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.
Cam Newton – Newton’s foot is not healing as expected, necessitating a visit to a specialist. This should result in Kyle Allen starting the remainder of the season. While difficult to imagine, there is a real possibility Newton has played his last football game.
Baker Mayfield – Mayfield has underperformed this season relative to expectations. The Browns need their young passer to step up his game the last part of the season. He is difficult to recommend in fantasyland.
Marcus Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill a couple of weeks ago and the Titans offense looks much better. It is not as though Tannehill is awesome, we know better, but it illustrates how poorly Mariota has played.
Russell Wilson - Wilson has long been an efficiency quarterback, but 2019 is taking things to another level as he leads the NFL in touchdown passes, touchdown rate, interception rate, QB rating and has a career-high completion rate, yards per game, and career-low sack rate. Wilson also has boosted his weapons with D.K. Metcalf offering a Year 1 impact and Seattle took a flyer this week on Josh Gordon (TBD on that offering positive value). All while the DNA of the team is the run game and Will Dissly for a second straight season misses a good chunk of the year. Wilson is having a career year, which is saying plenty for an already elite quarterback.
Baker Mayfield - This may end up being a blip on the big-picture career view of Mayfield in a few years, but it has been a jarring sophomore slump for Mayfield and the Browns passing game in general. Mayfield has nearly double the interceptions as touchdowns and has zero games with multiple passing touchdowns. This while having Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry, plus Nick Chubb in the backfield. With strong matchups against Miami, Cincinnati, and Arizona left on the schedule, those three games may tell us just how bad this season is for the former No.1 overall pick.
Jimmy Garoppolo - Jimmy Garoppolo is quietly gaining more and more confidence as the 49ers defense is doing the heavy lifting for the team. The day will come soon where the team will need to rely on Tom Brady’s former understudy and by the looks of the performance against the Cardinals, he can be dependable. As the wide receiving group gains more experience and trading for Emmanuel Sanders was a brilliant move to speed up the process, Garoppolo will vault toward becoming a starting fantasy option. Worth a significant rise in rankings
Sam Darnold - After a superb performance against the Cowboys, Sam Darnold has been average at best and poor at worst. Maybe he needs more time or maybe he needs a better coaching group, but his expected rise to the top is on hold right now and he must drop significantly down dynasty rankings. The fact he couldn’t lift his team over one of the poorest franchises seen in years is an indictment on the coaching staff, the team, and the quarterback.
Derek Carr - Derek Carr is on track to go close to his best year to date, the 2016 season where he looked like a future star. Carr has been efficient and with one of the poorest receiving groups in the NFL, lifted the team with his game managing style behind Josh Jacobs. The Raiders have had and lost Amari Cooper and Antonio Brown in his time there, but if they can get an elite receiver to work with him, he will move up to become a borderline fantasy quarterback. Carr has many good years ahead of him and he seems to be coexisting with Jon Gruden much better than in 2018.
Baker Mayfield - There is no getting around it, preseason expectations in Baker Mayfield have crumbled in a heap. The coaching group has been amateurish in their play-calling, the attitude of players has been poor and with such a soft schedule remaining it beggar’s belief that they don’t get this train back on the tracks. That said there is no chemistry on display and Mayfield has been front and center of all the issues. Has to drop significantly.