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.
Lamar Jackson – He may be the biggest winner of the first two weeks, leaping all the way up from QB12 to QB3. He has made major strides as a passer and still is incredibly dangerous as a runner. I even considered bumping Jackson ahead of Deshaun Watson but want to see him do it against a defense that isn’t amongst the worst in the NFL first.
Dak Prescott - Prescott moves up seven spots from QB11 to QB4. He has been fantastic in his first two weeks under new coordinator Kellen Moore. The addition of Amari Cooper and the emergence of Michael Gallup gives Prescott a chance to put up big numbers through the air in addition to what he brings with his legs.
Gardner Minshew – The rookie goes from preseason QB50 to QB32. He has looked like he belongs in nearly two full games of action. The problem for Minshew is that the Jaguars made a big financial commitment to Nick Foles and he will have to perform extremely well over the next two months to push Foles to the bench when he returns.
Mason Rudolph – Rudolph jumps up 17 spots in my QB rankings, from 48th to 31st. He will have 14 games to prove he can be a long-term answer at quarterback for the Steelers. The early returns were promising, as Rudolph nearly led a second-half comeback against Seattle.
Cam Newton – Newton falls seven spots from 6 to 13. The accuracy issues are concerning but from a fantasy perspective, the even bigger problem is that Newton isn’t running. Through two games, Newton has rushed 5 times for -2 and 2 fumbles. He has always put up average at best numbers as a passer but added 5+ PPG as a runner, which has helped him to five high-end QB1 fantasy seasons. Something isn’t right (shoulder?) and Newton could fall much further if he doesn’t turn it around soon.
Ben Roethlisberger – The veteran drops 10 spots from 20 to 30. We are in strange territory when it comes to aging quarterbacks. Tom Brady has broken the curve so much it can be easy to forget that age 37 is really getting up there even at the quarterback position. Natural decline combined with an increased injury risk can close the door on careers quickly. Roethlisberger will miss the season with elbow surgery and will face serious questions about his ability to return heading into next season when he will be 38-years old.
Cam Newton – Newton has not looked like a viable fantasy option this year. His arm does not have the same strength and pop and the veteran quarterback has not looked to run. This is a deadly combination for dynasty players. The foot injury could keep him out a while, but the arm and lack of running will inhibit fantasy success.
Ben Roethlisberger – Roethlisberger has a UCL injury which will keep him out the remainder of the season. The passer will be 38 years of age before he attempts another NFL pass. He has been in decline and the high volume of pass attempts has clouded the fantasy viewpoint. The door is now open for Mason Rudolph.
Mason Rudolph – Rudolph has a golden opportunity to shine with Roethlisberger out of action. The trade for Fitzpatrick indicates that the team believes in its young quarterback.
Lamar Jackson – The combination of his improvement and the Baltimore play-callers putting him in a position to succeed has been wow-inspiring. Jackson has been incredible. Can he continue the pace? Probably not, but he looks like an elite fantasy option.