Week 12 is complete, and dynasty movement continues. Injuries have created new opportunities or raised long-term questions about players. Elsewhere young players are solidifying their opportunity for playing time and fantasy production. Weekly the Footballguys staff will share their thoughts on the dynasty ranking movement and answer a critical question you may face.
Who is one rookie disappointment you are still willing to buy?
WR Calvin Austin III, Pittsburgh - Austin's rookie season is a complete write-off due to injury. Austin can win on all levels of the field, able to create with the ball in his hands and stretch the field vertically. The Steelers trading Chase Claypool midseason suggests future opportunity is still there. The Steelers utilize three wide receivers heavily, and the team needs a clear option to replace Claypool. Hitting the position in the draft is necessary, but a healthy return for Austin can fill that vacancy.
WR Skyy Moore, Kansas City - Moore is the player I'm most willing to buy in on down the stretch and heading into 2023. Despite a limited snap share, Moore is sixth on the team in targets with an increased workload over the last two weeks. Twelve of his 26 targets and 58% of his career catches came during the previous two outings. The Chiefs brought Moore on slowly, but with Kadarius Toney's extensive injury history and a lack of clarity in the receiver room past this season, I will target Moore heavily down the stretch.
TE Trey McBride, Arizona - McBride has been handed a great opportunity with Zach Ertz injured but has fallen flat on his face. His 0.30 yards per route run is a dismal figure. McBride had a highly productive college profile, but the transition to the NFL has been a major disappointment.
RB Pierre Strong Jr, New England - Strong fits this category. He started the season slow due to an injury and has had minimal opportunities this season. Even with the limited opportunities, Strong could be a much bigger part of this offense next season once the Patriots move on from Damien Harris. He could realistically be the RB2 on this roster behind Rhamondre Stevenson in 2023. Strong played in a heavy zone scheme rushing attack in college, the same type of scheme that the Patriots are trying to utilize this season. He is the perfect fit for that system boasting a 4.37 40-yard dash time and has the explosiveness needed to explode through gaps. He’s a cheap buy in dynasty and is worthy of a stash, given the uncertainty of Harris’s return next season.
Mac Jones, New England - In a reactionary world, it was easy to move Mac Jones down dynasty rankings following his early-season performances. But his Thanksgiving Day performance may have been his career best. The ceiling for Jones remains low. Without rushing output and elite efficiency, it's unlikely he will finish inside the Top 5 at any point in the near future. If last week was any indication, managers should consider him a top-fifteen dynasty quarterback moving forward.
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