Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Buccaneers beat Falcons, 41-28

  • Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had another efficient day going 20 of 23 for 231 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers. If he keeps playing this well, Tampa may use their high pick to address other needs.
  • Bucs running back Bobby Rainey had a huge day with 163 yards rushing on 30 carries. Don’t get too carried away as Rainey has two running backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
  • Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson had a huge day as well with 10 catches on 12 targets for 165 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully, with some stability at the quarterback position, Jackson can continue to produce the way Tampa hoped with they signed him.
  • On the other side of the field, Falcons fill-in Harry Douglas had six catches for 134 yards on a touchdown. It will be interesting where Douglas fits in 2014 with Julio Jones coming back. Could he replace Roddy White as Atlanta’s #2?
  • Atlanta undrafted free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow continues his hot streak with 16  tackles. That’s now 54 in the last three games alone. Worrilow is proving he’s legit and should be picked up in all dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 9 – Seahawks edge Bucs, 27-24

  • Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had a decent day in the almost-upset of Seattle. He went 17 of 23 for 168 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. If Glennon keeps playing like that, he could make Tampa think twice about selecting a quarterback in next April’s draft.
  • Fellow rookie Mike James also showed some promise with 158 yards on 28 carries for a 5.6 YPC.
  • Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch showed what can happen when you put the ball in his hands with 125 yards on 21 carries.
  • Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner had a good day with 11 tackles to go with 1.5 sacks. Wagner is still a LB1 for his production and youth and now may actually be a good buy-low time.
  • Tampa safety Mark Barron had a very productive day with 11 tackles and two passes defended. Seattle was in comeback mode, which meant more passing opportunities, but Barron figures to be involved no matter what.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Panthers down Bucs, 31-13

  • Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon just couldn’t get anything going last night. Down early, Glennon ended up with 51 pass attempts but only threw for 275 yards for an anemic 5.4 YPA. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the Bucs will be in need of a quarterback in the upcoming draft.
  • Fellow Bucs rookie Mike James didn’t fare much better. He only had 10 carries for 39 yards but did see five targets and pulled in four catches. for 25 yards. James did nothing to carve out more playing time when Doug Martin returns.
  • Meanwhile, the Panthers continue to run the ball well with Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Tolbert each averaging over 4.5 YPC. Tolbert will probably be the one without a chair when Jonathan Stewart returns.
  • Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was bright spot on defense with 12 tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. David is one of the premier rushing linebackers in the league and would make a fine LB1/2 for many years.
  • On the other side of the field, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly continues his slow, but steady, pace with eight more tackles. Unless he goes on a run he won’t match last years tackle numbers but he’s still got as many interceptions as he did last year already. His stock may never be lower but it’s still higher than most.

Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Eagles down Bucs, 31-20

  • Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had a great game, going for 296 yards and three touchdowns on 22 of 31 passing. With more games like this, the Eagles may hand the keys over to Foles instead of Vick long-term.
  • Bucs rookie quarterback Mike  Glennon had a decent game against a bad defense, going 26 of 43 for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Currently, Glennon is the starter but that could change for Tampa after next year’s draft and a probable top five pick. Glennon’s future is extremely cloudy.
  • Bucs second-year linebacker Lavonte David continues having a good season with nine more tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. He now has 29 tackles, four passes defended and three tackles for a loss on the season. David is ideal in big play IDP leagues and should continue to fill the stat sheet for many years.

Dynasty Recap – Week 4 – Cardinals stun Bucs, 13-10

  • The debut of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was uneventful for Tampa Bay. He went 24/43 for 193 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He should  get better as the season progresses.
  • Bucs running back Doug Martin had a pedestrian day with 27 carries for only 45 yards. Martin’s had a very up and down year but should continue to be relied on with a rookie quarterback.
  • For Arizona, rookie running back Andre Ellington continues to provide a spark with a 7.3 YPC on the few carries he had. The better news is he was targeted six times and caught three of those. Ellington appears to be the running back in Arizona to hold in dynasty.
  • Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd made some news with 10 targets and five catches for 87 yards. Those numbers should continue to improve throughout the season. Now, if Arizona could just get an offensive line…

Daily Dynasty Update – September 25th

  • Tampa Bay has named Mike Glennon quarterback going forward. Josh Freeman is officially done. If you’re quarterback starved, here’s an in-season option.
  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is headed to rehab and will be out for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, Smith can rebound and return to football very soon.
  • Lions receiver Ryan Broyles will be getting more attention in the wake of Nate Burleson’s injury. He’ll still man the slot in the pass-happy Lions offense and still quite young. He’s on the dynasty radar.
  • Speaking of Detroit, they’ve asked about Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon in a trade. Gordon in the Lions offense would be dynamite. His stock skyrocketed thanks to his big day Sunday but keep an eye on him if the price drops.
  • Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is progressing well. Now would be the time to buy-low from someone tired of Amendola’s injury shenanigans. He is a dynamic player when healthy but that seems to be a 50/50 proposition.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Analysis -Rookie Quarterbacks

