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.
Baker Mayfield - Mayfield is a dynasty quarterback who has things going in the right direction, both in terms of his play and the supporting cast that’s around him. Having a stud running back like Nick Chubb to lean on bodes well for Mayfield, who will not have as much pressure solely on his shoulders early in his career as some other signal callers. He has worked his way into the top fifteen options at the position.
Nick Mullens - As this is written before the Monday Night football game, all I have to go on is Nick Mullens debut performance against a substandard Raiders team. Mullens was cool, calm, composed and well prepared. He also earnt the trust of the coaching staff, who preferred him to C.J. Beathard against the Giants. If he is available in dynasty leagues and you have the roster space, add him. Gunslinging quarterbacks are good for fantasy football and sure the odds are against him, but after one start he looked better than 90% of rookies after their first start.
Derek Carr - I’m not sure if Derek Carr is playing with freedom under Jon Gruden. This looks like a poor match and it remains to be seen whether their partnership continues into 2019 and beyond. If Carr is there for the long haul, then he needs help. Castoffs and has-beens are no way to help your franchise guy and for the immediate future, Carr is unusable in almost any league. An average of one touchdown a game wouldn’t have cut it 20 years ago, let alone in the modern age. He is still worth holding onto in case he moves to a team that knows how to use him in the offseason.
Mitchell Trubisky - I wrote about Trubisky two weeks ago but want to mention him again as he continues to see his value move up. Trubisky has now put up monster 30+ point fantasy performances in four of his last six games. Trubisky is 24-years old but still relatively inexperienced after starting for just one season in college and 12 games as a rookie. In just his second NFL season, he is the fantasy QB5 at the midway point. It is still early but we could look back on the 2017 quarterback class with Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes II II, and Deshaun Watson as historically great.
Ben Roethlisberger - Of all the 30-something veteran quarterbacks, none is hotter than Roethlisberger in terms of putting up fantasy points. He currently ranks as QB4 and should remain a top-5 option for the rest of the season. Roethlisberger also shows no signs of slowing down and has one of the best supporting casts in the NFL. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are a devastating 1-2 punch at wide receiver. Roethlisberger is clearly ahead of other veterans like Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady.
Russell Wilson - Wilson seemingly slides a spot or two each time I update my quarterback rankings. He was the fantasy QB1 last season in large part due to the complete lack of a running game in Seattle, which forced Wilson to shoulder the entire offensive load. It was a losing formula. The Seahawks fully committed to improving the running game in the offseason, signing offensive linemen who are better as run blockers and investing a first-rounder in a running back. The coaching staff also has been steadfast in sticking to a run-heavy approach in calling the games. The commitment to the run is paying off and we are starting to see a winning formula emerge (close losses to the Rams aside). The result of all this — Russell Wilson ranks 26th in the league in pass attempts and isn’t a very good weekly option for fantasy. It is hard to see that changing any time soon if the improved run-game leads to more wins than the Wilson-centric offense of 2017.
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