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.
Kirk Cousins – Cousins didn’t do much against Washington this week, but he had 10 touchdown passes in the previous three and has thrown just 1 interception in his last 175 pass attempts. With Dalvin Cook keeping defenses honest and the team gaining confidence, Minnesota is on the rise and Cousins is a solid fantasy quarterback option now.
Sam Darnold – Hard to watch this young kid regress but it’s definitely happening. The Patriots made him look silly and Jacksonville beat him up pretty good this week too. He’s the future of the Jets so he still warrants consideration, but he’s taken a step backward and will need some time and guidance to get back to a guy you (and the Jets) can count on every week.
Jameis Winston – Unless you play in a league that doesn’t penalize for interceptions, Winston is a guy you must approach with caution. If he keeps turning over the ball at this rate, Tampa Bay is going to start looking elsewhere for a quarterback.
Jacoby Brissett – Admit it – when Andrew Luck retired, you thought Brissett was going to bomb. I know I did. But Brissett has proved us all wrong and he’s a solid, consistent performer on a team with a lot of young talent.
Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers moves up from QB12 to QB7. He had put together a few mediocre seasons in a row and was QB17 through the first four weeks of 2019 when I ranked him QB12. Over the last four weeks, he has been the QB2 behind only Deshaun Watson. He’s put up big numbers even without Davante Adams the last few weeks. For the first time in a while, it is easy to feel very optimistic about Rodgers’ fantasy prospects.
Matthew Stafford – He moves up four spots from QB15 to QB11 in my Week 9 update. It is not just that Stafford has been playing well (QB9 at the midway point of the season). He benefits comparatively from the struggles of so many younger quarterbacks who have seemingly regressed this season. Stafford may not be a star and he is 31-years old, but he is a guy you feel good about having in your lineup most weeks. There are not that many quarterbacks you can say that about right now.
Jacoby Brissett – Brissett moves up from QB19 to QB15. He has the Colts tied for the 2nd-best record in the AFC at the midway point of the season and it looks like he is going to be the starter for Indianapolis for the foreseeable future. Brissett is on pace for 32 passing touchdowns against 7 interceptions. The Colts are also well positioned to continue to improve. The team’s cap is in great shape and the Colts will continue to add weapons in free agency and the draft. Plus, Parris Campbell ’s speed will help open things up further once he gets healthy.
Baker Mayfield – Mayfield falls six spots in my QB rankings to QB13. It is hard to believe he has just touchdown passes and 12 interceptions midway through the season. As a rookie, he threw 27 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. With the improved weapons and a year of seasoning, to see him take this big of a step back is shocking.