Dynasty Hot Routes: Negative Positives and Vice Versa

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot button issues that face dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/sit, Non-PPR, PPR and everything in between. Try not to get burned by all the fiery YAC below! This is Dynasty Hot Routes!



Write three negative statements about your current favorite 2017 rookie.

Emmett Kiernan
-Christian McCaffrey showed the ability to carry a full load in college, but Jonathan Stewart is under contract for two more years, and they will likely keep giving him touches for the time being.
-Curtis Samuel will steal a few receptions from CMC, but there will still be plenty to go around.
-Cam Newton likes to run the ball. If he battles injuries as he gets older, it will limit McCaffery’s potential. The better the offense is, the more he will produce. He is still the RB1 from this class.

Joshua Johnson
-Dalvin Cook is special, but his legal troubles (for which he was acquitted) should give us all pause. Hopefully, the Vikings staff and his fellow teammates can keep him on a straight successful path.
-Cook gets great publicity for yards-after-contact at Florida State, but the NFL will not be as easy.
-I am also worried about Cook as a goal line back. We know he has good speed and burst but is he strong enough to muscle through loaded defensive fronts?

Shaun Laibe
-Joe Mixon should be a dominant RB in the league, but Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard will steal carries and receptions out of the backfield.
-Cincinnati’s offensive line lost their two best run blockers, Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, to free agency. Expect a lot of short passes to set up the running game early on as the line adjusts.
-Mixon has been spotted recently with a newfound friend, Adam “Pacman” Jones. Jones had another run in with police this off-season resulting in a 1-game suspension. Considering Mixon‘s past legal problems, this shows very poor judgment.

Write three negative statements about your one of your favorite Fantasy players.

Emmett Kiernan
-Brandin Cooks has been great the last two seasons, but it is possible the Saints high volume passing offense contributed to part of that success.
-There is a possibility that the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo. This would hurt Cooks’ long term stock.
-If Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman both stay healthy, his target share will be limited in the short term.

Joshua Johnson
-DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins has been one of my favorite players (non-Raider) since I watched him light up the ACC. However is there any possible way for him to receive the same number of targets (151) as the Texans continue to build their run first offense around him?
-His new QB and fellow Clemson alum Deshaun Watson is getting good buzz, but he is still a rookie QB. That means both Hopkins and Watson will be inconsistent at best.
-Besides his 11 touchdowns in 2015 Hopkins only has 12 touchdowns in the other 48 games of his career.

-When Amari Cooper was drafted the overwhelming opinion on his game was that he was safe. So far his career has been exactly that, and he has trailed a quite bit as each of his first two seasons have progressed.
-If the Oakland offense is the juggernaut (that most people believe it will be), can Cooper be top 10 WR? Or, will the Raiders’ three-headed RB attack be more controlling that offensively opening.
-Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward. These five outstanding cornerbacks will cover Cooper for six games!

Shaun Laibe
– Allen Robinson catches passes from Blake Bortles.
– Robinson regressed significantly after his breakout campaign in 2015 and had nearly the same yardage as Marqise Lee despite catching 10 more passes.
– Jacksonville drafted Leonard Fournette with the 4th overall pick and may become a power running team, limiting Robinson and the passing game.

Write three positive statements about a player you currently dislike.

Emmett Kiernan
-Leonard Fournette will get every opportunity to carry the load, as Jacksonville clearly believes he is special.
-Even if they are playing from behind, Coach Marrone seems determined to have a run heavy offense. Offseason talk is cheap, however.
-Although I believe he is not an elite prospect and was certainly not worth a first round pick in the NFL draft, that does not mean he cannot be an effective fantasy player. Offensive line play and volume are just as important as talent when it comes to fantasy production.

Joshua Johnson
-I have all the respect in the world for Julian Edelman, but I just don’t like him as a fantasy asset. Mainly because he does not score enough TDs. He does have three seasons with 90 or more receptions.
-He has just two games over the last three years with less than four receptions.
-No matter where in the formation he lines up he knows how to get open, and Tom Brady almost always knows exactly where he is at or is going to be by the end of his route.

-I should not dislike someone because whatever the media says, but I just think that Tyrann Mathieu is not a good person. At least that is what we are lead to believe. On the field, he is an absolute freak show, an acrobat if you will. While his best 40-time is around 4.51, his instincts may be his best asset.
-The Honey Badger is just 5-foot-9? However, that does not hinder his game hardly at all.
-He is moving back to FS this season, and he should put up elite IDP stats for the Cards and his owners.

Shaun Laibe
– Donte Moncrief has three years of experience and 16 career TDs playing with Andrew Luck.
– Moncrief will be just 24 years old when the season begins.
– Moncrief is fully recovered from injuries that cost him multiple games last season. He is expected to be in the starting lineup opposite TY Hilton.



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