Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – April 2014

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  • Denver Broncos vs Baltimore RavensNo changes in the top five: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, and Doug Martin. 
  • Biggest riser this month is Montee Ball of Denver, going from 21st to 16th. With the signing of Knowshon Moreno off to Miami, Ball is, without a doubt, the starter in the high-powered Denver offense.
  • Other risers include new Giants starting running back Rashad Jennings going from 49th to 43rd. After finishing strong in Oakland, Jennings will be asked to take over the starting job in New York after the departure of Andre Brown and David Wilson‘s health still up in the air.
  • Another riser is new starter Toby Gerhart in Jacksonville. Gerhart wasn’t even ranked in dynasty circles until he signed with the Jaguars and is now 46th. Still just 27 without a lot of wear on those tires, Gerhart could be a decent running back option on a young, improving team.
  • The other significant riser is the Saints Khiry Robinson. With the Saints looking to run the ball more, Robinson is the youngest in the new New Orleans running attack.
  • Drops include the previously mentioned Andre Brown from 43rd to 48th. Brown’s ranking was contingent on his status as a starter. He ended up in Houston where he’ll back up perpetually injured Arian Foster so he’ll be an interesting handcuff in 2014 but shouldn’t be relied on.
  • Jets running back Bilal Powell also drops, this time from 54th to 59th. Powell drops to 3rd on the Jets depth chart after the signing of Chris Johnson.

Daily Dynasty Update – March 5th

NFL: Preseason-St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos

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 – January 30th

  • Big news from Denver as the Broncos are not expected to re-sign running back Knowshon Moreno. Montee Ball dynasty owners need to plan accordingly. Ball came on strong down the stretch and proved he can handle the load. With at least one year in a Peyton Manning offense, Ball could flirt with RB1 status in 2014.
  • Lions running back Joique Bell claims there’s interest on both sides for a long-term deal. Bell came on strong in place of an injured Reggie Bush throughout the season with over 50 catches and over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. A deal would be good news for Bell but would significantly hinder Reggie Bush’s dynasty value going forward.
  • New Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves his new tight end Jordan Reed. This will only enhance Reed’s value heading in to 2014. As a sufferer of a severe concussion last year, Reed’s health needs to be monitored especially playing such a busy position.
  • A crowded backfield in Philadelphia could mean someone is on the way out, according to a Philadelphia blog. Additionally, with both Chris Polk and Bryce Brown being on the roster before Chip Kelly’s tenure started, the same blog suggests he could find one better suited to his offense in the draft or free agency. Stay tuned as this looks like it might be a fluid situation.
  • Bears defensive lineman Shea McClellin is being converted to a strong-side linebacker. Maybe this will salvage some value out of McClellin who has been a huge disappointment as a lineman his first two years.
  • Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had rotator cuff surgery and will miss the next 4-5 months. The recovery will impede his ability to get acclimated to new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Pierce was one of the bigger disappointments after averaging 2.9 YPC last year after a terrific rookie season. If the Texans offense is any indicator, Pierce would play the Ben Tate role to Ray Rice’s Arian Foster – if he can stay healthy.

Daily Dynasty Update – January 29th

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – Broncos beat up Raiders, 34-14

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was ridiculously good, going 25 of 28 for 266 yards and four touchdowns. Despite Manning’s age, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to trade or draft Manning for a chance to win it all in your league in the next year or two.
  • Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a decent day, going 21 of 38 yards for 207 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 49 yards rushing. It remains to be seen who sticks around next year but Pryor is still an intriguing prospect.
  • Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball continues to impress with 72 yards on 10 carries and, most important, no turnovers. Ball is someone to look at next year as possibly getting the starting job.
  • Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas capped his stellar 2013 season with six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. As long as Peyton is around, he’s a top five dynasty option at receiver.

Dynasty Recap – Week 14 – Broncos beat Titans, 51-28

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was ridiculously good, going 39 of 59 for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Even if Peyton can play 2-3 more years, it would be worth it. He’s in the top-tier of dynasty quarterbacks.
  • Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball continues to play well while spelling Knowshon Moreno. Ball ran for 77 yards on just 15 carries while catching three passes for 10 yards. It’s hard to say what the Broncos plan is in 2014 but Ball should be a part of it.
  • Titans rookie receiver Justin Hunter had a good day with 114 yards on four catches on eight targets and a touchdown. It’s his second 100-yard game in three weeks. Between Hunter and Kendall Wright, Tennessee has solid receiving options if they can ever figure out the quarterback position. Hunter could be an intriguing dynasty prospect.
  • Titans safety Bernard Pollard had three passes defended, giving him eight on the year. In 2013, Pollard has 81 tackles, three interceptions, and the aforementioned eight passes defended. Another stat-filled season for Pollard and should be high on dynasty defensive back rankings.

Dynasty Recap – Week 13 – Broncos shut down Chiefs, 35-28

  • Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball impressed with 117 yards on just 13 carries while incumbent Knowshon Moreno ran for just 18 yards on 15 carries. Moreno’s came in to the game nicked up but it’s encouraging that Ball was so productive against a decent defense and, maybe most importantly, didn’t turn the ball over. More performances like that and Ball will have some momentum heading in to the 2014 season.
  • Broncos receiver Eric Decker was Peyton’s man-crush this week with eight receptions for 174 yards and a ridiculous four touchdowns. Not to be outdone Demaryius Thomas had 106 yards on just three catches. You really can’t go wrong with either one.
  • Chiefs middle linebacker Derrick Johnson had nine more tackles to bring his season total to 92. Johnson is signed relatively cheap through 2015 so Johnson should continue to put up LB1 tackle numbers.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Broncos beat Chiefs, 27-17

  • The Denver running game didn’t do much as Knowshon Moreno only had 79 yards on 27 carries while Montee Ball had 25 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns. The only thing to discern from this is Ronnie Hillman is long gone. Expect a Moreno/Ball timeshare for the rest of 2013 and possibly even 2014.
  • Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe had another solid outing with four receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. But don’t be fooled – Denver has a bottom-five pass defense. Bowe is still a weak dynasty option due to the limits of quarterback Alex Smith.
  • Meanwhile, Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day, hauling in five passes for 121 yards. There’s just no better dynasty option at receiver in Denver.
  • Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan had another double-digit tackle game with 11. He now has 81 on the year on his way to a Pro Bowl year. He should be a LB1/2 for the foreseeable future.

Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Broncos beat Chargers, 28-20

  • Denver running back Knowshon Moreno continues to play at a high level with 65 yards rushing on 13 carries and eight catches for 49 yards. Moreno has a relatively cheap team option for next year and should get that if Denver wants to keep its offensive machine humming.
  • Denver rookie running back Montee Ball had 20 yards on four carries while, more importantly, not turning the ball over. Ball is getting valuable experience in one of the league’s best offenses.
  • Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan had 11 more tackles to bring his season total to 59. Trevathan has been a force in pass defense as well with three interceptions and eight passes defended.