- Giants quarterback Eli Manning had another throwback game with 248 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Manning keeps making a play for low-end QB1 play but in dynasty is probably still a QB2.
- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continues his hot streak with 128 yards and a touchdown. He’s fantasy’s top running back this year and is moving into the elite status.
- Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant did his thing with nine catches and 151 yards. He’s our top dynasty receiver going forward.
- With Victor Cruz out, Giants tight end Larry Donnell took advantage with seven catches for 90 yards. Donnell has come out of nowhere to be a low-end TE1 this year but should be at leafs a TE2 in dynasty formats.
- Don’t call it a comeback but Giants quarterback Eli Manning looked decent, throwing for 300 yards, four touchdowns and an interception plus a rushing touchdown. He’s still no better than a low-end QB2 but his arrow is point up.
- On the other side of the field, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw four picks. Cousins appears to be turnover prone and shouldn’t be counted on for anything yet.
- Giants receiver Victor Cruz had his second 100-yard game in a row and is looking like the WR2 he was before the season. As Eli goes, so goes Victor.
- Breaking out was Giants tight end Larry Donnell with seven catches for 54 yards and three touchdowns. If Donnell keeps this up, he’s a low-end TE1.
- 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.
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.
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Would you grade Le’Veon Bell for Victor Cruz and the 6th overall pick this year?
In our latest running back rankings, we have Bell checking in #11. Bell started his rookie season injured but ended up playing 13 games. He was highly productive in the passing game with 45 catches for 400 yards and a 8.9 YPC average. However, the running game was a little less productive, gaining just 3.5 YPC on 244 attempts. Now, that could be due to a 24th ranked offensive line in run blocking or Bell’s inability to find the gap but either way, it wasn’t good. Now, Bell is only 22 and has talent around him to draw defensive attention away and will still be a productive back. But I think there’s more value on the other side.
Victor Cruz is currently ranked #15 in our dynasty rankings and is trending downwards. However, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited about Cruz heading in to 2014 and beyond. Cruz is now the primary weapon in the Giants offense now that Hakeem Nicks isn’t expected back. His contract dispute behind him, Cruz will be ready to at the beginning of training camp and will be just 27 heading in to the season.
But what really makes this trade for Anthony is the sixth pick in the upcoming draft, a draft Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said was the deepest in 30 years. With 2-3 elite tight end prospects, 3-4 elite receiver prospects and a handful of quarterback and running back prospects, you’re guaranteed to get a difference maker with that 6th pick. Not looking at the rest of your roster, adding Cruz plus that pick is a good return for a player at the most replaceable position in dynasty football. I say do it.
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- Giants receiver Victor Cruz is recovering nicely from knee surgery which bodes well for a bounce back year in 2014. With new offense coordinator Ben McAdoo from the Packers, all Giants offensive players will get a bump up in dynasty leagues.
- Colts receiver Da’Rick Rogers should be good to go in 2014 after having to prove his past issues were behind him. Good thing for dynasty leaguers as Rogers projects to man one of the outside spots with Reggie Wayne while T.Y. Hilton does damage in the slot.
- Looks like any scenario where the Rams draft a quarterback with the second pick are out. It’s not a bad idea with Sam Bradford costing a fortune and still has not proven that he’s the long-term solution. The #2 pick is in major flux.
- Expect Heath Miller to stick around Pittsburgh as he is expected to sign a cap-friendlier extension. Miller’s certainly not a flashy option at tight end but he plays a ton of snaps and is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger.
- Giants receiver Victor Cruz continues to dominate, catching eight balls on 11 targets for 110 yards. There’s not many other WR1 options but Cruz consistently produces like it.
- Giants running back Andre Brown ran for 66 yards on 18 carries for a 3.7 YPC. Brown will never be a productive featured back but it’s encouraging that the Giants have turned over the running game to him with the injury to David Wilson. In a perfect scenario, you’d have both on your dynasty team as each individually will never lead you to dynasty glory.
- Packers safety Morgan Burnett had another double-digit tackle game with 12. He now has 50 in seven games this year after recovering from injury. Burnett is an automatic for 100 tackles in any year he’s healthy, giving him DB1 status.
- Eagles rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was forced into action after a re-aggravation of Mike Vick’s hamstring issue. Barkley did go 17/26 for 158 yards but had one interception and one lost fumble. Turnovers are the quickest way to get the hook so Barkley will have to cut that out. It certainly didn’t look like he was someone to monitor in dynasty leagues.
- Giants receiver Victor Cruz had seven catches for 86 yards on 10 targets despite sitting out a portion of the game due to injury. Cruz is about the most reliable fantasy dynasty player on the Giants.
- Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks had his biggest tackle game of the year with 12. Kendricks was a bit of a sleeper heading into this year but hasn’t lit it up as expected. Maybe this is the start of something.
- The Giants as a team continue to look bad. Eli Manning threw for less than 50% with a 5.9 YPA. Manning needs improvement on his line and running game before he gets back to sea level.
- Additionally, the Giants played from behind most of the game which eliminated the running game. David Wilson only had 13 carries which won’t be productive for anyone. If he doesn’t get a chance to prove himself, he’ll never fulfill his full potential.
- The lone bright spot for New York was Victor Cruz and his 16 targets and 10 catches. Re-signed in the off-season, Cruz is set up to be a dynasty stud for many years to come.
- Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. This is just a preview of what Travis Kelce can do if he ever gets healthy.
- Chiefs receiver Donny Avery only caught two balls on 10 targets. Any illusions about Avery contributing to the offense should cease. Kansas City should continue to look for a second receiver.
- Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali was the linebacker du jour with two sacks and a tackle for a loss. With the exception of Derrick Johnson and his tackles, there is no consistent linebacker in Kansas City to roll with.