Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went off for 327 yards and three touchdowns against a very good offense. Still, he’s no more than a low-end QB2 in dynasty leagues.
Ravens receiver Steve Smith turned back the clock with seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. It’s a renaissance for Smith but his age limits his dynasty value. Only use him if you’re in win-now mode.
On the other side of the field, Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin led the team in targets with nine and hauled in five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Despite the attention he continues to deliver as a WR2/3 as a rookie. His dynasty arrow is pointing up.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly racked up 12 tackles and a pass defended, turning in another LB1 day. He’s squarely in the top-tier.
The Ravens running back situation may be clearing up with Bernard Pierce leading the way with 96 yards on 22 carries. If he can string more of those types of performances together, he’ll be the running back to own in dynasty.
On the other side of the field, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell looks like a beast. He had 59 yards rushing along with five catches for 48 yards. He’s a legit RB1 in dynasty going forward.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continues to be a low-end WR1 in dynasty. He racked up seven catches for 90 yards on 12 targets. Even with the Steelers lose, he’s a winner.
On the IDP side, linebacker Lawrence Timmons won’t go quietly as he racked up 12 tackles. He still plays three downs so he’s still a decent LB2/3 option.
Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard had only 22 yards on 13 carries but added five catches for 51 yards. He’ll be bordering a RB1 heading in to 2014.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta led the Ravens in targets (11), catches (8), and yards (63). Pitta has made an amazing comeback after a severe hip injury early in the season. He’ll be a top ten dynasty tight end in 2014.
Bengals receiver Marvin Jones had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, capping an impressive 2013. He’ll most likely be the second receiver behind A.J. Green in Cincinnati next year and could be an intriguing prospect
Ravens safety Matt Elam had 10 more tackles to cap off a nice three game stretch to end the year. His 26 tackles, tackle for a loss, and interception in those three games bodes well for 2014.
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.
Lions running back Reggie Bush returned to form last night with 86 yards rushing on 17 carries. Bush is a dynamic player and even better in that high-powered offense. But if he can’t stay healthy he’ll always be a boom-or-bust player.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had 98 yards receiving on only six catches. With rumblings about change in Detroit, Johnson is about the safest bet anywhere.
Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith filled the stat sheet with five tackles, a sack, and an interception. Smith was originally supposed to only be a fill-in until rookie Arthur Brown was ready but has played well. The free agent-to-be has 107 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three interceptions and an incredible 18 passes defended.
Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam had his best game in 2013 with 10 tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception. Elam is one of crop of rookie safeties that should be around awhile.
Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had his best game as a pro, going for 141 yards on five catches and a touchdown. He also added 111 kick return yards. Patterson appears to be the real deal and, with noting to play for, the Vikings could finally unleash his talent.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta made a strong comeback from a hip injury with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. He also tied for the team lead in targets with 11. Pitta’s injury obviously hasn’t hampered his role in the offense. He should climb back up the dynasty tight end rankings soon.
Vikings linebacker Audie Cole continued his surprisingly good play in the middle with 13 more tackles. In the three games he’s played since taking over for Erin Henderson, Cole has racked up 35 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pass defended. It’s very possible Cole ends up with the job next year as the Vikings have much bigger holes to fill.