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The fantasy playoffs are around the corner, meaning future stashes take the forefront for many. Footballguys has you covered on movement within dynasty rankings heading into Week 13.
Question: Who is your favorite dynasty buy low stash capable of seeing an increase in value before Week 1 of 2024?
Andrei Iosivas, Cincinnati
Jason Wood: Andrei Iosivas is my choice. The Bengals are without Joe Burrow for the remainder of the season, and your league mates aren't going to be digging in the crates for Bengals assets, with Jake Browning keeping a lid on the offense. Fortunately, you can grab Iosivas cheaply before the dominoes fall into place for 2024. One, Burrow will be back. Two, the Bengals will have to let Tee Higgins move on because they can't afford him, given Burrow's contract and the need to give Ja'Marr Chase a new contract. Three, Tyler Boyd is in the final year of his 4-year, $43 million contract and likely won't return. Iosivas has an intriguing size and speed profile, is brilliant (he went to Princeton), and should have the chance to fit in as the Bengals' new No. 2 receiver.
Ryan Weisse: I love Jason's pick of Iosivas, and the best part about him right now is that you don't even technically need to buy him; he's probably on waivers. If you're the gambling type, it might be time to send some lowball offers for another Bengal: Tee Higgins. His current manager cannot be happy, and Higgins will likely be playing elsewhere next season. It's a dream scenario, but if he ended up in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes II, his value could easily double what you would pay now.
Dan Hindery: I agree with Jason. Andrei Iosivas is an excellent stash who is still on the waiver wire in a decent number of leagues. Two of the Bengals' three starting wide receivers are set to hit free agency in March. One of Tee Higgins or Tyler Boyd may return. However, the likely scenario is that the Bengals will add an inexpensive young wide receiver in the early rounds of the 2024 draft and look to 2023 rookies Iosivas and Charlie Jones to step into more prominent roles.
Michael Mayer, Las Vegas
Zareh Kantzabedian: Las Vegas Raiders' rookie tight end Michael Mayer is my candidate. Mayer usurped incumbent veteran tight end Austin Hooper in week six, earning an 80 percent snap share since then. Unfortunately, Mayer's ceiling has been capped, as he's experienced less than adequate quarterback play under Aiden O'Connell for most of the season. In the two games Mayer did play with Jimmy Garoppolo, Mayer finished as the TE5 in one game and the TE31 in the other. The latter rank was the game. Garoppolo earned a quarterback rating of 46.9 and was subsequently benched for the remainder of the season. Mayer may not have the profile of the overall TE1, but he's one competent quarterback away from finding a footing among the top 10.
Trey Palmer, Tampa Bay
Craig Lakins: Buccaneers rookie Trey Palmer has moved comfortably into the third wide receiver role behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Since Week 3, he's been on the field for 72.7% of the snaps and has an 81.7% route participation rate. Competing for targets with Evans and Godwin leaves little on the table, but Palmer has earned a respectable 11.7% share of the targets as a rookie drafted in the sixth round. According to PlayerProfiler, he has a 53.8% route win rate (a route where the receiver gained enough separation to be considered open). That's good enough for fourteenth in the league. With Evans already past age 30, a window for an increased role could open soon.
Tyler Scott, Chicago
Will Grant: Scott is currently buried on the Chicago depth chart, and no numbers have been posted to put him on anyone's radar. But Chicago is due for significant changes next season, with a new coaching staff and two top draft picks, including a possible change at quarterback. Darnell Mooney is a free agent next season, and the Bears will probably let him move on, giving Scott a clear path to the #2 role. Things could change if they draft a wide receiver, but Scott is cheap and worth stashing on your roster for next year.
Jalin Hyatt, NY Giants
Andy Hicks: I love Jalin Hyatt. He was drafted in that sweet spot for wide receivers in the late second or early third round. Players selected here need some development but have a high upside. Watching several Giants games this year, he has been targeted deep and missed on all but three occasions. He was open on most, but misdirected throws greatly affected the box score. The Giants have been desperately searching for a fantasy-relevant receiver for years. His breakthrough game against the Patriots shows us that it could be him. He has many impediments to success, but optimism reigns supreme.
