Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Bengals 24, Chargers 19

Bengals

  • Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for just 214 yards but three touchdowns. Dalton is one of the rare touchdown-depending quarterbacks and will always be a QB2 in dynasty rankings.
  • Running back Gio Bernard had 123 rushing yards on 20 carries after filling in for starter Jeremy Hill. Bernard still has value as a RB3 in PPR league whether Hill is injured or not.
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert continues his breakout season with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. He’s already at TE1 in dynasty rankings but could elevate top-tier by the end of the season.

Chargers

  • Quarterback Philip Rivers had a decent day with 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It’s low-end QB1 numbers.
  • Rookie running back Melvin Gordon had 88 yards on 16 carries which is a lot more like it. He’ll continue to be the first and second down back so his production could be limited by lack of touchdown opportunities.
  • Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead had six catches for 68 yards 36 on the ground. It remains to be seen if his role will be affected by Antonio Gates absence but, if not, Woodhead will continue to be a RB2/3 in PPR dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – Chargers 33, Lions 28

Chargers

  • Quarterback Philip Rivers had a great 2015 debut with 404 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s another veteran that is still reliable. He’s a low-end QB1 in dynasty rankings and should be for a few years.
  • Rookie Melvin Gordon had a sub-par debut with just 51 yards on 14 carries. He’s currently viewed as a RB1 in dynasty leagues but should probably be considered a RB2 until he can prove otherwise.
  • Receiver Keenan Allen had a huge day with 15 catches for 166 yards. If Rivers keeps up his performance, Allen will be the prime beneficiary and should be viewed as a low-end WR2 with upside.
  • Safety Eric Weddle proved why he should be considered a DB1 in IDP dynasty leagues with nine tackles and two passes defended. There’s no telling how many years Weddle has left but it’s about reliability in IDP and Weddle has it.

Lions

  • A couple of semi-breakout games for Detroit. First, rookie Ameer Abdullah  ran for 50 yards and a touchdown plus four catches for 44 yards. If he keeps this up, he’s squarely a RB2 in PPR dynasty leagues.
  • The second was second-year tight end Eric Ebron with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come and Ebron can be the solid TE1 he was drafted to be.

Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft – May 2015

It’s been less than a week since the NFL Draft started but we already have an idea at which rookies you should target. We did a 12-team, offense-only rookie mock draft. Below are the results:

  • 1st overall pick – Todd Gurley – RB – St. Louis Rams – Todd Gurley is the only prospect with generational talent and he’ll get the carries needed to justify this selection. The offensive line is a question but imagine Adrian Peterson in 2012. He didn’t need one and neither will Gurley.
  • 2nd overall pick – Kevin White – WR – Chicago Bears – White has the size and credentials to be a WR1 and will start immediately. He enters a better situation than fellow rookie receiver Amari Cooper and should immediately have 1,000 yard seasons.
  • 3rd overall pick – Melvin Gordon – RB – San Diego Chargers – Elite skills everywhere minus the size of a Gurley. The Charles comparisons are lazy but probably accurate here. And there is NO competition from day one. Just an overall clean prospect going to a great situation.
  • 4th overall pick – Amari Cooper – WR – Oakland Raiders – Just 21 when the season starts, Cooper was the consensus top receiver in college last year and followed it up with a great combine including a sub-4.4 40-time. Doesn’t have the best situation but should overcome that.
  • 5th overall pick – DeVante Parker – WR – Miami Dolphins – Assuming the medical stuff checks out on the foot, he’s an excellent receiver with a chance to be a day one starter. Reminds me of Crabtree pre-achillies injury.
  • 6th overall pick – Nelson Algholor – WR – Philadelphia Eagles – The heir apparent to Jeremy Maclin, Algholor is a crisp route runner and can return punts which just add to his versatility. If you’re a believe in Chip Kelly, you’ll love Algholor.
  • 7th overall pick – Jameis Winston – QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I’m as scared by the qbs as anyone but st this point in the first its worth it. Offensive line permitting, he can accumulate stats his first year.
  • 8th overall pick – Ameer Abdullah – RB – Detroit Lions – His low center of gravity coupled with his career 5.5 YPC figures to translate to the NFL. He also enters a good situation with only the pedestrian Joique Bell ahead of him for early-down duty.
  • 9th overall pick – Marcus Mariota – QB – Tennessee Titans – Assuming he’s the starter from day one, he’s worth drafting at the end of the first round of this rookie mock draft.
  • 10th overall pick – T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars – Yeldon has the size and experience to be a three-down back and is drawing comparisons to a poor man’s Arian Foster. He has little-to-no competition in Jacksonville and should start right away.
  • 11th overall pick – Maxx Williams – TE – Baltimore Ravens – The only TE guaranteed to start from day one. Joe Flacco will love him and make the targets readily available.
  • 12th overall pick – Breshad Perriman – WR – Baltimore Ravens – The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman coupled with the lack of competition creates a golden opportunity for Perriman. He takes over Torrey Smith’s spot immediately and will love Joe Flacco’s big arm.

2015 NFL Draft – 15th Overall Pick – Chargers Draft Melvin Gordon

Surrendering a 4th and 5th round pick to move up from 17th, the Chargers take running back Melvin Gordon.

After losing Ryan Mathews to free agency, the Chargers needed a runner between the tackles. Gordon should take that role immediately and take the load off quarterback Philip Rivers. For dynasty purposes, Gordon is in a good situation and should be a top-three pick in rookie drafts. He does go to a team with the 29th ranked offensive line but Gordon will be around awhile and will be given plenty of opportunity to be a starter for a long time.