Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – Seahawks escape Redskins, 27-17

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did it again with 201 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 122 yards rushing and another touchdown. He’s a bona fide QB1 in any dynasty format.
  • Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson broke out with 157 yards on five catches and 11 targets. and a touchdown. We expect only one Redskin receiver to produce each game so we’d avoid altogether.
  • Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was all over the field with eight tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He could challenge for top LB in dynasty formats

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Chargers upset Seahawks, 30-21

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers showed he’s not done yet with 284 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions against a very good defense. Rivers is probably not a QB1 in dynasty but you could do a lot worse as your QB2.
  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a very Wilsonian day with 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Like last week, it’s not sexy but it’ll work. He’s a solid QB2.
  • Chargers tight end Antonio Gates turned back the clock with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns. For dynasty purposes, Gates is a good win-now option but nothing more. If anything, it further dampens Ladarius Green’s stock.

Updated Dynasty QB Rankings – September 2014

Complete dynasty quarterback rankings can be found here.

  • wilsonTop five remains the same and in order: Rodgers, Luck, Newton, Stafford, Brees. 
  • Seahawk Russell Wilson moved to 7th from 10th while new Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo moved up to 33rd after being unranked.
  • The big drops include Sam Bradford from 22 to 27; Matt Schaub from 33 to 36; and new Texan Ryan Mallett from 34 to 37.

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Dynasty Recap – Week 1 – Seahawks 36, Packers 16

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson does what he does – 191 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. He also added 29 yards on the ground. It’s not sexy but he’ll produce.
  • Beast mode was in full effect as Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Christine Michael may be the future but Lynch can still produce.
  • One of the bright spots for the Packers was Jordy Nelson picking up where he left off with nine catches for 83 yards. He also led the team with 14 targets and it wasn’t close.
  • On the IDP side, Bobby Wagner proved his LB1 chops with 14 tackles.

Your dynasty questions answered, Part VIII

We roll on with your questions. Be sure to get yours in at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot)com. Peter writes:

I’m in a PPR keeper league. I can only keep 7 on offense. I’m wondering if I could get some input on who would be best to keep. My team is:

QB: Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler
RB: LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Trent Richardson, Stevan Ridley
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kendall Wright, Danny Amendola, Jacoby Jones, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Julius Thomas
DEF: Ravens

I have made some picks, I would just like to have your thoughts on my players. Thank you.

I would say that’s a solid team so far. You also have some depth but not enough to make these decisions difficult. Let’s dive in.

Quarterback – Assuming it’s not a two quarterback league, Matt Ryan would be the choice. Wilson is good, and young, but is not in an offense that requires him to throw the ball a lot. He averaged only 210 yards per game while throwing for 26 touchdowns. Now, he did add over 500 yards per game on the ground but no quarterback in NFL history has kept that rushing pace throughout their career. Meanwhile, Ryan had his worst year since 2010 but was still fantasy’s 11th ranked quarterback, throwing for 282 yards per game and the same 26 touchdowns as Russell Wilson. He didn’t have Julio Jones or Roddy White for good chunks of the year. He’s getting them back plus the Falcons figure to add some talent on the offensive line. Until Matty Ice puts together two years of the kind of performance he did in 2013, you have to assume it was an anomaly.

Running Back – LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are the only choices here. Trent Richardson will have every chance to win the starting job in Indianapolis this year but has not looked good in the NFL. He’s averaged a paltry 3.3 YPC over two seasons and was badly outplayed by Donald Brown towards the end of the season. There’s just nothing there to indicate he’ll be a valuable commodity in dynasty leagues. With Stevan Ridley, I just don’t trust any running back in New England and probably never will as long as Bill Belichick is coach. Ridley’s already been in the dog house with Belichick and it remains to be seen if he’ll return to a big role in 2014. It’s just too unreliable for me.

Wide Receiver – The two easy choices are Demaryius Thomas and Cordarrelle Patterson. Thomas is a top five dynasty receiver as long as Peyton Manning’s around while Patterson will have the benefit of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.  The same Turner who got 1,600 yards out of Josh  Gordon with three different quarterbacks. Patterson, arguably, has the same raw talent and athleticism as Gordon but needs to convert that into being a productive receiver. With Turner in town and, presumably, a new quarterback, the expectations are high. The third receiver I’d take would be Kendall Wright. Wright managed to make almost 100 catches in an offense ranked only 21st in the league. He’s only 24 and is also looking to have an upgrade at quarterback in the near future. He could be the next great slot weapon in dynasty leagues. The only receiver I’d even consider keeping would be Amendola, especially in a PPR league. The most games he started was eight in one season and has shown no ability to be able to hold up over a whole season. He might not even be the top slot option in New England’s offense if Julian Edelman is re-signed. It’s just too much risk. As for Jones and Sanders, both are easily  replaceable options at receiver, especially with the upcoming rookie draft.

Tight End – This one’s easy. Julius Thomas will be a top five dynasty option for at least a few years.

There you have it. On offense I’d go Ryan, McCoy, Murray, D. Thomas, Patterson, Wright, J. Thomas. A well-rounded team of young guys that could produce for your fantasy team for a while.

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Your Dynasty Questions Answered, Part VI

We roll on with your dynasty questions. If you have a question, be sure to email us at dynastyfantasyfootballcentral(at)gmail(dot).com. In the meantime, Chris asks:

“Should I give up Gio and Flacco to get Russell Wilson, Arian Foster, Stevie Johnson, Shonn Greene, Dennis Johnson, and #14 pick in this years deep draft.

