Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – Cowboys 27, Giants 26


  • Tony Romo was his usual gunslinger self with 356 yards and three touchdowns (plus two interceptions). He’s, at worst, a low-end QB1 in dynasty leagues but has room to grow now that Dallas has little depth at running back.
  • Speaking of, Joseph Randle had a decent day on the ground with 65 rushing yards plus three catches for 42 yards. This may be a best-case scenario for Randle throughout the season which makes him a RB2 in dynasty, at best.
  • The main beneficiary of Dez Bryant’s absence had to be tight end Jason Witten with eight catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Witten’s stats have gone down the last three seasons but he could be due for a resurgence without DeMarco Murray carrying the load. He’s a low-end TE1.


  • An all-around bad night for the Giants started with Eli Manning. Going only 20 of 36 for 193 yards isn’t good for anyone. It’s only one game but Eli is still a QB2.
  • With Eli turning in a clunker, Odell Beckham did too with just five catches for 44 yards. Beckham is rated as a WR1 in dynasty leagues but it might not be a bad idea to see him have another great year before anointing him as such.
  • Very little going on in the run game as well with lead back Rashad Jennings going for 52 yards on 13 carries. Andre Williams got six carries so Jennings is, by no means, a bell cow. His ceiling will be a RB3.

Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – October 2014

Updated running back rankings, in their entirety, can be found here.

  • murrayNew top five member this month with DeMarco Murray sneaking in at five. The top four remain the same with LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, and Gio Bernard. Doug Martin drops from four to eight.
  • Big risers this month include Mark Ingram to 33rd from 40th; Knile Davis to 44th from 52nd; and Ahmad Bradshaw sneaking up to 52nd.
  • Big drops include Adrian Peterson to 16th from 6th; Toby Gerhart from 30th to 37th; Maurice Jones-Drew to 50th from 42nd; Danny Woodhead to 53rd from 47th; Jonathan Stewart to 54th from 48th; Pierre Thomas to 55th from 49th; and Marcus Lattimore to 57th from 43rd.
  • Rookie movers include Carlos Hyde up to 18th from 23rd; Jeremy Hill to 29th from 35th; Isaiah Crowell to 40th from 57th; Jerick McKinnon to 41st from 54th; and Andre Williams to 42nd from 51st.

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Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Cowboys beat Giants, 31-21

  • Giants quarterback Eli Manning had another throwback game with 248 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Manning keeps making a play for low-end QB1 play but in dynasty is probably still a QB2.
  • Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continues his hot streak with 128 yards and a touchdown. He’s fantasy’s top running back this year and is moving into the elite status.
  • Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant did his thing with nine catches and 151 yards. He’s our top dynasty receiver going forward.
  • With Victor Cruz out, Giants tight end Larry Donnell took advantage with seven catches for 90 yards. Donnell has come out of nowhere to be a low-end TE1 this year but should be at leafs a TE2 in dynasty formats.

Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – Cowboys escape Texans, 20-17

  • Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo  had another good outing with 324 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Romo’s long-term health is in doubt but he is a low-end QB1 as long as he’s around.
  • Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continues his torrid pace with 136 yards rushing to go with six catches for 56 yards. He’s been a top RB this year but a lot of uncertainty surrounds him including injury questions. Might not be a bad idea to sell high – really high.
  • On the other side of the field, Texans running back Arian Foster had a throwback game with
  • As long as Romo keeps producing, so will Dez Bryant. He led the team with nine catches on 14 targets and 84 yards plus a touchdown.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Cowboys beat Titans, 26-10

  • Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is making it hard to deny him as a RB1 in dynasty formats. He tore the Titans apart for 167 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
  • Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant did Dez Bryant things with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. He can make a claim for top WR in dynasty.
  • Titans tight end Delanie Walker busted out for 142 yards on 10 catches and a touchdown. Walker could be a decent safety valve for whoever is the quarterback in Tennessee and should top out as a high-end TE2.
  • Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain racked up seven tackles, a sack, and an interception. With as much as Dallas’ defense should be on the field, McClain could be a good play this year but not beyond.

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.

Daily Dynasty Update – April 24th

  • shortsJaguars receiver Cecil Shorts is entering a contract year after two average seasons as a starter. Shoddy quarterback play can partially be to blame but he should have no issues this year as Jacksonville is expected to draft one in the early rounds. Just 26, Shorts is still a dynasty buy for me.
  • Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is skipping workouts in the hopes of getting out of Detroit. He’s a clear #3 on the depth chart and is hoping to catch on a #2 somewhere else. Chances are slim that happens.
  • Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is ready to go for 2014 as DeMarco Murray’s backup. Murray has a spotty injury history so it’s likely Dunbar will see some significant playing time, if he can stay healthy himself.

Your dynasty questions answered, Part VIII

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
DEF: Ravens

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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Your Dynasty Questions Answered, Part V

After a week to re-charge, we’re back at it with the latest dynasty news and notes. Also, we’re back at answering your questions. Be sure to email us at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail.com. Taylor writes:

I’m in a quasi-dynasty 12 team keeper league non-PPR, starting 1QB (1pt/20yds passing & 6pt/pass TD), 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1(RB/WR/TE), 1K, 2LB, 2DL, 2DB, & 1(LB/DL/DB). IDP scoring is, presently, 1pt/tackle (.5/assist), 3/sack, 2/stuff (does not count sacks), 3/force fumble, 4/INT, and 1/pass defensed. However, there is a possibility IDP scoring may significantly increase this coming year.

