Each week I will be walking through the Twitterverse extracting some of the best commentary from trusted fantasy football minds. Twitter can be overwhelming with the amount of information that streams live, but it also proves to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate. In 140 characters or less you can learn something about a player you may have never thought of from trends, stats or analysis.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR NYG
I mentioned Beckham in this same article last week so I won’t spend much time except to highlight how the hype continues to build for this impressive rookie. Below are a few of the comments from yet another spectacular showing in week 16.
In his first 8 NFL starts, @OBJ_3 has averaged 8.6 / 126.8 / 1. No wide receiver in history has matched those numbers for a full season.
— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) December 22, 2014
OBJ has taken the league by storm like no rookie since Randy Moss. Fair to say? I think so.
— Tyler Loechner (@LoechnerNFL) December 21, 2014
Odell Beckham – best WR in the game?
— Karl Safchick (@KarlSafchick) December 21, 2014
As mentioned previously, the question I would be asking is how much do you value Odell Beckham Jr. in dynasty? If you would rank players like Dez Bryant, A.J. Green or Antonio Brown ahead of OBJ, then move him for those other top receivers. If you need to fill multiple holes in your roster, Beckham could likely bring in enough value to make that happen. The point is unless he starts throwing touchdowns to himself his value may not get any higher.
Eli Manning, QB NYG
So Beckham will not be throwing touchdowns to himself (I think), but Eli Manning will continue to get the honor moving forward. Eli has never been a top fantasy asset and has been ranked outside the top 20 in dynasty at the quarterback position for a while. On the season he ranks tenth in passing yards and ninth in touchdowns, which are both highs for him over the last three seasons. As his rapport with OBJ has increased though, so have the stats. During the last five weeks Manning has thrown for the third most yards and touchdowns. As New York columnist Bob Glauber tweeted, Eli’s performance on the field is reaching peak levels and he is greatly outperforming the previous season.
Eli Manning with career-high 148.8 rating vs. Rams. It’s his 8th 100-plus rating of season, matching career high in 2009. Had only 1 in ’13.
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) December 22, 2014
Eli Manning may not ascend into the top 10 dynasty ranks again, but his value with Beckham is definitely on the rise. Next season, Victor Cruz will attempt to return from this knee injury and should provide Manning with another solid weapon in the passing game. If you are waiting for a young quarterback option to develop, Manning could provide great value next season to help bridge the gap and his services could still be acquired for cheap.
Tony Romo, QB DAL
Speaking of another aging, historically underwhelming quarterback, Cowboys Tony Romo is having himself a fantastic year as Scott Kacsmar reported,
Tony Romo leads NFL in comp. %, YPA, TD%, passer rating and QBR.
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) December 22, 2014
Of course real world play does not always translate into fantasy success, but just like Eli Manning, Romo is tearing it up of late as Adam Pfeifer shared,
Tony Romo has at least 20 fantasy points in five of his last six games.
— Adam Pfeifer (@aPfeiferFF) December 21, 2014
[inlinead]The main point against Romo though is fewer attempts and yards. While he has thrown the most touchdowns in the NFL over the last six weeks, he also ranks outside of the top 20 in total yards behind Oakland’s Derek Carr. Another impressive mark for Romo in 2014 is that despite multiple reported injuries all season long he has been playing in top form. The injuries though are worrisome looking long term and while throwing to the likes of Dez Bryant can help make anyone look good, his fantasy value is at its peak.
DeMarco Murray, RB DAL
One of the hottest debated fantasy players this offseason will likely be DeMarco Murrary. His future value and ranking will all be predicated around one simple fact as Josh Moore shared,
Touch 420 for Murray on the season. #Cowboys
— Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh) December 21, 2014
Depending on his usage in the final week of the regular season and the playoff run the Cowboys can put together, DeMarco could push towards 500 total touches on the season. Comparisons will be made to former players who have broken down after heavy loads (Shaun Alexander and Larry Johnson) and the curse of such a high touch total will be used against Murray. There also is the fact that during the previous three seasons he has missed a total of eleven games. How the fantasy community reacts or overacts to his workload will be interesting to say the least.
Marshawn Lynch, RB SEA
Another running back who will have a good deal of off-season speculation will be the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch. Lynch went through a holdout this summer and is likely looking at round two in 2015. He has only one year left on his deal and is only guaranteed $1.5 million. Of course “Beast Mode” is putting together another impressive season. Pro Football Focus’ Pete Damilatis shared a great stat on his dominance tweeting,
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) December 22, 2014
With nearly 1,600 total yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, the Seahawks will be making a bold move letting Lynch walk in my opinion. His presence has the team the current favorites to repeat as Super Bowl Champions and I could see yet another year of Christine Michael owners twiddling their thumbs and hoping for an opportunity.
Cecil Shorts, WR JAX
DLF team member Ryan McDowell had a great article earlier this month titled Roster Cloggers. He went through the exercise of evaluating your roster and players and finding guys who can no longer be started or traded. One name I would add to his list would be Shorts. Despite being only 26 years old and seeing 100 total targets in 2014, his fantasy value has all but evaporated as Raymond Summerlin posted,
Cecil Shorts has caught 15 of his last 39 targets (38%). At 48% on 100 targets for the year.
— Raymond Summerlin (@RMSummerlin) December 22, 2014
While the quarterback and team situation are not helping out, Shorts is doing himself a great disservice by failing to capitalize on his looks, particularly in a contract year. As Jacksonville writer John Oehser pointed out, there are younger talents on the roster performing as well.
Jaguars WR Allen Robinson and WR Allen Hurns become first rookie duo in NFL history to each have 40 receptions
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) December 19, 2014
Both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have shown flashes this season and there also remains rookie Marqise Lee who has 50 plus receiving yards in four of his last five games. The only reason to hold on Shorts today is to see what happens in the off-season and if the Jaguars decide to move on and develop their young core of pass catchers. Shorts could land in a more favorable spot, but his 2014 performance will not land him atop any other NFL team’s depth chart.
Jimmy Graham, TE NO
Jimmy Graham was pretty much a consensus first round pick this year. Many made the case that paying for the certainty and weekly point advantage at the tight end position was worth bypassing elite runners or receivers. Unfortunately, the season has not gone according to plan, mostly contributed to a shoulder injury. Other tight ends like Antonio Gates and Michael Bennett who were taken in the middle rounds have provided owners with the same fantasy totals. So, what does this mean for Graham next season? Tom Kessenich weighed in on the Saints tight end tweeting,
Jimmy Graham will be an interesting pick in 2015. Could be a great value pick if he falls into the third round.
— Tom Kessenich (@TomKessenich) December 22, 2014
Depending on how much we really learn about Jimmy’s shoulder during the off-season, his value could drop considerably based on recent biases. When playing healthy in 2013, Graham was a top 10 player among all running backs, receivers and tight ends. He also outscored the sixth best tight end that season by more than 100 total points. Currently in terms of dynasty rankings it appears to simply be Rob Gronkowski in a tier by himself, but Graham could easily post elite numbers when healthy.
Special call out to Pro Football Focus’ Premium Stats for providing a great tool to pull some of the data and information in this article.