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.
Jared Goff - It would appear rather obvious that Jared Goff is only as good as the team built around him and the offensive system in place. At this stage, the Rams are struggling to overcome the challenges opposing defenses are putting on Sean McVay’s scheme and the lack of overall offensive line cohesion. We have seen enough to know that if Goff gets time, he is a great producer. Unfortunately, Goff himself cannot lift those around him to perform to the level required. The Rams probably know better than anyone the issues facing them, but what happens in the offseason will be crucial for the long-term play of their franchise quarterback. He moves down rankings until we see signs that he can be more than a system guy.
Jameis Winston – Clearly, Jameis Winston can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. What is not clear is what his ultimate ceiling is. He often makes poor decisions, turns the ball over with alarming frequency and has cost his team several wins this year. It will be interesting to see what Tampa Bay decides to do with Winston in the offseason. Whether Bruce Arians has the patience to continue with Winston or move on to a player that can’t make some of the throws that the former number one overall pick can make but is a safer option. There should be another team in the NFL that thinks it can get more out of Winston and he will only be 26 years old to begin the 2020 season. I still don’t think the match between Winston and Tampa Bay is a good one, but he does move up several spots from my low evaluation.
Lamar Jackson - Quite simply, the NFL has not seen a player like Lamar Jackson before. His running ability has been seen before in players of the ilk of Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick, but where Jackson has the advantage is his ability to make good decisions passing the ball. He also has the bonus of a head coach who understands the need to play to Jackson's strengths and not try and mold him into something he is not. Baltimore has also been very sensible with their backups in Robert Griffin III III and Trace McSorley, quarterbacks who share a similar skill set. Jackson is now the clear leader as the number one fantasy quarterback. Patrick Mahomes II simply cannot run for 1000 yards and approach double-digit rushing touchdowns
Drew Lock - The rookie passed his first test with flying colors and has an opportunity to solidify his role as the 2020 starter with a strong December.
Ryan Tannehill - The Titans have been reborn offensively with Tannehill in the lineup, and he’s playing better in each successive week. A prominent beat writer speculated Tannehill could receive the franchise tag in the offseason, indicating the team views him as more than a 2019 stopgap.
Tom Brady - The Patriots are, once again, one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. But Brady has played more like the young game manager who won his first Super Bowl as a supporting piece than the multiple-time MVP he became in his prime. Although Brady intends to play a few more seasons, he’s performing at a level that isn’t 12-team worthy.
Ryan Finley - The rookie was put in a difficult situation playing for arguably league’s worst team. But he failed his first audition which facilitated going back to lame-duck Andy Dalton last week. You must think the Bengals are going to draft their next starting quarterback in a few months, making Finley no better than a backup on a bad team for the next four or five years.