Don’t be sad that the fantasy football season is over; be glad it happened in the first place. If you are one of the many football enthusiasts who play dynasty-format fantasy football, however, you know the season never truly ends. Between Week 17 and the beginning of training camp, we are in the trenches, following all the breaking dynasty fantasy football news, trades, draft picks, free agent signings, and rumblings amongst NFL media.
Every week, the Dynasty Diehards will be breaking down all the relevant information from around the league and helping you make sense of it. This week, I tackled a few burning questions with Jon Helmkamp that could have implications for your dynasty rosters heading toward the 2023 NFL season.
Are The Arizona Cardinals Falling Off A Kliff?
It was no surprise when Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was let go by the team following Week 18. Despite his signing a massive contract extension ahead of the 2022 season, the franchise would rather eat the salary on the remaining five years than allow him to continue roaming the Arizona sideline.
Which direction does this team go? General manager Steve Keim announced his retirement almost in tandem with the Kingsbury firing, and now owner Michael Bidwell has some decisions to make. Does the franchise go all-in on Sean Payton, hoping he can get more out of Kyler Murray and company in a coach/GM hybrid role? Do they find a GM who can work with an in-house candidate, such as defensive coordinator Vance Joseph?
Have We Seen The Last of Aaron Rodgers?
After a tumultuous offseason, most assumed Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers would return to business as usual, but that wasn’t quite the case. Lacking depth at WR, Rodgers struggled to connect early on with rookie pass catchers Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson. As a result, the Pack lost nine of their first 13 games. Despite a late-season surge and the emergence of both Watson and Doubs, Rodgers and the Packers fell short of making the playoffs, losing to the Detroit Lions 20-16 in a Sunday Night Football letdown.
The future hall of fame QB will be 40 years old when the 2023 season starts. While the legend of Tom Brady lives on, at 45, we all know he is an exception to the rule. However, Rodgers and his ego believe he still has something left in the tank, and he might be right. He is under contract in Green Bay through 2027, so unless he chooses to retire (highly unlikely) or convinces the Packers to trade him (just as unlikely), we will be seeing him back under center at Lambeau Field in 2023.
Bijan Robinson, Dynasty Rookie RB1
Now that the college football season is over, we’re getting a clearer picture of which college prospects will be entering the NFL Draft this April. It’s an exciting time of year for us football nerds, full of film reviews and metrics breakdowns now that we know who to focus on. The 2023 draft class is shaping up to be a doozy, but there’s one running back, regardless of where he lands, you need to be targeting in rookie drafts: Texas standout Bijan Robinson.
Robinson’s mix of power at the line of scrimmage and ability to keep moving downhill even when making cuts and jukes in traffic make up for his lack of speed in open space. He understands blocking schemes and how they relate to his movement once the ball is in his hands, something most rookies need to learn once at the pro level. His 2022 junior season saw him average 6.1 yards per carry over 258 carries, amassing 1580 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He is an attractive prospect for any of the 32 NFL teams and someone you should be aggressively targeting in your drafts in the months leading up to the 2023 season.
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