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 moves into the Top 10 after another stellar few weeks. What more does the rookie need to do in order to justify his long-term dynasty value? He’s making great decisions, has pocket awareness, and is a fearless but accurate downfield thrower. Barring injury, he may be a fixture in the Top 10 for years to come.
Teddy Bridgewater - Bridgewater moves up four spots to QB24. Although he’s been inconsistent, the Panthers offense has been much more productive than expected and that bodes well for subsequent years when the supporting cast gets fortified, Christian McCaffery returns, and everyone gets more familiar with the nuances of Joe Brady’s system.
Cam Newton - Newton falls eleven spots to QB21 after a dismal month. Whether Newton got hurt again or is having trouble recovering fully from COVID-19, he’s looked like a shadow of his former self after seeming to be in Pro Bowl form during the first few games. He’s been so bad the Patriots are now 2-4 and Newton was benched for Jarrett Stidham this weekend.
Carson Wentz - There have been many critics of Carson Wentz this year. Some of the criticism may be justified, but on the depth chart to open the season he is currently relying on his eighth string wide receiver and third-string tight end to help him. Wentz willed his side to victory over the hapless Giants and took fantasy managers with him. If you can find a way to grab him from someone who only sees the here and now, it would be a good idea. Once he has some actual weapons to play with he will be a reliable starting option.
Sam Darnold - Whoever was put in charge of the decision to match Adam Gase with Sam Darnold should never be involved in the NFL again. Darnold has regressed as the Jets wander around aimlessly killing an NFL season. Until we see what happens with Darnold in the offseason, be it with the Jets or elsewhere he has to almost shuffled off any dynasty rankings. Whether he has the fortitude and luck to overcome his career start is a long-term project.
Joe Burrow - I’m not sure how many are seeing the same, but Joe Burrow reminds me of Matthew Stafford. Likely to be stuck on a bad side having to make miracles happen to win, with the high likelihood of several turnovers every game. If the Bengals can assemble a roster worthy of his talents, then maybe a different future can occur. For now, though he moves up in fantasy rankings as cheap numbers are on offer every week.
Gardner Minshew - Minshew has been the classic 'high floor, low ceiling' fantasy quarterback in 2020. All but one of his weeks has been between QB10 and QB16. He is not moving the needle fantasy-wise and now is firmly on the weekly hot seat to be yanked on a poor Jacksonville team. They are highly likely to draft (or sign) a notable quarterback in the offseason and Minshew only offers value in a superflex format from a baseline-measuring perspective. With the cloud of not knowing how many more starts a dynasty GM will get from Minshew, his value is minimal.
Cam Newton - Newton bottomed out in Week 7, outside the top-25 quarterbacks with his finish. This after QB18 and QB29 finishes the previous two weeks. Newton has become a rushing-only viable fantasy quarterback, which is a fine line to dance for lineups if he goes for 50+ rushing yards and finds the end zone or not on the ground. Newton does have a poor collection of weapons but maintaining the battering ram mindset to survive with quality fantasy games on the back-half (being kind) zone of his career arc is a dicey bet. Getting a Round 2 pick back in a 1QB format could still be possible and even more in premium formats.