Kickers Matter Dynasty League : State of the Franchise Bottom Half (9-16)

Kickers Matter Dynasty League : State of the Franchise

Bottom Half (9-16)

So here we are in the depths of the offseason with many months still to go before we see any meaningful action. Im having to make do with updates from Twitter about how Devantae Parker is blowing up camp, or that Derrius Guice is looking better than ever after one of the worst knee injuries a running back could have……yes its mind numbing at this stage of the off-season.

So in light of that what better time than to take stock following the Rookie draft of the current state of the franchises in the Kickers Matter Dynasty League. So as to provide some structure to all this i’ll break this down into two articles. The first will cover teams 16-9 as raked at end of last year and then I’ll do a separate article on those from 8 through 1.

 

Ranked: 16th – Witten in the Stars

QB – Josh Allen, Marcus Mariota

RB – Derrick Henry, Royce Freeman, Damien Williams

WR – Devin Funchess, Larry Fitzgerald

TE – Hunter Henry, CJ Uzmoah

Notable Rookies – Diontae Johnson, Devin Singletary, Jace Sternberger

Having taken over this orphaned team right near the end of the 2018 season, Ali has got to work on his rebuild in earnest. Having made moves to add more running backs it is clear that the main position of weakness now is at the WR position. A returning Hunter Henry is a boost though and if Josh Allen can add some more accurate passes to his game on top of his scramble ability then Ali shouldn’t find himself bottom of the pile for 2019.

Need: WR help…..and to pray that the Titans start using Henry like they did last 4 weeks of season.

 

Ranked 15th – Born to Mack

QB – Mitch Trubisky

RB – Marlon Mack, Carlos Hyde, Jaylen Samuels

WR – Amari Cooper, Tyler Lockett

TE – Kyle Rudolph, Jonnu Smith

Notable Rookies – Dwayne Haskins, AJ Brown, Hakeem Butler, Irv Smith

Jon was very quick to realise his team wasn’t making a run last year and started trading away assets for picks for this rookie draft fairly early. As such his team is very reliant on rookies making an impact to sort out his bench. He is more than set at WR though and with taking “Irv the Swerve” has that Vikings TE spot filled. Like many near the bottom of this team its RB’s that are the issue and as good as Mack is showing he will be there isn’t a lot of depth behind it. Carlos Hyde though could be the decider on Jon’s season however as if he can get to the top of the Chiefs RB depth chart then he could be a fantastic pickup.

Need: RB’s – I mean this will be same for almost everyone but maybe, Jon could forgo one of this WR’s to make a move for an upgrade at the running spot?

 

Ranked 14th – Team BenMc91

QB – Sam Darnold, Eli Manning

RB – Rashaad Penny

WR – Tyler Boyd, Calvin Ridley, Robbie Anderson

TE – Chris Herndon, Jordan Thomas

Notable Rookies – Josh Jacobs, Deebo Samuel, Parris Campbell, Bryce Love

Ben was another owner to take over an orphaned team late in year. Having inherited a mess he had to trade away some of his better stars to build a more balanced roster. He has a lovely looking corps or WR though which should set him up for years. I’d like to see a more reliable option at QB however. The league’s scoring benefits reliable passers and right now it’s hard to call Darnold or Manning that. I think another year of struggle is ahead but with some good picks in the 2020 draft and Darnold and Herndon making the jump this team could get good, fast.

Need: RB’s – Josh Jacobs was a sensible pickup in 2019 but going forwards id be looking for another early pick in 2020 to go get another guy like him.

 

Ranked 13th – Keep Calm and Kerryon

QB – Jameis Winston, Jimmy G

RB – Melvin Gordon, Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel

WR – Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Corey Davis

TE – Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki

Notable Rookies – David Montgomery, Damien Harris

I remember a year ago loving the team Jason had built but also thinking it was too young to really challenge in year one. That is how it turned out with some injuries also weakening this team. But as we come into 2019 this team is stacked to make a push for the playoffs. The 5 contributors at RB will be massive and really make this team a force. It’s hard to pick too many faults but maybe more reliable WR’s would help ensure this team maximises its week to week scores. This team also is reliant on a number of guys making the leap such as Corey D, Dante Pettis, and Mike Gesicki etc…..

