Good news for you dynasty leaguers as one of the initiatives here at F6P for this upcoming season is to expand our dynasty coverage. And that starts with our dynasty football staff responses to some 2021 Dynasty Football Burning Questions: Part 1!
You might have noticed the increase already with some of the recent tweets, but we will be offering more dynasty insights on a regular basis this season!
We asked some of our writers to answers a handful of questions about the upcoming NFL season and to look into the future of the dynasty landscape.
I'm not just a pretty face, I also answered these questions and share my responses below. I will remind you that yours truly made sure to acquire James Robinson last year.
Speaking of James Robinson, second-year running backs is as good a place for us to start with some of our panel questions!
2021 Dynasty Football Burning Questions: Part 1
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Who is your Favorite 2nd year RB in dynasty?
Jonathan Taylor - Indianapolis Colts
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He is a workhorse running back running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The only problem here is if Carson Wentz can't revive his career in Indy. - Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts)
I am interested to see the direction the offense will take with Carson Wentz under center, but Jonathan Taylor should be the focal point. If Wentz can return to form, it should open up more running lanes for Taylor, as defenses will not be able to stack the box much against him. - Jonathan Witt (@JPW2542)
Favorite? Well, I'm a Ravens fan, so J.K. Dobbins is definitely my favorite. And I absolutely like him to take a step forward this year. However, if I'm being strategic, I gotta go with JT as well. But I like him independent of how Wentz does. It's not like Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck was under center last year for Indy. Even if Wentz struggles, I still think JT will be the top second-year RB this year. - Mark Strausberg (@MarkStrausberg)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire might just be one of the best-kept secrets in dynasty and redraft leagues this year. He failed to live up to some massive expectations in his rookie season. But prior to the Chiefs signing Le’Veon Bell in Week 7, CEH was the RB11 and on pace for over 340 touches. With Damien Williams in Chicago and Bell making music videos, or whatever it is that he does, I love CEH to make good on the promise he had in 2020. I’m all in on CEH. Did I mention he plays for the Chiefs? - Rob Lorge (@RobFFAddict)
D'Andre Swift - Detroit Lions
In 2020, Swift had a total of 848 yards (521 rushing, 357 receiving). He also added 10 combined touchdowns. This was good enough for RB18. He did all this with only 13 games played (4 of them started) and a snap share percentage under 50. With a new QB in Jared Goff who loves throwing to the RB, Swift’s situation couldn’t be better. Oh yeah, he also no longer has to deal with sharing touches and targets with Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golladay, or Marvin Jones. - Michael Bonni (@ike2121)
Cam Akers - Los Angeles Rams
Last year Akers had a total of 156 touches for the Rams. Did you know that he accumulated 94 of those touches from Week 13 and on? The addition of Matthew Stafford in the offseason should make the entire Rams offense better.
Who is your Favorite 2nd year WR in dynasty?
CeeDee Lamb - Dallas Cowboys
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I know everyone loves Justin Jefferson and there’s good reason for that, but I’m going to say CeeDee Lamb. Over the first five weeks of the season, he had more catches, yards and touchdowns than Jefferson. Lamb compiled 29 catches, 433 yards and two touchdowns with Dak under center. He was WR12 during those weeks. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if by season's end Lamb is the number one wide receiver in Dallas. He’s going to be a superstar. With Dak under center and the defense optional mentality in Dallas, Lamb has a very high floor and ceiling.