Dak Prescott, Dallas
Jason Wood – The Cowboys offense is having a resurgent season, averaging nearly 32 points per game (1st in the NFL) despite a disappointing rushing attack (19th in yards per rush). The credit goes equally to head coach Mike McCarthy, who has the offense clicking in a way even Kellen Moore's top-5 units didn't, and to Dak Prescott. He's completing a career-best 70% of passes and is near the top of the league standings in touchdown rate (6.2%), interception rate (1.6%), and adjusted yards per attempt (8.4). He's only 30, in an era where quarterbacks routinely play into their mid-to-late 30s.
Justin Fields, Chicago
Jason Wood: The Bears have the most difficult decision of any NFL franchise this offseason, as they decide whether to use their two high 1st-round picks to build around Fields or move on from him and select a new rookie franchise cornerstone. His college achievements, athleticism, and potential for a massive talent infusion and better scheme all make him an elite dynasty asset. Still, if ownership opts to move on, Fields could end up in a far less compelling situation. Let's remember Trey Lance was considered a long-term dynasty prize not long ago, and now he's a backup in Dallas.
Will Grant: As bad as Dobbs looked on Monday night, Justin Fields didn't look much better. He had just 217 passing yards and no passing TDS. He chipped in 59 rushing yards but also had two fumbles. He's had 35 fumbles (11 lost) in the 35 games that he's played since his rookie season in 2021. The Bears are going nowhere this season, and with potentially two top-five draft picks in 2024 and potentially a new coaching staff, the most likely scenario is that Fields will either be traded or cut by next year.
Geno Smith, Seattle
Zareh Kantzabedian: Smith finished the 2022 season as the QB5, yet he's currently ranked as the QB20 with only two QB1 performances. This year, hopes were high for Smith, especially after the Seattle Seahawks drafted Jaxon-Smith Njigba in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Despite that, Smith has struggled mightily in every quarterback metric. He may have finally reverted into a backup quarterback. The Seahawks may not be writing Smith back in 2024.
C.J. Stroud, Houston
Ryan Weisse: This is probably an overreaction, but after looking at Stroud this week, I am moving him up to my QB1 overall spot. It is impossible not to be impressed by his poise and pocket presence just ten games into his career. He doesn't panic and looks masterful at improvising when the pocket collapses. At 22 years old, he is at least three years younger than any other top-tier quarterback, and if I were building a Superflex dynasty team right now, he would be my first pick.
Russell Wilson, Denver
Dan Hindery: Wilson turned 35 years old today. As recently as a month ago, his time as a starting NFL quarterback could be nearing an end. However, a five-game winning streak (including wins over Kansas City, Buffalo, and Cleveland) has turned the Broncos from a laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wilson threw for 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. In 2023, he has 20 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He leads the entire league in touchdown percentage (6.3% of attempts) and interception percentage (just 1.3% of attempts). The odds have increased substantially that Wilson will remain the starting quarterback in Denver for the next few years.
Joshua Dobbs, Minnesota
Will Grant: Dobbs performed amazingly well after moving to Minnesota a few weeks ago. But these last two weeks have shown why Dobbs is on his seventh team in five seasons - he's just not that good. On Monday night, against a Chicago team that didn't even have a touchdown, Dobbs threw four interceptions, and at times, he looked utterly lost. His one passing touchdown and the garbage time lateral drill at the end of the game saved him from a negative fantasy performance, but his last six quarters have been awful. He could turn it around before the end of the season, but based on his previous two outings, Dobbs will likely be on his eighth NFL team by this time next season.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville
Andy Hicks: Two weeks ago, Lawrence deserved a drop in rankings. Average performances and uninspiring play warranted that move. With three rushing touchdowns since averaging over 300 yards passing, he gets a slight bump back up with a wary eye on how he plays the season out.
