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.
Dak Prescott – Prescott will be healthy to begin the season. At this point of the season, the rankings are a reflection of both expected offseason value and future production. The Cowboys quarterback ticks both boxes. Prescott was on a record pace pre-injury and he leads an offense chocked full of elite weapons.
Jalen Hurts – The rookie climbs the rankings as he gets a golden opportunity to shine. While we do not love his long-term prospects – and worry about his ability to throw the ball well consistently – Hurts has a four-game audition for the 2021 starting job. He played well against an elite New Orleans defense Sunday. In a related move, Carson Wentz tumbled down the rankings as the Philadelphia coaching staff does not believe in his future outlook.
Josh Allen - I have been hesitant to move Josh Allen up in my ranks to date. As a general matter, it is better to take your time with anointing a quarterback than to rush into it and make a costly mistake. Allen has shown the ability to win from the pocket in a way I truly did not expect. A huge factor in this progress has been Buffalo’s acquisition of Stefon Diggs, who has grown into a bonafide WR1. Entering the season there would have been no debate between taking Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson first in dynasty formats. Now, ranking Allen over Jackson is perfectly reasonable.
Deshaun Watson – Houston is going to go into a bit of a rebuilding period. Their offensive line is terrible, and Watson ends up holding the ball too long for receivers who cannot get open. Will Fuller V and Brandon Cooks cannot be counted on every week and the running game of David Johnson and Duke Johnson Jr is average at best. Watson gets a ding at the end of the season – but still a solid quarterback if you are looking to draft one early.
Daniel Jones – Jones has played in 25 games during his first two seasons. In that time, he has 32 passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions. However, he has also fumbled 28 times and lost 16 of them. That means Jones fumbles more than once a game and has given the ball away more than he has passed for a score. Unless your league does not penalize players for turnovers, Jones is not a guy you want in your starting lineup.
Jalen Hurts – One game does not make a career, but the table is set for Hurts to come in and lead the Eagles into the playoffs despite having just four wins after 13 games. The NFC East is bad enough for a team with 7 wins to make the playoffs and Philadelphia could be just that team. Even if Hurts does not win another game but puts on a decent performance, he’s going to enter 2021 in a quarterback competition at the minimum. Maybe he’ll be nothing more than a fantasy backup, but you have to be considering him now based on his upside alone.