- Saints running back Mark Ingram appears to have turned a corner, racking up his second solid performance this year. This week, he racked up 83 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with three catches and 21 yards. If he stays in New Orleans, he’ll be a high upside RB3.
- The Browns continued to use a committee at running back in the wake of Ben Tate’s injury. Isaiah Crowell appears to be the better bet, averaging more about five yards a carry with 54 yards on 11 carries. Long-term, we’d bet he’s the one own.
- Without Jordan Cameron or Josh Gordon, Andrew Hawkins led the way for Cleveland with six catches for 70 yards. We still like Hawkins to be a contributor in Cleveland as a possible WR4/5 in PPR leagues.
- Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby picked up where he left off last season with 12 tackles and a sack. Despite being 32 already, he’s a solid LB2 in dynasty formats.
- Browns receiver Josh Gordon could be re-instated soon which is great for dynasty owners. His dynasty ranking should still be high.
- If you needed any more indication of Larry Fitzgerald’s diminishing role, just listen to the coach. Fitz is falling fast on dynasty rankings.
- Redskins tight end Niles Paul will be taking on a bigger role with Jordan Reed out with an injury. Paul is a converted receiver and could play a decent role in Jay Gruden’s more pass-friendly scheme.
- Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown played no snaps in week one and could be traded soon. Now could be a good time to swoop in for IDP dynasty leagues.
- The news was expected but was finalized today – Josh Gordon will be suspended the season. If there was anytime to pick him up, now is it.
- The Bucs traded tight end Tim Wright to the Patriots for guard Logan Mankins. Use the Wright hype to get something substantial as we can’t see him improving on his 54/571 line last year.
- Wes Welker is on track to play in Week 1 despite a concussion suffered in the pre-season. For dynasty purposes, Welker is off the radar.
- Those holding on to Giants tight end Adrien Robinson in can safely move on as its expected to be a committee in New York.
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- The top five remains the same, albeit in a different order. Calvin Johnson stays at 1 with Dez Bryant at 2; A.J. Green at 3; Demaryius Thomas at 4; and Julio Jones at 5.
- The rookies stay steady with Sammy Watkins up to 7 and Mike Evans holding at 11. Others include Jordan Matthews at 25 and Brandin Cooks at 26; and Odell Beckham at 31.
- The biggest drop includes Josh Gordon, who continues to drop, to 17 from 13.
Ol Stylos asks,
I have Vernon Davis, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Matt Prater, Josh Gordon, Colin Kaepernick, and Jay Cutler and need to keep two. Who should they be?
First order of business is to cross Matt Prater off the list. Sorry, Matt.
Second, let’s break it down by position:
- Quarterback – Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick – I think quarterback is a premium position and if you can get a good, young one you have to do it and Kaepernick fits the bill. At 26, he has a long shelf-life while the coaches should be taking the training wheels off this year. Reports have already hinted that Kaepernick will pass more thanks to the trade for Stevie Johnson and a healthy Michael Crabtree. He was already a top-1o fantasy quarterback last year and there’s no reason for him to regress. Meanwhile, Cutler is already 31 and while he might have the better fantasy offense, hasn’t played a full 16 games in five years. The choice is easy for me.
- Wide Receiver – DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Josh Gordon – After a breakout year in 2013, Philadelphia released Jackson, allowing him to sign with the Redskins. The downgrade in offense is obvious combined with the fact that he might only be the third option in the passing game. Meanwhile, Vincent Jackson has quietly been a top fantasy receiver with five 1,000-yard seasons in six years with two different teams. He’s definitely the most accomplished of this group but that doesn’t necessarily translate to dynasty success going forward. Jackson, already 31, now has first round pick Mike Evans to compete with along with second round pick Austin Seferien-Jenkins. I could see another year or two of above average output from VJ but not much after. The real conundrum is what do you do with Josh Gordon? If Gordon were playing, he’s be your keeper, no questions asked. But with a looming suspension, possibly for a full year, I couldn’t justifying keeping him especially when you only have two spots. Which leaves…
- Tight End – Vernon Davis. If you check out our dynasty wide receiver rankings, Davis is firmly entrenched as the 7th best tight end, higher than either Jackson and even Josh Gordon now while his offense, as noted above, is expected to pass more. Among the players available, Davis is the only one that could be considered elite and give you an advantage over most teams in your league.
So there you have it – we go all 49ers with Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis. I think you can get a quality receiver in your rookie draft to make up for the lack of a keeper but Kap and VD should keep you competitive for years to come.
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- Top five remains the same with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, and Demaryius Thomas.
- The big risers this month are all rookies including Jordan Matthews to 26 from 32; Allan Robinson to 36 from 44; Kelvin Benjamin to 38 from 45; Davante Adams to 42 from 49; and Martavis Bryant to 66 from 72.
- The big drops include Josh Gordon to 13 from 7; Rueben Randle to 43 from 37; Cecil Shorts to 45 from 39; and Jarvis Landry to 70 from 64.
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- With Josh Gordon dropping out of the top five, it makes room for Demaryius Thomas. The others include Calvin, A.J., Dez, and Julio.
- Top rookies include Sammy Watkins at 12; Mike Evans at 16; Brandin Cooks at 27; Jordan Matthews at 32; Odell Beckham at 34.
- Justin Blackmon drops from 22 to 31 (and probably further thanks to recent activity); Rueben Randle from 29 to 37 thanks to the drafting of ODB; Markus Wheaton from 40 to 51 thanks to the drafting of rookie Martavius Bryant; Dwayne Bowe from 39 to 53.
- Bad news for Josh Gordon dynasty owners as he’s still expected to get the full 16-game ban that was reported before. Gordon can sit on taxi squads this year.
- Lions running back Joique Bell did not participate in OTA’s this week thanks a knee injury. It hasn’t been reported as serious but it’s something to monitor. Bell could end up as the better running back in Detroit for dynasty leaguers in 2014 and beyond.
- Important note for Russell Wilson dynasty owners – Terrelle Pryor could end up as the backup in Seattle. Pryor showed flashes of being decent in 2013 but will never be a long-term dynasty starter.
- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton survived the draft with no serious competition. His dynasty value is still shaky but it appears Dalton dynasty owners can hold on to hope another year.
- In other Bengals news, the Law Firms time is about done after Cincinnati drafted Jeremy Hill from LSU. Green-Ellis dynasty owners can drop him.
- The Giants now expect running back David Wilson to be cleared for camp. Unless you have a deep roster with a taxi squad, Wilson probably isn’t worth keeping.
- Browns receiver Josh Gordon will probably be suspended at least half the year, if not the entire year. It’s a big blow for the Browns after a much celebrated draft.
- Some more fallout from the NFL Draft is the drafting of LSU running back Jeremy Hill by Cincinnati. Not only does it spell the end for BenJarvus Green-Ellis but severely cuts in to any dreams people had for Gio Bernard being a three-down back. Lower your expectations.
- It’s now confirmed that Justin Blackmon won’t be back in Jacksonville for 2014. Blackmon dynasty owners should cut bait unless they have an extremely large roster with a taxi squad.
- Browns receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm and will be out until training camp. It’s another blow for the Browns after potentially losing Josh Gordon for the year.