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.
Cam Newton – Newton paces the fallers with a 13-spot drop to QB45 following his release from New England. While he is still young enough to play for three to five years (the key dynasty window), his poor play in 2020 and losing out to a rookie this year make it hard to envision another high-upside starting opportunity in Newton's future. His best hope is signing with a Super Bowl contender as the No. 2 and getting an opportunity through injury. But that's a lottery ticket scenario.
Deshaun Watson - Watson drops out of the top 10 to QB14, in part because the likelihood of missing 2021 in its entirety has increased. He's still young enough and has elite skills to bounce back into the Top 10 if his legal situation resolves amicably. But, for now, if you can move him for a top-10 price tag, it's worth considering.
Jameis Winston – Winston moves back into the top 30 (QB27) after winning the Saints starting job over Taysom Hill and then throwing five touchdowns in his debut this past weekend. While we can't extrapolate his future from one start, he had total command of Sean Payton's offense despite Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith being out with injuries. If Winston can minimize turnovers (zero in Week 1), he may finally live up to his status as a former No. 1 overall draft pick.
Teddy Bridgewater - Many names will be discussed after week one; Teddy Bridgewater isn’t likely to be one of them. That would be a mistake. He may not be a guy you start regularly, but he provides an excellent depth option and plays mistake-free football well. He is a great second quarterback in dynasty leagues and should provide consistent top 12-20 numbers every week. After beating out Drew Lock and looking real good on opening day, he moves way up in rankings. Even with Jerry Jeudy out for a while, that receiving group he has does most of the work for him.
Matt Ryan - Philadelphia was expected to do poorly this year. Atlanta made them look like a playoff team. Inexperienced coaching, no running game, Julio Jones has gone, and a defense that looks poor. Good luck Matt Ryan. Why the team extended his contract instead of going with a rookie to go with the new coaching staff still doesn’t make sense. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can pull something together, but for now, Ryan has to be cast aside for better options.
Sam Darnold - Darnold looked good to open his time with the Panthers. Darnold still made mistakes, and it was only against the Jets, but his experience in New York is in the rearview. Darnold and that excellent group of wide receivers are going to push to be fantasy starters this year. Then Darnold should get better and more confident. Oh, he has Christian McCaffrey at his disposal as well. Moves into my top 12.
Jalen Hurts - Single games matter most for quarterbacks who have the smallest sample sizes of starts and the widest ranges of possible outcomes. Hurts is a perfect example of both. We know that this is a make-or-break season for Hurts, who needs to prove he is a starting-caliber NFL quarterback before the 2022 draft. After one week, odds have increased that he actually does so. If he can hold onto a starting job, Hurts is a weekly QB1 for fantasy due to his rushing ability. After a big Week 1, he is now my QB12.
Carson Wentz - There are some valid reasons why Wentz looked bad. He missed basically all of training camp and does not have great weapons to throw to. At some point, we can’t have any more excuses for Wentz, however. He needs to prove he is a franchise quarterback sooner than later. The early returns were uninspiring. Wentz drops a couple of spots to QB26, behind Derek Carr and Sam Darnold.
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