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.
Mitchell Trubisky - The Bears defense did their part to make the Buccaneers’ day miserable, but Tampa Bay was also terrorized by the Chicago offense. Trubisky rebounded from a rough outing last week to have a terrific six-touchdown day. He showed that there will be days when he can execute in the scheme and be a fine matchup-based play for dynasty teams that have a few options on their bench from which to choose. Trubisky moves up a few spots to my 20th dynasty quarterback.
Jared Goff - It is very clear that Jared Goff is more than just a system quarterback. The former number one overall pick has been scintillating and overlooked as a potentially elite quarterback by almost all heading into the season. If he plays week 17 last year, he finishes as a top-six fantasy quarterback. That is almost certain to happen this season at his current pace. Those worried about his first two games forgot that it was against weak sides where the Rams just had to get the game over with. In the last two weeks, he has kept level with Patrick Mahomes. Think about that moving forward.
Marcus Mariota - It took until week 4 for Marcus Mariota to become the leader the Titans need. He was clutch and delivered, despite numerous key drops from his receivers. Mariota must move up fantasy rankings after that performance against the Super Bowl champions, but he needs to do that on a regular basis, especially away from home before he becomes a serious quarterback option moving forward.
Russell Wilson - There is little doubt that the most disappointing fantasy quarterback to date this season has been Russell Wilson. For years he has been able to carry this franchise on his back and be a decent fantasy option. The latter is seriously in doubt for now and he must take a fall down rankings. Those of us making excuses for his declining options and the Doug Baldwin injury have to re-examine our thought process. Wilson is extremely talented and capable of making something from nothing, but he is not Superman.
Sam Bradford - Those keeping Sam Bradford in dynasty leagues are going to have to wait until 2019 to see if he gets another shot at a starting gig. Simply put the Cardinals would have to be in playoff contention and playing well to consider putting Bradford under center considering the further financial cost of playing him. Josh Rosen was able to keep Arizona in the game; which Bradford hasn’t been able to do as well. The rookie will probably learn more by taking his lumps, than watching Bradford for now. Should be droppable in most formats.
Jared Goff - In the short-term, defensive injuries for the Rams boost Goff’s fantasy prospects. With the defense allowing just 6.5 points per game in the first two games, Goff threw just 3 touchdowns. In the two games since, with the Rams defense allowing 27 points per game, Goff has thrown 8 touchdown passes. Goff’s prospects also look brighter long-term. He may have the best weapons in the game and none of them are going anywhere any time soon. Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks are both signed until 2024, Cooper Kupp is signed until 2021, and Robert Woods until 2022. In this scheme and with these weapons, there are few quarterbacks I prefer going forward. Goff moves up to my QB3.
Baker Mayfield - In his first two games, Mayfield has passed the eye test with flying colors. There are going to be some growing pains and he could be limited somewhat by his supporting cast, but it is hard to bet against Mayfield at this point. Plus, the Browns have the draft picks and cap space to add a true #1 wide receiver soon. Mayfield moves up to QB9.
Russell Wilson - Wilson slides to QB8 and is in danger of falling further with exciting prospects like Mayfield right behind him. Wilson has played okay this season, but it is impossible to dismiss concerns about the coaching and surrounding talent on the Seattle offense both short and long-term. The offensive line is terrible, play-calling unimaginative, and the receiving talent is mediocre. Through four games Wilson sits at QB20 and doesn’t look like a real fantasy difference-maker in an environment when so many other quarterbacks are putting up video-game passing numbers.
Patrick Mahomes II - Mahomes has risen to the top of my dynasty rankings due to his performance in the first four weeks. His success has elevated his standings in the rankings but also keep in mind, he has an excellent supporting cast of receivers with an offensive-minded head coach who knows how to best utilize his young talent. Mahomes talent and longevity of time ahead of him is enough to place him at the top.
Jared Goff - Like Mahomes, Goff has excellent talent with an above average supporting cast that helps make the offensive engine go on a consistent basis. Goff and Mahomes have catapulted themselves into the Top 3 of my dynasty rankings and both have a long career ahead of them with the tools and complementary pieces needed to sustain success.
Aaron Rodgers - In this new era where the offense is on the rise, Aaron Rodgers sits as the 15th ranked quarterback after four games. He will turn 35 this year, has already been injured once (knee) and his play has declined. He's still an excellent, capable quarterback, but the league is growing up and improving around him with youth, strong arms, and potent offenses. Rodgers has not reached 300+ yards passing this season and he has failed to reach multiple touchdowns in a game twice (50% of his games this year). He is no longer in the Top 3 among dynasty quarterbacks.
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