Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – August 2014

Complete dynasty linebacker rankings can be found here

  • wagnerWith the injury to Kiko Alonso, we have a new entry to the top five. The order now goes Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict, NaVorro Bowman, and new to the list, Bobby Wagner. 
  • Couple injury drops include Kiko Alonso from 4 to 10 and Sean Weatherspoon from 23 to 37.
  • Rookie risers include C.J. Mosley from 32 to 22; Christian Kirksey from 44 to 38; and Khalil Mack from off the list to 41.

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Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – June 2014

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  • shazierA new top five in dynasty linebacker rankings: Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, NaVorro Bowman, Kiko Alonso, and Vontaze Burfict. 
  • Rookies entering the rankings include Ryan Shazier at 15; C.J. Mosley at 32; Christian Kirksey at 44; and Tevin Smith at 46.
  • Some notable movers include Alec Ogletree to 8 from 24; fresh off his suspension, Daryl Washington to 22 from 7; and on the flip side, Kevin Minter to 21 from 44; thanks to his latest injury, Sean Lee drops to 26 from 6.

Updated Dynasty Linebacker Rankings – January 2014

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  • The top of the rankings stay mostly the same with Luke Kuechly, NaVorro Bowman, and Lavonte David making up the top three. Bowman’s status will be closely monitored after destroying his knee in the NFC Championship game.
  • The big risers this month include the Eagles Mychal Kendricks, Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso and the Bengals Vontaze Burfict. All are coming off strong seasons and will enter 2014 under the age of 24. They will be heading in to the top ten soon.
  • Drops this month include the 49ers Patrick Willis (age/injury) and the Cowboys Bruce Carter (pass protection) and Tampa’s Mason Foster (new scheme). These are guys you should look at trading to see what you get.

Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Steelers dominate Bengals, 30-20

  • Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has yet to establish an effective running game with only 646 yards on 198 carries for a 3.3 YPC. However, he’s added 43 catches for 388 yards. As long as he can continue to progress his running game, Bell will still be able to get his catches.
  • Bengals receiver A.J. Green had a solid outing with nine catches for 93 yards. He should set a new career-high for yards in a season and will challenge Dez Bryant for #2 receiver in dynasty in 2014.
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had 12 more tackles to give him 151 on the season with two games to go. Burfict leads the league at just 23 years old and is a legit LB1 in dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 13 – Bengals beat Chargers, 17-10

  • Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen had another good game with eight receptions for 106 yards. There’s no doubt that Allen is the top target in San Diego and will be considered a WR1 heading in to the 2014 season in dynasty leagues.
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had 13 more tackles to bring him 118 on the year. The 23-year old is a LB1 in dynasty circles, hands-down.
  • Fellow Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga had 10 tackles of his own and a sack. Him starting put to rest any notions that backup Vincent Rey would overtake him.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Bengals blast Browns, 41-20

  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a bad day masked with three touchdowns. He went 13 of 27 for just 93 yards and two interceptions to go along with those three touchdowns. You just can’t rely on Dalton long-term and will only be bailed out by the talent around him.
  • Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya had 69 yards rushing to go along with six catches for 30 yards. He won’t challenge for the starting role in 2014 but could be a decent change of pace back for whoever Cleveland brings in.
  • Meanwhile, Bengals running-of-the-future Giovani Bernard had another solid outing with 45 yards on just 10 carries to go along with 41 yards receiving on four catches.
  • Browns receiver Josh Gordon had 125 yards on five catches and a touchdown. He did see 15 targets but has shown that, no matter who the quarterback is, Gordon will produce. He’s a top talent.
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had 15 tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended to go along with his 13-yard fumble recovered for a touchdown. Burfict continues to be one of the top young talents at linebacker. If you have him, hold on to him. If not, just be glad you don’t play against him every week.

Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Bengals blow out Jets, 49-9

  • Bengals receiver Marvin Jones exploded for eight receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns. It’s fair to say Jones will no longer be under the radar.
  • Meanwhile, the Bengals running game didn’t show a lot as BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 33 yards on 11 carries and Giovani Bernard went for 18 yards on five carries. The Bengals got away with little production from the running game this week but won’t be able to forever. Bernard is still highly ranked in dynasty circles.
  • Jets receiver David Nelson had a nice little day of eight catches for 80 yards. Even though Nelson is just 26, don’t expect this kind of production to continue. The Jets offense is a bit of a mess and no one is safe.
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had another double-digit sack day with a tackle for a loss and a pass defended. At just 23 and the anchor of a strong defense, Burfict will be a solid dynasty contributor for many years.

Dynasty Recap – Week 3 – Bengals scrape by Packers, 34-30

  • Cincinnati rookie running back Giovani Bernard continues to get more playing time.  He had 10 carries (same as BenJarvis Green-Ellis) and 5.0 YPC with four receptions for 49 yards. He’s the real deal. 
  • On the other side of the ball, Green Bay running back Johnathan Franklin had 103 yards rushing after taking over for James Starks. This after showing nothing in training camp and the season so far. Maybe this is a sign of things to come and Franklin can finally be the compliment to Eddie Lacy. He’s also in line for major time in years to come should Lacy get banged up. 
  • The Green Bay passing game continues to be an equal opportunity employer with targets all around to Jordy Nelson (9), Randall Cobb (11), and James Jones (8). James Jones is the only one not signed through next year and would be severely affected if he’s not in the Green Bay lineup. 
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict racked up 11 more tackles. The 22-year old already has 28 tackles on the year, making him a tackle machine in dynasty leagues. He’s less big play but more solid contributor. 
  • The young bookends of the defensive line for Cincinnati each racked up a sack. Michael Johnson (1.5) and Carlos Dunlap (1.0) both still under 27 years of age, are solid defensive lineman in dynasty fantasy football. Either one would be a contributor.