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Dynasty Rankings Movement: Week 9 - Footballguys

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.

Quarterbacks

Simpkins

Case Keenum - Keenum’s value is trending slightly upward, simply because Denver has no other options at this point. Chad Kelly was poised to take over in the near future, but a run-in with the law caused the team to dismiss Kelly. The Broncos may be in the market for a quarterback come draft time. However, for this season, Keenum doesn’t appear to have any challengers on the roster. Their offense is viable enough that Keenum remains a serviceable option, especially in leagues that do not penalize heavily for interceptions.

Hicks

Andrew Luck - After a few shaky moments to start the season, there is little doubt that Andrew Luck is back with a vengeance. 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in half a season are phenomenal numbers, especially considering the lack of a strong supporting cast. There isn’t a stud runner and T.Y. Hilton has only been a bit player for the last 4 weeks. At only 29 years of age, Luck can safely return to his role as a top three dynasty quarterback. If only the Colts would help him out with some quality.

Jameis Winston - Any optimism one had in the future prospects of Jameis Winston becoming the man the Buccaneers need him to be were dispelled in an insipid performance against the Bengals. One touchdown versus 6 interceptions in the last two weeks are numbers that will see the team move on from him and the coach shortly. He may be given another chance or two, but his next two opponents in Carolina and Washington would be salivating at the prospects of facing the turnover-prone Winston.

Hindery

Mitchell Trubisky - While Trubisky has been inconsistent as a passer, he is proving his fantasy upside in a major way. In fact, Trubisky is putting up Cam Newton-like numbers as a runner of late. He has rushed for 53, 47, 81, and 51 yards over the last four games. Including his rushing score, that is good for over 7 fantasy points per game just with his legs. He hasn’t been a slouch as a passer either, averaging over 300 passing yards and 3.25 passing touchdowns over the same four-game stretch. In this improved Bears offense, Trubisky’s rushing ability makes him a fantasy QB1 and top-10 dynasty asset at the quarterback position.

Jameis Winston - After yet another game of inexplicable mistakes leading to devastating turnovers, Winston no longer looks like a franchise quarterback. With all of the turnovers, he is playing like a young Blake Bortles. At this point, his fantasy value is minimal (QB28) and it is worth wondering if he is even a starting caliber NFL player.

Matthew Stafford - Stafford hasn’t been playing poorly but it is clear the direction the new coaching staff wants to go involves a much more balanced offensive approach. In back-to-back wins over the Packers and Dolphins, Stafford averaged just 24 passing attempts and the Lions committed heavily to establishing the run. The new winning formula for Detroit isn’t a positive for Stafford’s fantasy prospects, however. He looks like a fantasy QB2 moving forward.

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