Bears quarterback Jay Cutler continued his low-end QB1 ways with 289 yards and two touchdowns plus 22 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. As long as the Bears are playing in close games or from behind, they’ll have a reason to pass.
Bears running back Matt Forte continued his RB1 ways with 61 yards rushing plus 12 catches for 105 yards receiving and a touchdown. There’s just no stopping Forte as one of the most consistent backs out there.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen may have had some additional motivation playing against his old team with six catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Olsen will never have as much upside as the elite tight ends in dynasty but his floor is higher than most.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly dominated the middle with 15 tackles, his best output of the season, Kuechly is picking up where he left off last year.
Despite being sacked five times, Cam Newton continues to show why he’s a top five dynasty quarterback with 281 yards passing and a touchdown. When healthy, he’s a stud.
Most of his passes were caught by Mr. Reliable Greg Olsen. He racked up six catches for 72 yards off eight targets. He continues to be a low-end TE1 in dynasty based on opportunity.
Meanwhile, Lions running back Joique Bell continues to be the running back to own in Detroit, leading the team with 10 carries for 36 yards plus six catches for 61 yards. However, he’ll never be higher than a RB2 in dynasty so temper your expectations.
On the IDP side, linebacker Stephen Tulloch had a big day with 10 tackles and a sack. The 29-year old Tulloch continues to be underrated and is a solid LB2 in dynasty.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen ended the year with six catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Olsen has quietly been a TE1 all year as Cam Newton’s favorite target. He will be again no matter who the Panthers bring in.
Falcons receiver Roddy White showed vintage form again with eight catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. There’s a lot to be excited about with the Falcons offense heading in to 2014. All of them are buy-low candidates.
Panthers end Greg Hardy had an incredible four sacks to bring his season total to 15. He’ll be 26 heading in to 2014 and is a legit DL1 in dynasty leagues.
Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow capped his impressive rookie half-season with 13 tackles and a sack. Worrilow had over 100 tackles in barely a half season as a starter and the future is bright.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 30 of 44 for 281 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. This game won’t squash the notion that Brees can’t produce outside the friendly confines of the Super Dome. He’s still a QB1 but don’t expect the world when Brees is on the road.
Saints running back Mark Ingram had an ‘up’ day in his up-and-down season. He ran for 83 yards on 13 carries. He has a 4.6 YPC so all is not lost this season. He’s under contract for one more year to prove himself a viable option in New Orleans.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team in targets and receptions, hauling in four catches on seven targets for 35 yards. Olsen is, without a doubt, Cam Newton’s favorite target this year. If the Panthers ignore the receiving corps (again), Olsen will enter 2014 as a TE1 again.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had an incredible 24 tackles and a pass defended. Kuechly has had a sub-par season compared to last year but all that means is he’s a top-ten linebacker in dynasty instead of top-five.
Panthers running back Cam Newton had an efficient day going 16 of 24 for 273 yards and a touchdown with zero turnovers. The Panthers have had a great season, led by Newton, and have the pieces in place to be that good for a while which is great news for Newton dynasty owners.
Jets running back Chris Ivory had 66 yards on 11 carries for an impressive 6.0 YPC. Ivory has the talent to be a RB2/3 in dynasty leagues going forward. He just needs a quarterback that won’t turn the ball over and keep it competitive.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the Panthers in targets with eight and hauled in five of those for 88 yards. Olsen continues to be Cam Newton’s most reliable target in the passing game and one of the few tight ends in the league that you know is going to see action every week.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had nine more tackles and a sack to continue to lead the way among all linebackers. He now has 122 tackles and two sacks on the year and, at just 22, is the top linebacker in all of dynasty.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was surgical, going 30 of 42 for 313 yards and four touchdowns. Like Peyton Manning, age is an issue with Brees but could be worth a championship or two in your dynasty leagues.
Saints receiver Marques Colston had his best game of the year with nine catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Colston will be 31 next year and is headed to the back-loaded portion of his contract. His value takes a big hit if he doesn’t play in New Orleans. Futhermore, there’s really no consistent receiving option in New Orleans besides Jimmy Graham.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team in targets and receptions with 12 targets, hauling in eight for 40 yards. He seems to be Cam Newton’s primary target. If Carolina should upgrade their receiving position, look for Olsen’s value to take a hit.