Each week, Footballguys staff members will share the big movers in their respective Dynasty Rankings. Since the contributors will rotate, please check in weekly. The focus of this article will be on the “why” more than the movement itself. Dynasty Rankings are fluid and we hope that sharing the rationale will help you in your quest to create dynasties with all your teams. The diversity of rankings will result in a variety of opinions weekly.
DeShone Kizer – Not only did Kizer look composed in his debut, he was able to move the Browns consistently down the field. He is definitely worth an upgrade in dynasty rankings, but is far from the finished product.
Jared Goff – It may have been against an awful Colts outfit, but Jared Goff looked like a player who justified a first round pick in his 2017 debut. The Rams appear to have a genuine NFL offense and Goff could factor into redraft fantasy rankings this year with similar play against better opponents.
Andy Dalton – The offseason moves on the offensive line are clearly going to take some time to sort out and, until they do, Andy Dalton continues to have shocking games. A few more weeks of this and the Bengals will be throwing A.J. McCarron into the mix. He is very hard to hold in redrafts, but his longer-term future is still reasonable., but will require patience.
Kirk Cousins – Washington has given every indication that they don’t trust Kirk Cousins long term and he gave his detractors plenty of ammunition in his 2017 debut. His timing with his receivers was off and he made poor decisions under duress. Until Washington commits or he moves to a new destination, he needs to be moved downward.
DeShone Kizer - Kizer bumps up five spots from 20 to 15 in my quarterback rankings. While he showed plenty of areas he needs to improve on in his first outing, it was still a very encouraging debut against a tough Steelers defense. It was another sign that Kizer has a great shot to finally give Cleveland the franchise quarterback they’ve been searching nearly 20 years for. If Kizer does indeed lock up the starting job long term, he has plenty of upside. He is just 21 years old, is a dual threat (as evidenced by his rushing touchdown against the Steelers) and has a big arm. Cleveland is also a sneaky great spot for a young quarterback to thrive. They’ve already built a very good offensive line and have some young weapons (Corey Coleman, David Njoku, Ricardo Louis, Seth DeValve, Isaiah Crowell, etc.) in place. Plus, they’re loaded with cap space and own a bevy of early round draft picks in the coming years. The front office could quickly build one of the league’s best rosters around Kizer in the coming years.
Eli Manning - Manning slid five spots from QB25 to QB30 after a dreadful outing. He looks like he is quickly approaching the end of his career and may not have value after this season. If Week 1 is any indication, he may not have much short-term value either. His offensive line can’t protect him and the potential upgrade at receiver with Brandon Marshall looks like it may be a failed experiment.
Carson Palmer - Palmer slid from QB26 to QB32 for the same reasons Manning fell. This is likely Palmer’s final season, but there was hope he at least had some short-term fantasy value as a QB2. Even that may be a stretch based on what we saw on Sunday. Palmer is going to struggle without David Johnson for the next couple months and had his left tackle go down with an injury as well.