Tommy Devito, NY Giants
Andy Hicks: Tommy Devito does not merit starter status in 2024. Two solid performances that led to Giants wins give an organization trust that he can perform if called upon. That moves him solidly into the backup market. As we have seen this year, backups become fantasy useful in deeper or Superflex leagues. Devito goes from being a laughable option to worth thinking about further.
Jordan Love, Green Bay
Andy Hicks: Three wins in the last four games and much better performances from Jordan Love rescue his dynasty prospects from a bleak outlook. Eight passing touchdowns and averaging in the high 200s for passing yardage give the Packers playoff aspirations. The development of his young receivers is full steam ahead. He gets a solid bump.
Running Back Movement
Kyren Williams, LA Rams
Jason Wood: Williams burst onto the scene at the start of the season and understandably rose the ranks, but then a long stint on Injured Reserve relegated him to the background. But his massive outburst in his first game back (204 yards and two touchdowns) punctuates how effective he can be in Sean McVay's system. Barring another injury, Williams is going to be no worse than an early second-round pick in 2024 drafts and likely has a multi-year window of RB1 production looming.
Ryan Weisse: Considering Williams' situation, he needed to move up my and many other people's rankings. He's only 23 years old, and the team has chosen him. They let Cam Akers go. They immediately cut Darrell Henderson once Williams was healthy. He took 50% of the carries and all the passing work in his first game back. There is no reason to think he won't have the first crack at this job for the next two or three seasons, and he should be valued as a top-20 back for the foreseeable future.
Dan Hindery: Early in the season, it was easy to write Williams off as the beneficiary of a strong but temporary lead role. The school of thought from many was that he would inevitably be replaced with a better talent shortly. However, this Rams offense has looked different with Williams in the lineup. He is a solid talent, and the Rams are better with him on the field. Plus, his recent production has been incredible. Over his last four games, Williams has averaged 136.6 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. On the season, he has scored nine touchdowns in just seven games.
Andy Hicks: After a lengthy mid-season absence, caution was advised on his return. We are in rarified air with two hundred-plus combined yards, multiple touchdowns, and six catches. We are in elite territory if we look at his performances over his last four games—457 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The Rams have their back of the future if this form continues. A massive bump in rankings is warranted, with a hint of caution.
Devin Singletary, Houston
Jason Wood: Entering the season, Singletary was positioned as a past-his-prime backup to a promising young workhorse in Dameon Pierce. But Pierce has been a disaster, and while some of that is injury-related, Singletary has more than acquitted himself in the lead role. The Texans' offense is among the most exciting and ascendant, and we must consider that Singletary will have a significant role on the team for at least another season or two.
Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore
Jason Wood: Mitchell remains a complementary player, but his explosiveness and open-field abilities argue for an increasing role in future seasons. The Ravens will never abandon a committee approach at running back, but in an era of RBBC, having the home-run threat in a two-back rotation still holds significant fantasy value.
Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers
Jason Wood: If you still need to trade Austin Ekeler away, you've missed your window to maximize the investment. He's been ineffective for much of the season, and his media appearances indicate he's too happy to continue sharing the workload with other Chargers running backs. The Chargers will probably move on from Ekeler in the offseason, and he'll be faced with either signing as a pure backup on a Super Bowl contender or having a lead role on a bad offense. Either way, his days as an elite fantasy star are over.
Aaron Jones & AJ Dillon, Green Bay
Jason Wood: The Packers are at a crossroads as Jordan Love has been erratic and hasn't shown enough to think he can keep Green Bay in playoff contention. Jones is making a ton of money by running back standards, and the Packers could be better off reallocating those dollars in other places. Even if Jones returns in 2024 healthy and re-focused, the offense won't be as productive with Love as it was with Rodgers, meaning Jones will have far fewer scoring opportunities.
