallace has been toiling away in Miami. The hiring of a new offensive coordinator could help.
- Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had his best game as a pro, going for 141 yards on five catches and a touchdown. He also added 111 kick return yards. Patterson appears to be the real deal and, with noting to play for, the Vikings could finally unleash his talent.
- Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta made a strong comeback from a hip injury with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. He also tied for the team lead in targets with 11. Pitta’s injury obviously hasn’t hampered his role in the offense. He should climb back up the dynasty tight end rankings soon.
- Vikings linebacker Audie Cole continued his surprisingly good play in the middle with 13 more tackles. In the three games he’s played since taking over for Erin Henderson, Cole has racked up 35 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pass defended. It’s very possible Cole ends up with the job next year as the Vikings have much bigger holes to fill.