Never a fan giving up the best player in a deal but this one I’ll admit has me scratching my head…

.5 PPR, 12 team, and my team is capable of winning now. Eli and Flacco are my only current QB’s, Stevie would be my WR4, Greene and Johnson would have roster spots on my squad also. Your thoughts with limited info?”

While I tend to agree with your assessment of not wanting to give up the best player, I think this might actually be worth it. Let’s break it down by position:

  • Getting back Russell Wilson is a huge upgrade over Joe Flacco. At just 25, Wilson is still reaching his prime and is surrounded by good, young talent. Flacco just turned 29 and, while he’s surrounded by talent as well, is now under a run-first offensive coordinator. And I don’t believe the difference between upgrading to Russell Wilson from Joe Flacco is superseded by the downgrade of…
  • Giovani Bernard to Arian Foster. Bernard is a 22-year old coming off a rookie season in which he had over 1,000 total yards and 50 catches. He should take on an even bigger role going forward and could be a top five running back in dynasty leagues for at least a few years. But running back is one of the most replaceable positions in football, both dynasty and in the NFL. And it’s not like you’re getting scraps in exchange as you’ll be getting an Arian Foster that’s still at the top of the Houston depth chart. Adding his backup in Dennis Johnson means you’re trading for an entire team’s running game instead of just one player. Adding Shonn Greene is fine for depth but his addition is inconsequential.
  • Adding Steve Johnson is not a bad addition either, especially if he makes it as your fourth receiver in a 12-team league. However, be sure to temper your expectations as he’s already 27 and the Bills have a couple good, young options behind him in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. He also is likely to be cut after 2014 when the Bills could save over $8 million.
  • However, I think this trade still favors you thanks to that 14th overall pick. This year has an extremely deep draft in several positions including quarterback, receiver, and tight end. Adding that extra pick could allow you to take a young running back to replace Bernard while still adding a young skill position player.

There you have it. Without that draft pick I might reconsider but adding a potential difference maker, in addition to upgrading your quarterback position, makes this trade work to your advantage.

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Dynasty Recap – Super Bowl 48 – Seattle thrashes Denver, 43-8

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was his usual efficient self, completing 72% of his passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 26 yards rushing. Wilson performed admirably and is an ideal QB2 in dynasty leagues. A healthy Percy Harvin is just a bonus heading in to 2014.
  • Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record with 13 catches and added 118 yards and a touchdown. Thomas is firmly in the top-tier of dynasty receivers as long as Peyton Manning is around.
  • Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor had a big game with 10 tackles and two passes defended. Chancellor could have made a claim for game MVP but being the best player on a great defense will do. He’s a DB1 heading in to 2014.

Dynasty Recap – NFC Championship – Seahawks escape 49ers, 23-17

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed the good, the bad, and the ugly with 153 yards passing, one touchdown, two interceptions, 130 yards rushing and a fumble. Filled the stat sheet quite a bit but left fantasy folks more frustrated than ever before. Right now, it’s hard to give Kaepernick a QB1 grade until he can string good performances together.
  • Meanwhile, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had another day at the office, going 16 of 25 for 215 yards and a touchdown. If Kaepernick is the hare, Wilson is the tortoise.
  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran wild (again) with 109 yards on 22 carries. Lynch will be in his age-28 season next year when, typically, running backs start breaking down. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to start fielding offers for Lynch in your dynasty leagues and sell high.
  • 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was on his way to a spectacular game, finishing with 14 tackles and a sack before destroying his knee. The injury looked gruesome and is sure to effect his status heading in to next season. Here’s hoping the recovery goes well.
  • Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor had a great game with 11 tackles and two passes defended. He’ll be a solid DB1 heading in to next dynasty season and could make a claim for top DB overall.

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – Seahawks thrash Rams, 27-9

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went 15 of 23 for 172 yards and a touchdown. He’s not flashy but he’s consistent and would be an ideal QB2 in 2014.
  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a decent day with 97 yards on 23 carries. Lynch finishes the year with over 1,200 yards and will be a low-end RB1 in dynasty leagues in 2014.
  • Seahawks receiver Golden Tate had a nice sendoff with eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. The pending  free agent will be just 26 next year and could land in a more pass-happy offense. If so, his stock will rise.
  • Rams defensive end had another sack, giving him 19 for the year and solidifying his place at the top of the defensive lineman rankings in IDP dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 13 – Seahawks destroy Saints, 27-7

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continues to separate himself among the second-tier of dynasty quarterbacks. He went 22 of 30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 47 yards on the ground. Wilson will never put him Peyton-like numbers but can be relied on a weekly basis to put up decent numbers.
  • Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton led the team with 12 tackles. Of course, with the Seahawks running 69 plays, someone was bound to make a ton of tackles. But back to Lofton, he now has 98 tackles through 3/4 of the season. His passes defended is way down from the last two years, where he had seven each year, as opposed to the two this year. Lofton is signed cheaply through at least the next two years and is just 27. He’s a good dynasty LB if you’re weak on tackles.
  • Meanwhile, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to display LB1 performances with 11 tackles and a pass defended. On the year, he’s got 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and five passes defended. At just 23, he’s a LB1 in all dynasty leagues.