Updated Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings – March 2014

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  • Top five remains the same with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Josh Gordon, and Demaryius Thomas in the same positions as last month.
  • Big risers this month include Michael Crabtree, who will have a full pre-season to perform; the Cardinals Michael Floyd, who should be taking more targets from Larry Fitzgerald; the Titans Kendall Wright, who caught almost 100 balls with over 1,000 yards despite shoddy quarterback play; and the Patriots Julian Edelman, who re-signed with New England where his dynasty value will never be higher.
  • The drops this month include Larry Fitzgerald, who at 31, is a year older and has a steadily falling dynasty value; recently signed Eric Decker, who had his value drop once he left Denver; the Texans Andre Johnson, also a victim of time; and the Patriots Danny Amendola who just can’t seem to stay healthy.
  • New to the rankings are the Seahawks Doug Baldwin, who should see more targets now that Golden Tate is out-of-town; the Giants Jerrel Jernigan, who should see more targets now that Hakeem Nicks is out of New York; and Jarrett Boykin who should see more looks now that James Jones is out-of-town.

Dynasty Recap – Wild Card – 49ers escape Packers, 23-20

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had another big day against the Packers, going 16 of 30 for 227 yards, one  touchdown, and one interception. However, he did a lot of damage on the ground with 98 yards. If Kaepernick can keep putting up these kinds of numbers in the regular season, he’ll still be a QB1 prospect in dynasty leagues.
  • Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy capped off his rookie season with 81 yards on 21 carries. He also added two catches. Lacy had an impressive rookie year and should be a low-end RB1 prospect going forward.
  • 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree had a huge game with eight catches for 125 yards. Crabtree showed no signs of the injury that kept him out most of the year and should return next year in top form. He’ll be back in San Francisco next year on a team-friendly deal and is a WR2 in his current environment. Be on the lookout for where he ends up in 2015.
  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith led the team with 1.5 sacks to go with four tackles. Smith has had a unique year, racking up 8.5 sacks in just 11 games after missing five games due to rehab.

Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – 49ers outlast Falcons, 34-24

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went 13 of 21 for 197 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 51 yards and another score. Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are in similar situations wherein their value is capped by the talent around them. Should the 49ers dramatically improve their receiving corps, watch out.
  • Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a nice night, going 37 of 48 for 348 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Ryan is a big bounce back dynasty player for 2014 with Julio Jones coming back.
  • 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree showed what the 49ers what they were missing after catching five balls for 102 yards. Crabtree is one of those prospects that might actually improve in value with another top-notch receiver playing opposite him in San Francisco.
  • Falcons receiver Roddy White had a vintage night with 12 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. White will be 33 next year but, if healthy, is just as dominant as he always was.
  • 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman had 11 tackles plus an interception returned for a touchdown. Bowman has filled the stat sheet all year and has a case for fantasy IDP MVP. He’ll be a top-ranked LB1 heading in to 2014.

Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – 49ers trounce Redskins, 27-6

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked like his old self, albeit against a bad team. Kap went 15 of 24 for 235 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions and added 20 yards rushing. This may be the beginning of the road back to success for Kaepernick as receiver Michael Crabtree is expected back next week.
  • Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III just looked bad. He went 17 of 27 for 127 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He did add 22 yards rushing but until he can start producing again, RG3 isn’t worth a start in dynasty leagues. He could also be a decent buy-low candidate.
  • 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks had two more sacks, giving him five in the last three games. Brooks is a strict sack specialist who excels in the 49ers defense thanks to fellow linebackers NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith garnering all the attention. But Brooks is 30 next year and a good candidate to get cut as his salary doubles. Brooks is a good plug-and-play for 2013 but nothing beyond.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Saints slip by 49ers, 23-20

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had another sub-par day, going 17 of 31 for 127 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Dynasty owners of Kap can’t wait for Michael Crabtree’s return. It might also be a good time to buy-low on Kaepernick for  trigger-happy owners.
  • Saints running back Pierre Thomas had another solid outing with 49 yards rushing on 11 carries to go along with five catches for 35 yards. Thomas is a product of the Saints offense and about as boom-or-bust as it gets. But he’s still valuable as long as he’s in New Orleans.
  • 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman had a big day with 15 tackles. Bowman continues to outplay other 49ers linebackers, including Patrick Willis, and should be a LB1 for many, many years.

Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – 49ers demolish Texans, 34-3

  • Houston running back Arian Foster is looking more like his old self again. I still wouldn’t trust it for dynasty purposes beyond this year and would try to get value for him now.
  • Meanwhile, fellow running back Ben Tate had 4.0 YPC and continues to show he can produce as well. He’s a guy to target and she’s sure to get a starting job somewhere next year.
  • Unfortunately, the DeAndre Hopkins train has been slowing down as he only had four receptions for 23 yards for a second straight disappointing week. Hopkins will still be fine and now might actually be a good time to try to pick him off.
  • For San Francisco, running the ball worked again (shock) as Frank Gore had 81 yards on 17 carries. Gore still has another year on his contract and I just can’t see anyone taking his place before then. Sorry all you Marcus Lattimore/Kenall Hunter lovers.
  • The receivers in San Francisco are just…bad. And until Michael Crabtree comes back and they improve the position as a whole, Colin Kaepernick will suffer as well. I trust the brain trust to upgrade the receivers in the off-season and Kap will be fine.
  • 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman continues to do this thing with 13 more tackles. He might be the best linebacker in dynasty IDP leagues.
  • 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid continued his good play with eight tackles and a pass defended. He should be a good one for a while.