We keep 10 players from our 25 player roster, giving free agency pretty good depth going into the next year. My roster is as follows:
QB: Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler
RB: Gio Bernard, D Murray, D Wilson, Helu, Gerhart, K Robinson, and L Murray
WR: Green, Gordon, VJax, Hopkins, Boykin, Jernigan
TE: J Cameron, L Green
LB: David, Wagner, Laurinaitis, D Smith
DL: Watt, Quinn
DB: B Pollard, H Smith, & J Cyprien
So, my current absolute keepers are Bernard, Murray, Green, Gordon, David, Watt, and Quinn
Leaving me with three spots left, who should I fill out my keepers with? I’m thinking VJax, Cameron, and either Wagner, Laurinaitis, or Hopkins.  I really don’t know how much it’s worth investing in speculation, but VJax is aging and TE’s are HUGELY important (I do like Cameron’s consistency though, especially also having Gordon). Yes, I know my team is stacked (came in 2nd this year), but I’m pulling my hair out trying to decide who to keep, and where on my roster I might be able to get value from trading. HELP!!!!!!

Alright, let’s take a look at your roster with your starting line up with the absolute keepers since I agree with all of those:

RB: Bernard
RB: Murray
WR: Green
WR: Gordon
DL: Watt
DL: Quinn
LB: David

QB – Your quarterbacks are good but not great. I would say they’re not even QB1 in your 12-team league so dropping them is ok. And while quarterback is certainly important, with only 12 teams in your league, it’s not as if there won’t be other options in your draft.

RB – You have several high-upside guys like David Wilson, Khiry Robinson and Latavius Murray but with only keeping 10 players, it’s a luxury you can’t afford right now. Besides, DeMarco Murray and Giovani Bernard, both under 27, are fine options in a dynasty league.

WR – With Josh Gordon and A.J. Green, you have two of the top five receivers in dynasty. Kudos to you for making that happen. Those are guys you’ll have for a few years. As for your other options, guys like Jerrell Jernigan and Jarrett Boykin also have a lot of upside but you just don’t have enough spots.

To me, dropping Vincent Jackson is preferable to dropping DeAndre Hopkins. Jackson is very talented and produces very well for fantasy teams. But he’s also 31 with a new coach and an uncertain situation at quarterback, three big red flags as you head in to next year and beyond. With DeAndre Hopkins, you’re getting a 22-year old that produced a 50-catch, 800-yard season with one of the worst quarterback situations in the league. And while he’ll have a new coach and quarterback as well, the assistance of Andre Johnson allows Hopkins’ game to open up. Houston is also a lot further long, talent-wise overall than Tampa. However, I still wouldn’t keep Hopkins because…

TE – In Jordan Cameron, you have a top five option at tight end that’s only 26. He’s coming off an 80-catch, 900-yard season with equally as bad quarterback play as the two receivers mentioned above. You can easily slot him in as your starter next year. To me, Cameron is a keeper.

This may come as a surprise but Ladarius Green also would be a keeper for me. Freakishly athletic at 6′ 6″ with a 4.5 40-time, Green has Jimmy Graham-like physical attributes. Green is the heir apparent to Antonio Gates and if quarterback Philip Rivers uses him like he did Gates in his prime, you’re in line for a few 1,000 yard, 10-touchdown seasons. As you alluded to, tight end is becoming more and more important. Having a tight end now and for the future can server you well.

DL – Again, kudos for snagging two of the top five defensive ends in the NFL and dynasty. Robert Quinn and J.J. Watt are both under 25 and play in aggressive schemes, insuring high sack totals. This is an easy call.

DB – Defensive back may be the most replaceable position in all of IDP football. The stats for defensive backs are just too random with a multitude of outside factors determining who gets tackles, interceptions, etc. You’re correct in passing on all of them.

LB – Lavonte David was a top three linebacker in fantasy leagues last year and shows no signs of slowing down. Just 24 and playing in new coach Lovie Smith’s system, David should replicate his production for man years to come. As far as keeping another linebacker, I think you’d be wise to do so, especially with IDP points potentially playing a bigger role in your league. I would keep Bobby Wagner as your second LB. Wagner racks up the tackles with 140 his rookie year and averaging 10 per game in his final eight games of 2013. Those tackle number would balance out David’s big-play ability nicely. He’ll be just 24 when the season starts and plays on one of the best defenses in the league, if not all time.

There you have it. I’d keep Cameron, Green, and Wagner to fill out your roster. Your defense of Quinn, Watt, David, and now Wagner should challenge for the best in your league. I’d also have a hard time believing there’s a stronger set of tight ends. Good luck!

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Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – Cowboys escape Redskins 24-23

  • Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ran for 96 yards on 22 carries for a 4.4 YPC with three catches for 15 yards. Murray is extremely effective this year with a 5.5 YPC. If the Cowboys do make a coaching move, hopefully the new regime utilize him more.
  • Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. With his age and talent, Garcon is a low-end WR1 heading in to 2014 but is more of a high-end WR2. Washington should also solidify its quarterback situation as well.
  • Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter led the team in tackles with 11. Carter’s had an uneven season and is highly questionable to return with many changes expected in the Cowboys defense.