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.
Deshaun Watson - Watson has been a tough watch for chunks of this season. His frame is on the thin size and he opens himself up to a bevy of hits, both from the pocket and on the move. The weapons are solid and rushing upside appealing, however, the rookie year magic has sagged to a full season pace this year of 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, a pedestrian line in the pass-happy NFL.
Baker Mayfield - The No.1 overall pick continues to log positive reviews with his pocket navigation, accuracy, and live arm especially on intermediate routes. Mayfield led a victory against the salty Baltimore defense and pushes through drops around him and occasional mistakes. Mayfield is one of the more stable quarterback-premium assets in dynasty.
Baker Mayfield – The Baltimore defense is tough this season and even though Mayfield was at home, he looked solid in leading his team to a tough victory. Despite taking 5 sacks in the game, Mayfield looked impressive at times and finished the game with 342 passing yards and a touchdown in his best performance of the season. Cleveland is on the rise and Mayfield looks like a decent quarterback that you can build your fantasy team around.
Josh Allen – Unless you’re in a deep dynasty league, Josh Allen should be on the waiver wire. Despite leading his team to a victory at home against a tough Tennessee defense, Allen had just 82 yards passing. He chipped in 19 yards rushing and scored Buffalo’s only touchdown of the game, but that was the highlight of an otherwise terrible performance. He’ll be the starting quarterback in Buffalo, but he won’t be much help for your fantasy team, even in a ‘Super Flex / Start 2 Quarterback’ format.
Patrick Mahomes II - He's No. 1. How can an objective dynasty analyst not put Mahomes atop the rankings after this start? He's younger than the other viable candidates by several years and is dismantling even the league's best defenses.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins has been surgical as the Vikings new leader, and it's particularly impressive given the suspect nature of the offensive line and the Vikings inability to run the ball. He's been fearless (and accurate) in the face of intense pressure.
Jared Goff - I'm still not sure Goff is an elite physical talent, but he's the engine of Sean McVay's offense. If I'm right about McVay being the next great NFL coach, Goff has a ton of great seasons ahead.
Russell Wilson - You'll find no bigger Wilson fan on staff but it's hard to look at this roster construction, the downgrade at offensive coordinator, and the beating Wilson keeps taking and think he'll be one of the top 5 best quarterbacks over the next three to five years.
Dak Prescott - It's just not there. We can blame the coaches and the offensive line and the receiving corps, but great players elevate their teams. If he needs elite surrounding talent, he's not a compelling dynasty asset in arguably the deepest quarterback talent pool in modern history.
Matt Ryan - Ryan is young and a league MVP, and we saw in 2016 what he can do when things are going well. But the Falcons are 1-4, the offense isn't clicking, and it looks like the team may need to blow things up - again - which will rob him of a season or two of elite production.
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