Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Vikings 26, Lions 16

Vikings

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had another average game with 153 yards and a touchdown but added 21 yards on the ground and another touchdown. No need to abandon ship on Bridgewater yet but hopefully the hype catches up soon.
  • Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson ran wild for 134 yards rushing plus 58 yards receiving. He should continue to be a RB1 in dynasty rankings until he shows he can’t do it.
  • Tight end Kyle Rudolph had another five-catch game with 30 yards and a touchdown. He’ll continue to rise in the dynasty rankings.

Lions

  • Quarterback Matt Stafford had a very Stafford-like game with 286 yards on 53 pass attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. Stafford has clearly played himself out of elite QB1 status in dynasty leagues.
  • Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah had a poor game with nine yards rushing and nine yards receiving on just eight touches. He should still lead the team in carries going forward so he’ll be fine.
  • Receiver Calvin Johnson bounced back with 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. He may not be the elite dynasty receiver he was but he’s still a low-end WR1.

Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – October 2014

Updated dynasty tight end rankings can be found here.

  • ertzWe have a new entry to the top five with Zach Ertz rising to 5th from 8th. The rest of the top five includes Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron followed by Ertz.
  • The big risers include Travis Kelce to 12th from 19th, after a big first month, along with Larry Donnell to 19th after being unranked.
  • The big drops include Kyle Rudolph from 6th to 11th; Jason Witten from 12th to 16th; and Dennis Pitta from 13th to 20th after another hip injury.

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Updated Dynasty Tight End Rankings – September 2014

Updated dynasty tight end rankings can be found here.

  • rudolphTop five remains the same order with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron and Jordan Reed. However, Kyle  Rudolph is closing fast, up to 6th from 10th.
  • Other risers include the Patriots Tim Wright to 24th from 39th after his trade from Tampa; there’s also the ageless wonder Antonio Gates to 28th from 33rd.
  • Drops include free agent Colt Lyerla to 40th from 25th after being cut; and Adrien Robinson to 41st from 37th after he couldn’t win the Giants starting job.

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Daily Dynasty Update – July 9th

Daily Dynasty Update – June 17th

  • ricePeople are expecting the Ray Rice suspension to last at least four games to start the season. It’s a substantial amount of time to miss for a player looking to rebound. The fuse on Rice’s dynasty value is running out.
  • Raiders receiver Denarius Moore hasn’t had good reports this off-season and is in serious jeopardy of losing a starting spot. Moore’s play has been maddening his whole career.
  • Look for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph to have a big year with the arrival of Norv Turner. Turner likes to use a ’12’ offensive alignment which allows one  tight end to remain in-line to block while the other is free to catch. Rudolph would be the latter.

Daily Dynasty Update – February 27th

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Panthers dominate Vikings, 35-10

  • The Cam Newton we all know and love re-appeared. He had four touchdowns and 242 passing yards to go along with 30 yards rushing.
  • Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had his best game of the year with nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. I’d still wait to see if Rudolph keeps this up or if it was just a blip.
  • Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell had four catches for 107 yards. Don’t get too excited as the Panthers are sure to upgrade the position in the off-season. LaFell is still off dynasty radars.
  • Vikings rookie defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd had his first full sack to give him 1.5 for the year. The hope is he can develop into a Geno Atkins-type fantasy player and still rack up the sacks even though he plays the interior.

Who’s the third best tight end in dynasty fantasy football?

Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski are the two best tight ends in football. Fantasy football, real football, dynasty football, Madden football.

After those two, however, is a considerable debate. If you average together rankings from Pro Football Focus and Dynasty Warehouse you see a group of four players that are clearly ranked ahead of the pack: Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis and Dennis Pitta (click here to see the whole list!). Let’s look at a couple different angles:

  • Age – Since you’re in a dynasty league there is a premium on age. Rudolph (24) would win that battle as he has four years on the next tight end in the group, Dennis Pitta (28), followed by VD (29) and Witten (31). However, youth also means inexperience and there is no guarantee that Rudolph will fulfill the lofty expectations he has. Personally, I need to see results before I’m convinced. Rudolph’s line of 53/493/9 is comparable to Rob Gronkowski (55/790/11). The only difference is Gronk did it in five fewer games. The lack of production may or may not be a result of Christian Ponder’s poor play but the bottom line is Ponder is back for another year which means Rudolph’s potential is limited.
  • Targets – Dennis Pitta broke out last year (as evidenced by me taking him in round 20 or later) to the tune of 61/669/11. Offseason reports indicate it’ll only get better. With the departure of Anquan Boldin and his 112 (!) targets, Joe Flacco is going to have to spread the ball around. Even, if you were to divvy up the targets evenly among the 11 players that caught a pass from Flacco in 2012, Pitta’s in line for 10 more targets and 6-7 more catches this year. However, that’s assuming defenses don’t pay more attention to Pitta which  they most certainly will. Additionally, without another receiver to take the heat off the middle of the field like Boldin did so well, linebackers are going to zero in on Pitta. I go back to my thoughts about Rudolph and want to see more before I’m convinced.
  • QB Upgrade – While Kyle Rudolph is still a year or two away from an upgrade,  Vernon Davis finally got one last year in Colin Kaepernick. Now, you could argue that VD performed well despite the lack of arm strength from Alex Smith. In fact, he was awesome: 2009-78/965/13; 2010-56/914/7; 2011-67/792/6. However, you also see a downward trend that coincides with Michael Crabtree’s rise: 2009-48/625/2; 2010-55/741/6; 2011-72/874/4. This all led to a 2012 that saw VD with 41 catches on 61 targets compared to Crabtree’s 85 catches on 126 targets. Things looked dire (fantasy-wise) for VD with the trade of Anquan Boldin but with Crabtree’s injury, we’re still back where we were last year. As a 49er fan, I hope the trend doesn’t continue but unless they make a concerted effort to get Davis the ball,  I just don’t see him getting back to 2009-2010 level.
  • Verdict – If I had to pick one out of this group to go with it’d be Jason Witten. Since his breakout, age-25-30 seasons started in 2007, he’s averaged 92/1018/5. Looking ahead, I think a fair comparison is Tony Gonzales (76/945/6 in his 25-30 years old seasons) , who’s still chugging along at age 37. Since turning 31, Gonzales has averaged ONLY 84/877/7. Hypothetically, this gives Witten five years of 84/877/7. And the fact that Tony Romo and his gun-slinging ways aren’t going anywhere, I think you the stability needed to continue a great career.