Dynasty Risers and Fallers – Week 3

Week 3 is in the books and we only have 5 undefeated sides left. 

Chiefs, Patriots.. Oh, wait. 

Raiders, Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Rams. 

As fans of the undefeated longshots and currently 1-2 favourites will be able to tell you. Football has a long old season. Luckily this means so does fantasy – no matter how you are doing right now, don’t panic! 

Anyone, you should be looking to follow or move on from this week? We got you covered.

Three on the rise

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers – RB

What goes down must come up.. 

You may remember that Hubbard made this list in the pre-season as a faller. Based on his lack of chances with a healthy CMC in the backfield. 

However, in week 3 CMC is once again injured. (which is what happens when you’re comfortably beating teams and you keep giving your recently returned star inside zone runs).

Given the Panthers recent approach to games. It appears Hubbard will be afforded the Mike Davis role and potentially get the chance to make a name for himself. Get on board before the Hubbard-Bubba goes pop!

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys – TE

Another tight end makes the risers list? Give it a rest Dan. 

Look, I had shares of Schultz when Blake Jarwin went down last year and he was a very nice waiver wire pick up. 

Jarwin is back and supposed to be picking up where he left off which is on the cusp of a breakout season. 

Except, he’s not. 

Schultz has shown that he is once again a favoured target of Dak Prescott’s and a safe pair of hands, rocking up 80 yards and two touchdowns this past Monday.

That sort of production (especially the TDs) is not expected every week but he offers a very safe floor play with the chance of great weeks for a shallow position on your roster. 

Zack Moss, RB – Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary looks how Zack Moss plays – strong. 

The pre-season hype, despite their coach stating that neither was a ‘home run hitter’, was all for Singletary. 

With Moss coming off an injury and Singletary looking sculpted. 

However, despite not dressing for the first game, Zack Moss now has 3 TDs in 2 games – including one in a pretty decent showing against a strong Washington defense this past week. 

He may be TD dependent at the minute, but Zack Moss has a nose for the endzone – and a stiff arm for anyone in his way.

Honorable mention: 

Cordarelle Patterson, WR/RB – Atlanta Falcons

Ok, so a 30-year-old swiss army knife that has bounced around the league isn’t necessarily a dynasty asset for years to come. 

However, given his production, this year having Patterson on your roster is not to be sniffed at. 

The Falcons seem to be succeeding where other teams have failed,  making Patterson into a real receiving threat.

So far this season the special teams darling has had 13 receptions for 153 yards and a score, adding another on the ground off 21 carries for 85 yards. 

There are much worse options out there – slower ones too – as Patterson has pace to burn.   

Three on the decline

Jonnu Smith, TE – New England Patriots

When you sign a receiving threat to a team with rarely any established receivers on a four-year, $50m deal, you want instant output. 

With Jonnu Smith, the Patriots (and fantasy believers), have not received any output for their investment. 

Less than a 100 yards total in 3 games? No thanks. 

The ‘blocking’ tight end Hunter Henry is showing more as an option in this offense. 

Unless you count an ugly, off the hands, into a defender’s arms play that Smith treated fans to recently. You don’t? Then avoid.  

Running backs, Tampa Bay Buccanneers – RBs

When Father Time himself Tom Brady is the leading rusher on a team with running backs coming out of their ears, something is wrong. 

When 14 yards is all it takes to be the leading rusher on the team, something is terribly wrong. 

In some games last season Ronald Jones looked like a stud, reeling off three 100 yards games in a row. Then Playoff Lenny happened and Fournette was targetted more in the passing game. 

Then Gio Bernard was signed to add to the woes of Ke’Shawn Vaughn drafters. 

This running back room is a trap worthy of a Saw movie, and no less horrifying for fantasy managers trying to pick the right player. 

David Johnson, Houston Texans – RB

I still remember David Johnson’s good fantasy season. 

Well, let’s be honest – it was fantastic. 

However, then the injury came and although he never got back to his 2016 numbers – he has still been a very serviceable running back for fantasy purposes; given his dual-threat ability. 

It seems now though, that his time is up. In another running back room with multiple ‘starters’, the Texans just don’t have use for DJ. 

11 carries for 46 yards across three games has made me so sad, I’m going to pretend it’s 2017 again and re-watch the video where he jumps out of the pool onto his reconstructed knee and thinks of all the possibilities for his future.

Ahh, simpler times. 

Dishonorable mention: 

Laviska Shenault, WR – Jacksonville Jaguars

After a very nice rookie season for Shenault, the addition of college God Trevor Lawrence was supposed to take Viska’s game to the next level. 

As of yet, we’re still waiting and, if anything, all we’re seeing is regression.. 

The Jaguars are not looking great, for sure – but they’re putting up some points, it’s just none of them are coming from Shenault. 

With less than 10 fantasy points scored in each game (.5 PPR) this season, it’s not worth starting the Colorado Buffalo for the foreseeable.

Week 3 is in the books but I’m already looking forward to seeing who will feature in next weeks Dynasty Risers and Fallers article. You can follow me @DynastyDan1 and the rest of the team @5YardDynasty

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