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.
Jimmy Garoppolo – We have a big enough sample size to determine Garoppolo is not a great NFL quarterback, much less a viable fantasy option. This was our opinion before the injury Sunday. Sure, his top play-makers are out, but this was his chance to shine as his team needed top quarterback play. Even before the Garoppolo injury, we thought there was a solid chance Nick Mullins would start games this season. He is now a player to roster in deeper SuperFlex leagues. He has a non-zero chance of keeping the job.
Carson Wentz – I have finally stopped making excuses for Wentz. His offensive line is bad. I get it. The Eagles receivers are banged up. I had Wentz as a top-7 fantasy passer and just cannot justify the ranking any further with other quarterbacks playing much better. Even Greg Cosell is on board, saying, “His ball placement is not precise. He misses too many layups.” I just do not see “fantasy superstar”. Local media personality Adam Caplan tweeted Sunday afternoon, “ … 11s issues with mechanics (feet need to be closer together), how he needs to be coached …” He will be lucky to have late-career Eli Manning fantasy numbers. Even Dan Orlovsky said on “Get Up” Monday morning, “The Eagles don't have a quarterback problem, but their quarterback's play is problematic.” Ouch!
Carson Wentz – Wentz has had a bad start to the season, and I have always been concerned about his profile. He has a history of high-end fantasy production which is a good indication of future success at the position, but it has been very tenuous. His 2020 season has been bad as he ranks in the bottom five in catchable passes and bottom three in completion percentage over expectation, which has produced a putrid 6.02 yards per attempt. Combine this performance with the growth of Josh Allen, a resurgence of Aaron Rodgers, and rebound of Jared Goff, and Wentz is a faller. I also like what I've seen out of Cam Newton who could pass Wentz in my next update if these trends continue.
Daniel Jones – Jones may be the starting quarterback in New York, but he continues to struggle. He continues to have issues holding onto the ball and fumbles about once every 45 snaps. With Saquon Barkley gone for the season, the Giants are going nowhere, and Jones is going to have to throw a lot to stay competitive. If the turnovers continue, expect the Giants to be looking for another quarterback next year.
Kirk Cousins – All expectations that Kirk Cousins would lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl should be put to rest by now. With four interceptions in his first two games this season, Cousins has the Vikings off to an 0-2 start in a division they should easily finish second in given their talent. If the flame-out continues, expect Cousins to fall to the bottom of the fantasy quarterback ladder and be replaced in the next season or two.
Justin Herbert – A surprise start this week; Herbert didn’t look like a rookie against the Super Bowl champion Chiefs and nearly pulled off the upset win. He made a couple of rookie mistakes and will need to go through some growing pains but based on his initial start against a tough team – Herbert performed very well.
Cam Newton – The Patriots may just be 1-1, but Cam Newton looks like he’s going to be an excellent alternative to Tom Brady in New England. With several designed run and some decent passing, Newton already has 4 rushing touchdowns this season to complement his 550 yards passing and 150 yards rushing. If he can stay healthy, Newton is going to be a huge fantasy value this season.