Will Grant: The one-two punch for the Packers this season at running back has come up empty in a disappointing way. Aaron Jones has been battling nagging injuries for much of the season and is on the inactive list again after just five touches in the game against the Chargers. Despite the additional playing time, AJ Dillon has yet to secure a more significant role with the team. he has just one touchdown in eleven games. He averages just 3.4 yards per carry, a career-low by a decent margin. Green Bay may or may not have their future quarterback in Jordan Love - but both of their current running backs have taken a significant downgrade this season.
Miles Sanders, Carolina
Jason Wood: Is there a more significant disappointment at the position in 2023? Signed to a major multi-year contract in free agency, Sanders was supposed to anchor a balanced Panthers offense that could keep defenses from keying on rookie quarterback Bryce Young. Unfortunately, Sanders hasn't excelled in any facet of the game (running, blocking, receiving) and has been overtaken by Chuba Hubbard on the depth chart.
Ken Walker III, Seattle
Zareh Kantzabedian: With Walker's recent injury, Charbonnet has finally had a chance to shine. He brings different skills to the table that perfectly complement Walker's abilities. Charbonnet may even be better than Walker in some aspects. It was only a matter of time before a near-even split emerged in this backfield.
Roschon Johnson, Chicago
Zareh Kantzabedian: Among the Chicago Bears' running backs, Roschon Johnson has noticeably been the most explosive. In week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings, Johnson played 74 percent of the snaps, displacing Khalil Herbert as the starter. D'Onta Foreman was ruled out during that game, so how the splits will play out once Foreman is healthy still needs to be clarified. It's worth noting that Foreman was a healthy inactive from Weeks two through four. Foreman may once again be relegated to a minimal role once he returns. Johnson's value this year is on the rise. He is already the preferred receiving back, making him the desired running back over Khalil Herbert moving forward.
Rachaad White, Tampa Bay
Ryan Weisse: After seeing how bad the Tampa Bay running game was in 2022, deciding how to rank White was challenging. He did not look great as a rookie, and the Buccaneers were in flux. So far this season, the volume has made up for a lack of efficiency, and he has dramatically improved his touchdown numbers. At just 24 years old, White deserved to be in my Top 20, and he now slots in as my RB17.
Dan Hindery: White has emerged as a true workhorse back in the Buccaneers offense. He has played at least 80% of the snaps in four of the last five games. While White still has some limitations as a runner, he is proving himself as one of the better pass-catching backs in the league. White has an absurd catch rate of 93.5% (43 catches on 46 targets). His yards per target (7.91) are in the elite range for running backs. In PPR leagues, White is a weekly solid play in the short term. He also has a realistic shot of having some staying power in the medium term.
Royce Freeman, LA Rams
Will Grant: Kyren Williams is back. To make room, the Rams didn't cut Freeman; they cut Darrel Henderson Jr. This is a big boost of confidence in Freemen, who has 150 yards rushing and a touchdown in the last two games, even with Williams back in the lineup. Freeman is a known quantity, now on his 4th team in six seasons, but he's also posting the best numbers of his career. He's averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has two rushing touchdowns. There's zero chance he passes Williams for the starting role, but Freemen will still see plenty of action as the primary backup. He should have enough opportunity to earn a permanent roster spot with the Rams or at least move to another team where he can have a fantasy-relevant role. While I was convinced he'd be the odd man out in LA a few weeks ago, Freeman is now worth holding on to to see what happens the rest of the season.
D'Ernest Johnson, Jacksonville
Andy Hicks: This player has long been a stash on my dynasty rosters. With several great games in relief of Nick Chubb in Cleveland, it surprised me when he landed on the crowded backfield in Jacksonville. He has fought his way up the depth chart and shown his talent in limited opportunities. He appears ahead of Tank Bigsby and eats into Travis Etienne's playing time. He could be helpful in the fantasy playoffs. Given a chance, much more. He is a long shot but not the worst one out there.
