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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.
Mac Jones - The more games which pass, the more I think Trevor Lawrence and Mac Jones are the two quarterbacks who will make it for the long haul out of the 2021 class. Jones, frankly, has subpar wide receivers by NFL standards and yet has 4-of-10 games with multiple passing touchdowns and his processing speed is at a mid-career veteran level as a mid-rookie year quarterback. This is one of the rare circumstances where penalizing Jones for not being a 'runner' is short-sided as he is doing the difficult part (being a functioning NFL quarterback as a passer) already as a rookie.
Taysom Hill - How long will we be waiting for a strong run of starts from Hill? Not playing of a final-year Drew Brees or Teddy Bridgewater or Jameis Winston is understandable. But Trevor Siemian is a completely new tier of quarterback competition for Hill. At 31 years old, Hill has been more of an intriguing dynasty idea as a quarterback, but not so much in practice.
Mac Jones – Jones continues to impress every week, showing the traits that made him a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft. It is challenging for rookie quarterbacks (see the rest of the class) to play well, but Jones is outperforming the other more physically talented quarterbacks in this class to this point. He lacks the high-end athletic tools of others draft in front of him, but his decision-making and accuracy keep him moving up dynasty rankings through ten weeks.
Tua Tagovailoa – Tagovailoa’s situation with the Dolphins has been highly volatile throughout his young career, and it is hard to get a strong feel for where he stands. The offensive line has not helped him as pressure is making things difficult for the entire offense. Also, injuries have kept him off the field, keeping him from getting into a rhythm and building positive momentum. His performance coming off the bench in the upset win over the Ravens is a turning point, and I see positive things with the development of his game. I would get him in dynasty leagues now.
Mac Jones - Jones has proven to be the best quarterback of the 2021 class to date. Jones has been a limited fantasy performer as QB20 to date and performing on par with Trevor Lawrence on a per-game pace. Jones may be more flip-for-a-profit than long-term hold for a high-end performance-based outcome, but his production so far is encouraging that he can produce as a QB2 performer.
Justin Herbert - Herbert has disappointed some based on his market cost in the offseason, but his performance is a breakthrough in terms of dynasty security to date. Herbert has taken a big leap forward as a pocket passer with more room to grow, while some of his yards per attempt statistic regression has occurred when pressured, a highly variable performance year over year. Herbert's performance as a QB1 checks the box in development and should secure him in the second tier of the position behind Patrick Mahomes II.
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