- Rams running back Zac Stacy is a man. He went off for 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns and added six catches for 51 yards. Stacy is performing despite the lack of talent around him and strong opposing defenses. He’s on his way to being a RB1 in dynasty leagues.
- On the other side of the field, Chris Johnson had 150 yards on 23 carries plus three catches for 20 yards. I can’t believe it’s the start of a trend upwards – Johnson has had many chances to be consistent and hasn’t done it.
- Titans receiver Kendall Wright led the team in targets and catches but wont’ produce much being in a first-run offense.
- Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis had a good day with nine tackles and a sack. Laurinaitis is on pace for over 100 tackles and continues to be underrated.
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Dynasty Recap – Week 8 – Seahawks slip by Rams, 14-9
- Unlike the situation in Arizona, the Rams have no problem handing the keys over to a rookie running back. Zac Stacy ran for 134 yards on 26 carries for a 5+ YPC against a really good defense. Stacy is legit.
- The Rams defense did what they had to do and especially defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long who had three sacks each. Long, at 28, and Quinn, at 23, should be the anchors for the Rams for a very long time and owning either in dynasty leagues would be beneficial.
- On the other side of the ball, Seattle safety Earl Thomas racked up 10 more tackles totaling 59 on the season. He’s on pace for almost 120 tackles, eight picks, and 12 passes defended. Just an amazing season from a safety. Grab Thomas now if you can.
Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Rams destroy Texans, 38-13
- Texans running back Arian Foster is, apparently, back. He totaled 198 yards on the day. Meanwhile, Ben Tate 10 carries compared to 20 for Foster. He also only averaged 1.2 yards YPC. Now is the ideal buy-low time on Tate since he’ll be moving on to greener pastures next year.
- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had a very efficient day with 75% of his passes completed for only 117 yards but with three touchdowns. I still don’t see Bradford being a long-term fantasy starter but he could be a very good QB2.
- Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy had a productive day with 79 yards on 18 carries. He added two catches for 11 yards. So far, he’s been the Rams most productive running back and should keep the starting job for a while.
- Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree had a breakout game with 10 tackles, a pass defended and an interception returned 98 yards for a touchdown. Paired with Robert Quinn and Chris Long, he should be a solid contributor for a good Rams defense for years to come.
Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – Rams down Jaguars 34-20
- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon came back in a big way after serving a four game suspension with five catches and 136 yards. He’ll be safe to use going forward while, hopefully, the Jags can upgrade at the quarterback position so he can be even better.
- Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy ran for 78 yards on 14 carries before leaving the game early. His 5.6 YPC was in-line with other running backs against the Jags this season so there’s hope that Stacy can produce at league minimum. The Rams next game against Houston will determine that.
- On the other side of the field, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had 70 yards on 17 carries to go with three targets. Should he be traded this year, his value would improve but for 2013 only. Beyond this year is a question mark so be cautious.
- The Rams passing game is still sorting itself out with the most targets going to Chris Givens with seven while no receiver had more than four catches. Until somebody steps up, it’s a passing game to avoid, including Tavon Austin.
- On the defensive side of the ball, both Rams defensive ends had productive days. Chris Long had a sack and two tackles for a loss while Robert Quinn had a tackle for a loss to go along with two quarterback hits. Either one is a fine option as a dynasty defensive lineman.
- Across the field, Jaguars safety John Cyprien had 13 tackles and is now on pace for over 100 tackles for the year. The rookie could be good for a long time.
Daily Dynasty Update – September 27th
Happy hour is only a few hours away. Oh, and the 49ers look normal again. Who knew running the ball was a recipe for success?
- Rams running back Isaiah Pead was a healthy scratch last night yet Zac Stacy didn’t have a single carry. Benny Cunningham ended up spelling Daryl Richardson. Apparently just because the Rams had three running backs in the beginning of the season doesn’t mean they had three worth taking in dynasty fantasy. Look for Cunningham on deeper waiver wires.
- Bucs (now) backup quarterback Josh Freeman would like a trade. I’d also like a million dollars but it won’t happen. Freeman’s cap number is way too big for a backup/middling starter. He’ll be in Tampa until the end of the season and will begin the path of a journeyman quarterback.
- The Jaguars have officially designated Denard Robinson as a wide receiver. Still won’t matter as Robinson has yet to break out and is on a bad team.
- Dallas rookie receiver Terrance Williams will get the start Sunday if Miles Austin can’t go. In that offense, the 2nd receiver will get more opportunities than most. Williams is also young and cheap which means he could be in Dallas for a while. He’d be worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues.
Dynasty Rookie Running Backs – Part III
Six backs were selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft. All would be considered sleepers in dynasty fantasy leagues. Let’s take a look:
- Denard Robinson (JAC) – Originally a quarterback at Michigan, Robinson was drafted 135th overall. Truly a jack of all trades, it seems as if Robinson’s speed is probably best suited at running back seeing as he ran a 4.34 unofficial 40-time at the combine. He grew into the role in rookie camp but it still adjusting after dropping a pass and fumbling a handoff. Robinson would be the #3 running back on the depth chart and should be stashed by all MJD owners in the event his contract isn’t renewed.
- Stepfan Taylor (ARI) – Drafted 140th overall out of Stanford, Taylor currently sits behind Rashard Mendendhall and Ryan Williams on the depth chart. With coach Bruce Arians already calling the running back race for 26-year old Mendenhall, and the team sticking by 23-year old Ryan Williams, there doesn’t seem to be a clear path for Taylor. In addition, thanks to the NFL’s graduation rules, Taylor is also starting behind the other backs. Only draft Taylor if you have either Mendenhall or Williams on your current roster.
- Joseph Randle (DAL) – Drafted 151st overall by Dallas, Randle has already been anointed the backup to DeMarco Murray and expected to carry the load, should it come to that. Randle is still recovering from thumb surgery but should be ready to go. While nothing special in college, the fact that he’s backing up one of the most brittle. Additionally, Randle now becomes a part of the revolving door of Dallas running backs which has had four different leading rushers in 7 years. This could be a gift and a curse for Randle but, for now, don’t pin your hopes on him.
- Chris Thompson (WAS) – Going 154th overall to Washington, Thompson is a massive unknown. He broke his back and college and tore his ACL in consecutive years at Florida State. But Washington feels like he can do it all. At the moment, there’s a pileup in the Washington backfield but Thompson is one to remember simply because Shanahan is so unpredictable. After all, incumbent Alfred Morris was drafted in the 6th round.
- Zac Stacy (STL) – St. Louis traded up to 160 to pick Stacy out of Vanderbilt after averaging 5.5 YPC on over 200 carries in the tough SEC last year. Stacy proved he can handle the load there but will have to compete with Daryl Richardson (23) and Isiah Pead (23). Richardson is projected as the starter after averaging 4.8 YPC on about 100 carries in his rookie year. However, coach Jeff Fisher indicated he’s not opposed to a running back by committee approach. Stacy is talented but will have to beat two young, good players first to get noticed.
- Mike Gillislee (MIA) – Picked 164th out of Florida, Gillislee was nothing special coming out of the draft with the look of a long-time backup. He’s also not caught up to number two Daniel Thomas as of yet and would start the season as the third running back if it started today. Gillislee is off the dynasty radar at the moment unless you’re a concered Lamar Miller owner.
For Part I click here. For Part II click here.