- 49ers running back Frank Gore turned back the clock with 95 yards on 19 carries. He showed what can happen if you give him the ball but should still be a non-factor in dynasty leagues next year.
- Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham continues to impress with six catches for 93 yards. The only downside is he was targeted 13 times, converting less than half. But as long as keeps getting the reps, Beckham is a possible WR2 every week.
- Giants receiver Rueben Randle had a game-high seven catches for 112 yards on 15 targets. It was a nice game but we expect Randle to be the odd man out in New York next year.
- 49ers linebacker Chris Borland continues to impress with 13 tackles, 3 passes defended and two interceptions. He’s playing like a LB1 and should have a place in the lineup next year.
- Interesting development in Giants camp as rookie running back Andre Williams is getting goal-line work with the first team. Williams could be a decent sleeper in rookie dynasty drafts.
- In other Giants news, Odell Beckham has been battling a hamstring injury in camp. It’s worth noting as hamstring injuries can take a while to get over. ODB is expected to start the season behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
- Expect rookie defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence to start outside for the Cowboys, giving him a chance to be the top rookie DL in rookie drafts. The Cowboy defense should be on the field a lot this year.
- Let the Jordan Matthews bandwagon keep moving along as they’re not comparing the Eagles receiver, physically, to Terrell Owens. Matthews appears to be about the 4th receiver off rookie dynasty boards and is looking like a great value.
- After some initial optimism, it looks like Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon will actually man the Marvin Jones role in Jay Gruden’s offense while DeSean Jackson mans the A.J. Green role. It’s disconcerting for Garcon dynasty owners but great for Jackson owners. Stay tuned.
- As if we didn’t need more proof, expect Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to get the ball a lot. Patterson has the makings of a WR1 in short order.
- Giants receiver Odell Beckham won’t be the starter yet as Rueben Randle will be the second receiver to start the season. Randle has never taken the reigns which means Beckham should see significant time early.
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- Top five remains the same with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, and Demaryius Thomas.
- The big risers this month are all rookies including Jordan Matthews to 26 from 32; Allan Robinson to 36 from 44; Kelvin Benjamin to 38 from 45; Davante Adams to 42 from 49; and Martavis Bryant to 66 from 72.
- The big drops include Josh Gordon to 13 from 7; Rueben Randle to 43 from 37; Cecil Shorts to 45 from 39; and Jarvis Landry to 70 from 64.
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- With Josh Gordon dropping out of the top five, it makes room for Demaryius Thomas. The others include Calvin, A.J., Dez, and Julio.
- Top rookies include Sammy Watkins at 12; Mike Evans at 16; Brandin Cooks at 27; Jordan Matthews at 32; Odell Beckham at 34.
- Justin Blackmon drops from 22 to 31 (and probably further thanks to recent activity); Rueben Randle from 29 to 37 thanks to the drafting of ODB; Markus Wheaton from 40 to 51 thanks to the drafting of rookie Martavius Bryant; Dwayne Bowe from 39 to 53.
Dynasty Impact: After showing no confidence in Rueben Randle, the Giants pick what many scouts thought was the second best receiver in the draft. Not as tall as Watkins or Evans, ODB has great leaping ability and superior hands. Eli Manning dynasty owners should rejoice that they finally have a compliment to Victor Cruz. Cruz should benefit with less attention with Beckham being in the discussion for second receiver taken off the board in dynasty rookie drafts.
- The Saints officially released Lance Moore, making him a free agent. Moore will be 31 when the season starts and won’t find a system similar to the one in New Orleans in free agency. For dynasty purposes, he’s done.
- It’s very possible Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee moves outside while second year linebacker DeVonte Holloman would move inside. It’d be a hit on Lee’s tackle numbers but he should still be considered a LB1. Holloman’s dynasty value would shoot way up.
- The Jaguars have officially re-signed Chad Henne to a two-year deal. It allows Henne’s dynasty value to stay afloat as he’s widely expected to be a bridge quarterback for the Jaguars who are expected to take a signal-caller in the draft.
- The Giants are, apparently, not sold yet on receiver Rueben Randle. It appears this is a prove-it year for Randle with the Giants as he’s expected to draw the start opposite Victor Cruz. Now’s the time to get in on Randle if there ever was one.
- With Giants quarterback Eli Manning averaging a whopping 40 pass attempts a game, the targets are coming in droves. This week it was Rueben Randle leading the way with 13 to go with six catches and 96 yards. With Hakeem Nicks expected to leave via free agency this year, Randle is the heir apparent to Nick’s spot and should be targeted in dynasty circles.
- Running back David Wilson had only six carries before leaving with an injury. On the season, Wilson is averaging 3.3 YPC after averaging 5.0 last year. Now could possibly be the best time to pick Wilson off as a buy-low candidate from those fed up with his lack of production.
- Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is back to his usual boom-or-bust self with seven catches for 132 and a touchdown. He seems to be the favorite no matter who’s at quarterback, totaling 12 targets when the next highest total was LeSean McCoy at eight.
- Speaking of targets, rookie Zach Ertz had a career-high three targets and two catches. It remains to be seen where Ertz will fit in as incumbent Brent Celek is still entrenched as the starter and has three more years on his contract. Ertz could also be a buy-low candidate.
- Quarterback Nick Foles will audition for teams as he takes over for the injured Mike Vick. However, it would seem that, with so many quarterback in 2014’s rookie class, Foles won’t necessarily be able to cash in a la Matt Flynn. I don’t see Foles breaking out.
Things are picking up even more this in dynasty circles:
- Lance Dunbar and Philip Tanner have been playing well in camp which means Joseph Randle is behind. We looked at Randle in our rookie running back series. At the moment, you’d be best to avoid Randle.
- Christian Ponder is ‘consistently inconsistent.’ Sounds about right. Vikings receivers are on notice.
- Reuben Randle is doing well in place of Hakeem Nicks at Giants camp. At 6′ 3″ and 210 pounds, Randle could easily replace Nicks should the Giants choose not to re-sign him. Grab Randle if you can.
- Kevin Kolb is talking up Robert Woods in Buffalo. We looked into Woods long-term value in our rookie wide receiver series. He’s definitely someone to keep on the radar as well.
Lots coming up today. Stay tuned.