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 - No matter how hard they try, Baltimore cannot get Lamar Jackson on track to replicate his fantastic 2019 season. Jackson is a quarterback who can destroy a game, but if his team falls behind the offense seems incapable of mounting a comeback. Is there a lack of a WR1 or do they not trust Jackson to get the ball there? The career of Jackson hangs in the balance and with a long term extension up for discussion soon, his future could trend downward soon
Baker Mayfield - It looks like Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield have found a way to work together for the betterment of the Cleveland Browns. It is hard to move Mayfield's value too high, but he has been good with the ball and much more reliable in recent weeks. With the Browns finally primed to earn a playoff berth, Mayfield deserves a little bump in rankings.
Matt Ryan - It’s hard to be excited to have Matt Ryan as your fantasy quarterback these days. With a few rumors circling that he may be onto San Francisco and have a resurgent career, well the reality is that Atlanta would have to eat a $50 million cap hit in a lower salary cap year. Highly unlikely to happen. So, he is likely to remain in Atlanta as a lame-duck aging quarterback with Julio Jones also showing wear and tear, he can only trend down.
Carson Wentz - The low-hanging fruit is to proclaim Wentz done, finished, and a bust going forward for fantasy viability. I have lowered Wentz's projection and valuation and the benching in Week 13 was concerning considering Jalen Hurts has his own limitations. This season has been a career-altering one for Wentz as he has been battered into seeing sacks before they occur and misfiring on a host of available passes as a result. I still have Wentz barely in my top-20 quarterbacks, but his outlook is murkier than earlier in the season.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins, like Matthew Stafford and others over recent seasons, is in the perfect career state to be a dynasty value. Cousins is a sturdy veteran at 32 years old, but not old enough to put him on a one- or two-year window where he could erode due to age or retire completely. Cousins is also established enough where being outright benched would be a surprise as well. Plus, if Minnesota were to draft a top quarterback and move on from Cousins, he would easily find a new starting job. Add to his own profile, Cousins adding Justin Jefferson for the foreseeable future to Adam Thielen, and Cousins has go-to weapons. Cousins is in my top-15 dynasty quarterbacks.