We are six weeks through the NFL season and we are already over a third of the way done with the fantasy football calendar year. It’s hard to believe but you should begin making the decision now whether you’re going to continue to make a playoff push or pack it up until next season. Dynasty fantasy football rankings are unique as the talent and age of players are heavily factored in. This allows managers who are rebuilding and those who are contending to find a lot of common ground. Identifying the right players for your team build is vital and I hope to help you do that in this dynasty risers and fallers series.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Risers
It’s time to start putting some respect on Rhamondre Stevenson’s name. He’s had a fantastic start to the 2022 season as he’s tenth in the NFL in rushing and has been a threat in the passing game as well. There have been many factors contributing to this success. These include Ty Montgomery’s and Damien Harris’s injuries as well as the Patriots being more competitive than we might have thought. Nonetheless, when given the opportunity he’s risen as he has 266 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns in the last two weeks as the lead back. Although Montgomery and Harris will be back eventually, Stevenson should be the leader of the committee going forward. While this may lead to some frustrating weeks, he still has RB1 potential in this run-heavy offense. In my dynasty fantasy football rankings, he’s now a strong RB2 with a chance to move higher if he can hold onto the workload.
DeVonta Smith has proven himself to be one of the most talented Wide Receivers in the league. Despite Jalen Hurts being 18th in the league in pass attempts, Smith is 14th in the NFL in receiving yards. He has a 25% target share in a competitive Wide Receiver room as well. His talent combined with Hurt’s improvement as a passer has put to rest any doubts he wouldn’t be able to garner enough targets in this offense. I had questions myself as I wasn’t sure whether there would be enough targets for him with the presence of AJ Brown and Dallas Goedert. While he may have some down weeks when Hurts controls the game through his legs, the boom weeks will more than makeup for it. He played very well as the lead Wide Receiver last season and is only 23 years of age. He’s a low-end WR2 in my dynasty rankings, which puts him ahead of some big-name players. He’s an ideal target for a rebuilding team looking to acquire young talent.
After talking about some bigger names this is one fantasy managers outside of dynasty leagues probably aren’t too familiar with. Pierce was selected in the second round of this most recent NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He also posted a 96th percentile speed score and a 94th percentile burst score at the NFL combine. Despite his strong draft capital and athleticism, he was selected behind many of the receivers who were drafted lower than him in fantasy drafts. Many experts cited concerns such as his route-running ability and questioned whether he should have been taken in the second round. Pierce has responded by being one of the more productive rookie Wide Receivers this season. He’s averaged 12.53 PPR fantasy points over the last four games. If he continues playing well he will continue to eat more into Parris Campbell’s role too who’s been disappointing. Pierce is a borderline WR3 in my dynasty fantasy football rankings but he will rise quickly being this young if he continues to perform.
Daniel Bellinger has quietly been the most productive rookie Tight End this year and it’s not particularly close. He’s the TE16 on the year in PPR scoring but most of that production has come recently as he’s scored a touchdown in each of his last two games. His snap share has increased every week as well topping out at 94% this past Sunday. Considering the Giants have no receiving weapons Bellinger should continue to be a big part of the offense. While it may not be pretty the Giants are finding ways to score. This puts Bellinger in a position for a touchdown which is all you can ask for in this Tight End landscape. More importantly though, Bellinger is displaying this talent quickly given it usually takes a while for Tight Ends to develop. While it may be premature, he could soon approach TE1 status in dynasty leagues. He’s a great target to ask for as a throw-in in part of a larger deal.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Fallers
This season has been very disappointing for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers as a whole. Aaron Rodgers is the QB20 on the season in fantasy and the Packers are 24th in the NFL in scoring. The offense hasn’t been able to find answers with the loss of Devante Adams. The Runnings Backs, who were both thought to be a massive part of the offense, have been only marginally effective. While I really like Allen Lazard for fantasy purposes, he’s not a true WR1, and neither are any of the other receivers. It could be a lost season for Aaron Rodgers, whos likely just a top-15 option at best at this point in 2022. What’s more concerning is that he doesn’t have many years left. Rodger’s retirement talk will start again next offseason and he likely will again wait to make a decision. Eventually, he will retire too as it’s hard to see him playing more than two more seasons. It’s time to move Rodgers out of the QB1 ranks and behind some of the younger Quarterbacks with upside.
Elijah Moore has an argument as being the biggest disappointment in fantasy football at this point in the season. While many thought he was a sleeper WR1 candidate, in reality, he’s been far from that. Moore has only a 14.8% target share through the first six weeks to go with 203 receiving yards. Four players including Tyler Conklin and Breece Hall have more receiving yards than that on the Jets. Wilson’s lack of chemistry with Moore dates back to last season as his best games came with Mike White at Quarterback. Unfortunately, it’s time to start treating Moore as a player who was just fantastic in a small sample size last year. It’s not to say he’s not talented or that he can’t turn it around. However, his lack of production is alarming. He’s a WR3 in my dynasty fantasy football rankings with the potential to fall further.
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