Dynasty Risers and Fallers – Week 12

Thank you for checking out another dynasty fantasy football risers and fallers presented by 5 Yard Rush. We are getting down to our last few articles of the season with the season coming to an end and it’s been a pleasure being able to bring this series to you all. We are also closing in on the fantasy football playoffs which is why we play this game in the first place. Hopefully your team is still in it and has something to play for. If not stay active and keep making moves though as there is plenty of things you can do to better prepare your team for next season. With that we will dive into some of the most recent dynasty fantasy football risers and fallers of the week. While it might be hard to acquire or trade these players coming off of their recent performances. Be on the lookout for buy or sell windows down the line as we close out the season.  

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers

Treylon Burks

An obvious dynasty fantasy football riser, Treylon Burks has 11 catches for 181 yards over the last two weeks. He also recovered a Derrick Henry fumble for a touchdown which may or may not have counted toward his fantasy score in your league. Regardless, he’s had an impressive run and should be a borderline top 20 Wide Receiver in 2023 dynasty drafts with a few more good games down the stretch. With Ryan Tannehill as your Quarterback, some down fantasy weeks can be expected. Rookie Wide Receivers Drake London, Garrett Wilson, and Chris Olave have struggled as well due to poor Quarterback play. I’ve seen all I need to see though to know Treylon Burks has a top 15 dynasty ceiling if the Titans Quarterback situation improves. You won’t be able to acquire him this week, but if he has a bad game next week it could be worth reaching out to a playoff contender who’s looking for someone more reliable.  


Despite being the 4th ranked 49ers skill player in each weekly rankings release, Brandon Aiyuk leads the team in targets since Week 6.  He has four top 24 Wide Receiver finishes over that time span and hasand has actually been the most reliable fantasy player for the 49ers recently. The lack of pass volume will likely to continue to be a concern for all the San Fransisco receivers. Even next year when Trey Lance takes over at Quarterback again, he is still a skilled runner and likely won’t be a high volume passer either. This makes it hard to predict which pass catcher is going to have a good fantasy outing with so many mouths to feed. Nonetheless, Aiyuk has been impressive and has carved out a role in this offense that I didn’t think he could before the season. His rise in dynasty fantasy football rankings is directly related to Deebo Samuel’s fall. Despite being one of the best players in the NFL, Samuel’s role has been for more volatile than Aiyuk’s as of late.  

David Njoku

Prior to suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 7 David Njoku was having quite a nice season for Cleveland who signed him to a large contract extention in the Summer. After a quite first two weeks he put together three top five Tight End fantasy performances in a row, He’s been forgotten about a bit after missing two games, a bye week, and limited snaps in his first game back in Week 11. Njoku played more snaps this past week and secured 5 catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. With Deshaun Watson also returning this puts Njoku firmly back in the TE1 conversation for the remainder of 2022. For dynasty purposes it’s hard to find 12 Tight Ends to rank in front of him. His contract suggests he will be heavily involved as one of Deshaun Watson’s top targets. It’d be hard to acquire him for draft capital, but I’d send a player like Rondale Moore or a similar comparison if I was in need of a Tight End.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin is clearly one of the most talented Wide Receivers in the league, however it just hasn’t translated to fantasy football. After WR25 and WR20 the last two seasons, he actually would have his best finish of his career if the season ended prior to Week 12 (WR14). That has translated to only four top 24 WR finishes in 12 games this season. This isn’t entirely his fault as Catson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke are mediocre Quarterbacks even on their best days. This has been the story of Mclaurin’s career though. With the Commanders a strong 7-5 this season, it’s hard to envision the Quarterback play significantly improving next season either. It’s not a free agent destination, and they won’t have a high draft pick to acquire an immediate impact Quarterback. Additionally, Mclaurin will be 28 years old next season, and won’t have the allure of being a young player next season. Mclaurin is moving down my dynasty fantasy football rankings but is another asset that would be hard to move on from at his current depressed value.

Dameon Pierce

Don’t get me wrong, I still think Dameon Pierce has a bright NFL future, however he likely was being ranked too high after a strong start to the season. The Houston offense is struggling has limited him to just one touchdown since Week 5, he’s been an RB2 most games since then due to volume but he’s bottomed out the last two games. He has 15 rushes for 16 yards over his last two games and hasn’t been involved in the passing game either. His outlook could change in a better offense but it’s hard to see that happening this season or the next. His draft capital will make his value more volatile as well as the Texans could always opt to take another Running Back in the draft. It seems crazy but we’ve seen this with players like James Robinson in the not so distant past. Dameon Pierce should be treated as more of a top 15-18 dynasty Running Back this offseason, and his value could dramatically decrease without a big game or two down the stretch.  
That’s all for this week! You can follow Emerson on Twitter @Dynasty_Analyst to keep up with his work. Keep your eyes peeled for more articles from our great Dynasty team, coming soon. Remember to tune into the 5 Yard Dynasty livestream every Tuesday at 8pm (GMT or 3pm EST).

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