Wide Receiver Movement
Tank Dell, Houston
Jason Wood: Entering the season, only a few saw the Houston Texans as fertile ground for building dynasty rosters, but no franchise has changed its fortunes more in 2023. C.J. Stroud looks like a future All-Pro at the quarterback position, and he's helped the entire receiving corps ascend the fantasy ranks this year. While veterans Robert Woods and Noah Brown have shined at times, Nico Collins and rookie Tank Dell are the dynasty finds. At least, both will be cornerstones of this emerging pass offense for four or five years.
Ryan Weisse: For all the reasons I love C.J. Stroud, I love Tank Dell. And what's not to love? He's a rookie wide receiver tied to a great rookie quarterback. There was a story during the draft that Stroud specifically requested Dell, and that chemistry is playing out in real life. Dell has 45 catches, 709 yards, and seven touchdowns in his first ten games. This season is the start of a great career, moving Dell into my Top 25 with an upward trajectory.
Dan Hindery: Dell is a Top 10 dynasty wide receiver. He is in the same tier as Jaylen Waddle, Garrett Wilson, and Chris Olave. There is a decent case to be made that he belongs ahead of those guys. He could quickly get there if he keeps up his recent pace for the rest of the season. Dell's rookie-season production is very similar to that of Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, and Odell Beckham through 12 weeks of their rookie seasons. Each of those three came into the league with much more pedigree. Thus, it makes sense to move Dell up the rankings slightly slower than we did those superstars. However, ending up in that tier is still possible for Dell, given what we have seen from him and the Texans' passing offense.
Courtland Sutton, Denver
Jason Wood: The Broncos have a winning record after a disastrous start, and Courtland Sutton has been the only reliable fantasy asset in the passing game. While he's not putting up WR1 numbers, he's making the most of his target volume and is scoring in bunches. Whether he stays in Denver as the WR1 or finds a new home, he'll likely sustain at least a few more seasons of high-volume work.
Jonathan Mingo, Carolina
Jason Wood: Mingo's rookie season isn't amounting to much, and the Panthers have one of the league's worst offenses. But diving under the hood, Mingo has played 95%+ of the snaps since the team's bye week and should be the primary beneficiary of any improved play from Bryce Young under the new coaching staff.
Zareh Kantzabedian: A.J. Brown, Tee Higgins, D.K. Metcalf, Christian Watson. If I've learned anything, it's to select wide receivers with second-round draft capital that are big and fast. Mingo is as big and fast as they come. While at Ole Miss, Mingo ran a minimal route tree, but he was always a threat to break off a big play with his opportunities. Expecting anything significant from Mingo this year would have been a stretch. However, Mingo has been learning the nuances of the position while playing behind Adam Thielen this year. The Carolina Panthers' offense has been completely inept this year. Head Coach Frank Reich was fired after failing to produce any wins despite drafting Bryce Young first overall. The inefficiencies of the Panthers have masked Mingo's development. Like the Chicago Bears, any new coaching staff should be an immediate improvement for Mingo and the rest of the offense.
Christian Watson, Green Bay
Jason Wood: Watson was the most logical pick of the Packers' young receiving corps to break out as the new alpha receiver. But it hasn't worked out that way, and objectively, Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed have been more impactful. Watson's story needs to be fully written, but it's hard to value someone as a top-24 asset when they may not be one of the two best receivers on their roster.
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh
Jason Wood: Yes, the Steelers broke their years-long streak of amassing less than 400 yards on offense, but they still only scored 16 points, and quarterback Kenny Pickett didn't throw a touchdown. The Steelers need a quarterback they can build around and won't have a draft pick or free-agent dollars to rectify the situation in 2024. Johnson may never return to the 100-catch player he was in 2021.
Cooper Kupp, LA Rams
Jason Wood: Kupp's return from injured reserve has not gone well, and our assumption he would remain Matthew Stafford's preferred target regardless of the game script has not panned out. He may still be the best receiver on the roster, but much of his value was tied into a 30% target share that isn't here now with the emergence of Puka Nacua and, to a lesser extent, Tutu Atwell.
