Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith went 17 of 27 for 190 yards and no touchdowns and no interceptions capping off an uneven year. Smith will be the starter heading in to 2014 but needs better options around him to improve.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 20 of 40 for 204 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions to end 2013. Tannehill is entering a crucial year where he’ll need to continue to progress in order to stick around. The Dolphins could also make a coaching change so stay tuned.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller finished 2013 with 73 yards on 17 carries. Miller could also be considered one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this year and there’s nothing to indicate he’ll turn it around in 2014.
Dolphins safety Reshad Jones had 11 more tackles to finish the season with a career-high 107 tackles. His passes defended was down to four from nine but as long as the tackles stay consistent, he’ll be a DB1.
Today was a good day with Geno Smith going 20 of 36 for 214 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 48 yards rushing. Depending on coach Rex Ryan’s future, Smith could be back as the starter next year.
Jets running back Chris Ivory had 109 yards on 20 rushes, showing dynasty owners what he’s capable of when given the chance. He’ll be a low-end RB2, high-end RB3 next year.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon bounced back a little with six catches for 97 yards. He’s firmly entrenched as a Tier 1 receiver for 2014 and the settling of the quarterback situation should only solidify that.
Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson had 11 more tackles for 132 on the year. There were some questions about Jackson adjusting to the new 3-4 defensive scheme but he’s squashed those. He’ll be a LB1 heading in to 2014.
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.
Raiders running back Marcel Reece had a good day with 123 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown plus two catches for 38 yards. Reece is a fine handcuff but it’s hard to imagine Reece entering 2014 as more than that.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Jets running back Chris Ivory had 76 yards on just 18 carries with a touchdown. Ivory’s been reliable when he’s in the game, averaging 4.4 YPC this year. The Jets offense around Ivory is about as bad as it gets so there’s only one way to go in 2014. Ivory could be a decent RB2 next year with strict running duties a la Alfred Morris.
Raiders linebacker Nick Roach continues to rack up the tackles, this time with nine. He’s now at 98 for the year with 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defended, five tackles for a loss and an interception. Brought in to man the middle, Roach should fill that role in Oakland for the foreseeable future.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith just looks bad. He went 4 of 10 for 29 yards and an interception. It’s about time to jump ship on Smith.
Meanwhile, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 28 of 43 for 331 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Tannehill will never be more than a game manager and should be considered a low-end, but steady, QB2 in dynasty circles.
Jets running back Chris Ivory rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries for a 5.1 YPC. Not bad but the Jets played behind most of the game and never allowed Ivory to do his thing.
Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline caught nine passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He led the team with 15 targets with the Dolphins taking advantage of a weak Jets secondary. Don’t expect long-term success with Hartline.
Dolphins defensive lineman Olivier Vernon had another good day with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He now has 10 sacks on the year and has successfully held off #3 overall pick Dion Jordanto remain the starter. He’s an idea buy-low candidate.