Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – August 2014

Complete dynasty linebacker rankings can be found here

  • wagnerWith the injury to Kiko Alonso, we have a new entry to the top five. The order now goes Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict, NaVorro Bowman, and new to the list, Bobby Wagner. 
  • Couple injury drops include Kiko Alonso from 4 to 10 and Sean Weatherspoon from 23 to 37.
  • Rookie risers include C.J. Mosley from 32 to 22; Christian Kirksey from 44 to 38; and Khalil Mack from off the list to 41.

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Daily Dynasty Update – July 3rd

Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – June 2014

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  • shazierA new top five in dynasty linebacker rankings: Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, NaVorro Bowman, Kiko Alonso, and Vontaze Burfict. 
  • Rookies entering the rankings include Ryan Shazier at 15; C.J. Mosley at 32; Christian Kirksey at 44; and Tevin Smith at 46.
  • Some notable movers include Alec Ogletree to 8 from 24; fresh off his suspension, Daryl Washington to 22 from 7; and on the flip side, Kevin Minter to 21 from 44; thanks to his latest injury, Sean Lee drops to 26 from 6.

Daily Dynasty Update – March 14th

Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – January 2014

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  • The top of the rankings stay mostly the same with Luke Kuechly, NaVorro Bowman, and Lavonte David making up the top three. Bowman’s status will be closely monitored after destroying his knee in the NFC Championship game.
  • The big risers this month include the Eagles Mychal Kendricks, Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso and the Bengals Vontaze Burfict. All are coming off strong seasons and will enter 2014 under the age of 24. They will be heading in to the top ten soon.
  • Drops this month include the 49ers Patrick Willis (age/injury) and the Cowboys Bruce Carter (pass protection) and Tampa’s Mason Foster (new scheme). These are guys you should look at trading to see what you get.

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – Patriots beat up Bills, 34-20

  • Bills quarterback Thad Lewis went 16 of 29 for 247 yards and a touchdown. If anything, Lewis has shown he’s a capable backup to E.J. Manual. Plan accordingly in 2014.
  • Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount ran wild for 189 yards on 24 carries as the rush running back (as opposed to the receiving running back). The Patriots running back will be one to monitor heading in to 2014.
  • Meanwhile, Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller ran for 105 yards on 19 carries along with five catches for 28 yards. It provided fantasy owners a glimpse of what could have been in 2013.
  • Patriots receiver Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 65 yards which gives him over 100 catches and 1,000 yards on the year. If Edelman re-signs with New England, he’ll be a  WR2 in dynasty leagues.
  • Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso capped his excellent rookie year with 14 more tackles. He finishes the year with 159 on the year and is a LB1 heading in to next year.

Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Steelers dominate Bills, 23-10

  • There wasn’t a lot to like fantasy-wise. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown hauled in six catches for 104 yards. Brown is as an underrated receiver in dynasty circles as you can get.
  • Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso had another 10 tackle day. He would warrant fantasy rookie of the year if there was such an award. He’s this years Luke Kuechly and will be a top five LB option in dynasty leagues.
  • Bills defensive lineman Jerry Hughes had two sacks to bring his streak to three games in a row with one. Hughes is a good cheap, option to look at for 2014 but not much more than that.

Dynasty Recap – Week 9 – Chiefs beat Bills, 23-13

  • Bills running back C.J. Spiller finally showed flashes of what he’s capable of with 116 yards rushing on 12 carries. He added two receptions for 39 yards. Spiller is still capable of being a RB1 when healthy.
  • The same could be said for Jamaal Charles with 90 yards rushing and six catches.
  • Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 67 yards. I can’t imagine that kind of line to last with Alex Smith at quarterback. Continue to hold Bowe at bay until he a) changes teams or b) KC makes a quarterback change.
  • Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso had eight tackles to go along with a sack and two tackles for a loss. He might be the next Luke Kuechly. See what it would take to own him in your dynasty league.

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Bengals escape Bills, 27-24 (OT)

  • The Bengals went back to an even split on running backs between BarJarvus  Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard as the veteran, Green-Ellis, lhad 18 compared to the rookie Bernard’s 15. However, Bernard had six catches for 72 yards, proving how valuable he can be.
  • After a career-best five catches last week, Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert came back down to Earth with two catches for 13 yards. Until incumbent tight end Jermaine Gresham moves on to another team, Eifert’s potential will be limited.
  • Buffalo rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso had an incredible 22 tackles to bring his season total to 66. He’s currently on pace for 176 tackles on the season. He’s a keeper in every sense of the word.
  • Buffalo safety Da’Norris Searcy had quite a day too with 16 tackles, three tackles for a loss and a sack. At just 24, Search is in line for more opportunities if Jairus Byrd should move on through a trade and could be a value in big play leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – Browns beat Bills, 37-24

  • Running back C.J. Spiller had only eight carries and no targets while battling through injuries. Even though Spiller has shown he can carry the load, Buffalo still doesn’t take advantage. His carries for the first five games have totaled 17-16-10-23-8 while getting no catches the last two games. He’s still the long-term solution so he might make an ideal buy-low candidate.
  • Meanwhile, quarterback E.J. Manual‘s play has gradually declined since a solid two weeks to start the season and will now be out a few weeks with a knee injury. While Manual is the long-term solution in Buffalo, there might be a half-dozen quarterbacks for you to consider drafting in dynasty circles in 2014 that offer more than Manual.
  • Cleveland’s running game averaged less than 3.0 YPC. Keep an eye on whoever takes over that role next year as they HAVE to be better than what they have now.
  • Buffalo rookie receiver Robert Woods had 13 targets with five catches for 64 yards. He was working well with Manual at quarterback and should continue that when Manual comes back. He’s at the top of the rookie receiver class at the moment.
  • Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon had four catches for 84 yards while trade talk swirls. No matter if Gordon gets shipped off, or sticks around Cleveland with a new, presumably better, quarterback, next year, Gordon is a worthy gamble.
  • Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso continues his great rookie season with 12 tackles.
  • On the other side of the field, Barkevious Mingo had four tackles, one pass defended and, more importantly, four quarterback hits, any of which could have been a sack. Mingo continues to disrupt the backfield in his rookie season.