- The Devonta Freeman bandwagon just got more crowded with word that his ascension to the top of the Falcons running back depth chart may happen sooner rather than later. Stevan Jackson is 31 and is no guarantee to return to the Pro Bowler he used to be.
- Further confirmation that Arizona running back Andre Ellington will get 20+ touches per game. Ellington was blocked by Rashard Mendenhall last year but with Mendenhall retired, there is no one to stop Ellington from being the Cardinals work horse.
- For however long Browns running back Ben Tate can stay healthy, he might be in a time share with rookie Terrance West.
- Even with the signing of LaGarrette Blount, Le’Veon Bell is still expected to see over 300 touches. Bell is one of the few, young running backs that can be relied on for a few years which makes him a RB1 in dynasty leagues.
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Updated Dynasty Running Back Rankings – March 2014
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- Top five has a slightly different order but the same players: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy now at 3, Adrian Peterson now at 4, and Doug Martin dropping to 5.
- The risers this month include Bernard Pierce, David Wilson, Latavius Murray, Rashad Jennings, and LeGarrette Blount. Pierce’s rise is inherently tied to Ray Rice‘s fall. Rice’s production dropped off a cliff last year and an off-season domestic assault incident doesn’t help. Wilson looks as healthy as he has in a while and there is optimism he’ll pick up where he left off as the primary back in New York. Murray ad Jennings, The two Oakland backs, now have a clear path to a more prominent role now that the Raiders are letting Darren McFadden walk. Blount’s rise will only prove accurate if he sticks in New England where coach Bill Belichick got the absolute most out of him.
- Drops this month include Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles, Danny Woodhead, Rashard Mendenhall, and Fred Jackson. Jones-Drew’s impending free agency, and where he signs, are resulting in his fall as he’s most likely done as a featured back. Sproles, recently released by the Saints, looked bad down the stretch and, at 32, still struggle to find a similar situation as he had in New Orleans. Woodhead’s play also tailed off at the end of 2013 but his value in PPR dynasty leagues should be higher. Mendenhall looks set to retire. And finally, add another year to Fred Jackson who, at 33, is officially the oldest running back on the list. His only value is if you need to win this year.
Daily Dynasty Update – February 26th
- The Saints could release running back Pierre Thomas to make room for Jimmy Graham. If that happens, it’ll be a big boost for Khiry Robinson’s dynasty prospects and buy Mark Ingram one more year in New Orleans.
- Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley is seeing a good amount of interest in his services. He could be moving on from Green Bay after all, leaving Brandon Bostick as a breakout candidate.
- 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore should be good to go for training camp in April. The 49ers will need to scale Frank Gore’s workload back and Lattimore was one of the top running back prospects before shredding his knee. He’s another breakout candidate.
- Free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall wrote a post that strongly resembles a retirement speech. His dynasty prospects are done.
- Eagles running back Chris Polk is expected to have a bigger role next year than even Bryce Brown. There’s even hints of the Eagles trying to trade Brown. It’s quite a fall for Brown who was a hot commodity last year but Polk is the backup to have in Philly in 2014.
Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – Cardinals shock Seahawks,
- The Cardinals running attached was more of the same. Incumbent Rashard Mendenhall ran for 63 yards on 21 carries for a 3 YPC. Meanwhile, Andre Ellington went for 64 yards on 15 carries and a 4.3 YPC. Ellington dynasty owners pray that Mendenhall won’t be back.
- Seattle safety Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles and an interception. He’s been outshone by fellow safety Earl Thomas all year but today was vintage Chancellor. Him and Thomas are fairly interchangeable as far as Seattle safeties.
- Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell had two more sacks on the day, giving him eight on the year. Campbell is a highly effective dynasty DL as his stat sheet is pretty diverse. He has 53 tackles on the year along with six passes defended.
Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Cardinals escape Titans, 37-34 (OT)
- Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an efficient day going 20 of 30 for 231 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are playing well, Palmer will be a decent option as a low-end QB2 in dynasty leagues for the next 1-2 years.
- Cardinals running back Andre Ellington continues to outplay incumbent running back Rashard Mendenhall, going for 71 yards on only 10 carries. He was also the leading receiver with 87 yards on four catches. If Mendenhall doesn’t come back next year, Ellington will be a RB1 dynasty option.
- Titans receiver Kendall Wright had his best game of the year, catching 12 for 150 yards. It’s been an impressive season for Wright even with the last of a reliable quarterback option. The Titans are expected to upgrade the position next year which will only boost Wright’s value.
- Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had an impressive nine tackles with 1.5 sacks. He now has 54 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the season, great totals for an interior lineman. Casey is approaching Geno Atkins-type production
Dynasty Recap – Week 14 – Cardinals take down Rams, 30-10
- Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was highly efficient, going 27 of 32 for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals have been good this season and Palmer should continue to be hot at times in 2014. He’s still older and slow but could be serviceable for a year or two.
- Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington outplayed, again, Rashard Mendenhall, running for 46 yards on 11 carries. He’ll continue to be second fiddle to Mendenhall but that should change next year.
- Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauled in all 12 of his targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are winning, Fitzgerald should be happy and continue to produce.
- Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree continues to play well with nine tackles and the first sack of his career. He’s up to 94 tackles on the year and has played as well as any rookie linebacker this side of Kiko Alonso. He’s the next possible Lavonte David.
Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – Cardinals destroy Colts
- It’s sounding like a broken record but Trent Richardson had another sub-par game with a 2.1 YPC on seven attempts. It’s officially time to buy-low on Richardson. Anyone treating him like anything other than a bust is crazy.
- Meanwhile, the Cardinals put Rashard Mendenhall back to the top of the depth chart and carried it 13 times for 54 yards and a touchdown for a respectable 4.2 YPC. Even though rookie Andre Ellington also had a good game with 50 yards on 10 carries, don’t expect him to overtake Mendenhall any time soon. Next year, on the other hand, hopefully the Arizona coaching staff sees the light.
- Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd hauled in all seven targets for 104 yards and a touchdown. Whether Larry Fitzgerald stays or goes, Floyd is a solid player.
- Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby continues his solid 2013 season with five tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Count me as one of those that didn’t believe Dansby had anything left but with 14 passes defended (including at least one in each game) to go along with his 87 tackles, he’s made himself relevant. I’d expect Arizona to re-sign the free agent after this season and try to keep their excellent defense in tact.
Dynasty Recap – Week 10 – Cardinals edge Texans, 27-24
- The results on Houston quarterback Case Keenum were mixed as he threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions but only had a 4.7 YPA and did lose a fumble. No one doubts he’s been better than Matt Schaub but it remains to be seen if he’ll be a viable dynasty leaguer.
- Arizona coach Bruce Arians is back to his old ways and giving the ball more to Rashard Mendenhall than to rookie Andre Ellington with Mendenhall getting 13 carries to Ellington’s 11. Ellington averaged two more yards per carry, providing even more proof of his superiority. Ellington is the long-term play in Arizona.
- Texans running back Ben Tate didn’t exactly run away with the starting job, netting 56 yards rushing on 15 carries with three catches for eight yards. However, we won’t see Tate 100% until probably next season as he’s dealing with bruised ribs. He’s still a good long-term play.
Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Seahawks beat Cardinals, 34-22
- The Cardinals continue to give Rashard Mendenhall carries where he produced 1.7 YPC on 13 carries. Why they don’t see the light and hand over rushing duties to rookie Andre Ellington, I’ll never know. But one thing’s for sure – Ellington is the guy to own in Arizona. He still managed two catches on five targets. If he ever gets full-time duties, watch out.
- Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had 45 pass attempts but only five were directed towards Larry Fitzgerald. You have to wonder about Fitz’s long-term value with Carson Palmer and that offensive line at the helm.
- In good news, Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd got 10 of those targets and pulled in six catches for 71 yards.
- Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith had the best game of his young career with nine tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pass defended. Smith is just 24 and is the starting weak-side linebacker in a very good defense so there is long-term potential there.
Week 3 Dynasty Recap – Saints shut down Cardinals 31-7
- With only one football to go around, your consistent targets in New Orleans’ offense are Jimmy Graham (15 targets), Marques Colston (8), Darren Sproles (6), Pierre Thomas (6). Anyone other receiver should be avoided in dynasty fantasy circles.
- Saints rookie running back Khiry Robinson took advantage of mop up duty with 38 yards on four carries. He averaged over 4.0 YPC and nine yards per reception in the pre-season. He could get more looks if Mark Ingram continues to struggle.
- Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan tacked on two more sacks against Cardinals statue Carson Palmer. Jordan is legit though and, at just 24, could be your DL1 in dynasty fantasy football for many years.
- Likewise, Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro filled up the stat sheet nicely with seven tackles a pass defended and an interception.
- The Cardinals only ran the ball 16 times after getting behind early. Rashard Mendenhall was the lead back but he isn’t the long-term solution. Andre Ellington and Alfonso Smith had their moments with Ellington being targeted six times in the passing game and Smith scoring the Cardinals only touchdown. Either one could have long-term opportunities in the desert.