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.
Deshaun Watson - Watson has quickly quieted his critics four games into his rookie season. He has shot up my dynasty rankings from QB22 after a shaky preseason and awful Week 1 debut all the way up to QB8 after Week 4. When dealing with small sample sizes, you have to adjust expectations aggressively when a player massively outperforms expectations. Watson has done that. He has performed significantly better in each successive outing, culminating with 34.7 fantasy points and 5 total touchdowns in an annihilation of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Watson has shown major improvement over the past two weeks as a passer. But from a fantasy perspective, his 132 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in his three starts are especially intriguing. Over a full season, those numbers project to 704 rushing yards and 10.7 rushing touchdowns.
Jacoby Brissett - Brissett is only relevant for Superflex and Two-QB leagues but worth noting as he jumped 7 spots from QB39 to QB32. He has gone from the verge of getting cut by the New England Patriots to a player with a realistic shot of eventually developing into a full-time starter somewhere after three relatively impressive starts for the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett should have a couple more weeks to make his case to future employers before Andrew Luck returns.
Deshaun Watson - Watson is showing poise beyond his years and providing competent play that is lifting a team that had been sagging. His running ability also gives him upside over traditional passers and makes him one of the more valuable quarterbacks to own in dynasty going forward.
Joe Flacco - I thought that Flacco might be able to rebound this season, but that was before injuries ravaged this team and Flacco himself. On top of that, Flacco’s throwing and decision-making have been far from crisp on most plays. That may have to do with the lack of protection and continued recovery from a back surgery he underwent in the offseason. Having very few ways to challenge defenses at this point, Flacco is at the helm of one of the worst offenses in the league. I’m moving Flacco down my board and hoping that Ozzie Newsome can use some of the team’s draft capital to bring in pieces to boost Flacco’s stock in the future.