- Somehow, Titans quarterback Jake Locker had 266 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
- In the running game, Shonn Greene was your lead back with 15 carries followed by Dexter McCluster with nine carries and rookie Bishop Sankey with six. Sankey is still ranked high but needs to start closing the gap to be a value in dynasty.
- On the other side of the field, Jamaal Charles had only 19 yards on 7 carries with four catches for 15 yards. The Chiefs were behind most of the game and could explain his lack of production. Not time to worry yet.
- On the IDP side, Eric Berry had a game-high 15 tackles to go along with a pass defended. He’s a DB1 in all dynasty formats.
- Credit Mike Vick for saying the right things as he re-iterated that the quarterback job is Geno Smith’s to lose. With upgraded weapons, whoever ends up taking snaps could be a decent QB2 in 2014.
- It’s possible Shonn Greene dynasty owners could be in for a rude awakening if Greene is cut this off-season. He’s still recovering from a knee injury and the Titans have plenty of other, albeit average, options. But why keep spinning your tires on a washed up veteran? A Greene cut would also catapult Bishop Sankey’s dynasty value to at least the third overall pick, if not higher.
- A name to watch in training camp is backup chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris. Another converted basketball player, Harris has the skills to be a ‘move’ tight end behind Travis Kelce. Additionally, Kelce is coming off microfracture surgery so his recovery isn’t guaranteed.
Dynasty Impact: This should be considered an incomplete as the Titans are almost certainly not going to go with Shonn Greene at running back. The same could be said at quarterback as Jake Locker doesn’t appear to be the long-term answer. Whoever they draft at both positions will benefit from Lewan who can pass protect and run block well. Won’t be an elite tackle a la Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews but should be a good tool.
- The Titans plan to have a committee and running back which isn’t good news for anyone. We fully expect Tennessee to draft a running back, most likely on Day 3 to compliment incumbent Shonn Greene and newly signed Dexter McCluster.
- Giants coach Tom Coughlin is counting on running back David Wilson this year. Dynasty owners should be a little less optimistic. If there’s a taxi squad or injured reserve, Wilson should be placed on that for a while.
- Former Texans tight end Owen Daniels has landed in Baltimore. He’ll be a decent backup option especially with Dennis Pitta suffering a major hip injury last season. It also officially opens the door for Ryan Griffin in Houston.
- 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman should be ready by mid-season. It’s a devastating blow for both the 49ers and Bowman dynasty owners. Hopefully, both can survive the first half of 2014 without him.
- Don’t expect running back Chris Johnson back in Tennessee next year. His dynasty stock will be determined by his landing spot but, for now, Shonn Greene appears to be the starter. However, don’t be surprised if the Titans spend a day two or three pick on a running back.
- The Packers are expected to run more this season which is great news for Eddie Lacy going forward. It may ding Aaron Rodgers value a little bit but he’ll still be a top-tier option for dynasty quarterbacks.
- Expect more production from Seahawks running back Christine Michael this season. Michael was a hot commodity in dynasty drafts last year and will continue to have a ton of potential.
- Donald Brown dynasty owners shouldn’t expect much this season as he’s only expected to get 5-10 touches per game. The backfield is pretty crowded in San Diego this season so it’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out.
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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- The Bears re-signed Jay Cutler for the next seven seasons. Cutler showed improvement with new coach Marc Trestman so should be a decent QB2 heading in to 2014. The other Bears skill positions should be viable for the foreseeable future.
- Titans running back Chris Johnson now sees what everyone else has – he probably won’t be back in Tennessee in 2014. Monitor where he goes but his days of being a work horse are probably over. Shonn Greene would be the starter in 2014, at the moment.
- Giants running back Andre Brown would like to come back to New York in 2014. He has some upside as the status of David Wilson is still up in the air. Brown isn’t flashy but would be a starting running back and a touchdown hog.
- Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones is expected to take one of the outside linebacker spots in 2014. Jones came on strong towards the end of the season and had nine tackles and two passes defended in the finale. Draft him as a potential LB2.
- In other linebacker news, Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was popped again for DUI. It’s his second in the last two months and will likely be released because of them. He can be safely dropped heading in to 2014 and hopefully will get help.
- Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman could be out which would be music to a lot of people’s ears. The offense in 2013 was uneven and never established the run.