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.
Kyle Allen - The young starter has navigated Cam Newton’s absence with aplomb, and the Panthers are undefeated with Allen under center. Although Allen doesn’t have the physical tools to match Cam Newton in his prime, his steady play and ability to stretch the field has unlocked the skill set of the supporting cast in a way a banged-up Newton has not in recent years. Although Newton may regain his role and render Allen moot, there is a building case Allen should take over the Panthers' job permanently. That kind of upside optionality warrants a significant dynasty upgrade.
Ryan Finley - The Bengals are now 0-7, and rational decision-makers have to turn their attention to a complete rebuild. The Bengals should trade away A.J. Green and anyone else of value that has a hefty veteran contract. Andy Dalton may thrive in a new destination in 2020 and beyond, but the Bengals should allow Finley to play out the 2019 season before they have to decide on the franchise’s direction next year in the draft.
Jacoby Brissett - When the Colts signed Brissett to an extension before the season, many wondered if it was a desperation move following Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement. The extension now appears to be the latest in a long line of brilliant decisions by GM Ryan Grigson, as Brissett has been an above-average quarterback and has the Colts in contention for a division title and playoff spot.
Marcus Mariota - Mariota lost his job to Ryan Tannehill, and whether Tannehill is the long-term answer in Tennessee (he’s not) is beside the point. Tennessee has moved on from Mariota, and he’ll now have to find a new home in 2020 and, at best, compete for a starting role. More likely, he’ll land on a contending team as a backup. Either way, the chances Mariota returns fantasy value in the coming years has dwindled further, and that warrants yet another downgrade.
Cam Newton - Father Time is undefeated, and Newton is suffering from a litany of big hits after years of MVP-caliber play. While it’s entirely possible he’ll regain his form and have a successful second arc to his career; it’s looking more likely his best days are behind him.
Carson Wentz - Wentz remains a top-tier dynasty piece, but he moves lower on the run of elite dynasty prospects thanks to the strong play of those leaping ahead of him, including Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, and Russell Wilson. The Eagles have questions along the offensive line and at receiver, and Wentz can regain his previous Top 3 ranking if GM Howie Roseman rebuilds the supporting cast.
Jacoby Brissett - A good offensive line can make a good player great or a great player elite. I’m not sure which camp Jacoby Brissett is in right now, but the Colts clearly do not need to go back to the draft to find their next Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning. Brissett is making superb decisions, which is all the more remarkable considering the turnover at wide receiver. It is safe to consider Brissett a starting fantasy quarterback option moving forward.
Andy Dalton - Three rushing touchdowns are fooling the overall fantasy picture regarding Andy Dalton. He is a risk week to week and pretty soon, the Bengals will be turning to next man up Ryan Finley. There is a chance that you could trade Dalton for some value and if so, do it. Dalton is likely to begin his journeyman adventures next season and that may involve a stint as a backup. Location is everything so on deeper rosters he could be worth a stash.
Ryan Tannehill - For the 2017 season, it was predicted that Ryan Tannehill would finally make that jump into becoming a good NFL quarterback. The knee injury ruined that. The 2018 season in Miami was a mess and only punched his ticket out of there. In Tennessee, he has clearly demonstrated that he is a better option than Marcus Mariota. Whether he can add consistency to the highs remains to be seen. He does, however, deserve a better evaluation than he’s been getting.
Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky feels, much like Marcus Mariota, like a quarterback who is closer to being benched than turning things around. The Bears are a playoff-caliber team...outside of quarterback play. Putting the risk of Trubisky being benched and heading down that road lowers his dynasty value a good chunk. Finally, beyond being benched, Trubisky is a middling producer despite being a mobile option which is the fantasy fast-track to mid-QB2 or better production.
Jacoby Brissett - Brissett is a top-10 fantasy quarterback per-game this season with an unreal 14 touchdowns to three interceptions. Brissett adds enough rushing to not be a liability in the category and has supported T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, and Jack Doyle to various levels. Brissett has minimal respect for dynasty valuations from myself including until recently but his long-term outlook is far improved to keep the job and thrive compared to this past offseason with the sample size growing.
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