Dynasty Risers and Fallers – Week 15

Hello everyone and welcome to another dynasty risers and fallers article. We look into our 2023 dynasty fantasy football rankings. If you are still reading articles at this point, you are either in your fantasy football playoffs or a true degenerate like ourselves. Either way, congratulations as you have clearly made some good decisions this year.

We are down to our second to last article for the 2022 season as well, and I just want to say how appreciative I am to the readers of 5 Yard Rush for all the support. Good luck in your fantasy playoff matchups this weekend and hopefully you get the cash and bragging rights you deserve. With that, I am going to dive into the latest risers and fallers in my dynasty fantasy football rankings. I will analyze their performance to date this season as well as what we can expect going forward into 2023.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Risers

Jahan Dotson

After a hot start to the season, Jahan Dotson suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to miss five games due to injury. He wasn’t very involved initially upon his return but he’s been fantastic in his last two games. He has 9 receptions for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns over that span. Including a 100 yard performance in Week 15. It looked like there might be a buy low window for Dotson in the offseason. But he’s quickly slamming that door shut. He’s still likely to be boom and bust with Taylor Heinicke as his Quarterback. However he will be highly sought after next year in dynasty drafts.

Dotson is in a similar mold as Devonta Smith with great route running ability, speed, and reliable hands. He’s a fantastic player but his upside is likely slightly capped simply due to his physical frame. He’ll be a fringe WR2 in my dynasty rankings, but he absolutely has top 15 upside if the Commanders’ Quarterback situation improves.

Najee Harris

While Harris’s value has fallen since the beginning of the season, he has been a riser in my dynasty fantasy football rankings in recent weeks. He has finished as a top 15 Running Back in three of the last five games. Also a touchdown in four of those performances too. After learning that he spent the first month of the season with metal in his foot his poor start to the season was less surprising.

Harris’s dominance as a pass catcher last year was likely a mirage as well, unfortunately. However, he obviously didn’t forget how to play Running Back over the last year. With the addition of the 2023 Running Back class however, Harris will likely be a fringe RB1 in my dynasty rankings next April. This is much better than what we were looking at six weeks ago though. So I wanted to make a note before we get into the offseason.

JK Dobbins

After missing eight games this season recovering from different injuries, Dobbins has come on strong in these last two weeks rushing for over 120 yards in each contest. This was especially impressive considering he only had 35 rushing attempts on the season coming into Week 14. He’s picking up right where he left off at the end of the 2020 season, which is great for his dynasty prospects going forward.

He should fit in somewhere within the dynasty RB2 range with a lot depending on the perceived value of the incoming 2023 draft class. There are some concerns with his role in the passing game as well as he has rarely gotten work in that area. Like Harris though the overall outlook is very positive compared to where it was just six weeks ago.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Fallers

George Pickens

This is not to say the rookie didn’t have an impressive rookie campaign, but that it’s time to temper the expectations we had midseason. After finishing as a top 24 Wide Receiver four out of five weeks there were analysts that were debating whether or not he was the WR1 among rookies. He has been quieter in his last four games though not finishing higher than the WR35 in any week. He has a bright future. However he isn’t in the same class of player as Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, or Drake London currently.

Nonetheless, he’s firmly in that next tier of players with Jahan Dotson, Christian Watson, and Treylon Burks. This has the makings of one of the best Wide Receiver classes of all time, and Pickens should be sitting on the cusp of WR2 territory in dynasty leagues for 2023.

Travis Etienne

This is another player that has a bright future, but maybe just not as bright as we may have hoped. This is an especially crazy time to put him here coming off a 100 yard rushing performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15. While it was impressive there is one thing about Etienne’s usage that continues to be concerning. His role in the passing game. He has yet to find consistent target volume in that area, as he has only cleared three targets in three games this season. This is surprising considering he was thought of as a pass-catching Running Back coming out of Clemson.

What we’re beginning to find out is that Etienne’s incredible ability in open space made us gloss over some of his weaknesses as a pass catcher and route runner. He isn’t particularly gifted in either department at this point in his career. He may be more of a borderline dynasty RB1, rather than the elite back we were hoping to get when we drafted him

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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