While rookie quarterbacks are rarely valued in re-draft fantasy leagues, in dynasty fantasy leagues they’re valued just as much as the real NFL. In 2012, we were spoiled with, not one but, two franchise quarterbacks entering the league in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. 2013 doesn’t afford the same quality at the top but does have a few options further down the list.

  • EJ Manuel (BUF) – The first quarterback taken off the board in the 2013 draft, Manuel was a surprise pick for Buffalo. For fantasy purposes, he shows the most promise for an early return. He has a superior runner in CJ Spiller and quality receiving target in Stevie Johnson. At worst, Manuel has the second easiest path to starting. Kevin Kolb currently sits atop the Bills depth chart but him and Manuel recently split snaps at mini-camp. Additionally, Kolb has yet to start more than 9 times in a season due to injuries and general ineffectiveness. If Manual, who has two inches and 20 pounds on Kolb, shows any promise in training camp, Buffalo will start him early. He didn’t get drafted to sit. His dynasty prospects are a little murkier only because of the many unknowns. Buffalo has had a complete regime change from the top down that should buy Manual time to develop. Only time will tell if first-year general manager Doug Whaley and first year coach Doug Marrone can provide a strong environment
  • Geno Smith (NYJ) – Smith was largely perceived to be the first quarterback taken in the draft but fell to the Jets in the second round. Smith definitely put up the numbers of a first round pick at West Virginia but was still not as accurate as scouts had hoped. While it certainly wouldn’t take much to unseat Mark Sanchez, the fact is Smith has done nothing to give the Jets any reason to even consider starting Smith. Furthermore, Smith’s development doesn’t appear to be a priority of the Jets coaching staff. Last year, Mike Shananhan purposely blended the pro playbook with RG3’s college playbook in an effort to east the transition. The Jets have no such plans. Yikes. Smith certainly doesn’t warrant a high pick in dynasty leagues.
  • Matt Barkley (PHI) – No prospect fell further from before the 2012 season than Barkley. Originally thought to go first overall before opening 2012, Barkley fell to the fourth round and Philadelphia. Once there, he immediately was penciled in behind Mike Vick and Nick Foles. It’s not hard to realize Vick (33) won’t be an Eagle much longer (possibly sooner rather than later) but Nick Foles still looms. Just 24, Foles still has three years left on his rookie contract and is giving Vick a run for his money on the starting job. Still, there’s something to be said for being picked by the new coach and Barkley has impressed in OTA’s.  Barkley probably won’t contribute this year but is worth a stash in dynasty leagues, especially taxi squads.
  • Tyler Wilson (OAK) – One of the likelier rookies to see playing time early is Wilson. Early reports out of Oakland mini-camp have Wilson impressing. Of course, he’ll need to keep that up in live action but it shouldn’t be difficult to force his way in the conversation. With Terrell Pryor unimpressive so far and Matt Flynn getting balls batted down in non-contact drillsit’s not inconceivable that Wilson gets started early. Long-term, however, his chances of sticking around in Oakland aren’t great. Unless Dennis Allen can improve on his 4-12 debut, and there have been no personnel changes to suggest otherwise, the Raiders will be bad again. The badder they are, the higher in the draft they’ll go and increase their chances of drafting a franchise quarterback (hello Teddy Bridgewater). Truly, the only person that can help Tyler Wilson’s dynasty value is Tyler Wilson. He’d be another taxi squad candidate with a decent chance to start this year.
  • Mike Glennon (TB) – Perhaps the most intriguing prospect of this year’s class, Glennon could create a perfect storm for himself to take over in Tampa. At 6′ 7″ with a huge arm, Glennon has the physical tools to be a starter with NFL Matchup’s Greg Cosell even comparing Glennon to Matt Ryan as a prospect. He can make the throws  and will be given the opportunity to make an impression in pre-season. It all falls on incumbent Josh Freeman to stick around after his rookie contract expires this year. Freeman has been uneven with seasons of 25 and 27 touchdowns but also seasons of 17, 18, and 22 interceptions, sometimes in the same year. Freeman will need a great year to warrant an extension. The bottom line is Tampa has the weapons to make either quarterback successful. It would be worth a mid-level pick to invest in Glennon.