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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.
Daniel Jones – Jones is playing well, despite suboptimal coaching and a ground game that hasn’t consistently kept defenses honest. It’s hard to project Jones as an every-week fantasy asset, even in 2022 and beyond, but he looks more like a long-time NFL starter than he did entering the season. That’s worth bumping Jones up six spots to QB24.
Davis Mills – A week ago, Mills seemed like a minor footnote in the annals of Texans history, but he looked far more comfortable in his recent start against the Patriots. His future remains unclear, but he moves up a few spots to the top of the development tier. At best, he’s a player you should still value as an NFL backup, but there’s a slight chance he moves into a multi-year starting role.
Russell Wilson – Wilson remains a dynasty QB1, but his injury and the emergence of Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert warranted a shuffle. Either second-year quarterback is worth giving up Wilson for, particularly if you’re building for 2022 and beyond.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts has at least established that he is a good fantasy quarterback, most of the time. The Eagles were always going to struggle, especially behind the annual injury parade on the offensive line. Hurts has stood tall and played well, but winning is the only thing that will prevent the team from looking for his replacement next year. He moves up in my rankings, but his long-term forecast will depend on his performance over the last half of the season.
Daniel Jones - Jones has improved as a quarterback, both fantasy and reality. How patient are the Giants going to be by the end of the season if the team is still losing? Despite Jones looking better, concussion notwithstanding, he is not the finished product and held to ransom by the quality of his receivers. The next phase of the season will be vital for how patient New York will be with him. He gets a nice boost in rankings, and while he has the potential to be a starting fantasy quarterback long term, he could be Mitchell Trubisky in a heartbeat.
Davis Mills - Mills has had some good games and some absolute horrors, as one would expect from a third-round rookie quarterback. What makes his predicament interesting is what the Texans do with him once Tyron Taylor is fit. Do they continue to see what they have in Mills or do they let him sit and continue to learn? Mills gets a bump in rankings, purely because he hasn’t been incompetent.
Sam Darnold - I moved Darnold up to QB19. This season was to serve as a dress rehearsal to see if Darnold was a player Carolina could build around or just a one-year stop-gap until the Panthers could add a franchise passer. So far, Darnold has passed his test with flying colors and looks more and more likely to hold onto the starting job longer term. While the five rushing touchdowns in the first four weeks were fluky, it still served as a reminder that Darnold is not a statue and can add some fantasy value with his legs.
Ryan Tannehill - I dropped Tannehill a couple of spots to QB16. The Julio Jones trade looks like a bust and the entire passing offense is off to a slow start. He is in a weird no-man’s land in one-quarterback leagues. You do not feel good about having him as your starter now. Plus, it is hard to talk yourself into him being a strong starting option in the future given his age (33-years old) and the Titans offensive scheme.
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