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DLF’s Weekly Impact Events

Much like us here at DLF, there really is no offseason in the NFL. Even after the dramatic conclusion of the Super Bowl and the MVP’s trip to Disney World, the day-to-day business of the league continues. This means you should be paying attention to give yourself every advantage in your dynasty league. For most of us, we do well to steal some time away from our families and jobs to watch the games on Sunday. It becomes difficult to monitor the daily happenings around the league, and even more demanding to process how that news affects your dynasty team.

That’s why we’re here!

Here is a quick look at the events of the past week and how they impact the players on your team.

Taylor Thompson, TE TEN

Titans rookie tight end Taylor Thompson, a converted defensive end, thrived throughout off-season workouts and reportedly displayed elite athleticism. He has even drawn comparisons to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. For now, the Titans will rely on Jared Cook as the primary receiver from the tight end position, but Thompson is worth rostering in most dynasty leagues. He was an early favorite of mine and was drafted late in my rookie drafts. If your league has deep rosters or 24 or more, consider stashing Thompson.

Mike Wallace, WR PIT

Star wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Steelers are still not close to a long term contract. At this point, most are expecting Wallace to skip the majority of the preseason and some are even speculating this situation could be similar to that of Vincent Jackson when he missed multiple regular season games as part of a holdout. Wallace’s startup average draft position has been suffering as part of his holdout and his trade value is also taking a dive. This might be an opportunity for savvy owners to try to buy low on the Steelers’ deep threat wide receiver.

Jordan Shipley, WR CIN

Reports this week suggest that the Bengals wide receiver Shipley is a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list, which would cause him to miss the first six weeks of the season. Shipley, coming off an ACL tear, is behind starter AJ Green, and would battle rookies Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones as well as Brandon Tate for snaps at wide receiver. Shipley has no dynasty value and belongs on the waiver wire until he proves he is healthy.

Montario Hardesty/Brandon Jackson, RBs CLE

Multiple reports this week have contradicted each other regarding the competition for the backup running back position in Cleveland. Hardesty and Jackson are the main candidates to backup rookie starter Trent Richardson. Neither offers much dynasty value, but it is always a good idea to own the handcuff to a bell cow starting running back, especially since there are so few in today’s NFL. Richardson owners will want to pay close attention to this camp battle and look to acquire the ultimate winner of the job as Richardson insurance.

Josh Gordon, WR CLE

Gordon was selected by the Browns in the second round of this week’s supplemental draft. Opinions have varied greatly regarding the impact Gordon could make as a rookie in the league, but one thing is now certain – he will have an opportunity as Cleveland desperately needs wide receiver talent and depth.

Although he has been labeled by some scouts as raw, Gordon has a chance to start some games this season thanks to the lack of weapons on the Browns offense. Pay close attention to how your league handles Gordon. After recent supplemental drafts included Terrelle Pryor and Harvey Unga, many leagues instituted a supplemental draft of their own, usually using future draft picks as currency. In other leagues, Gordon will be available via blind bid waivers or even first come, first serve waivers.

If he is on your waiver wire and free for the taking, rush now to get him. If not, he is worth acquiring and will likely go for a second round rookie pick in 2013, just as he did for the Browns. I have also seen some owners spend around 30% of their yearly allotment of blind bid waiver money on Gordon.

Randy Moss, WR SF

There were a couple of positive reports regarding Moss, the free agent signee of the San Francisco 49ers. Both his Head Coach and more recently his new teammate, Brandon Jacobs, had great things to say when asked about Moss. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called him the team’s best wide receiver and Jacobs mentioned the chip on his shoulder and desire to prove his critics wrong. Although Moss sat out the 2011 season, he still offers fantasy upside and could even be a starting level wide receiver. He can be had late in redrafts and even later in startup drafts.

Ed Wesley, RB FA

Wesley, a rookie from Texas Christian, was another player eligible for the supplemental draft, but unlike Gordon, he was not chosen in the seven round draft. Wesley is now a free agent and can sign with any team. Wesley tested out as smaller and slower than expected, which is the likely reason he went undrafted. Although he is a long shot to make a fantasy impact, watch for Wesley’s name and check back next week for an update on his status.

Check back next week for another update on the week’s impact events! Follow Ryan McDowell on Twitter @RyanMc23.

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phil
9 years ago

rookie draft is today for my league and im hoping gordon will fall to me in the 4th or 5th round……draft is deep andi hoping to land blackmon or floyd at 5 and then take a boom or bust guy at 12….

Brian
Reply to  phil
9 years ago

I just can’t see Gordon falling that far. There is so much hype around this guy. You would have to be in a league of guys who have their heads in the ground for him to fall that far. The fact that he has a chance to start this season puts him in the Brian Quick/Stephen Hill area of the draft. If you remember report back here as this might help other guys that have drafts coming up.

Reply to  Brian
9 years ago

I agree with Brian. Gordon might even go late first round in some drafts, given the hype. But, my best guess is he will go somewhere mid to upper second round. No way he slides to round 4 or 5, given the hype, unless an entire fantasy league has been in a coma.

