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, PP R and everything in between. Try not to get burned by all the fiery YAC below! This is Dynasty Hot Routes!
QB/RB/WR/TE: One hot take per position. What you got? Vets only please.
QB – Russell Wilson will not lead the Seahawks in rushing attempts like he did in 2017.
RB – Marshawn Lynch will score 10 rushing TD but LeGarrette Blount will lead the league with 12!
WR – Doug Baldwin will miss four games and still lead Seattle in targets.
TE – Eric Ebron will score more TDs than Gronk.
QB – Eli Manning a QB1
RB – Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. Lamar Miller ends the season as a running back 1.
WR – Michael Crabtree leads the league in targets.
TE – Rob Gronkowski has over 1200 yard and 12 touchdowns.
QB – I’m with @FFLINX, I think Eli is a top-12 fantasy QB this year too, but I’m going with another hot take I shared on Twitter. Case Keenum will outscore Kirk Cousins in 2018.
RB – Gio Bernard outscores Joe Mixon in PPR leagues.
WR – Davante Adams isn’t a top-18 fantasy wide receiver
TE – Kyle Rudolph will be a top-3 fantasy tight end, with a legit shot at being the overall #1
QB – Patrick Mahomes: MVP
RB – Tarik Cohen scores double-digit touchdowns in 2018
WR – Michael Crabtree finishes as a WR1
TE – Jared Cook finishes as a top 5 TE
QB – Andrew Luck finishes as a top 3 QB.
RB – Tevin Coleman finishes top 10 after Freeman gets hurt, again.
WR – Will Fuller outscores JuJu Smith-Schuster
TE – Tyler Eifert scores 10 TDs for the Bengals
QB – Alex Smith (in light of the Guice injury) is a Top 10 QB again this year.
RB – Le’Veon Bell sees 400+ touches plays in at least 14 games and is the RB1 overall in 2018.
WR – Keenan Allen will be the WR1 overall in 2018. RZ target rate finally translates into double-digit touchdowns.
TE – Evan Engram will finish outside of the Top 10 at the TE position.
(Full Disclosure: If J.J. didn’t already take Ebron I would’ve taken yet another opportunity to wax poetic about him #Ebron100)
Rashaad Penny vs Chris Carson. Who you got?
@DFF_ Cog – Carson was a 7th round pick who lost his starting job at Oklahoma State to a younger player. He is and always will be a complimentary piece. He does not have that “Dawg” inside of him to be a workhorse back.
Penny is a first rounder and the Seahawks need to show their fan base why they took him so high. I am not positive the yards will be impressive but the volume should make him a weekly stopgap.
@dibari22 – Carson was surprisingly productive in 2017 and if he doesn’t finish the season with a broken ankle, I don’t think the Seahawks take Penny in the draft. The Seahawks have been, shall we say “unconventional” in the past, and from everything we are hearing, Carson has looked amazing in camp thus far. They played Russell Wilson over the highly paid free agent Matt Flynn, so contracts and draft capital don’t necessarily dictate what the team does personnel-wise. I think Carson starts the year as their RB1 and he keeps the job well past the midpoint of the season. Long-term give me Penny, but for 2018, give me Carson.
@FFLINX – Give me Penny all day. You don’t take a running back 27 overall to have him sit behind Chris Carson. If any team would do this I believe it would be the Seahawks or Dolphins. Carson may start the year as the starter as the “veteran” but I expect Penny to take over pretty early in the season.
@FranchiseKF – I think they platoon this year.
@FF_EvilEmpire – If you twist my arm I’ll take Penny, but I want neither of them at the moment. Seattle has a terrible O-Line, are totally rebuilding their defense (they will be stuck in pass mode all year), and they have a jack-of-all-trades QB who will snipe 4-6 goal line TDs… Not interested here.
@DFF_Walk– 2018 will be a messy RBBC in Seattle. Carson was by far the best back in Seattle, albeit for a very brief stint, last year. Penny is a 1st rd draft pick and they rarely, if ever, spend a year on the bench.
Seattle desperately needs playmakers and Penny is the far more dynamic back which will play out in the end.
Give us your most scalding rookie hot take:
QB – Mason Rudolph will throw more TDs than Baker Mayfield in 2018.
RB – Jordan Wilkins will lead all rookie RBs in rushing TDs.
WR – Tre’Quan Smith will finish as WR2!
TE – Ian Thomas climbs the red zone ladder to the tune of eight receiving TDs
DT – Maurice Hurst gets five sacks in 2018.
DE – Rasheem Green gets 10 sacks in 2018
LB – Tremaine Edmunds knocks down 15 passes.
CB – D.J. Reed has five INTs.
S – Jordan Whitehead finishes north of 65 total tackles.
Pk – Eddy Pineiro goes 5-for-6 from beyond 50 yards on FG attempts.
@dibari22 – I’ve got several, take your pick. DaeSean Hamilton will be the top fantasy point producing rookie wide receiver in 2018. Ronald Jones II will be an epic bust and will be dramatically outplayed by Peyton Barber. Josh Rosen doesn’t see the field as Sam Bradford finally stays healthy for 16 games. Royce Freeman is outperformed by Devontae Booker in PPR leagues. And if you’re looking for a scorcher- Patriots UDFA rookie Ralph Webb outscores first-round pick Sony Michel in 2018. You asked for scalding.
@FFLINX – I don’t think I can follow up John’s scalding hot takes. Sony Michel is third in PPR points of Pats RBs begins Rex Burkhead and James White. If David Johnson gets injured, Chase Edmonds becomes an RB1 and league winner.
@FranchiseKF – Michael Gallup wins OROY (150/1), John Kelly takes Todd Gurley’s job, Jordan Akins will lead rookie TEs in FF points, Deon Yelder outscores Ted Ginn in multiple games this season.
@FF_EvilEmpire – This is the year of the rookie TE! I’m calling Gesicki, Hurst, and Akins all ending up in the top 12 TE finishers, with Gesicki in the top five. I also see Ian Thomas getting major run as Greg Olsen succumbs to Father Time.
@DFF_Walk – my scalding hot yet totally realistic rookie takes are:
QB – Lamar Jackson is the top scoring rookie QB and will win people fantasy championships.
RB – Jordan Wilkins compiles a 1,000 all-purpose yards and 6 touchdowns in 2018.
WR – D.J. Moore bucks the recent rookie WR trend and finishes inside the Top 24 at the position.
TE – Jordan Akins is the top scoring rookie TE and a viable streaming option.