Your dynasty questions answered, part XI

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Another question from the audience, this one from Peter:

Would you trade LeSean McCoy for Dez Bryant and Ryan Mathews?

PPR or not, I would trade for Bryant and Mathews. Don’t get me wrong, LeSean McCoy is probably the best running back in all of football and is certainly a top running back in fantasy. He’ll be just 26 heading in to the season but with the addition of Darren Sproles along with rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, his opportunities in the passing game will go down.

But as good as McCoy is, you can’t ignore the added production from, not just one, but two quality starters. An argument could be made that Dez Bryant is the top receiver in fantasy. He has a quality quarterback in a passing offense and is still only 25. He’s averaged over 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. Dez for McCoy, straight up isn’t even that crazy.

But then you add Ryan Mathews who, while playing a whole season for the first time in 2013, finished as an RB1. And despite the Chargers adding Donald Brown, Mathews is still expected to be atop the depth chart.

To make it really simple just look at the numbers. According to Pro Football Focus, Mathews and Bryant combined for 385 standard fantasy points in 2013 compared to McCoy’s 280.

I think you pull the trigger.

Daily Dynasty Update – March 21st

  • Confirming what was widely expected, the Lions intend to use running back Joique Bell more this season, as opposed to Reggie Bush. Bell is, arguably, the better runner while Bush offers more in the passing game. Both of their dynasty values will be limited unless the other gets injured and shouldn’t be projected as anything more than RB3.
  • Chargers general manager Tom Telesco re-affirmed Ryan Mathews as their workhorse running back. Mathews finally cashed in on his dynasty potential last year and is one of the few full-time running backs left in fantasy football. He’s an ideal RB2 in dynasty leagues for 2014 and beyond.
  • The Texans signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. This indicates two things: 1) the Texans are likely taking a quarterback with the first overall pick (as opposed to signing a better, win-now option like Mike Vick) and 2) Fitzpatrick should see some playing time early on in the season. If you end up with the Texans quarterback of the future, be sure to snap Fitzpatrick in your dynasty leagues. It also means the end of the Matt Schaub-era in Houston.
  • In other backup quarterback news, Jason Campbell signed with the Bengals to back up Andy Dalton. There were calls at the end of last season for the Bengals to do something about Dalton and signing Campbell won’t change that. Campbell is one of the better back ups in the league and is surrounded by talent in Cincinnati. It’s a serious question if Dalton is their long-term plan at quarterback or not.
  • The Panthers recently signed Jerricho Cotchery to be their top receiving option. You have to assume the Panthers have a plan at receiver after missing on every option before Cotchery while cutting veteran Steve Smith. Luckily, there are a ton of receivers in this years draft.

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – Chargers edge Chiefs, 27-24 (OT)

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had another good day, going 22 of 33 for 229 yards and three touchdowns and an interception. If offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt returns, Rivers is a decent QB2 next year.
  • Chargers running back Ryan Mathews continues his resurgence with 144 rushing yards to go along with two catches for 11 yards. Mathews stock will skyrocket heading in to 2014 and will be considered a RB2.
  • Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen led the team with eight targets, five catches and 89 yards. Allen has easily been the best rookie receiver in 2013 and should be considered a high-end WR2 in dynasty circles in 2014.
  • Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o had a career-high 10 tackles to cap a rather disappointing season after being banged up early on. He might be a decent buy-low candidate.

Dynasty Recap – Week 16 – Chargers beat up Raiders, 26-13

  • Chargers running back Ryan Mathews continues his solid year with 99 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. He also added three catches for 20 yards. Mathews will be an interesting dynasty asset next year as he’ll be back in San Diego but can he stay healthy?
  • Raiders running back Rashad Jennings had a solid day with 45 yards on 10 carries. He also added three catches for 27 yards. Jennings has earned a starting job this year but you never know what the brain trust is thinking in Oakland for next year.
  • Raiders receiver Andre Holmes continues to grind away, leading the team in targets with eight, catches with five, and yards with 71. Holmes was a great combine prospect and would be best served with decent quarterback play.

Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Chargers upset Broncos

  • Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had a season-high 127 yards rushing and a touchdown. Mathews has stayed healthy this year and it’s paid off, already eclipsing 1,000 yards. He’ll never be a three-down back with Danny Woodhead in the fold but he can be productive.
  • Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen had only two catches but both were for touchdowns. He’s easily been the top rookie receiver and should hope Ken Whisenhunt sticks around as offensive coordinator.
  • Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had 10 more tackles to give him 114 on the year. He’ll be just 24 entering next year and should continue to be as productive for the foreseeable future.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Dolphins escape Chargers, 20-16

  • Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had another great game with 127 yards on 19 carries for a 6.7 YPC. Over his last five games he’s averaged 5.2 and played well. The Chargers appeared to have found the secret with Mathews which is use him in small doses and pair him with a pass-catching back. So far, so good. Mathews could still be on the upswing as far as dynasty trajectory value.
  • Chargers tight end Ladarius Green caught four passes for 81 yards on five targets. Green had a lot of hype heading in to the season but the Chargers have failed to utilize him. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for the rest of 2013 and beyond. Get in on Green while you can.
  • Meanwhile, Dolphins tight end Charles Clay is cashing in on his opportunity, catching six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Showing flashes of TE1 skill, Clay is a boom-or-bust pick right now but is still one of the better performers at the position. At just 24, Clay could be a decent long-term prospect.
  • Chargers safety Eric Weddle continue to put up DB1 numbers, this time with seven tackles, a sack and a pass defended. At 28, Weddle will be a DB1 for the foreseeable future.

Daily Dynasty Update – August 4th

And a happy Sunday to you.

Happy kickoff everybody!