Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Raiders 37, Ravens 33

Raiders

  • Another reclamation project with quarterback Derek Carr having a big day with 351 yards and three touchdowns. It’ll certainly help his dynasty value but Carr will never exceed QB2 status.
  • Not a big day from Latavius Murray with 65 yards on 15 carries but he had all of the Raiders rushes but two. He’s the clear starter for this year which gives him RB2/3 status.
  • Raiders rookie Amari Cooper is already paying dividends with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Now Cooper owners just need every Raiders game to be a shootout.

Ravens

  • Being a shootout, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had the numbers to go with it with 384 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, this game was atypical and shouldn’t be repeated, keeping Flacco in the low-end QB2 conversation.
  • Receiver Steve Smith just keeps on trucking with ten catches for 150 yards. Being the only receiving threat in Baltimore, Smith could flirt with WR2 status in re-draft leagues but it’s hard to imagine him keeping this up beyond this year.
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Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Ravens destroy Bucs, 48-17

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had his best game as a pro with 306 yards and five touchdowns. Flacco has had a bit of a renaissance this year and is flirting with QB1 value in dynasty.
  • Ravens running back Justin Forsett continues to be the back to own in Baltimore with 111 yards rushing on 14 touches. He didn’t catch anything but has enough tread left on the tires to come back next year. If so, he’s a RB2 in dynasty.
  • Bucs rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins gradually gets better with four catches and 58 yards on five targets. His production should continue to increase and is currently a TE2.
  • Bucs linebacker Lavonte David had a big game with 14 tackles. He continues to rack up points in IDP despite being an outside linebacker. He’s a legit LB1.

Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Ravens destroy Panthers, 38-10

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went off for 327 yards and three touchdowns against a very good offense. Still, he’s no more than a low-end QB2 in dynasty leagues.
  • Ravens receiver Steve Smith turned back the clock with seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. It’s a renaissance for Smith but his age limits his dynasty value. Only use him if you’re in win-now mode.
  • On the other side of the field, Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin led the team in targets with nine and hauled in five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Despite the attention he continues to deliver as a WR2/3 as a rookie. His dynasty arrow is pointing up.
  • Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly racked up 12 tackles and a pass defended, turning in another LB1 day. He’s squarely in the top-tier.

Your Dynasty Questions Answered, Part VI

We roll on with your dynasty questions. If you have a question, be sure to email us at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot).com. In the meantime, Chris asks:

“Should I give up Gio and Flacco to get Russell Wilson, Arian Foster, Stevie Johnson, Shonn Greene, Dennis Johnson, and #14 pick in this years deep draft.

Never a fan giving up the best player in a deal but this one I’ll admit has me scratching my head…

.5 PPR, 12 team, and my team is capable of winning now. Eli and Flacco are my only current QB’s, Stevie would be my WR4, Greene and Johnson would have roster spots on my squad also. Your thoughts with limited info?”

While I tend to agree with your assessment of not wanting to give up the best player, I think this might actually be worth it. Let’s break it down by position:

  • Getting back Russell Wilson is a huge upgrade over Joe Flacco. At just 25, Wilson is still reaching his prime and is surrounded by good, young talent. Flacco just turned 29 and, while he’s surrounded by talent as well, is now under a run-first offensive coordinator. And I don’t believe the difference between upgrading to Russell Wilson from Joe Flacco is superseded by the downgrade of…
  • Giovani Bernard to Arian Foster. Bernard is a 22-year old coming off a rookie season in which he had over 1,000 total yards and 50 catches. He should take on an even bigger role going forward and could be a top five running back in dynasty leagues for at least a few years. But running back is one of the most replaceable positions in football, both dynasty and in the NFL. And it’s not like you’re getting scraps in exchange as you’ll be getting an Arian Foster that’s still at the top of the Houston depth chart. Adding his backup in Dennis Johnson means you’re trading for an entire team’s running game instead of just one player. Adding Shonn Greene is fine for depth but his addition is inconsequential.
  • Adding Steve Johnson is not a bad addition either, especially if he makes it as your fourth receiver in a 12-team league. However, be sure to temper your expectations as he’s already 27 and the Bills have a couple good, young options behind him in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. He also is likely to be cut after 2014 when the Bills could save over $8 million.
  • However, I think this trade still favors you thanks to that 14th overall pick. This year has an extremely deep draft in several positions including quarterback, receiver, and tight end. Adding that extra pick could allow you to take a young running back to replace Bernard while still adding a young skill position player.

There you have it. Without that draft pick I might reconsider but adding a potential difference maker, in addition to upgrading your quarterback position, makes this trade work to your advantage.

Remember to send your questions to dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com.

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Packers escape Ravens, 19-17

  • Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy racked up 120 yards on 23 carries for a 5.2 YPC. Lacy continues to show he’s the real deal and a great compliment to the Packers passing game.
  • The Ravens have gone back to not getting Ray Rice the ball as he only had 14 carries to go along with three catches. As long as Jim Caldwell is the offensive coordinator in Baltimore, expect Ray Rice’s usage to fluctuate.
  • Meanwhile, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had an unusually efficient day with 342 yards and two touchdowns on 20/34 passing. Don’t expect that kind of play consistently as the Packers, on average, give up 288 yards passing a game. Flacco is still a fantasy dynasty backup at best.
  • With Packers receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones going out early due to injury, Jordy Nelson ended up with the most targets at 10. Expect that to continue if either Jones and/or Cobb miss any amount of time.

Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Bills slip by Ravens 23-20

  • Bills rookie receiver Robert Woods had a team high eight targets with four catches. Woods isn’t a flashy receiver but could continue to be fellow rookie E.J. Manual’s favorite target. If so, Woods is a great dynasty stash.
  • Meanwhile, the Bills ran the ball 55 times in the game. Lead back C.J. Spiller had to leave because of injury which allowed Fred Jackson to take over lead duties. Jackson actually ended up being more effective with over five yards a carry. But make no mistake, Spiller is still the man and is set up for long-term success. Provided he can stay healthy.
  • On the other side of the field, Joe Flacco might be airing it out more if the Ravens are going to fall behind. He had 50 pass attempts and finished with 347 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.
  • Subsequently, Torry Smith had 12 targets to go with his five catches and 166 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Smith will continue to be boom or bust with no help on the way.
  • Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith, taking over for Ray Lewis this year, had 12 tackles and has  three games of 10+ tackles in a row. If he remains this consistent, Smith could be the answer in Baltimore for the foreseeable future.