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.
Sam Darnold – The time has come. I had Darnold ranked as a top-five dynasty quarterback but the chaos in New York is too much for him to be successful week-to-week. While still very young and having big-time upside, Darnold will struggle to be an every-week fantasy starter as long as Adam Gase is the head coach. Looking back, Peyton Manning was the last Gase quarterback to be fantasy relevant.
Gardner Minshew – The Minshew experiment is now complete. He has returned to the bench and the Jaguars are turning to Nick Foles. Minshew looks like a long-term backup and one who can be a short-term NFL starter. He is not worth holding onto in 1-QB dynasty leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - Garoppolo is settling into his role as the 49ers leader, and no team’s collective value has increased of late. We collectively underestimated the 49ers roster and they appear to have promising young pieces at every level. An emerging, elite defense is essential to long-term success and will bode well for Garoppolo and the other skill players because they’ll have positive game scripts to work with. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders is an instant upgrade and creates a smoother bridge into the 2020-2021 emergence of the 49ers crop of young receivers.
Daniel Jones - Jones isn’t vaulting up the rankings, but he’s moved into the QB2 tier and has further upside, particularly if the Giants get a better coaching staff in place and further bolster the offensive line. Jones isn’t perfect, but he looks far more comfortable than young counterparts like Sam Darnold, Dwayne Haskins, and even Baker Mayfield.
Teddy Bridgewater - Bridgewater was undefeated as a starter in place of Drew Brees and has earned himself a starting job somewhere in 2020; assuming the Saints are willing to let him move on. The number of teams that should be looking for a new starter next year is massive, and a handful of those teams will prefer an experienced veteran to a rookie building block.
Dwayne Haskins - It’s not fair to judge a quarterback just a few months into their pro careers, but the NFL isn’t always fair. It was one thing when Jay Gruden wasn’t playing Haskins, but when interim head coach Callahan also preferred Keenum, alarm bells went up. Washington is squarely in the hunt for the 1st overall draft pick, and while it’s not a foregone conclusion they’ll choose a quarterback, it’s possible Washington could opt for Tagovailoa or Burrow, pushing Haskins into a QB2 role.
Jameis Winston - Head coach Bruce Arians has been patient with Winston, mainly because there’s no credible alternative on the roster. But Arians has repeatedly expressed frustration over turnovers and yet Winston continues to be a turnover machine. It would be surprising if the Buccaneers didn’t move on from Winston this offseason, or at least bring in a viable alternative to compete for the job.
Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky was already falling in the rankings, but it’s clear to everyone outside of Soldier Field he’s not the answer. Will the Bears move on in the offseason, or at least bring in an alternative to push Trubisky? Either way, the young passer doesn’t have the decision-making acuity to emerge from a pack of league-average passers.