Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – Chargers 33, Lions 28

Chargers

  • Quarterback Philip Rivers had a great 2015 debut with 404 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s another veteran that is still reliable. He’s a low-end QB1 in dynasty rankings and should be for a few years.
  • Rookie Melvin Gordon had a sub-par debut with just 51 yards on 14 carries. He’s currently viewed as a RB1 in dynasty leagues but should probably be considered a RB2 until he can prove otherwise.
  • Receiver Keenan Allen had a huge day with 15 catches for 166 yards. If Rivers keeps up his performance, Allen will be the prime beneficiary and should be viewed as a low-end WR2 with upside.
  • Safety Eric Weddle proved why he should be considered a DB1 in IDP dynasty leagues with nine tackles and two passes defended. There’s no telling how many years Weddle has left but it’s about reliability in IDP and Weddle has it.

Lions

  • A couple of semi-breakout games for Detroit. First, rookie Ameer Abdullah  ran for 50 yards and a touchdown plus four catches for 44 yards. If he keeps this up, he’s squarely a RB2 in PPR dynasty leagues.
  • The second was second-year tight end Eric Ebron with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come and Ebron can be the solid TE1 he was drafted to be.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Chiefs upset Chargers,

  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles got back on track with 95 yards rushing to go with two receptions for 12 yards. Charles productivity will be spotty at times but he’s still a high-end RB1.
  • Chargers running back Branden Oliver had a quiet day with 67 yards on 15 carries. The Chargers only had the ball half the time which accounted for the low carry total. We still like Oliver as a RB2 in the future.
  • Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe had a decent game with five catches for 84 yards. But don’t be fooled as Bowe is still no better than a WR4 going forward in dynasty formats.
  • Chargers safety Eric Weddle had a throwback day with 13 tackles. Weddle hasn’t quite been the DB1 he was in the past and we’d look for more days like this before he back there.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Dolphins escape Chargers, 20-16

  • Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had another great game with 127 yards on 19 carries for a 6.7 YPC. Over his last five games he’s averaged 5.2 and played well. The Chargers appeared to have found the secret with Mathews which is use him in small doses and pair him with a pass-catching back. So far, so good. Mathews could still be on the upswing as far as dynasty trajectory value.
  • Chargers tight end Ladarius Green caught four passes for 81 yards on five targets. Green had a lot of hype heading in to the season but the Chargers have failed to utilize him. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for the rest of 2013 and beyond. Get in on Green while you can.
  • Meanwhile, Dolphins tight end Charles Clay is cashing in on his opportunity, catching six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Showing flashes of TE1 skill, Clay is a boom-or-bust pick right now but is still one of the better performers at the position. At just 24, Clay could be a decent long-term prospect.
  • Chargers safety Eric Weddle continue to put up DB1 numbers, this time with seven tackles, a sack and a pass defended. At 28, Weddle will be a DB1 for the foreseeable future.