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.
Justin Herbert – Herbert jumps five spots from QB20 to QB15 after an earlier-than-expected ascension into the starting lineup. He’s not only held his own, he looks fantastic. Considering the Chargers offensive line isn’t in peak form, nor is the supporting cast, Herbert’s start is all the more impressive.
Joe Burrow - Burrow jumps three spots into the Top 10, at QB9. Although his early fantasy success has been more volume-driven than efficient, he’s still gaining quality experience and making sound decisions more times than not. The Bengals need to continue to bolster his supporting cast, which makes his future less than secure, but right now few quarterbacks under the age of 30 have a higher upside.
Daniel Jones - Jones falls seven spots to QB22 from QB15. There’s been no growth, either in the Giants' fortunes or Jones' decision-making. It’s become harder to project Jones as a future every-week starter. Mapping his potential outcomes, the probability leans more toward lifelong high-end backup than franchise savior.
Matt Ryan - Ryan falls out of the top 10 (QB12) after Falcons owner Arthur Blank cleaned house following the team’s 0-5 start. When asked about Ryan’s future, Blank was noncommittal, which is both shocking and alarming. While it’s likely Ryan stays in Atlanta and has many years of fantasy value left, we can no longer bank on continuity. He could be fighting for a starting job – likely on an offensively-challenged roster – elsewhere in 2021 and beyond.
Derek Carr - In his seventh year, the time has arrived for Derek Carr to be considered a fantasy starter. With 11 touchdowns and only one interception, he is on pace to break career passing yardage and touchdown numbers as the Raiders evolve their offense with their new receivers. Still yet to turn 30, Carr has to be re-evaluated as an upper-echelon QB2 or playable with the right matchup. He has become one of the more reliable players to start on any given week.
Andy Dalton - The devastating injury to Dak Prescott opens the door for Andy Dalton to see what he can do in an explosive offense. Dalton was never in the bottom 25% of starting quarterbacks while in Cincinnati, but he never looked elite either. A third-ranked fantasy season in 2013 was a clear anomaly, but he has to be lifted significantly in rankings for this season and beyond. The Cowboys will be in many shootouts and Dalton is poised to parlay any good play into another starting opportunity.
Jimmy Garoppolo - Garoppolo continues to fade down my dynasty board. I was never a fan above consensus at or near his career valuation peak, but his downturn this season is especially worrisome as one in the cluster of quarterbacks with the starting moniker but without true insulation for long with poor play. Garoppolo is recovering from injury, but that withstanding, he has been a quarterback more brazen with his decision-making than his arm abilities deserved. Garoppolo is outside my top-25 dynasty quarterbacks.
Dwayne Haskins - It is hard to be bullish on Haskins with his benching down to the QB3 depth chart position and things unraveling quickly with Washington. The franchise is far from upstanding in their handling of almost anything football related in recent years, but Haskins has done little to inspire long-term confidence from a fantasy standpoint either in two partial seasons of starting opportunities. Haskins is in the Josh Rosen bucket of young retread prospects, likely being a backup in 2021 and needing to be a model within a new franchise to garner future starting stints to gain a foothold with a team.