Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for just 214 yards but three touchdowns. Dalton is one of the rare touchdown-depending quarterbacks and will always be a QB2 in dynasty rankings.
Running back Gio Bernard had 123 rushing yards on 20 carries after filling in for starter Jeremy Hill. Bernard still has value as a RB3 in PPR league whether Hill is injured or not.
Tight end Tyler Eifert continues his breakout season with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. He’s already at TE1 in dynasty rankings but could elevate top-tier by the end of the season.
Quarterback Philip Rivers had a decent day with 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It’s low-end QB1 numbers.
Rookie running back Melvin Gordon had 88 yards on 16 carries which is a lot more like it. He’ll continue to be the first and second down back so his production could be limited by lack of touchdown opportunities.
Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead had six catches for 68 yards 36 on the ground. It remains to be seen if his role will be affected by Antonio Gates absence but, if not, Woodhead will continue to be a RB2/3 in PPR dynasty rankings.
It was the good Andy Dalton with 269 yards and two touchdowns. Dalton will never be a QB1 in dynasty rankings but can have some decent games against bad teams.
Tight end Tyler Eifert broke out with nine catches, 104 yards and two touchdowns. If he keeps that up he’ll be a top five dynasty tight end.
Running back Jeremy Hill didn’t have to do much but had 63 yards and two touchdowns. Hill should be just fine and still a RB1 in dynasty rankings.
Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of good things, fantasy or otherwise, from the Raiders. Running back Latavius Murray had just 44 yards on 11 carries plus seven catches for 36 yards. The big lead by Cincinnati took Murray out of the running game which could be common this year. He’s no better than a RB3 in dynasty rankings.
Arian Foster is expected to handle all passing down duties in Houston, much like he did before. It’s an endorsement of Foster from new coach Bill O’ Brien and makes Foster an interesting buy-low candidate.
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is sitting out OTA’s with an injury. With this much time before the season starts, it shouldn’t be a concern but definitely something to monitor. However, with Hue Jackson now implementing a more rush-oriented offense and with Jermaine Gresham still around, Eifert’s dynasty value is not what it was a year ago.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard led the team in carries with 14 and had 58 rushing to go along with an incredible eight catches for 37 yards. Bernard will definitely be the most well-rounded offensive rookie before the year is out.
Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert had 10 targets but only hauled in three of them, wasting a golden opportunity with Jermaine Gresham out. Eifert is still being worked in the offense so it may not be until 2014 that he pays dividends.
Ravens receiver Torrey Smith had similar issues with only five catches on 14 targets. It will continue to be difficult for Smith to rack up stats if there’s no one in Baltimore to take some of the pressure off.
Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey had 15 tackles, three sacks, three passes defended and an interception. An unbelievable day that may be the peak of Rey’s NFL career. Don’t expect Rey to assume the starter role in dynasty circle.s
The Dolphins continue to split carries between Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller even though Miller continues to outplay Thomas, averaging more than twice the YPC last night even though he had slightly more carries. Madness!
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton came back down to Earth last night with a 6.4 YPA and three picks.
Cincinnati rookie tight end Tyler Eifert continues to be phased in to the offense with only three catches on four targets. Now actually might be a good time to buy-low.
Miami defensive end Cameron Wake had three sacks on the night including the game-winning safety. Wake continues to be a DL2 in most leagues.
The Bengals went back to an even split on running backs between BarJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard as the veteran, Green-Ellis, lhad 18 compared to the rookie Bernard’s 15. However, Bernard had six catches for 72 yards, proving how valuable he can be.
After a career-best five catches last week, Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert came back down to Earth with two catches for 13 yards. Until incumbent tight end Jermaine Gresham moves on to another team, Eifert’s potential will be limited.
Buffalo rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso had an incredible 22 tackles to bring his season total to 66. He’s currently on pace for 176 tackles on the season. He’s a keeper in every sense of the word.
Buffalo safety Da’Norris Searcy had quite a day too with 16 tackles, three tackles for a loss and a sack. At just 24, Search is in line for more opportunities if Jairus Byrd should move on through a trade and could be a value in big play leagues.
Quarterback Tom Brady went without a touchdown pass for the first time in four years. Luckily, it appears Rob Gronkowski will be back this week and all will be right with the world.
Running back LeGarrette Blount ran for a respectable 4.3 YPC in his 12 carries for New England. Of course, he also fumbled in the game so don’t be surprised if Stevan Ridley gets another chance to lock down the position.
On the other side of the field, Giovani Bernard had 13 carries compared to BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ 19. Dynasty owners can expect the back-and-forth routine this year but Bernard should be good for years to come.
Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert saw a career-high seven targets to go along with five catches and 53 yards. The changing of the guard could become official soon so now would be the time to jump on the Eifert bandwagon.
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes had his best game of 2013 with 12 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a pass defended, and an interception. Spikes had a solid 2012 with 92 tackles but that appears to have been his ceiling. I’d sell high on Spikes right now.