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.
Jimmy Garoppolo -The trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers is an immediate upgrade for his future, but I wouldn’t sell the farm to get him just yet. San Francisco has already announced they will be cautious in his handling and he, realistically, won’t start for a month. Once he has a grip on the system, the 49ers will throw him into game action to see what he can do. They need to be 100% comfortable before throwing a big free agency contract at him and fantasy owners should be wary as well. The upside is huge, but if he doesn’t impress the 49ers, then what?
Russell Wilson – Russell Wilson has been amazing considering the lack of a running game and blocking he sees on a regular basis. The trade for former Texan, Duane Brown has to be a huge upgrade for his future. Wilson is a master of improvisation, but cannot do this forever. His options at receiver are solid, without being spectacular and it will be interesting to see if he has that precious few more moments to transition to a more traditional passing game.
C.J. Beathard – The trade for Jimmy Garoppolo almost certainly places rookie C.J. Beathard into the career backup phase expected when he was drafted with the 104th pick in the NFL draft. He has roughly a month to change people’s minds, but it is likely the 49ers see a cap on his ability and traded for the much higher upside player in Garoppolo. If you own him he is worth holding in deeper dynasty leagues, but be prepared to cut bait if he doesn’t make better decisions soon.
Tom Brady – The trading of Jimmy Garoppolo makes us deduce that the Patriots may be seriously thinking about using Tom Brady to his stated wish of playing until he is 45. That seems ambitious, but he hasn’t shown the signs of aging that most players of his vintage usually do. He almost certainly looks locked in for 2018 at this stage and is worth moving up on boards as his 3-year outlook looks stronger than it did with Garoppolo on the roster.
Tyrod Taylor - The Rodney Dangerfield of the quarterback position gets no respect compared to his profile to-date. In three seasons as a starter in Buffalo, Taylor has 47 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, a more than 3-to-1 ratio. The only other quarterbacks to log a 3-to-1 ratio with at least 40 touchdowns are Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Alex Smith. Taylor is well above average in interception rate throughout his career, boasts a 63% career completion rate, and offers nearly 30 yards-per-game rushing in his career. Taylor is a fringe QB1 on the season, yet is an afterthought or throw-in zone of dynasty trade market value.