Jayden Reed, Green Bay
Zareh Kantzabedian: Jayden Reed was among the more promising 2023 rookie wide receiver prospects. Even though he was a second-round draft pick, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt Lafleur wasted no time getting Reed onto the field. Reed saw a 50% snap share out of the gate and flashed early through his efficiency and dynamism. Reed is still considered the Packers' WR3, but he's already proven to be a fantasy WR2. Reed should overtake Romeo Doubs as the WR2, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him push Christian Watson for the WR1 position during the 2024 season.
Zay Flowers, Baltimore
Ryan Weisse: I have been called a height-ist regarding fantasy wide receivers. Short players scare me; that is my only excuse for having Flowers outside my Top 25. After seeing him and Lamar Jackson play together, he has moved up my rankings incrementally this season. Still, it was time for a big move, and WR15 overall feels right. He's putting up top-30 fantasy numbers this season with just two receiving touchdowns and should only grow in this offense.
Will Grant: Flowers isn't performing well enough to be a part of the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation, but over the last few weeks, he is showing people why the Ravens spent a 1st round draft pick on him this year. Since week 10, he has 13 receptions for 141 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also has 44 rushing yards, including a flashy 37-yard touchdown run against the Chargers this week. The Ravens only pass for about 220 yards per game, which will limit Flowers's upside, but he is the top receiving option on the team and is posting consistent fantasy numbers to be considered a high WR2 for most leagues.
Rashee Rice, Kansas City
Dan Hindery: The Chiefs wide receiver corps has been a disappointment across the board. The lone exception has been Rice. The rookie is slowly emerging as Patrick Mahomes II' number two target, behind only Travis Kelce. Rice set career highs with ten targets, eight catches, and 107 receiving yards last week. With Kelce turning 34 years old last month, his time in the NFL could soon be drawing to a close. Kelce's fading relevancy, along with players like Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney failing to step up, has opened the door for Rice. He has taken advantage. There is a real opportunity for Rice to emerge as a critical piece of this dangerous Chiefs offense moving forward if he can build on his recent momentum.
Khalil Shakir, Buffalo
Will Grant: Shakir is third on Buffalo's wide receiver depth chart, but the second-year man is seeing increased playing time (132 snaps over the last two weeks) and opportunities (9 targets in the previous two weeks). #2 receiver Gabe Davis is a free agent at the end of the season, and Stefon Diggs will be 31 with a whopping $18 million base salary due in 2024. Shakir should see increased time for the rest of the season as the Bills try to determine what their receiving corps will look like next year.
Brandon Powell, Minnesota
Andy Hicks: It is a crowded receiver room in Minnesota, but Brandon Powell is making plays every game. How does he break through for fantasy relevance with Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson dominating targets long-term? Powell does have twice as many targets and receptions as the more well-known K.J. Osborn over the last few weeks. Currently, he is only valuable for deeper leagues. His bump at the bottom of the rankings is significant for those formats.
Jalin Hyatt, NY Giants
Andy Hicks: Hyatt has unfortunately not connected on several deep throws throughout his rookie season. Three passes have. A breakout performance against the Patriots gives us hope his development continues. The Giants need many things, and an NFL-caliber wide receiver is one of them. His hundred-yard games and ability to get open deep give hope that he is a fantasy starter of the future.
Michael Pittman, Indianapolis
Andy Hicks: With at least eight receptions in five of his last six games, Pittman is moving up rankings into WR1 territory. This stretch is with Gardner Minshew throwing, so concern about his 2024 prospects must be raised. Anthony Richardson should start that season. As we saw from the first three games of this season, Pittman again hit the eight-reception mark in each of them. He should be one of the safer options at the WR1/WR2 border next year. Pittman will rank higher if he can get into the end zone more often.
