- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was the star of this one with 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns plus five catches for 76 yards. It was back to RB1 status for Lynch where he should continue to be this year. Past this year is up for debate.
- Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera had a big game with eight catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns. This was after a seven catch and 83 yards game. These are TE1 numbers if he can keep it up.
- Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright had a game-high 13 tackles to go along with a pass defended. He’s filling in admirably for Bobby Wagner and should be a LB1 for the time being.
- Updating a previous item, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is on track to start Week 1 in 2014 after tearing his LCL and breaking his fibula. Cushing’s still capable of a decent LB1/2 in dynasty IDP leagues and could be a buy-low candidate.
- Don’t be surprised if the Vikings draft a running back to take some of the load off Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still a RB1 for at least 2-3 years.
- Greg Little dynasty owners can cut the cord.
- On the other end, Mychal Rivera dynasty owners have something to look forward to in 2014. The Raiders tight end should be a big part of (hopefully) an improved offense.
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- No big shakes in the top five – Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, and Vernon Davis are all there. These rankings should hold barring significant injury news on Gronk.
- The big risers this month include Tim Wright from Tampa Bay, Delanie Walker from Tennessee, Brandon Bostick from Green Bay, and Mychal Rivera from Oakland. With the exception of Walker, all are young and are expected to see even more action in 2014. Bostick would be the guy that most leagues shouldn’t know about quite yet so get him if you can.
- The big drops include Jared Cook of the Rams, Antonio Gates from San Diego, Brandon Pettigrew, who is set to be a free agent, Fred Davis, also set to be a free agent, and the ‘retiring’ Tony Gonzalez. Cook just fell off a cliff after a promising season opener. The Rams are expected to add even more weapons, diminishing Cook’s role. Brandon Pettigrew has had all the opportunity in the world with Detroit’s high-octane attack but hasn’t produced. Chances are low he’ll suddenly break out on another team. Fred Davis hasn’t produce since his breakout year three years ago. Now rankings are taking in to account Tony Gonzalez’ retirement. But I won’t believe it until I see it. If you can snag Gonzalez for a late round pick in your draft, or something equivalent, do it.
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- Colts tight end Dwayne Allen jumped up a bit. I’m guessing it has more to do with fellow Colts tight end Colby Fleener‘s ability to take the starting job after Allen’s injury and run with it. Allen has more upside.
- Dolphins tight end Charles Clay continues to move up as he was one of the few bright spots on the Dolphins offense this year. That team has many holes but Clay gives them some stability at the position.
- Two rookies enter the rankings – Oakland’s Mychal Rivera and Seattle’s Luke Willson. Both played sparingly this year but showed flashes of ability. They’ll be playing for starting jobs in 2014 so now is the time to snag them.
- Meanwhile, Seattle’s incumbent tight end, Zach Miller, continues to drop, likely because of the small chance he has of coming back to Seattle. Miller appears to be at the end of the line.
- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to drop but until those retirement papers are filed, I’m expecting Gonzalez back next year.