The Huddle’s dynasty rankings are barely three weeks old, and of course there are already tweaks. Here’s the rationale behind a few of the most recent moves.
I’m starting to buy into Nick Foles; something about that 27:2 TD:INT ratio screams “legit”. Sure, he looked a little skittish under pressure in the regular season finale, but a full offseason in that offense with Chip Kelly filling in the lineup holes is at least worth an upwards bump.
Same for Andy Dalton, though his penchant for picks is a bit disconcerting. And if Jay Gruden leaves for a bigger job, I’ll start worrying again.
Also buying into Ryan Tannehill. Reassemble that line, get him some receiving help, and there’s plenty to like.
On the downslide, Tony Romo enters yet another offseason of uncertainty; this time it’s his recovery from back surgery that presents the biggest question mark. He’s no spring chicken, and if the Cowboys ever figure out they can run the ball his opportunities might be reduced.
Mike Glennon slips a bit as he’ll need to impress a new coach. Maybe he’ll keep his job, maybe the new guy will want a quarterback of his own choosing. Uncertainty isn’t a good thing when you’re setting your dynasty roster.
The situation looks even bleaker for Terrelle Pryor, as his coach said he wasn’t sure if the quarterback of the future was on Oakland’s current roster.
Mostly upward movement on the running back charts, perhaps most notably at the top. I’m still a hugh Adrian Peterson fan, but he keeps ending the season hurt.—plus, he’ll be breaking in a new coach and quite likely a new quarterback as well. Meanwhile, Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy sparkled in Year One of their respective new offenses, giving plenty of reason to love them going forward.
I’m still reticent to make Ryan Mathews a fantasy RB1, so his climb stops at 13. But his solid 2013 season suggests we may have been a little too quick to give up on him.
I liked Zac Stacy in the preseason, then I didn’t, and now I’m starting to again. Jeff Fisher has been known to load up his running backs, and Stacy has demonstrated he’s up to the task. The Rams’ offense can only improve with a couple high draft picks (or trade bounty, thanks to the Redskins) and a healthy Sam Bradford and Tavon Austin; in return, that should help Stacy’s productivity.
Finally, LeGarrette Blount makes a hugh leap up the list. He’s a free agent following the season, but after finding a home in New England it wouldn’t surprise if he returned to be the non-fumbling between the tackles guy to Shane Vereen’s pass-catcher. And after seeing what Blount did returning kicks in the regular season finale, that’s a worst-case scenario as some RB-needy team may tab him as their full-time feature back. He’ll be a volatile figure on this list until he has a deal inked for 2014.
As I alluded in the first article accompanying our dynasty rankings, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are moving closer together. Jay Cutler’s preference for Marshall will keep him higher in the rankings—so long as Cutler returns to Chicago. Stay tuned…
TY Hilton looks to have settled comfortably into the go-to role in Indy. Even if Reggie Wayne returns, like from Marvin Harrison to Wayne before him the torch has been passed.
Victor Cruz will get a new offensive coordinator, but the fact that he couldn’t do much in the same role where Jerrell Jernigan blew up in his injury absence suggests that maybe we overrated the salsa dancer.
Cordarrelle Patterson will have a new coach and probably a new quarterback in 2014, and you have to expect the new regime will place just as much emphasis on getting the ball into Patterson’s hands as the previous one. A full offseason as a starting wideout with a legit QB and maybe an offensive-minded head coach, and 26 will be dramatically low for Patterson.
The only move of note is Tony Gonzalez sliding way down the charts. Apparently this is the end. It’s been a very nice run.