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.
Drew Brees - Brees is going to be one of my bigger recommendations in startup drafts come January. The latest ADP shows Brees outside the Top 12 at the position. With NFL rules protecting quarterbacks more than ever before, I am more agnostic on quarterback age and worrying about 'fixing' the position in a couple years if Brees retires by then. In the meantime, enjoy the elite quarterback for as long as he lasts.
Philip Rivers - Rivers, like Brees, is another clear target for the next few seasons. Rivers put up 400+ yards on the Broncos this week but is also one of the overlooked quarterbacks this season with Patrick Mahomes II notably getting plenty more attention. Rivers has multiple touchdowns and 200+ yards in every game this season plus gets Hunter Henry back in 2019.
Nick Mullens - Mullens was on no one's radar as the 49ers third-string quarterback a few weeks ago, but had to see action after Beathard's injury. Mullen has handily outplayed Beathard and, at a minimum, has established himself as a viable, developmental QB2 in San Francisco or elsewhere.
Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky hasn't convinced me of his long-term place as a franchise quarterback, but he's thriving in Matt Nagy's system and is running enough to matter. Given the skill players on the roster and the relative youth of the key pieces, Trubisky is worth investing in just in case he's one of the league's bright young stars.
Alex Smith - Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury this weekend and it's not clear whether he'll ever be the same. While medicine has advanced since Joe Theismann's devastating, and career-ending leg break, Smith's break is being compared to his fellow Washington quarterback.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins falls a few spots to the bottom of the top-10. He's still an enviable player to have on a roster, but a few of the other quarterbacks have vaulted ahead of him in an apples-to-apples comparison.
Lamar Jackson – It was against the worst defense in the league, but Lamar Jackson got his first NFL start and his first NFL win this week. He had more rushing yards than passing yards for much of the game and finished with 117 rushing yards on 27 carries. He didn’t look great throwing the ball, but it’s a start. Jackson is the future of the Ravens, and with Flacco injured for a little while, he’ll get plenty of opportunities to prove he deserves it. With their playoffs hopes hanging by a thread, Jackson should see plenty of action the rest of the season. He’s worth a roster spot in your dynasty leagues on the potential for future performance. Having a QB who can run as well as pass is always dangerous.
Colt McCoy and Alex Smith – Alex Smith’s broken leg will end his first season in Washington. The injury was pretty severe, and given Smith’s age (34) this could be career threatening. Colt McCoy did a serviceable job as his replacement and will probably be the starter the rest of the season. McCoy is a known quantity and will need to turn into Drew Brees if he’s going to replace Smith as the starting quarterback after this season. If you need a starter this year, McCoy is your man. If you have Smith as your starter, its’ time to look elsewhere. Expect Washington to add another quarterback before the start of 2019. For Smith, he’s going to have a long road to complete recovery and will need all the good vibes you can send him.
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