Hello everyone and welcome to another Dynasty Risers and Fallers Article Week 14 edition presented by 5 Yard Rush. The fantasy playoffs are here, and if your still reading articles I imagine you have a few teams in the hunt still. Congratulations on making the playoffs, as it has been a crazy year and if you’ve made it this far you have made some great decisions. We are down to crunch time, but the 2023 offseason is right around the corner as well.
With that being said I used this dynasty risers and fallers article to sneak in a preview for next season. I will not only provide an outlook on the remaining four games for these players, but also a sneak peak in where they will fall in my 2023 fantasy football rankings. Cheers and good luck in your matchups this weekend.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers
You don’t see many fourth year Running Backs climb dynasty rankings this sharply but Pollard is a rare case. He’s one of the most explosive Running Backs in the NFL who has had the unfortunate luck of playing behind one of the best Running Backs of this generation. Ezekiel Elliot is slowing down now though, and Pollard is beginning to seize control of this backfield. He has played over 50% of the snaps in six of his past seven games and has finished as a top 10 fantasy Running Back in five of those outings. He’s the best Running Back on the team but Elliot hasn’t been a slouch either. He’s been a top 10 Running back in six straight games he has played in as well.
Nonetheless, Pollard is poised to hit free agency in 2023 and he could be in for a big contract somewhere. It’s hard to picture the Cowboys letting him walk after his performance this season but someone could offer him enough money where he couldn’t refuse. The Cowboys could opt to franchise tag him too which actually wouldn’t be a bad option considering the volatility of the Running Back position. Either way, his landing spot will significantly impact his standing in 2023 fantasy football rankings. For now, it’s hard to find 10 Running Backs to rank higher than him as he will be a fringe RB1 in dynasty rankings until the influx of rookies next year.
Jerry Jeudy has not lived up to his draft potential by a long shot. However, there is some reason for optimism going into the 2023 season. Without Courtland Sutton and against a soft Chiefs’ defense, Jeudy had his best performance of the year. Catching 8 passes for 73 yards and a whopping 3 touchdowns. Although Sutton started the year hot, he was out-targeted 25 to 16 in the last three healthy games they’ve played together. This pattern spans back years, as Sutton has rarely been more productive than Jeudy when both have been in the lineup over the last three years.
Jeudy will likely be slightly ahead in my 2023 fantasy football rankings, but due to age, significantly higher in my dynasty rankings. Keeping things into perspective, Jeudy will likely be a back end WR3 in my rankings so I’m not predicting a breakout season next year. Nonetheless, he’s still very talented and has yet to get a fair shake in his first three years whether it be due to injury or his Quarterback. He could be an interesting buy low as there will be many fantasy managers who are sick and tired of being patient.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers
Those three straight top 10 Running Back performances seem like a long time ago as he’s finished outside the top 24 his last four games. While he did receive 17 rushing attempts this past week, it only led to 32 yards and no targets in the passing game. That is actually the most disturbing trend of all. Etienne has only received over 3 targets in three games this season and isn’t being utilized how fantasy managers envisioned. For someone who had such a prolific passing resume in college, it’s truly puzzling why the Jaguars’ coaching staff doesn’t choose to get him more involved.
While I want to trust Etienne, if you’re reading this you are likely in some fantasy playoff matchups this weekend. He faces off against the Cowboys in Week 15 followed up by the New York Jets, both tough matchups. He’ll be top 24 Running Back in my rankings only because there aren’t too many others you can trust right now either. In dynasty formats, if Etienne doesn’t close the season with a couple big performances, he will fade into low-end RB1 territory in dynasty rankings. It’s getting hard to argue ranking him ahead of a player like Rhamondre Stevenson who has established himself as a consistent producer.
In his first game with Deshaun Watson, David Njoku showed no rust after missing three of the Brown’s last six games. He finished with 7 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Finishing as the TE3 on the week ahead of the Monday Night game. Njoku has been a TE1 in five of his last eight games. And has a chance to operate as the second option in the passing game behind Amari Cooper. The Browns should want him to seize that role too given the large contract extension he was given in the off-season.
As long as he remains healthy, he should be a locked in starter for the remainder of the season and has tremendous upside going into next year. Watson should continue to look better as he shakes off the rust after not having played for nearly two years and Njoku is still just 26 years of age. Given the state of the Tight End landscape, it will be hard to find eight Tight Ends to rank ahead of him in my initial 2023 fantasy football rankings. The Browns will likely add to the receiver position in the offseason. However, Njoku should still be the prime redzone target and operate as a safety blanket for Watson. He would be a great player to add in a larger deal if your trade deadline is still open.
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