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.
Gardner Minshew – Minshew moved up from QB31 to QB21. I wouldn’t be surprised if Minshew has a career similar to Case Keenum, where he starts off and on, bounces around a bit to different, and makes a lot of money in the process. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he has a Tony Romo career where he locks down the starting job in Jacksonville long-term and puts up numbers. I’ll take him over all of the older quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers) at this point based upon that upside.
Teddy Bridgewater – The Saints backup moves up from QB35 to QB28. The big Week 5 performance aside, I’m not sold on Bridgewater every being an impactful fantasy scorer. However, he is re-establishing that he can at least manage games and be the starting quarterback on a good team. If he can keep winning games, he has a good shot to get an extension in New Orleans and be the starter in waiting behind Brees.
Nick Foles – The Jaguars big-money quarterback slides from QB27 to QB32. It’s just bad career luck that Foles got injured allowing Minshew to step in and make his case to remain the starter. In Superflex leagues, it makes sense to be patient, though. Foles is good enough to start in the NFL and should get his chance again in the near future, whether in Jacksonville or elsewhere.
Dak Prescott - I like the progression I've seen from Prescott as an intermediate and downfield passer in 2019. With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup locked in, Prescott's foreseeable future has a high floor and ceiling on a now more capable Dallas passing game. Prescott adds the rushing element which is now a bonus more than a foundation of his fantasy appeal.
Mitchell Trubisky - The skepticism for Trubisky as a cornerstone fantasy (and NFL) quarterback continues in 2019. Trubisky averaged less than 10 yards per completion in all four games before missing time with injury and the field is shrinking in terms of making the game digestible for Trubisky, despite being an optimized offensive design. Chase Daniel's substitution with two functional games with the ball moving to play-makers in rhythm and timing has highlighted Trubisky's limitations in the area even more.
Teddy Bridgewater - Since entering the league in 2014, Teddy Bridgewater has always looked like a work in progress. His potential was there for all to see, but it hadn’t been realized. Against the Buccaneers, Bridgewater looked like an accomplished starting quarterback in the NFL. He had only ever thrown more than two touchdowns once in his career and had only a handful of games over 300 passing yards. While Drew Brees is out, Bridgewater has the potential to make himself millions and at only 27 years of age has a long future in the NFL. Moves up in the rankings.
Philip Rivers - Some quarterbacks reach a point in their career where the downside is clearly in view. I think we are seeing that with Philip Rivers. Like Cam Newton, Rivers is in the final year of his contract. It is highly unusual to have a franchise quarterback unsigned for the next year. Tyrod Taylor was signed in the offseason on a two-year deal with the potential of him being a bridge between the current, Rivers, and the future. If you have any shares in Rivers, sell them now.
Jacoby Brissett - Colts fans were fearing a similar season to 2011 when Peyton Manning missed with his neck injury and Indianapolis ended up with the number one pick and Andrew Luck. This time around though there are good foundations in place. A strong offensive line, something Luck never really had and a stifling defense. With a superb run-blocking line, Brissett will take what a defense gives and is a solid fantasy quarterback moving forward. It will be interesting to see how he adapts as the pressure mounts, but he is building a nice future for himself in the NFL.