Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Bears 22, Raiders 20

Bears

  • Jay Cutler had a decent day with 281 yards plus two touchdowns and an interception. He’s still nowhere close to a QB1.
  • Meanwhile, Matt Forte keeps producing with 91 yards rushing plus for four catches for 64 yards. He’s still one of the more reliable running backs in dynasty but we still might sell high before it’s too late. Once he loses his job, he’ll lose it for good.
  • Tight end Martellus Bennett had a great game with 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. As the best receiving threat in Chicago, Bennett is in the middle TE1 conversation right now and should be considered a low-end TE1 in dynasty ranks.

Raiders

  • Derek Carr had another inefficient game with 196 yards on 33 attempts but did have two touchdowns. He will never be a QB1 in dynasty formats.
  • Running back Latavius Murray had just 49 yards on 16 carries and was apparently benched because of a fumble. This won’t help his already shaky RB2 status.
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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.

Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – Bengals 33, Raiders 13

Bengals

  • It was the good Andy Dalton with 269 yards and two touchdowns. Dalton will never be a QB1 in dynasty rankings but can have some decent games against bad teams.
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert broke out with nine catches, 104 yards and two touchdowns. If he keeps that up he’ll be a top five dynasty tight end.
  • Running back Jeremy Hill didn’t have to do much but had 63 yards and two touchdowns. Hill should be just fine and still a RB1 in dynasty rankings.

Raiders

  • Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of good things, fantasy or otherwise, from the Raiders. Running back Latavius Murray had just 44 yards on 11 carries plus seven catches for 36 yards. The big lead by Cincinnati took Murray out of the running game which could be common this year. He’s no better than a RB3 in dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – Raiders upset Chiefs 24-20

  • Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had another decent day with 234 yards passing and two touchdowns. That’s about the ceiling for Alex Smith going forward.
  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a big day as he’s prone to do. He reeled off 80 yards rushing plus four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to be dynasties top running back.
  • On the other side of the field, Raiders running back Latavius Murray broke out with 112 rushing yards on just four carries with two touchdowns.
  • Raiders linebacker Sio Moore had a big day with 12 tackles and a sack and continues to have a good season. He should be part of a good, young defense in Oakland as a LB2/3.

Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – March 2014

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  • Top five has a slightly different order but the same players: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy now at 3, Adrian Peterson now at 4, and Doug Martin dropping to 5.
  • The risers this month include Bernard Pierce, David Wilson, Latavius Murray, Rashad Jennings, and LeGarrette Blount. Pierce’s rise is inherently tied to Ray Rice‘s fall. Rice’s production dropped off a cliff last year and an off-season domestic assault incident doesn’t help. Wilson looks as healthy as he has in a while and there is optimism he’ll pick up where he left off as the primary back in New York. Murray ad Jennings, The two Oakland backs, now have a clear path to a more prominent role now that the Raiders are letting Darren McFadden walk. Blount’s rise will only prove accurate if he sticks in New England where coach Bill Belichick got the absolute most out of him.
  • Drops this month include Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles, Danny Woodhead, Rashard Mendenhall, and Fred Jackson. Jones-Drew’s impending free agency, and where he signs, are resulting in his fall as he’s most likely done as a featured back. Sproles, recently released by the Saints, looked bad down the stretch and, at 32, still struggle to find a similar situation as he had in New Orleans. Woodhead’s play also tailed off at the end of 2013 but his value in PPR dynasty leagues should be higher. Mendenhall looks set to retire. And finally, add another year to Fred Jackson who, at 33, is officially the oldest running back on the list. His only value is if you need to win this year.

Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – February 2014

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  • Top seven remains the same with LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, Giovani Bernard, and Matt Forte. 
  • The big risers this month include Denver running back Montee Ball. With it becoming increasingly unlikely that Denver brings back incumbent Knowshon Moreno, it will be Ball’s job to lose. Another riser includes Oakland running back Latavius Murray. Currently at the top of the Oakland depth chart now that both Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings are free agents, Murray is 6′ 3″, 223 pounds, and ran a 4.38 40 in the combine last year. Murray could be special.
  • The big drops include the previously mentioned Moreno along with the previously mentioned McFadden. It also includes BenJarvus Green-Ellis of the Bengals. With Giovani Bernard expected to shoulder more of the load in 2014, BJGE’s role is going to diminish further.

Daily Dynasty Update – December 19th

  • Raiders rookie running back Latavius Murray is next in line to play running back in 2014. If he’s available in your dynasty leagues, pick him up now before someone else does (as someone did in my league…bastards).
  • Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might require another surgery in the off-season. JPP was J.J. Watt before J.J. Watt was J.J. Watt but the injuries, and surgeries that accompany them, are starting to pile up.
  • Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says he’s willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York. It won’t happen. He won’t be back in New York and he shouldn’t be back on your dynasty team.