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.
Lamar Jackson – Jackson moves from QB2 to QB7 in the rankings as the Ravens offense has struggled to move the ball in 2020. With the youngsters playing so well, there is no reason to rank Jackson so high at this point. I still believe in his talent, but there is something amiss and the risk is not worth ranking him so high.
Taysom Hill – While I am not the largest Hill fan, there is no denying the Saints organization holds him in high regard. Much to the chagrin of fantasy managers, Hill is the unquestioned backup behind Drew Brees in what could be Brees’ last season. Hill has long-term upside buoyed by his rushing prowess. While he may have opportunities going forward, it was painfully obvious in Sunday’s game against the Broncos that Sean Payton and the coaching staff like him more than fans.
Alex Smith – Even before the upset victory on Thanksgiving, coach Ron Rivera was telling reporters how he wanted Smith back as the 2021 starting quarterback. Washington has legitimate playoff hopes with Smith under center. He could very well be the best quarterback in the NFL East. Smith is only a fantasy option in two-quarterback and superflex leagues.
Carson Wentz - This is a time of year where rankings should stabilize, and new information is not as valuable as earlier in the season. That said, the performance of Carson Wentz is alarming. A common defense of Wentz has been his poor offensive line play, but the sample size of poor performances, including those in prior years with top 12 offensive lines, is a good indication of who he is: at his best, with everything going well, an above-average quarterback. If there is anything going wrong, Wentz looks like the worst contract in the NFL. Wentz will probably fall to a value that makes him a target in the offseason, but it will take a deep plunge into the late teens or early twenties of quarterbacks, especially after rookies are included in startup drafts.
Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts – The Eagles haven’t given up on Wentz yet, but they are sliding Hurts into their offense more and more. If Philadelphia played in any other division in the league, they’d be pushing all-in with Hurts. But in the NFC LEast, where 6 wins might actually make the playoffs, the Eagles don’t want to throw in the towel yet. Wentz may not be the long-term quarterback in Philadelphia, and he’s more of a QB2 for your fantasy team. Hurts deserves a little bump up, but it remains to see if he’s a guy who can carry the offense with 60+ snaps a game.
Daniel Jones– Speaking of NFC LEast, Daniel Jones and the Giants continue to struggle. Jones has yet to throw for more than 280 yards passing in any game this season and has just eight passing touchdowns compared with nine interceptions over the first 11 games this season. Jones hasn’t had a touchdown pass in his last two games against Philadelphia and Cincinnati. He’s the named starter for the Giants but is a terrible fantasy option for your team in anything but the most desperate situations.
Taysom Hill – Drew Brees isn’t going to lose his job to Hill any time soon, but he is going to be out for a couple of weeks due to injury. Hill got the starting nod over Jameis Winston this week, and while he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass yet, he did have 4 rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks. He’ll be the starter for the Saints down the stretch and deserves a roster spot if only to see what else he can do.