Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Patriots dominate Vikings, 30-7

  • Even in the win, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t look right and may finally be nearing the end of his fantasy relevance. You simply can’t roll with him as a QB1 anymore and certainly not in dynasty formats.
  • On the other side of the field, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel had a horrible day with 202 yards passing a touchdown and four interceptions. With more losses, the calls will get louder for Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Meanwhile, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman continues to show why he’s the next Wes Welker with six catches for 81 yards while leading the team in targets along with a touchdown. He’s a solid WR2 in PPR dynasty formats.

Dynasty Recap – AFC Championship – Broncos beat Patriots, 26-16

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was incredible, going 32 of 43 for 400 yards, two touchdowns, and zero turnovers. There’s no doubt who the top quarterback in fantasy is and even in dynasty leagues, Manning should be viewed as a top-five QB. You’ll only get 1-2 years from him but it’s hard to ignore that production.
  • Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, seemingly the only receiver that did anything decent this year, produced again. He hauled in 10 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. He finishes the year the team leader in targets, catches, and yards. Tom Brady has already pined for his return. If Edelman is back in New England, he’ll be a borderline WR1 in PPR leagues.
  • Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas took advantage of an injured Aqib Talib with seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. As long as Manning is his quarterback, Thomas is a bona fide WR1.

Dynasty Recap – Divisional Playoff – Patriots blow out Colts, 43-23

  • Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had an interesting night, going 20 of 41 for 331 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. This game aside, Luck has progressed this season and should only get better. He’ll get receiver Reggie Wayne back along with tight end Dwayne Allen. Couple that with the progress T.Y. Hilton made in the slot and luck is still a top five prospect in dynasty leagues.
  • Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had a career day with 166 rushing yards and four  touchdowns. Blount will be a free agent this year and is getting hot at the right time. However, one game does not a dynasty prospect make. Don’t overpay for Blount in the off-season as he’s still a one-dimensional back with an uncertain future.
  • Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was held, mostly, in check with four catches for 103 yards. Even with the Patriots focusing on Hilton he still made things happen. He’ll be an interesting WR2 for next year in dynasty leagues.
  • Patriots receiver Julian Edelman led the team in targets (9), catches (6) and yards (84). Edelman easily became Tom Brady’s favorite target down the stretch and will be interesting to see if the’s re-signed. If so, he’ll be a low-end WR1 in PPR dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – Patriots beat up Bills, 34-20

  • Bills quarterback Thad Lewis went 16 of 29 for 247 yards and a touchdown. If anything, Lewis has shown he’s a capable backup to E.J. Manual. Plan accordingly in 2014.
  • Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount ran wild for 189 yards on 24 carries as the rush running back (as opposed to the receiving running back). The Patriots running back will be one to monitor heading in to 2014.
  • Meanwhile, Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller ran for 105 yards on 19 carries along with five catches for 28 yards. It provided fantasy owners a glimpse of what could have been in 2013.
  • Patriots receiver Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 65 yards which gives him over 100 catches and 1,000 yards on the year. If Edelman re-signs with New England, he’ll be a  WR2 in dynasty leagues.
  • Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso capped his excellent rookie year with 14 more tackles. He finishes the year with 159 on the year and is a LB1 heading in to next year.

Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – Patriots blow out Ravens, 41-7

  • Patriots running back Stevan Ridley had his most carries in a game in a while with 15 for 54 yards. It may be a sign that Ridley is back in the fold with New England coaches realizing sitting Ridley’s talent is just silly.
  • Patriots receiver Julian Edelman paced the New England receivers, leading the team in targets (11), catches (7), and yards (77). Closing in on a 100-catch, 1,000-yard season, it’ll be interesting to see what the Patriots do with the free agent in 2014.
  • Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith had 11 more tackles, a half sack, and another pass defended. That’s now 19 passes defended on the year to go along with 118 tackles. Smith was supposed to be nothing more than a place holder for Arthur Brown but has taken over Ray Lewis’ position with authority. If he re-signs with Baltimore, he’ll be in the LB2 conversation.

Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Dolphins upset Patriots, 24-20

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t show any signs of slowing down without tight end Rob Gronkowski, going 34 of 55 for 364 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. Brady is still a QB1 in dynasty leagues despite the seemingly lack of talent around him. He can make it work.
  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another good game going 25 of 37 for 312 yards and three touchdowns with zero turnovers. Tannehill has strung together three good games in a row to coincide with the Dolphins three game winning steak. Tannehill is slowly, but surely, progressing and should be an intriguing dynasty quarterback next year.
  • Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola picked up the slack in place of Rob Gronkowski. Edelman had 139 yards on 13 catches while leading the team with 19 targets. Amendola finally busted out with 10 catches for 131 yards. Amendola is the only one of the two to be under contract next year so he’ll be the better dynasty prospect of the two.
  • Dolphins  receiver Mike Wallace had his fourth 100-yard game of the year with six catches for 105 yards on nine targets. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come but until Wallace can string together more games like this, he shouldn’t be trusted.

Dynasty Recap – Week 14 – Patriots beat Browns, 27-26

  • For the last few games, and even in this one, it looked like Tom Brady was back. He went 32 of 52 for 418 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. Of course, that was before the latest Rob Gronkowski injury. Stay tuned to see how Brady adjusts (again).
  • Browns receiver Josh Gordon did things again. Catching seven for 151 and a touchdown, it’s fair to wonder if Gordon has reached the top-tier of dynasty receivers.
  • Patriots running back Shane Vereen had quite the day out of the backfield, catching 12 for 153 yards. He even included a rushing touchdown. Vereen is under contract for one more year when he could be ‘Woodheaded’ out of New England but, for now, Vereen is a fine dynasty running back, especially in PPR leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 13 – Patriots escape Texans, 34-31

  • The Patriots running game appears to include Shane Vereen running the ball in addition to catching passes. With Stevan Ridley benched, the Patriots will need to fill the void in the running game. Vereen rushed 10 times for 38 yards along with five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. For all intents and purposes, Vereen is the running back to own in New England.
  • On the other side of the field, Texans running back Ben Tate ran for 102 yards for 22 yards and three touchdowns. There was no time share with backup Dennis Johnson and it put Tate back on track to be the starter somewhere else in 2014.
  • Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman tied for the team lead with 12 targets for nine catches and 101 yards. You have to wonder if New England would want to bring Edelman back next year or roll with Danny Amendola. Edelman has been the preferred receiver the last couple weeks and is on pace for 90+ catches and 900+ yards.
  • Texans receiver Andre Johnson went off, again, for eight catches and 121 yards on nine targets. Johnson is quarterback- and team-proof so no matter where he plays next year, he’s still a strong WR in dynasty circles.

Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – Patriots come back over Broncos, 34-31

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looked like his old self again with 344 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. Even at 36, Brady is a low-end QB1 in dynasty.
  • Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno had a ridiculous night, carrying the ball 37 times for a career-high 224 yards and a touchdown. With a team-friendly club option for next year, expect Moreno to stick around at least through 2014.
  • Patriots running back Shane Vereen looked like a RB1 with eight catches for 60 yards. He also added 31 yards rushing after fumbles plagued other New England running backs. Vereen is only 24 and signed through next year so dynasty leaguers will get at least one more year out of him.
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller had, by far, his best game of the year with eight tackles, two sacks, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. Hopefully Miller put his off-field issues behind him for good and he can continue to produce like a LB1.