Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – April 2014

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  • Change to the top five this month with Redskins tight end Jordan Reed entering at number five. Reed’s stock is up thanks to new coach Jay Gruden’s pass-first mentality. The four before him include Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron.
  • Up this month is Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar and Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Escobar should see more opportunities in Dallas with Jason Witten getting older. Delanie Walker is expected to see more targets in new coach Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. Walker is a decent buy-low candidate for 2014.
  • Lions tight end Joseph Fauria dropped a bit thanks to the Lions re-signing of fellow tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Fauria should pass Pettigrew on the depth chart sometime this season. The other drop is Tampa’s new tight end Brandon Myers. Myers had a terrible stint in New York and isn’t expected to do much better in Tampa. Even at 39 he’s not a recommended buy.

Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – March 2014, 2.0

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  • Top six remains the same with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed at the top.
  • Big risers this update include Vance McDonald of the 49ers. Vernon Davis is now 30 years old and McDonald is the current candidate to replace him; same goes for McDonald’s Rice teammate Luke Willson in Seattle, playing behind now-28-year-old Zach Miller; the last big riser is Atlanta’s Levine Toilolo. With Tony Gonzalez’ retirement (almost) official, Toilolo steps in as the starter in a high-powered offense.
  • The big drops this update include the previously mentioned Miller; the Eagles Brent Celek, 29, who will be giving more snaps to Zach Ertz; the other big drop includes Jacksonville’s Marcedes Lewis, who could be a decent buy-low candidate if Jacksonville draft’s a quarterback in May.
  • The new entries to the rankings include Houston’s Ryan Griffin, who immediately looks appealing thanks to Owen Daniels’ release; and the Giants Adrien Robinson who is currently the starter in New York thanks to Brandon Myers signing in Tampa.

Daily Dynasty Update – February 19th

  • Texans receiver Andre Johnson feels fine after a wrist injury and plans on playing a few more years. Normally, I would be against acquiring a 33-year old that’s not a quarterback but Johnson has shown, time and again, he can keep up as the years go on. While no longer a WR1, he’d be a fine WR2 for your dynasty team.
  • The Raiders could trade Terrelle Pryor before the 2014 season. While it doesn’t make a ton of sense, getting out of Oakland would greatly increase Pryor’s value. It’s clear he won’t get playing time in Oakland and could use a fresh start.
  • Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should be good to go for OTA’s after back surgery. Romo is still an elite talent and is on the low-end of a Tier 1 quarterback list.
  • Retired tight end Tony Gonzalez recently took a job with CBS, effectively ending his career. I still wouldn’t be surprised if he latched on with a team later in the season but this most likely means Gonzalez is done.
  • Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is healed from an in-season concussion after a long recovery. While Reed is an elite talent and could eventually join the top five of dynasty tight ends, the concussion, and long recovery time, is a major concern. I would be hesitant to pull the trigger on a major deal with Reed in your dynasty league.

Daily Dynasty Update – January 30th

  • Big news from Denver as the Broncos are not expected to re-sign running back Knowshon Moreno. Montee Ball dynasty owners need to plan accordingly. Ball came on strong down the stretch and proved he can handle the load. With at least one year in a Peyton Manning offense, Ball could flirt with RB1 status in 2014.
  • Lions running back Joique Bell claims there’s interest on both sides for a long-term deal. Bell came on strong in place of an injured Reggie Bush throughout the season with over 50 catches and over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. A deal would be good news for Bell but would significantly hinder Reggie Bush’s dynasty value going forward.
  • New Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves his new tight end Jordan Reed. This will only enhance Reed’s value heading in to 2014. As a sufferer of a severe concussion last year, Reed’s health needs to be monitored especially playing such a busy position.
  • A crowded backfield in Philadelphia could mean someone is on the way out, according to a Philadelphia blog. Additionally, with both Chris Polk and Bryce Brown being on the roster before Chip Kelly’s tenure started, the same blog suggests he could find one better suited to his offense in the draft or free agency. Stay tuned as this looks like it might be a fluid situation.
  • Bears defensive lineman Shea McClellin is being converted to a strong-side linebacker. Maybe this will salvage some value out of McClellin who has been a huge disappointment as a lineman his first two years.
  • Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had rotator cuff surgery and will miss the next 4-5 months. The recovery will impede his ability to get acclimated to new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Pierce was one of the bigger disappointments after averaging 2.9 YPC last year after a terrific rookie season. If the Texans offense is any indicator, Pierce would play the Ben Tate role to Ray Rice’s Arian Foster – if he can stay healthy.

Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – January 2014, 2.0

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  • We have a new top five with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski (injuries aside), new #3 Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, and Vernon Davis rounding it out.
  • Next up on the list is now second-year Washington tight end Jordan Reed, making a big leap from ninth to sixth. Other big risers include fellow second-year tight end Ladarius Green (from 16th to 11th) who will, presumably, take on a bigger role in San Diego next year. Also be on the lookout for Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz (from 22nd to 16th) who had three of his four biggest yardage games in the last five games of the season. Ertz has more talent than any other tight end on the Eagles roster and should be utilized more.
  • Dropping this time is Packers tight end Jermichael Finley from 14th to 18th due to the questions about his health and where he’ll end up next season. Other drops include the Giants Brandon Myers, who possibly had the most disappointing fantasy season in the tight end category, and Washington’s Fred Davis who was unseated by the previously mentioned Reed. Neither one shows bounce-back potential in 2014.

Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Vikings beat Redskins, 34-27

  • Redskins running back Alfred Morris continued to romp with 139 yards on 26 carries for a 5+ YPA. Good things happen when Morris gets the ball. You can lock him in as a good, young runner in a very fantasy-friendly offense.
  • Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had the second most targets with nine and hauled in six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Reed should be a top two option in the Redskins pass game for many years to come.
  • Vikings replacement tight end John Carlson led the team in targets with seven which just shows you how random the Vikings passing game is. No one can be trusted right now and there’s not even a dynasty hold except Patterson.
  • On defense, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had his best tackle game of the year with 16. Greenway has a good, but not great, year fantasy-wise. Greenway will be 31 next year and Minnesota may want to revamp a defense that’s currently 30th in yardage allowed.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Broncos blow out Redskins, 45-21

  • Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed continued his breakout role with eight catches for 90 yards, albeit mostly in garbage time. Nonetheless, Reed is a good, young tight end that should be around awhile.
  • Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno continues to stick around with 44 yards rushing to go along with six catches and 89 yards receiving.
  • Meanwhile, Denver’s receivers continue to enjoy the spoils of catching passes from Peyton Manning. Wes Welker had six catches for 81 yards on 10 targets, Demaryius Thomas had seven catches for 75 yards on 11 targets and Eric Decker had four catches for 42 yards on seven targets. Like I said, you can’t go wrong with either one. Thomas might have a slight edge because of his age and contract.
  • Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had 10 tackles to give him 59 on the year. Currently, he’s on pace for almost 120. At just 23, Trevathan could be a valuable linebacker for your dynasty team.