Tight End Movement
Sam LaPorta, Detroit
Jason Wood: LaPorta was already a premier asset, but he deserves mention because he's now overtaking Travis Kelce for the top spot in the position. LaPorta is on his way to the best rookie season in the modern era, and he's made the NFL transition look easy. LaPorta is well-positioned for an outsized target share with the Lions on the upswing and entering a potential multi-year playoff window. The only possible fly-in-the-ointment is if offensive coordinator Ben Johnson takes a head coaching job elsewhere and his replacement cannot sustain Detroit's current offensive efficiency.
Kyle Pitts, Atlanta
Jason Wood: We keep making excuses for Pitts because of his otherworldly measurables, but how long can we ignore the realities? While the Falcons offense has much room for improvement, Bijan Robinson and Drake London are valuable despite the system's limitations. And while the quarterback situation is part of the equation, veteran Jonnu Smith – another Falcons tight end – is having a solid season. At this point, we must start questioning whether Pitts is as much the problem as his head coach or quarterback.
Cole Kmet, Chicago
Zareh Kantzabedian: The 2022 breakout we all wanted from Kmet arrived one year late. Kmet is TE6 on the year despite having to play four games with UDFA quarterback Tyson Bagent, and his efficiency metrics reflect that. To date, among tight ends with at least 69 targets, Kmet is 11th in yards per route run, 5th in yards after the catch per reception, and fourth in average depth of target. Head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy are expected to be fired after the 2023 season. In an era where so many young coaches have adopted newer offensive approaches, Chicago's offense must be more predictive, bold, and unimaginative. Any of the available 2024 coaching candidates should be an upgrade for Kmet's dynasty value.
Will Mallory, Indianapolis
Ryan Weisse: This was a small week for tight end movement. No one near the top or middle of my rankings has done anything recently to change my opinion. Instead, I looked to the bottom and felt it necessary to move Mallory up. He is unranked by many, but he has as good a chance as anyone else in Indianapolis to be the starting tight end, and he led the group in targets last week. He's still not even in my Top 30, but if you have a spot at the end of your bench, Mallory's worth a flyer.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh
Dan Hindery: As several first and second-year tight ends emerged this season, Freiermuth became an afterthought. Injuries and a terrible offense combined to limit him to 60 yards through the first 11 weeks of the season. He tripled his season receiving total by going for 120 yards last week against the Bengals. It was a strong reminder Freiermuth belongs in the discussion alongside the other talented young dynasty tight ends. In addition to the breakout performance, Freiermuth could also benefit from the struggles of Diontae Johnson and George Pickens. The Steelers' two top targets have both shown signs of frustration multiple times recently. It is fair to wonder if Johnson's time in Pittsburgh may be coming to a close sometime soon.
Will Grant: After missing much of the season with a hamstring injury, Freiermuth had a breakout week against the Bengals with nine receptions for 120 yards. He's had a very forgettable season, but he's finally shown the TE1 production many of us expected him to have this season. The Steelers are in the playoff hunt this season and need Freiermuth to continue producing at a high level. Hopefully, this trend continues, and he resumes his place as a top-ten fantasy tight end.
Andy Hicks: Expectations of fantasy starter status were there for Freiermuth heading into the season. Two touchdowns rescued otherwise bleak numbers to start the year before a badly damaged hamstring put him on ice for seven weeks. Expectations were low until his great game against the Bengals. There is a lack of bottom-end fantasy starting tight ends; Freiermuth warrants a bump with optimism heading into fantasy playoffs and 2024.
David Njoku, Cleveland
Andy Hicks: Over the first six years of his NFL career, consistency was a big problem for Njoku. Zero, one, and two reception games dominated his stat line. An occasional monster game made his year-end figures respectable. 2023 has not had those huge moments, but he has found consistency with four or more receptions in all but two games and, over the last three weeks, at least six receptions per game. I have been wary of Njoku. With his newfound consistency, he deserves some ranking recognition.
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