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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.
Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger wasn't high on the dynasty list already, but he falls outside of the top 30 as it's crystal clear he's on his last legs. Even if he doesn't retire after this season, his days of being a value-added fantasy asset appear to have already ended. While this isn't necessarily a surprising analysis, it's important to flow through his downfall to the other Steelers' skill players. All of Pittsburgh's receivers probably are overvalued in dynasty formats currently.
Davis Mills - Mills' first NFL start came much earlier than anticipated and the game didn't seem too big for him. He looked poised despite having a limited supporting cast and was able to stay in the pocket and make difficult throughs despite the pass rush. While it's way too early to crown Mills a future full-time starter, he passed his first test and is worth slotting into a development spot with upside in deeper leagues.
Matthew Stafford - Stafford didn't move many spots, but it's hard to make big moves at the top of the quarterback rankings. He's had a pitch-perfect start to his Rams career and looks like an MVP candidate. He outplayed Tom Brady this past week and seems incredibly comfortable in Sean McVay's offense.
Justin Fields - Fields was horrendous in his first NFL start, and while one game hardly defines a career trajectory, it has to be factored into dynasty analysis. Taking nine sacks and holding onto the ball far too long bodes ill given the state of the Bears' offensive line. While rookies are supposed to struggle, we've been spoiled in recent years with the out-of-the-gates play from Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray, and others.
Ben Roethlisberger/Dwayne Haskins - It is clear that Ben Roethlisberger is past his prime. His arm, decision making and constant need to blame others are going to make 2021 a potentially ugly finish to his career. On paper, his numbers were good enough to pass him onto someone in desperate need of a quarterback. If you can get anything back for him, do so. On that note, I would consider adding Dwayne Haskins on deeper rosters. If Pittsburgh trots out Mason Rudolph instead, then Haskins is a quick drop, but Haskins at least has upside and if he is now dedicated to his craft has great upside.
Joe Burrow - The offseason talk centered on whether Joe Burrow would be fit and then how confident he would be given his tentative approach in the preseason. Burrow has demonstrated enough in his start to 2021 to indicate that not only will he be a top quarterback this year, but for years to come. He has good weapons and the team is playing well behind him. Strong move upwards.
Justin Herbert - Herbert has shown no signs at all of a sophomore slump, and I have moved him up to QB4, which is a jump of two spots and puts him ahead of Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson. Herbert is five years younger than Prescott and already an equally productive fantasy quarterback. Jackson and Herbert are closer in age but Herbert is more likely to have a long career. It seems the more reliant a quarterback is on his legs, the earlier the age-related regression starts.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins seems to be playing with more confidence than last season and is off to a great start. He’s averaging over 300 passing yards per game and 2.7 passing touchdowns. He is showing that he is good enough to be a starting quarterback somewhere for at least the next few years. Given how shaky some of the young quarterbacks have looked of late, the relatively "sure thing" in Cousins takes on added value.
Derek Carr - Like Cousins, there were some questions entering the season about just how long Carr would be able to hold onto his current starting job. It was not that Carr had played poorly the past few years but the Raiders seemed stuck in neutral with him at the helm. The 3-0 start and Carr’s strong play erase many of those questions. Particularly in Superflex leagues, Carr has real value as a rock-solid QB2 over the medium term. He moves up to QB19 from QB25, leapfrogging some of the struggling young quarterbacks.
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