Need: Luck with injuries. If this starting lineup stays healthy then this is a team that can challenge.

 

Ranked 12th – J

QB – Pat Mahomes, Matt Stafford

RB – Kenyan Drake, Tevin Coleman, Jerrick McKinnon

WR – Deandre Hopkins, Kenny Golladay, Courtland Sutton

TE – Travis Kelce, Ben Watson

Notable Rookies – Miles Sanders, Mecole Hardman

Jamie has some of my favourite players in this team with Nuk and Kelce as the top pass catchers. Also last year’s MVP in Pat Mahomes, regression aside, still ensures not having to think about the QB position going forwards. At running back Jamie has plenty of options but a number of them at the minute it’s hard to know how they will pan out. Now Gase has left Miami will Drake begin to get more use? Also which of the two 49ers running backs will see the field the most? The Eagles moving up to take Miles Sanders though will hopefully provide some consistency but it could be a few weeks into season before Jamie knows what sort of running back options he has.

Need: The RB situations at 49ers, Eagles and Dolphins to be resolved quickly…..

 

Ranked 11th – Hockliffe Tantrums

QB – Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield

RB – Christian McCaffrey, Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore

WR – Odell Beckham, Julian Edelman

TE – Delanie Walker, Tyler Kroft

Notable Rookies – Darwin Thompson, Ty Johnson

For a man who doesn’t trade then Doug shocked us all by trading away rookie picks during the draft. It has meant however that his team is looking a little on the old side with not a huge amount of young talent to look to the future with. CMC is the obvious stud and in this scoring format should be RB1. Beckham has a new lease of life in Cleveland and having him paired with Baker here is a nice 1-2 punch. I think Doug needs to make the decision quickly though if he is all in or not this year as he should look to try move guys like AP, Gore and Rodgers to challenging teams for younger higher upside options. However if he’s looking to challenge id be giving up those 2020 picks to go all in!

Need: To go a bit “Gary Glitter” and start checking out some younger options.

 

Ranked 10th – Equanimeous St. Bird

QB – Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady

RB – Tarik Cohen, Aaron Jones, Jalen Richard

WR – Julio Jones, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry

TE – Jared Cook, Hayden Hurst

Notable Rookies – Trayveon Williams, Jalen Hurd, Will Grier

Daniel has built a nice stable of WR’s that in a PPR format he could have all 3 of those listed above Top 20 at the position. Even his RB’s are well suited to the 2 point PPR this league runs although I feel David Montgomery’s arrival in Chicago is going to dent Cohens value a fair bit. This team is probably caught between wanting to challenge due to its WR’s but probably not having the quality at RB to quite make the leap….dare I suggest putting Julio on the block? If Cohen and Jones keep some good usage this team can take a step forward but if they don’t this team could even find it slips a few more spots.

Need: Future options at QB/TE. No issues for 2019 at these two spots but even Hayden Hurst is hardly a spring chicken for a 2nd year pro.

 

Ranked 9th – Getting Gronky

QB – Kirk Cousins, Josh Rosen

RB – James Conner, Devonta Freeman, Derrius Guice

WR – Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, DJ Moore

TE – Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews

Notable Rookies – Alex Barnes, Kahale Warring

So to my own team…..well I have spent offseason retooling the RB room and as long as Freeman and Guice return injury free then i’m really happy with the work done. Im also praying for a Tyreek Hill suspension as if so my Sammy Watkins share could jump in value. I am though not as strong as id like at the QB position with Kirk Cousins not really elevating his game all that much in his first year in Minnesota. I gave up a lot of rookie collateral as well to rebuild my team and so i’m probably having to accept I need to go all in or i’ll end up blowing this team up at end of year

Need: An injury free run. If this team is fit and healthy then it can make a challenge…….IF…….

So that’s the first 8 teams looked at and overall many of us who found ourselves so disappointed to finish bottom half of the league have made some pretty big moves to try change that. Ill next focus on last year’s winners, and as a sneak preview you’ll find two teams that i’m already going to say have got dramatically worse and could be looking at a bottom 3 spot next year!

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