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.
Brock Osweiler – After replacing an injured Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler came on and actually looked like a real NFL quarterback. It was against the Colts, but still he showed passion, poise and executed well. He could be a nice buy low, but I won’t be expecting him to start on an NFL roster in 2018. We also need to see him do the same when he actually starts as well. This was the first positive performance from him though for a long time.
Mitchell Trubisky – Mitchell Trubisky has flashed what he could be in the NFL, but the biggest concern with him is where do the Bears go in 2018? It is unlikely that John Fox continues in the job and changes will come on offense as well. Trubisky has not had a receiver of note to throw to since he took over and this team needs a new identity. Trubisky has looked good, but has also thrown some absolute stinkers as well. His pace of development could be rapid a la Jared Goff with the right new team in place, but more than likely the new group will take time to transition and I wouldn’t expect Trubisky to approach fantasy starter status in 2018.
Blake Bortles – Implausibly, Blake Bortles has turned his career around over the last few weeks with some solid performances now that the defense is leading the way. 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over the last 3 games, with an average of 300 passing yards a game is fantasy starter material. Considering he is doing it with Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Jaydon Mickens, it is astounding. The wide receiver class of 2014 for the Jaguars of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and less so Marqise Lee have been absent and may not be around in future. It may all come apart it the playoffs, but right now Bortles has to be given a modicum of respect for a possible new destination in 2018.
Blaine Gabbert – Blaine Gabbert was given a real-life opportunity to become an NFL starter in 2018. He has failed. After a promising first three games as a starter, his last 2 performances have been average to poor. He still has a chance against the Giants and Seahawks to win back an opportunity, but if Carson Palmer wants to come back, Gabbert won’t be invited to compete. At best he gets another backup job elsewhere, but dynasty owners need to look elsewhere for that sleeper starter for 2018.
Jimmy Garoppolo – 5 career starts, 5 career wins. Not a bad audition for the 49ers to throw a bag full of money at him in the offseason. The next 2 weeks will be interesting as Garoppolo faces the Jaguars and Rams. If he remains composed and performs as good or better than other opponents have, then the 49ers will have no choice but to lock him up. As it is, he looks like a strong fantasy option for San Francisco in 2018 once they start improving the offense in free agency and the draft. Looks like a bottom end fantasy starter for 2018, given how impressive he has been to date and a future dynasty star.
Jimmy Garoppolo - The 49ers offense looks completely different with Garoppolo under center. He is on my short list for breakout players in 2018 and especially if San Francisco sees an upgrade in weapons in the offseason (likely). Garoppolo offers the most value in superflex formats but is a worth committee member in team-building in start-1 formats this offseason as well.
Mitchell Trubisky - Like Jared Goff last year, I see positive traits from Trubisky on a weekly basis, but the situation is horrible for a translation in strong production. Trubisky has little help (Kendall Wright the best option) and this offseason will bring a weapons upgrade, plus Kevin White and Cameron Meredith are in-house injury return wildcards for 2018 impact. Trubisky has quality mobility and a strong arm on display with a few window throws on intermediate routes and over the middle on a weekly basis as foundation-building traits.