It was unfortunate to see Prescott go down in Week 5 last year. Before Dak Prescott went down Lamb was the clear-cut number-two option in this explosive offense averaging 32.6 points per game with Prescott leading the charge. Lamb caught 29 of his 39 targets in those five games and boasted a 17.2% team target percentage. - Mike LaPlant (@BeLike_Miike)
In 2020, Ceedee caught 74 balls for 935 yards and 6 touchdowns. This got him to a WR22, and this was with Dak only playing four games. He lives in the slot (84.7%) which was 2nd in the league. If Dak is even remotely close to what he was to start the year last year we can easily see him crack WR1 territory. The sky is the limit right now for Ceedee Lamb. - Michael Bonni (@ike2121)
Justin Jefferson - Minnesota Vikings
Landing in Minnesota was such a great fit and he will soon take over as the number one WR on the depth chart as Thielen ages out. Having a dangerous rushing attack with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison makes the Vikings very hard to defend. However, I would love to know what their plan is, post-Kirk Cousins. - Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts)
Brandon Aiyuk - San Francisco 49ers
I am excited to see what Aiyuk can do with a competent QB. He could very well be Trey Lance's go-to WR in Shanahan's up-tempo offense. - Jonathan Witt (@JPW2542)
Darnell Mooney - Chicago Bears
I like all three of those options, but I'm going a different direction here. All three were high selections in rookie drafts last year and will go high again in redraft leagues this year. My favorite option is a little more under-the-radar: Darnell Mooney. Despite a less-than-desirable QB situation in the Windy City last year, Mooney was one of just four rookie WRs who saw 50+ targets to record an aDOT of over 11 yards and a drop percentage that was below five percent. With the passing attack expected to be elevated this year, Mooney will be the best value of any 2nd year WR. - Mark Strausberg (@MarkStrausberg)
Who is the one high-ranking dynasty player you just don’t love?
Derrick Henry / A.J. Brown - Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee lost too much on offense for me to really love Henry. They are depleted at both the WR and TE spots. Defenses can really key in on the run against Tennessee. I can see a drop in numbers from Henry. It is only a matter of time before his running style catches up with him. - Jonathan Witt (@JPW2542)
I love A.J. Brown but I do not love the direction the Titans offense is headed. They have one of the worst WR depth charts, lost their top TE to free agency and Derrick Henry is looking to be one of the rare running backs who can carry the load for this long. - Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts)
D'Andre Swift - Detroit Lions
D'Andre Swift, I love the talent of this kid but he is just not in the right opportunity on this team this year. The departure of Matthew Stafford I don't see him getting another year of 57 targets. I don't trust Jared Goff to run this offense, and with no real receiving threat and a major lack of defense. This team will always be fighting back from a deficit which will not bode well for Swift. - Mike LaPlant (@BeLike_Miike)
J.K. Dobbins - Baltimore Ravens
I question JK Dobbins' ranking. I love him as a player and think he’s extremely talented, but his ranking is too high for me. He didn’t catch many passes as a rookie and that’s not a new trend in Baltimore - not with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. There’s also Gus Edwards lurking who isn’t going to go away. Dobbins is a rock-solid RB2, but I’m not buying the RB1 potential. Not with the almost non-existent passing work and having to share carries with Jackson and Edwards. - Rob Lorge (@RobFFAddict)
D.K. Metcalf - Seattle Seahawks
This one destroys my heart to say, but I’m going to go D.K. Metcalf. He is currently being drafted ninth overall, WR4, which I feel is just too high. Everyone is obsessed with how he did in 2020, me included, but 2021 is going to be a different story. D.K. only averaged 8.1 targets a game (13th) and only had three games with double-digit targets. It's not a terrible number, but it's just not encouraging considering Pete Carroll said he wants to run the ball more. Pete is always ruining fantasy football for us! - Michael Bonni (@ike2121)
Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns
A lot less consensus here. I'm not going to agree with anyone else either, as my pick is Nick Chubb. Chubb is the perfect dynasty RB age of 25. But he's also a free agent next year and I don't see how Cleveland can afford to pay him next year. My suspicion is that Cleveland absolutely runs him into the ground this year. So either one of two things happens in 2021: 1) he gets injured from all the wear and tear this year, thereby killing his value for this year and future trade value 2) he gets 350+ carries and we all know what that means for next year, right? Disagree? Ok, let's suppose I'm wrong and Kareem Hunt, who isn't a free agent until 2024, and Chubb split the backfield pretty evenly. That's not going to help Chubb's value either. Given that he's going at the end of the first round in most leagues, he's a player I will definitely be side-stepping around in dynasty this year. - Mark Strausberg (@MarkStrausberg)
Stay tuned for Round 2 of F6P's dynasty football staff responses coming soon!
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