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.
Brett Hundley - Brett Hundley moves slightly up my board. With Aaron Rodgers sidelined for an indeterminate amount of time, we will have a chance to see what Brett Hundley can do. Don’t be too critical of Hundley’s performance this past Sunday. The offensive line was decimated by injuries and he was playing against a very aggressive and competent Vikings defensive unit. Hundley is a very mobile passer who also prefers to throw downfield. Going forward, we should see the coaching staff have a better offensive game plan tailored to those strengths.
C.J. Beathard - Brian Hoyer was benched and C.J. Beathard brought the offense to life, nearly leading a game-winning drive to upset Washington. Beathard played in a pro-style offense in college and seemed comfortable and poised in his debut on Sunday. The accuracy on the run that Beathard flashed at the collegiate level appears intact. Beathard will have an extended audition to see if he can be the 49ers quarterback of the future or if San Francisco needs to consider using their top pick on a signal caller.
Jacoby Brissett - Brissett's days as the Colts quarterback are numbered, but he's played shockingly well considering he stepped into the Colts facilities just days before being handed the job. Brissett has shown enough keeping the Colts in contention to warrant consideration as a starter down the line for another team. His athleticism and dual-threat skill set create a floor on his fantasy outlook should he ever earn a full-time job.
Deshaun Watson - Watson has played better than anyone should have expected, and is already a fantasy QB1 through six weeks. The Texans don't yet have their full offensive line nor do they have their best tight end on the field, yet Watson is making plays with his arms and legs. His touchdown rate is due for regression, but Watson has done enough to confidently slot as a multi-year fantasy starter.
Cam Newton - I was skeptical of Newton coming off labrum surgery, and his play has been up-and-down this season. However, he's getting healthier and warrants a higher ranking. He's beginning to build chemistry with rookie Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess, and once Greg Olsen returns Newton should be an every-week fantasy QB1 for a number of years to come.
Ben Roethlisberger - When a player openly questions whether they've lost it, alarm bells should ring. Roethlisberger has played poorly throughout the season, and it's time to start thinking about his retirement. The Steelers don't have his replacement in- house yet, but it should become a priority this offseason particularly given the strength of the quarterback draft class.
DeShone Kizer - It's risky to give up on a rookie so quickly, but I was skeptical of Kizer's NFL future before the Browns handed him the starting job. His play early in the season cements my pre-draft view -- he's not an NFL starting quarterback. Kizer could develop into a long-time backup, but fantasy owners don't place a lot of value on clipboard holders.
Derek Carr - Carr remains in my top 10, but injuries and poor play have begun to sour me on his potential for multi-year elite value. The Raiders have been a shell of themselves so far, but all is not lost. Carr needs to string together a solid few months in order to maintain his Top 10 dynasty value.
Mitchell Trubisky - While the box scores of Trubisky's first two NFL starts have been muted, the film review is impressive for a rookie early on in their developmental curve. Trubisky will be a 'look for traits' study to finish his rookie season as Chicago's passing game weapons are severely lacking. However, I was highly encouraged by Trubisky's accuracy, playmaking, and getting through progressions. Trubisky is a solid buy especially in Superflex environments for when his supporting cast improves.