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.
Jared Goff - While Goff is showing he still has things to learn, we are seeing encouraging progress from year one to year two. He's making better decisions and has subsequently been more accurate this season. He completed over 70 percent of his passes in game one and 60 percent of his passes in game two. If the offensive line can continue to find cohesion this season and keep Goff upright, we could see the entire offense get even better.
Tyrod Taylor - The McDermott regime has not been kind to Taylor, getting rid of his best receiver and showing signs that they don't fully trust Taylor as their long-term option. A horrible offensive performance against the Panthers on Sunday doesn't help matters. One must question if Taylor will be able to last the year or if the team will want to see what it has in Nathan Peterman.
Mitchell Trubisky– Admittedly I was too low on Trubisky so this move is as much about me rectifying my own error as it’s in recognition of his near-term opportunity. The Bears are going to play Trubisky this year given how poorly the season has begun. His strong preseason hinted at optimism, but my main reason for finally moving the rookie higher is anticipation or wholesale changes to the Bears coaching staff and front office.
Trevor Siemian – Siemian was “just a guy” to most, and I felt my ranking was reasonably optimistic given the Broncos preference for Paxton Lynch to emerge. Siemian held off Lynch in the preseason, but more importantly, he has played exceptionally well through two weeks. It’s now far less likely the Broncos will prioritize an alternative in the next few seasons.
Alex Smith– Smith is in control of the Chiefs offense, and the supporting cast looks far more compelling than I feared a few months ago. Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt are all explosive and will help inflate Smith’s statistics thanks to their after-the-catch aptitude.
Ryan Tannehill – I’ve always been a Tannehill supporter, and felt he was primed for a breakthrough entering the 2nd season under Adam Gase. A season-ending injury changed things, perhaps permanently given Jay Cutler’s signing. If Cutler plays well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him remain in place and by the time he’s ready to move on, the Dolphins probably look at a young developmental player. Tannehill could be forced to sign with another team and compete for a job or be an outright backup.
Paxton Lynch – The other side of my decision to upgrade Trevor Siemian is a requisite drop for Paxton Lynch. It’s hard to give up on Lynch completely, but he’s been given every opportunity to win the Broncos job and failed. Lynch wasn’t a universally beloved prospect coming out of college, but John Elway saw potential. If Lynch can’t win the Broncos job, it’s not clear any other team will give him a shot at a starting role.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo – Taylor was an at-risk pick as a dynasty QB2 already given the Bills coaching changeover and the front office’s disinterest in giving Taylor a long-term extension. Two weeks into the season and it seems even more apparent Taylor’s future as an NFL starter is limited.