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Dynasty Rankings Movement, Week 8

 Footballguys staff and the reasoning behind the movement

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. 

Quarterback

Hicks

Matt Ryan – The veteran has to move down the rankings. The League MVP has not rebounded well from the crushing Super Bowl defeat and the loss of Kyle Shanahan can’t be understated. If you own him though you should be a little bit patient as Ryan’s first season with Shanahan was similarly underwhelming when he finished with only 21 touchdowns and ranked 18th. His true upside was on display on the Falcons run in 2016, so he could be a good buy low if his current owner is starting to get worried.

Paxton Lynch – I’m not sure if the Broncos will be starting to panic, but a record of .500 Is not where the team they imagined they’d be to start the 2017 season. Trevor Siemian has had moments of good play but looks ordinary for the most part. Paxton Lynch isn’t fit enough right now, but as soon as he is you must wonder if they finally let their number 1 pick from the 2016 draft loose to play. The Broncos have a nightmare schedule over the next 3 weeks with Philadelphia and Kansas City away and then a visit from the Patriots. The team could easily be 3-6 or 4-5 and a return of fitness from Lynch could be just in time for a much easier schedule thereafter.

Blaine Gabbert – It is clear that coach Bruce Arians has a preference for older guys on his team, which is why 33-year old Drew Stanton will start ahead of the just turned 28 Blaine Gabbert following the broken arm suffered by Carson Palmer. In 10 years Stanton has 14 touchdowns to 19 interceptions and based on his play against the Rams he isn’t getting any better. Gabbert still has a chance to become something in this league and after a few more inept starts from Stanton I would be surprised if Gabbert isn’t on the field by mid-November.

DeShone Kizer – Has to make a massive fall in dynasty rankings. What seemed like promise is just turning into another disaster for the Cleveland Browns at the QB position. Falling in love with the upside, it is clear by now that the reports of DeShone Kizer needing to sit and learn were true. Repeatedly getting yanked in his rookie season, when he shouldn’t even be out there displays a poor lack of judgment from the Browns staff. I would be surprised if Kizer can come back from what is happening now, the scars are already quite noticeable.

Hindery

Dak Prescott - Prescott looks like he has made the leap to elite franchise quarterback (and elite fantasy quarterback) in his second season. Over his past four games, Prescott has thrown 11 touchdown passes and rushed for another 3 scores. We know Prescott has extra fantasy value due to his rushing production, but he is now on pace for 37.3 passing touchdowns. If he can keep up this pace, Prescott could head into the offseason as the #1 dynasty quarterback.

Matt Ryan - At this point, we must wonder if Ryan is just a slightly above-average quarterback who Kyle Shanahan’s scheme allowed to put up elite numbers in a once-in-a-lifetime season. After posting 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions last season, Ryan has 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions through six weeks in 2017.

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