We are nine weeks through the NFL season and hopefully, your fantasy football team(s) is still in the thick of the playoff race. Whether you’re making a playoff push or rebuilding for next year you should be making moves to improve your dynasty team’s standing. Thats where the Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings – Week 9 edition comes into play.
The dynasty landscape has changed quite a bit since the beginning of the year. 5 Yard Rush is here to keep you up to date with the latest changes. In this weekly series, I go over some of the biggest dynasty risers and fallers of the 2022 season. These are players that could be potential holds, buy lows, or sells depending on your team structure so be sure to have a clear goal in mind.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Risers
Justin Fields – QB – Chicago Bears
After a disastrous start to the season, Justin Fields has come into his own as he’s been the QB1 in fantasy football over the last three weeks. His performance has been predominately driven by his rushing ability with 320 yards over that span. This includes an NFL regular season record of 178 rushing yards this past week against the Miami Dolphins. Field’s is still limited as a passer but he’s showing fantasy upside that few NFL Quarterbacks have right now.
The addition of Chase Claypool should do wonders for this offense. They’ve been desperate for another receiver outside of Darnell Mooney. Fields needs to continue to develop as a Quarterback. As 20.3 pass plays per game (32nd in the NFL) isn’t sustainable. Nonetheless, the growth he’s shown in such a short time is impressive and as a result. He’s been moving up my dynasty fantasy football rankings. He’s moved firmly ahead of aging Quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford and sits right behind Trevor Lawrence at QB12 in my rankings. Watch out because if he improves his passing, he could push into mid-tier QB1 territory.
Kirk Cousins – QB – Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins has been disrespected in dynasty rankings for years and he continues to produce for fantasy purposes. Say what you will about his primetime performances but he’s finished as a QB1 five of the last seven years. In addition, in six of eight games, this season Cousins has finished as a top-13 Quarterback option. Shirtless bling photo aside, he’s been as consistent as they come and is beginning to move up my dynasty fantasy football rankings. too
His move actually has more to do with the play of the other Quarterbacks around him rather though than his own. Cousins has been good, but he’s offered this safe floor with limited upside for years. The struggles of veteran Quarterbacks such as Wilson and Stafford combined with the up and down play of some of the younger signal callers has caused Cousins to rise. There aren’t 15 Quarterbacks I’d take over him in dynasty anymore and he’s right on that fringe QB1 range. Particularly in superflex leagues, investing in Cousins could be smart as other managers look for unfound upside.
Garrett Wilson – WR – New York Jets
Garrett Wilson is quietly the WR24 in PPR leagues and has been the second most productive rookie Wide Receiver. The talent that made him a top-10 pick is apparent as he seems to shake a defender out of their shoes every game. He’s the clear top option in the passing offense as well garnering over twice as many targets as any other Jet’s Wide Receivers this season. He quickly supplanted Elijah Moore, who many thought was a dark horse top 12 Wide Receiver this season. That hasn’t come to fruition and Moore has become disgruntled, further cementing Wilson’s status with the team.
While other receivers are floundering in less than ideal situations, Garrett Wilson is thriving with a seemingly limited passer in Zach Wilson. This might lead to some up and down fantasy performances in 2022, but the sky is the limit going forward. Either Zach Wilson improves as a Quarterback or the Jets will likely look for a new signal caller in 2023. Either way, the offensive outlook for Garrett Wilson will likely improve leading to more consistent fantasy production. He checks in as the WR17 in my dynasty rankings and is right on the heels of players like Michael Pittman and Chris Godwin.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Fallers
Leonard Fournette – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This one may seem obvious, but things are quickly going downhill for Leonard Fournette in Tampa Bay. The offense is struggling and he has had trouble finding consistency behind poor offensive line play. Fournette has only been able to produce over 3 yards per carry in two of his nine performances this season. Furthermore, his snap share has been steadily decreasing over the last few weeks in favor of Rachaad White as well. Fournette is still taking the bulk of the workload, however with him failing to impress the rookie is getting more and more work.
This came to a head this last game as Fournette was held out on a drive at the end of the first half in favor of White. White then had to console Fournette who was noted in the broadcast as being very frustrated. This isn’t the first time he has voiced displeasure at playing time issues as it has happened with the Jaguars and early on in his Buccaneer career too.
All this in addition to Tom Brady’s uncertain future has lowered Fournette in my dynasty fantasy football rankings. His outlook for the rest of this season is diminished. Given the offense and he’ll be 28 years old next year. He’s now outside RB2 territory and fantasy managers should look to take advantage in trade talks if he has a big game in the near future.
David Montgomery – RB – Chicago Bears
This is another Running Back that this season is beginning to go off the rail for. After being drafted as a top 20 Running Back in a lot of fantasy football leagues, Montgomery is RB40 in PPR fantasy points per game. The offense hasn’t been able to produce many scoring opportunities recently. Similar to Fournette, Montgomery simply hasn’t been efficient. He has only one run over 15 yards this year and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
Furthermore, Khalil Herbert has looked like the more impressive back at times this season outproducing Montgomery in most advanced metrics. A talented back combined with Justin Field’s new found rushing volume puts a serious cap on Montgomery’s workload. Given his lack of success so far, it’s hard to envision this changing anytime in the near future either.
To tell the truth, he’s simply been average for the most part since entering the league in 2019. He’s a replaceable talent that likely won’t get an extension in Chicago after his rookie contract. Due to a lack of depth at Running Back though he’s a fringe RB2 still in the dynasty landscape. Like Fournette, try and move him after a big game to a playoff contender who needs a Running Back.
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).