It’s Wednesday Week 2 which means it’s time for some Dynasty Risers and Fallers.
Somebody must have slighted the injury Gods this past week and my guess is that they were a quarterback, as one by one QB1s went down all over the league. With a change of QB comes a change of gameplan and this opens up opportunities for some and shuts them down for others.
Although it doesn’t affect our list of Dynasty Risers and Fallers this week, the impact could be seen as we progress through the next few games.
Three on the rise
Rondale Moore, WR – San Francisco 49ers
Rondale Moore has big playability.
Coming out of Purdue, many fantasy managers hoped Moore would latch onto an exciting offense that could dial up some special plays for him, and boy did he.
After an ok first outing as a Cardinal in week one, Moore really showcased his skillset in week two against the Vikings ripping off a 77-yard TD score.
His current season volume has led to projections of 110.5 targets.
Even in a WR corps boasting Hopkins, Kirk, and Green, this will give Moore more than enough volume to make an impact for fantasy managers this year.
Tony Pollard, RB – Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott managers, don’t panic… yet.
Zeke looks healthy, and that’s good.
However, to keep him healthy the Cowboys need to spread the love on the ground and it just so happens they have a more than serviceable backup in the form of Tony Pollard.
The explosive Pollard got 13 carries in week two and went off with 109 yards and a touchdown, adding 31 yards through the air.
With Zeke at the ripe old age (for a running back) of 26 and plenty of miles on the clock, Pollard will continue to see carries and targets going forward.
If he keeps making the most of them, we could be looking at the Cowboys’ RB1 of the future, buy him now before it’s too late.
Daniel Jones, QB – New York Giants
It’s a make-or-break year for Daniel Jones. The O-line doesn’t look great but he’s shown capabilities as a running threat. Bar a dropped pass in the end zone by Darius Slayton the Giants could be 1-1 and Jones has been more than adequate as a passer and as a fantasy asset.
Sitting at QB5, Jones has not yet thrown an interception and has been quite accurate.
He also has 122 yards on the ground and 2 TDs. Granted he only has 2 passing TDs to add to this.
Once Saquon Barkley gets back to full fitness and usage and Jones finds ways to get Kenny Golladay more involved, then both passing yardage and TDs can continue to rise and make Jones a viable fantasy starter week in week out.
Quintez Cephus, WR – Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions aren’t a dumpster fire.
Who’d have thought we’d be saying that in week two of this season?
And who’d have thought we’d have a wide receiver from Motor City on this list?!
The Lions aren’t amazing but they look like a football team that’s willing to play for each other and that’s half the battle.
It was a dart throw as to who would be worth rostering in the WR corps but it’s second-year receiver Quintez Cephus that is rewarding managers, scoring a touchdown in both weeks.
He’s not a must-start every week but he’s worth keeping an eye on if he keeps finding himself in the endzone.
Three on the decline
Jameis Winston, QB – New Orleans Saints
I’ll start with honesty, I’ve never been a Jameis fan.
His workouts, his ‘eat a W’ pre-game hype builders, but more so his awkward and erratic play style, put me off even at the college level. I was a Mariota, Oregon Ducks guy.
He’s put up some great weeks fantasy-wise as the guy slings the ball, but he just usually hopes someone is ‘down there’. Unfortunately for the Saints, they aren’t going to consistently have that quality down the field – especially with Michael Thomas out.
Last week Winston threw 5 touchdowns and way too many people thought this was the second coming and a bit of laser eye surgery had created a phenom.
14/20 and 148 yards tell more of the story, especially when you add in this week’s 11/22 for 111 and 2 INTs.
With New England and Washington defenses still to play before their week 6 bye week, the pain could just be starting for this eternal turnover machine and the Saints.
Trey Sermon, RB – San Francisco 49ers
When the 49ers moved up to take Trey Sermon in round 3 of the draft, many of us thought we saw the writing on the wall.
Raheem Mostert would get injured (correct) and Sermon would take over (so wrong).
We still don’t know what he did to upset Kyle Shanahan, but he was kept in street clothes in week one and only came into the game in week two after sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury.
So the story should lead to an uptick, not a downgrade, right? RIGHT?!
Unfortunately not, Sermon came into the game took two knocks to the head, fumbled, and left the game with a concussion.
It’s been a rough start for the former Buckeye and for the 49ers running back room, who may have more backs in casts than in pads come week 3.
Tevin Coleman, RB – New York Jets
In what was a lottery of a Jets’ running back room this offseason, it seemed that Tevin Coleman had risen above Ty Johnson and, rookie with upside, Michael Carter by week one.
However, after 9 carries for 24 yards in the first game the veteran had his carries restricted to 5 returning the same amount of yards as the week prior.
It didn’t help that Zach Wilson wanted the Patriots to have the ball more than his team this week but Coleman has done himself no favours with the 14 carries he has had this season.
Gerald Everett, TE – Seattle Seahawks
When Gerald Everett left the LA Rams to join Russell Wilson’s offence in Seattle, the arrow pointed up given the historic usage of the position in Seattle.
No one was expecting Jimmy Graham numbers right away but the uptick at the position was one many fantasy managers looked towards.
However, stat lines of 3 receptions off 4 targets for 23 yards is getting nobody excited, especially for a position so many people have strong (negative) opinions of already.