Seth
Reply to  Ryan McDowell
9 years ago

I just can’t see how you would be getting value from Gordon at this point. Use this opportunity to pounce on one of the other WRs (Givens, Hill, Sanu, etc.) who are being overlooked by those salivating over Gordon.

Gordon is essentially a Junior WR with off-field issues who hasn’t played in 2 years, going to a horrible team with a rookie QB and will somehow pay dividends? Let’s all settle down here.

Pass on Gordon. Let another owner overdraft him.

Reply to  phil
9 years ago

Gordon fell to the 5th round in my rookie/FA draft a couple weeks ago. ONE PICK before I could snatch him up. But that was before the supplimental draft.

Chris R.
9 years ago

Nice blurb on Taylor Thompson. I posed a question about him on the forum that didn’t generate much talk. Always nice to hear other opinions on guys like him.

Also felt Laquan Williams could have gotten a mention. There is room to shine in that Ravens WR corp as Boldin is on his very last legs and if he can have a strong camp he’s in a prime position to stash in dynasty leagues.

Reply to  Ryan McDowell
9 years ago

I really like Taylor Thompson, too. I grabbed him at 4.12 in one rookie draft, and was happy to get him. I also like Adrien Robinson, as he has that combination of talent and opportunity. Martellus Bennett can be counted on to screw up his chance, and Robinson might jump in. I also like Marcus Easley as a late flier. Easley could go from the waiver wire to a WR2 in a high-octane offense.

phil
9 years ago

yeah i will post in which round gordon goes in tomorrow after our draft… i can guarantee that some oners dont know him yet but there ar some saavy ones that do know who he is….im gonna take more sure fire ( or as close as you can get) guys withthe 5 and 12 but being its an idp league also nd only 5 rounds he might could fall further than i think… sometimes i think people get all caught up in “UPSIDE” without a proventrack record…and if hes there at 3.6 maybe or 4.8 definently i wold take him there….i always try to get a much value as i can out of a pick untl the 5th where i get a kicker thats on the cheap……

phil
9 years ago

**owners

StevieMo
9 years ago

Moss can’t win. He is either a bust, based on being traded by the Pats, then waived by Minnesota and Tennessee. Or he’s the ultimate front-runner, who only plays well when he feels absolutely perfectly rosy about his situation. I wouldn’t draft this stiff on any basis. Truly hate the guy.

LJWright
9 years ago

I am looking for a dynasty start up league, anyone have any they know of?

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Bradley
9 years ago

Same here.

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phil
9 years ago

gordon ended up going in the early part of the second round last night….

phil
9 years ago

as always there were some surprises in our rookie/free agent draft… like lamichael james at 11 and stevan ridely at 7. nabbed blackmon,quick,pead,rainey, and mark barron…thought it was a great draft and i know we all hada fun time…

CaptiveAssasin
9 years ago

” I have also seen some owners spend around 30% of their yearly allotment of blind bid waiver money on Gordon.”

Really? Wtf. People are so knee jerk reactive it’s sad. First round in a rookie draft? Are these people nuts? If he was supposed to be a first round pick next year like some suggest, why would he go through the supplemental draft? He would make a lot more money by waiting 1 more year and being taken in the first round. I’m not buying it.

sixshooter
Reply to  Ryan McDowell
9 years ago

Agreed but at the same time, being skeptical can also be damaging as well. I look back at some of the receivers I passed on or lost a bid on with the waiver wire like Victor Cruz, Laurent Robinson, Miles Austin, Steve Johnson and even Kenny Britt and I would not be disappointed at all if I had spent 30 percent of my bid bucks on them.

I realize that most all of the players I mentioned had one or two decent games before the hype started but that hype is still similar to that of Josh Gordon. If you have a strong feeling about a certain player and don’t think another owner is looking at that same player…..then you setting yourself up for disappointment.

It kind of reminds me of how some owners complain because they can’t land a stud player in a trade but only offer up a couple 2nd round picks and a 2nd hand receiver for him and then complain again because they didn’t get a counter offer. If you want the guy, then you are going to have to go after him! It doesn’t matter if the player is a rookie or a seasoned vet, if they have the potential to be a valuable asset to a fantasy roster….you are likely going to have to pay!

I am not as sold on this Gordon kid either and decided to pass on him since I currently have Little on my roster and do not have the room after final roster cuts are made at the end of next month but I do get why some owners are going after him. Those bid bucks are no good at the end of the season and if you are in a league with deep rosters like the one I am in and have the room on your roster……then why not spend some bucks on him?

I just don’t agree with him going so high in rookie drafts though! Too many better options at rookie WR this year in my opininion not to mention rookie players at other positions as well. I would even look at him until the third round of a rookie draft in a 12 team league.

sixshooter
Reply to  sixshooter
9 years ago

Also, the story I heard as to why Gordon decided to enter the Supplemental Draft was because his family was in desperate need of financial help and so he decided to get the money now while he can. He still got second round money anyway! $5.3 million with $3.8 million gauranteed is certainly no small chunk of change.

Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

There is news on the Matt Forte front.

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