- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did it again with 201 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 122 yards rushing and another touchdown. He’s a bona fide QB1 in any dynasty format.
- Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson broke out with 157 yards on five catches and 11 targets. and a touchdown. We expect only one Redskin receiver to produce each game so we’d avoid altogether.
- Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was all over the field with eight tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He could challenge for top LB in dynasty formats
- If today’s any indication, the Redskins will be passing often. RGIII had 37 attempts for 267 yards. He only ran three times. It’s officially time to be concerned about his dynasty value.
- However, the Washington receivers should have good seasons with Pierre Garcon getting 10 receptions for 77 yards and DeSean Jackson getting eight catches for 62 yards. Both should continue to get WR2 numbers.
- On the Houston side, Arian Foster looked like his old self with 103 yards rushing. As long as he’s healthy, he should be a decent RB2 going forward in dynasty leagues.
- As for the Houston receivers, Andre Johnson does what he always does with six catches for 93 yards on nine targets. He’ll be a WR2 for a few more years. Meanwhile, second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins went four for 89 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to ascend.
- 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.
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.
- The Eagles are expecting a big season out of tight end Zach Ertz and you should too. His dynasty stock is through the roof with DeSean Jackson out of the picture.
- Colts running back Trent Richardson claims he knows the playbook a lot better now than last year. Richardson could still be a decent buy-low candidate, especially of the Colts commit more to the pass.
- Tight end Dustin Keller left New England without a deal and, with it, dashed the dynasty hopes of Keller owners.
Click here for updated dynasty wide receiver rankings.
- One change in the top five as Julio Jones enters the top five. Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, and Josh Gordon precede Jones.
- Big risers this month include new Bronco Emmanuel Sanders to 45th from 55th thanks to having Peyton Manning as his quarterback; Eagles receiver Riley Cooper moves to 52nd from 60th thanks to the trade of DeSean Jackson; and finally Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin to 58th from 68th thanks to James Jones’ departure.
- The big drops this month include Saints receiver Marques Colston from 42nd to 50th thanks to the Saints more balanced offensive approach; the Vikings’ Greg Jennings drops from 43rd to 51st; finally Steve Smith drops from 58th to 70th thanks to his probably reduced role in Baltimore.
- Former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is now in Washington. It’s a lose-lose move for him and Pierre Garcon but should greatly enhance Robert Griffin III’s dynasty value. It will also add to the dynasty fall of running back Alfred Morris.
- Bucs running back Doug Martin appears to be good to go if his twitter account is to be believed. Martin should be back as a top dynasty running back in 2014.
- The Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew to compete with Darren McFadden at running back. Neither are reliable options in dynasty leagues and will be heavily covered thanks to no quarterback worthy of drawing defenses attention.
- Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had another great game, going 30 of 48 for 428 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. There’s no doubt who will be the starter in Philadelphia next year and it might mean Foles is a QB1 in dynasty leagues.
- The main beneficiary of Foles’ production was DeSean Jackson, catching 10 for 195 yards and a touchdown. With Foles at quarterback for most of the season, Jackson is on pace to set a career-high in yards and already has in catches. He’ll be an intriguing WR2 prospect in dynasty heading in to 2014.
- Vikings receiver Greg Jennings had his best game as a Viking with 163 yards on 11 catches and a touchdown. Jennings is rapidly getting older but should get an upgrade at quarterback next year. He’ll be nothing more than a WR4 in 2014 and will be worse after that.
- Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks filled the stat sheet with eight tackles, a sack, and an interception. At just 23, he’s a legit LB1 in dynasty circles.
- With Giants quarterback Eli Manning averaging a whopping 40 pass attempts a game, the targets are coming in droves. This week it was Rueben Randle leading the way with 13 to go with six catches and 96 yards. With Hakeem Nicks expected to leave via free agency this year, Randle is the heir apparent to Nick’s spot and should be targeted in dynasty circles.
- Running back David Wilson had only six carries before leaving with an injury. On the season, Wilson is averaging 3.3 YPC after averaging 5.0 last year. Now could possibly be the best time to pick Wilson off as a buy-low candidate from those fed up with his lack of production.
- Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is back to his usual boom-or-bust self with seven catches for 132 and a touchdown. He seems to be the favorite no matter who’s at quarterback, totaling 12 targets when the next highest total was LeSean McCoy at eight.
- Speaking of targets, rookie Zach Ertz had a career-high three targets and two catches. It remains to be seen where Ertz will fit in as incumbent Brent Celek is still entrenched as the starter and has three more years on his contract. Ertz could also be a buy-low candidate.
- Quarterback Nick Foles will audition for teams as he takes over for the injured Mike Vick. However, it would seem that, with so many quarterback in 2014’s rookie class, Foles won’t necessarily be able to cash in a la Matt Flynn. I don’t see Foles breaking out.
At least it’s not Monday?
- The injury bug hit Jamaal Charles on Monday. He went down with a foot sprain but looks fine. The fantasy world probably won’t be comfortable until he sees game action.
- Receiver DeSean Jackson looks like his old self in Philly camp. Currently ranked 44th in dynasty ranks, Jackson may be a tad undervalued at this point. The hope is to be a regular WR3 with a WR2 as his ceiling.
- Second year receiver T.Y. Hilton says the game is slowing down for him. After a good pre-season opener, Hilton is in prime position to succeed this year and in the future with Andrew Luck at quarterback and Reggie Wayne close to retirement. Grab Hilton if he’s available.
- Second year tight end Ladarius Green is looking good in San Diego. With Antonio Gates at 33, Green is in a prime position to take over the starting role but will need to have a good season.
- Rookie tight end Gavin Escobar has been quiet so far in Dallas. So far, he grades out as the worst blocking tight end this pre-season, according to Pro Football Focus. Not exactly a recipe for success. Escobar is no more than a taxi squad candidate at this point. He’d be even more valuable if Jason Witten is on your roster.
- Third year receiver Jon Baldwin dropped a couple of passes during practice Sunday and has yet to stand out in Kansas City’s camp. It’s not inconceivable to imagine this might be Baldwin’s last chance to validate his first round status. Andy Reid does like to throw it around so Baldwin will have his chance.