Dynasty Rankings Movement, Week 4

Footballguys staff rankings and the reasoning behind player movement. Contributions by Jason Wood, Chad Parsons, and Andy Hicks

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

Wood

Cam Newton – Newton moves up 11 spots from QB22 to QB11 as it’s clear he’s finally healthy and has found a new home in New England. The Patriots look like they are contenders again, and Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have seamlessly shifted the offense to support Newton’s power-rushing abilities. Expect Newton to sign a multi-year extension with the Patriots in the coming months and finish his career for an AFC contender.

Carson Wentz - Wentz plummets out of the Top 10 (from QB7 to QB13) after a horrendous start to the season. It’s not just about thinking less of Wentz; it’s a recognition that the team lacks the talent and depth to be the perennial NFC contender they were for a few seasons culminating in the Nick-Foles-led Super Bowl victory. All is not lost for Wentz, but the Eagles need to rebuild the offensive line and hit on a few young receivers before Wentz should be viewed as a key piece of dynasty championship-caliber rosters.

Hicks

Josh Allen - The transformation of Josh Allen this season is remarkable so far. In his first two years, he did not exceed 266 passing yards in any game. After the first three games of 2020, he has exceeded 310 passing yards in every game. His passing touchdowns barely exceeded an average of one per game in the first two seasons. He has 10 so far this year. Add in his continued ability to run the ball into the end zone and very few quarterbacks approach his ceiling. He moves into the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks.

Nick Mullens - Nick Mullens was an unexpected fantasy option in his 2018 rookie season once Jimmy Garoppolo went down. Mullens averaged almost 300 passing yards a game and managed 13 touchdowns in his eight games as a starter. Fast forward to 2020 and the same thing is occurring. Whether Mullens can usurp Garoppolo for the starting job depends on how long Garoppolo is out and how well Mullens continues to play. Even if Garoppolo resumes his starting role, the leash will be that much tighter, and it isn’t inconceivable that he is yanked for Mullens. Mullens is one to have on deeper rosters.

Parsons

Josh Allen - It is hard not to react to Allen's development as a passer (plus the valuable addition of Stefon Diggs) in 2020. Allen's rushing is still a pinnacle of his fantasy prowess but adding touch to his deep ball has been a game-changer. While the competition is high for the elite quarterback spots in 2020 through three weeks, Allen has top-3 upside for the season.

Sam Darnold - The Jets are in rough shape and Darnold has taken a big hit early in his career as a result. The weapons are him are arguably the worst in the NFL and Darnold's lone advanced statistic of at least NFL-average quality is his sack rate in 2020. Darnold is nearing his fifth-year option offseason with little reason for optimism a breakout suddenly appears in 2020 and his fantasy outlook is as rough, or rougher than his NFL outlook.

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