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.
Tom Brady - We need to consider this may be the last season for Tom Brady. At 41 years old, how much longer can he play at a high level let alone over a whole season - and postseason? Brady has only one game with multiple touchdown passes since Week 7 and he's ranked 14th among fantasy quarterbacks this year. A big reason for his lack of production lately has been the absence of Rob Gronkowski. If Brady can't perform well without Gronkowski, it may be time for him to consider retirement. His value from a dynasty perspective is low and falling. The only answer may be keeping him until he calls it quits.
Ben Roethlisberger - Similar to Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger may be near the end of his career. Unlike Brady, Roethlisberger is still playing at a high level with a Top 5 place among fantasy quarterbacks this season. We've heard whispers of Roethlisberger hinting at retirement before. Depending on how far Pittsburgh goes in the playoffs, may determine his plans after the season. Roethlisberger still has value and presents an excellent sell option for those trying to get something for him, especially if there's an alternative on the bench. If you're looking for a quarterback to help you with a championship, Roethlisberger can be that player. There are advantages to buying and selling right now, it just depends on your team's situation.
Drew Brees - Like Roethlisberger, Drew Brees still has value this year, however, his long-term value is a big question mark that may not include 2019. If the Saints win the Super Bowl, we may see Brees retire at the post-game press conference. He still has value this year as he is an excellent buy candidate for a contending team or an excellent sell candidate if you have depth and are not contending. This may be Brees' last swan song and it doesn't look like he's going to slow down until he ends things on his terms.
Dak Prescott - As the running game dominates in Dallas, Dak Prescott looks better and better. He has only thrown one interception in the last five weeks and has thrown for six touchdowns over the same time span. With four rushing touchdowns over that period, his value in fantasy football skyrockets. The arrival of Amari Cooper has helped the whole Cowboy offense and once again Prescott looks as good as he did in his rookie season.
Matthew Stafford - We have to separate Matthew Stafford the fantasy football prospect from Matthew Stafford the NFL quarterback. As a fantasy option, he is having his worst career year. It doesn’t look like he will finish as a starting option for only the second time in the last eight years. Worse than that he doesn’t look like a quality quarterback ever since the team traded away Golden Tate. The situation is fixable as there seems no way that Detroit will be looking for another option in the foreseeable future. This time next year, we may not be saying the same thing if he continues to regress.
Carson Wentz - A couple weeks ago it looked like Wentz was rounding into form both for the Eagles winning games and for fantasy football purposes. The last two weeks, he was terrible. It is hard to see what has changed that took Wentz from the QB1 last season to QB14 (since he returned from injury). If anything, the weapons around him have improved. It is no longer possible to justify having Wentz ranked above Cam Newton and Andrew Luck, so he slides a couple spots.
Lamar Jackson - Jackson has always been an extreme boom/bust fantasy prospect. There wasn’t any guarantee he would be able to win and hold down a starting job, which is typical for quarterbacks taken outside of the top-20 in the draft. While he hasn’t definitively proven anything yet in that regard, the early returns are strong. Jackson has led his team to a 2-0 record in his first career starts. The reason I’ve continued to rank Jackson relatively high is that it was clear if he was good enough to start, he would be a real fantasy factor. So far, we have seen just that. In two games, he has rushed 38 times for 188 yards and 1 touchdown. With rushing numbers anywhere near that neighborhood, he doesn’t have to do much as a passer to be a fantasy QB1.
Baker Mayfield - In his last two games, Mayfield has completed 78% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. With Todd Haley and Hue Jackson gone, the new offense has been a perfect fit for Mayfield’s skillset. He again looks like a long-term fantasy QB1 and a top-10 dynasty asset at the position.
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