Dynasty Rankings Movement, Week 12

Footballguys staff rankings and the reasoning behind the movement.  Contributions by Dan Hindery, Andy Hicks, and Chad Parsons.

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.

Quarterbacks

Hindery

Josh Allen – Allen moves up from QB 12 to QB7. In part, the move up for Allen is merely a reflection of other quarterbacks moving down. Jared Goff is struggling and is hard to trust as a starting fantasy quarterback. Matthew Stafford is dealing with a back injury that adds some uncertainty to his long-term future. Carson Wentz hasn’t been getting it done. However, the move up is also a reflection of how well Allen has been playing. He ranks Top-5 in fantasy PPG through 11 weeks. He has also gone a long way to establishing his franchise quarterback bona fides for Buffalo, leading the Bills to a 7-3 record.

Jimmy Garoppolo – The San Francisco passer moves up to QB11. Like Allen, he benefits from the recent struggles of so many of the mid-tier quarterbacks ahead of him. The Week 11 comeback he led against Arizona was a key moment for the young starter after some struggles in a primetime against Seattle. The fantasy future of Garoppolo looks bright with a great offensive coaching staff, strong young offensive line, and the emergence of targets like Deebo Samuel.

Jared Goff – Goff Through 10 games, Goff has thrown 11 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. He is tough to trust in a starting lineup now and reason to be concerned about this Rams offense, in general, moving forward. A big part of the offensive success in recent years has been due to the offensive line. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth turns 38-years old soon. There are other holes along the line that will only be exacerbated by Whitworth’s imminent retirement. The Rams have no way to replace him with little cap space or draft capital moving forward.

Gardner Minshew - Minshew falls to QB29. There was always a risk that Minshew was merely keeping the seat warm for Nick Foles and that was how things played out. Foles was quickly named the starter coming out of the bye. Minshew showed enough to think he should earn another shot as a starter at some point, but it could end up being a while.

Hicks

Josh Allen - It would be nice if Buffalo were able to entrust their long-term future to Josh Allen, but he still has work to do. Right now, his fantasy numbers are taking a massive sugar hit by the seven rushing touchdowns he has accrued, but his passing numbers are honest and there is room for improvement in all aspects of his game. What gives hope for the future is that he has not had an interception in his last five games and recognition of his scrambling prowess gives him a bump in long term ratings.

Daniel Jones - The rookie has had an up and down rookie season, as expected, but is showing promise of being an elite signal-caller. Better weapons would help, or at least ones that can stay on the field. All his major weapons have missed significant time in 2019 and Daniel Jones has had two 300 yards, four-touchdown games with zero interceptions in the last three weeks. Add in a rushing threat the Giants haven't seen at quarterback for ages and Jones should get a significant spike in rankings.

Mason Rudolph - Lost in the brouhaha of Myles Garrett losing his mind, was the actual performance of Mason Rudolph against the Browns. Four interception games can happen to the best of them, but when under pressure and poor decisions are being made, you would have to question his long-term future. His best yardage performance as a starter is 251 yards and with the running game struggling, Rudolph must do better. The only choice is to move him down boards, but he has the rest of the season to prove to the Steelers that they shouldn’t be looking elsewhere for their long-term future.

Kirk Cousins - After an awful start to the 2019 season, Kirk Cousins has been sensational. He is the number two fantasy quarterback since week five and is only fractionally behind Lamar Jackson. This is with nothing coming from his legs. He has thrown 18 touchdowns to one interception in this time span and hasn’t thrown an interception for five weeks. All that is irrelevant to his future in Minnesota though. He must take this team all the way or his performance will be judged a failure. That is unfair. If after 2020 the ambition hasn’t been achieved. He will give another team a very good starting fantasy quarterback. Deserves to be rated higher.

Parsons

Kyler Murray - I was already well above the market on Kyler Murray as an NFL prospect. He has surpassed even my expectations through more than half his rookie season. Murray has protected the ball and paired that with big-play prowess as a pure passer. Add his mobility and he is off to a strong career start. I would expect a weapon added in the offseason and Kenyan Drake is a welcome sight over the second half of the season as well.

Dwayne Haskins - The two reasons for moving Haskins down are the organization and the player. On the field, Haskins lacks any consistency with his delivery. Also, it is tough to have any faith in Washington to get any part of his development right - from coaching to surrounding talent. Betting on Haskins is trusting a raw college profile is shaped by a quality organization to develop him. I am skeptical of both.

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