As hard as it is to believe we are ten weeks through the NFL season and the fantasy football playoffs are just a few weeks away. By this point, you should know if your fantasy team is competing for a playoff spot or looking toward next year. There is no better time of year to make trades than now as contending teams and rebuilding teams can find a lot of common ground in negotiations. In writing this weekly dynasty fantasy football rankings risers and fallers series I hope to identify players you should be buying and selling depending on your team build. Some of these players are coming off impressive or not-so-impressive performances as well. As a result, it could be hard to acquire or move some of these players right away but you should keep them in mind for moves later on. Good luck down the stretch this season and check back weekly for more dynasty risers and fallers.
Watson exploded onto the scene this past Sunday catching 4 passes for 107 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also led the Packers with a 40% target share and showed the talent that made him a second-round pick in this past draft. He has prototypical size and speed as well measuring in at 6’4” tall and posting a 4.36 40-yard dash time. Despite unimpressive stats in college, it was more to do with the offense around him than his play. In 2021 he posted more receiving yards than the next three players on his team combined and he was dominant for the North Dakota State Bison. He has almost everything you’re looking for in a fantasy receiver except he is still very raw having played at a small school. Now is not the time to buy Christian Watson, but this was more than likely his best game of the season. Wait for him to have a couple of quiet performances and make a trade offer as his future is bright.
No one has been a harsher critic of Kadarius Toney than myself but he’s beginning to move up my dynasty fantasy football rankings. It’s been a tough year and a half for Toney since he entered the NFL as he’s battled various injuries and missed practice time for a variety of other reasons. Consequently, I have been steering clear in dynasty leagues. For whatever reason though, it appears that he wasn’t interested in playing football for the New York Giants. Him being traded to the Chiefs didn’t drastically change my opinion as motivation shouldn’t be an issue in your second year in the NFL. Nonetheless, his unique explosiveness was on full display against the Jaguars as he accounted for 90 yards and a touchdown. With Juju Smith-Schuster in the concussion protocol and potentially out of next week’s game, Toney could get end up with a larger role right away. Toney checks back in as a high-end WR4 in my dynasty rankings and could climb a lot higher with some big games down the stretch.
Peoples-Jones has quietly been stringing together some impressive performances going over 70 receiving yards in four of his past five games. He is in his 3rd season in the league after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL draft. While he didn’t have high draft capital, he’s been an intriguing fantasy prospect because of his 87th speed score and 4.48 40-yard dash time (PlayerProfiler). Peoples-Jones has also shown steady improvement over his first two years in the league and that has continued this season. What is more impressive actually is his play with lackluster Quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield and Jacoby Brissett. When Deshaun Watson takes the field in Week 13 it should be a boost for the whole Brown’s offense as he has yet to score a touchdown this year. He’s a great player to throw into a larger trade as his value should remain low until Watson returns. He checks in as a WR5 still in my latest dynasty fantasy football rankings but he’s rising quickly.
While Najee Harris posted a season-high in yards per carry and rushing yards, Jaylen Warren has carved out a consistent role in this backfield. After the coaching staff told us we were going to see more Warren he has received 21 touches over the last two weeks. Over that span, he’s averaged 5.8 yards per carry and also carved out work in the passing game as well. I think the idea of him taking over this backfield is being overblown, nonetheless, his role is increasing and at worst he’s a high-end handcuff for the rest of 2022. This feels reminiscent of James Conner’s rise in Pittsburgh and he’s a great stash in dynasty leagues. Warren is another who might be hard to trade for in a standalone deal but would be a great addition to a larger trade
It’s hard enough for players approaching 30 years old to maintain their dynasty value and Evans has been inconsistent this season. Evans is still WR12 in fantasy points per game but he’s had below 10.5 PPR points in four of his nine games. Furthermore, he’s on pace for only 6 touchdowns compared to 27 combined touchdowns over the last two seasons with Brady. They just haven’t had the same connection this year, and combined with his age, he is going to fall dramatically in 2023 fantasy football drafts. There’s no doubt that Evan’s is going to have some big games down the stretch though. Managers particularly in rebuilding situations should take advantage of these upcoming buy windows. Players like George Pickens or Jameson Williams would be players I would explore trade packages for.
At some point, Swift’s production has to match the hype as 2022 has been another disappointing season for the talented Running Back. His talent has never been the issue though as injuries and inconsistent playing time have plagued him. Swift has missed 10 games over the last three years and has only played 70% of the snaps eight times in his career. To make matters worse he played in only 27% of the snaps in Week 10 and had a 30% route participation. Jamaal Williams dominated the rushing workload and Justin Jackson got in on some passing downs too. This is looking like another lost season for Swift who will be entering his fourth year in the league in 2023. While he remains one of the most skilled Running Backs in the NFL, he’s moved beneath players like Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker in my dynasty fantasy football rankings. While you’d be selling low now, I think his value could slide even further in 2023 fantasy drafts.
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