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.
Nick Mullens - Jimmy Garoppolo is future of the 49ers passing game, but San Francisco has two decent quarterbacks who may be good enough to find success in the league with another team. It's definitely possible that General Manager, John Lynch could look to trade one of these two for a draft pick or other trade commodity. Mullens is a free agent in 2020, while Beathard is one year later, 2021. Trading one and keeping the other as a backup makes sense, the 49ers just need to find a suitor who thinks they can make Beathard or Mullens a starter. Mullens appears to have the highest value at this time. If a trade happens, he becomes a much more relevant dynasty prospect.
Alex Smith - It's easy to pull for Alex Smith to forge a comeback from his unfortunate leg injury, but sadly his current situation has a return to football looking like a bleak possibility. Joe Theismann never played another snap after his near-identical career-ending injury 33 years earlier. Smith's dynasty value has fallen way off, making him droppable even in deeper leagues.
Cam Newton - Cam just snapped an 11-game streak of throwing two-plus touchdown passes, so a down game is expected from time to time, however, it seems pretty clear that he is having troubles with getting high velocity on his throws. It's worrisome that he is dealing with shoulder soreness after having offseason surgery after the 2016 season. It's possible that he will return to form in 2019, but he'll be entering his ninth season, and he's still seeing a lot of contact that could cause more injury concerns. He drops slightly in my rankings until he can show he can thrive with this shoulder soreness.
Jared Goff - Jared Goff had his worst game since the presence of Jeff Fisher oozed over the Rams. The Bears defense deserves full credit for making Goff uncomfortable in the pocket, but it follows another average game against the Lions and you would be forgiven for thinking that the bye week was the worst thing to happen to the Rams. Their offensive momentum has been sapped and although they face an easy schedule running home, this team and especially Goff need to get their act together quick. Of interest for those that will be playing Goff is whether he can adapt and improve from this lesson or if there is now a blueprint for dealing with him.
Josh Allen - Josh Allen has quickly vaulted up quarterback rankings based purely on his athletic ability. With three games of 99 yards rushing or more since his return from injury and five rushing touchdowns for the year, his flaws and development as a passer can be put to one side for now. When you have more rushing yards in three games than Lamar Jackson has in his last four you can be forgiven for thinking the wrong rookie is getting a lot of the attention. Of course, Jackson has four wins, so he has that over Allen, but fantasy points count more unless you are a fan of the Bills. From a dynasty point of view, will Allen turn out to be a better passer than Jackson is a more relevant question?
Dak Prescott - Prescott has seen his dynasty stock bounce back in a big way since the Amari Cooper trade. Since the move, Prescott is the fantasy QB4. He put up a whopping 455 passing yards yesterday against the Eagles in a win that puts the Cowboys in control of the NFC East. Even beyond the short-term adjustment of fantasy expectations, Prescott’s recent bounce back has started to cement his franchise quarterback status. He is a top-12 dynasty quarterback.
Derek Carr - Things were looking extremely shaky as far as Carr’s long-term future in Oak-land. However, he has righted the ship in recent weeks. Oakland hasn’t gone completely in the tank, pulling an upset of Pittsburgh and nearly taking down Kansas City over the past two weeks. Plus, Carr ranks as the QB12 since Week 10. It may not matter much in one-quarterback leagues, but Carr should once again be viewed as a decent asset in superflex leagues.
Josh Allen - It is hard to value Josh Allen right now because it is tough to tell how much of an outlier his crazy rushing production is. Over the last three games, he has 335 rushing yards. He’s actually second in the entire NFL (behind Saquon Barkley) in rushing yards over that stretch. The huge production as a runner has actually made Allen the fantasy QB1 over the last three weeks. He still has a lot to work on but the fantasy upside is now glaringly obvious and Allen moves ahead of aging veterans like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers in my latest update all the way up to QB13.
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