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Dynasty Risers and Fallers

By Kevin English | Updated on Wed, 27 Dec 2023 . 4:13 PM EST

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (12-21 through 12-27)

*These players have moved up the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week. Check back each week as we list the fantasy-relevant changes.

George Pickens, WR, Steelers

Pickens went off for a stunning 4-195-2 line in Week 16.

His attitude issues don’t evaporate just because of one huge game. Same for the QB concerns. Still, the eruption game should serve as a reminder of his upside at only 23 years old (in March).

We’ll see if the Steelers take another swing at QB, either in the draft or free agency. But it’s clear some change is necessary under center. 

Note: Pittsburgh's currently slated to pick 17th overall.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (12-21 through 12-27)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week

Sam Howell, QB, Commanders

Washington benched Howell in consecutive weeks, then announced Jacoby Brissett as the Week 17 starter

It’s a predictable development. Coming out of a Week 14 bye, Howell has performed as one of Pro Football Focus’ lowest-graded QBs (50.8 passing grade). Expect the Commanders to add a rookie and/or veteran QB this offseason. They’re currently scheduled to pick third overall. 

Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos

Wilson entered Week 17 at QB18 in fantasy points per game. Then came word that the Broncos were benching the veteran for financial reasons.’s Kevin Patra calls the move a “strong indicator” Denver will part ways with Wilson in 2024. We're not sure Wilson's bloated contract will allow that.

Either way, getting benched with two games left and your team still alive for a playoff berth doesn't signal long-term career health.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Vikings

Hockenson suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Week 16. He’s now uncertain for Week 1 of the 2024 season.

We’re not forecasting some dramatic fall for the 26-year-old. But it’s reasonable to move him down a couple of spots, especially in a suddenly- competitive TE landscape.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (12-14 through 12-20)

James Cook, RB, Bills

You know about Cook’s huge game against Dallas. But did you know his workload has trended up with interim OC Joe Brady?

Consider this: Cook averaged ten opportunities across the first ten games. In the past four alongside Brady, Cook owns nearly 22 opportunities per outing.

We’ll see if Brady’s even brought back as the OC in 2024. But given this unit's current form – and his experience with Josh Allen – our guess is Brady returns. 

At only 24, Cook supplies a nice blend of youth and reception upside.

Tucker Kraft, TE, Packers 

Our dynasty TE rankings still show Luke Musgrave well ahead of Kraft. 

The latter, though, has narrowed the gap with his recent play. While he can’t match Musgrave’s athleticism, Kraft’s current trajectory suggests he could push for noteworthy snaps in 2024. An unsettled WR corps only helps his case.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (12-14 through 12-20)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans

You might have wondered if Pierce played in Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

Well, he did … for only 4 snaps.

The second-year back is sitting on just 2.9 yards per carry. He's underwhelmed in both yards after contact per attempt (2.31) and Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Rating (39.9).

Devin Singletary is set to hit free agency, but look for Houston to add backfield talent this spring.

Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens

Mitchell steadily crept up the dynasty ranks, until an unfortunate ACL tear in Week 15. 

His recovery timetable leaves him questionable for Week 1 of next season. Time will tell if Baltimore retains impending free agents J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (12-07 through 12-13)

Rachaad White, RB, Buccaneers

White's tallied back-to-back games with 20+ carries. He's now hit that mark four times in 2023, helping him rank as the PPR RB4.

Turning 25 in January, White should stick as at least an RB2 over the short term. But if (when?) the Bucs fire HC Todd Bowles, it’ll add a layer of unpredictability to White’s dynasty value. 

Rashee Rice, WR, Chiefs

Per Fantasy Points, Rice is one of seven players with at least 2.00 yards per route run both out wide and in the slot (min. 100 routes). 

The others?

Tyreek Hill 

CeeDee Lamb 

Keenan Allen

Amon-Ra St. Brown

Ja'Marr Chase 

Chris Olave

Rice’s role has steadily increased throughout the season. No surprise, as HC Andy Reid has spoken about increased trust in the Round 2 rookie.

Rice’s spot alongside Patrick Mahomes couldn’t be much better, especially with Travis Kelce exiting his age-34 season.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (12-07 through 12-13)

D’Andre Swift, RB, Eagles

Here are Swift's PPR totals over the past five weeks:






The downturn in production leaves his future value in question, particularly when you factor in his ‘24 free agent status. 

Perhaps the Eagles bring him back for cheap. But recall that they dealt a 2025 fourth-rounder for the former Lion. Peanuts.

He turns just 25 in January, but we don’t expect a robust market should he leave Philadelphia.

George Pickens, WR, Steelers

Pickens failed to take a step forward in Year 2.

One reason why? A huge dip in production on contested catches. After snagging 19 of 28 (68%) contested catches in 2022, Pickens has snagged only 5 of 16 opportunities in 2023 (31.3%).

Only 22 in March, Pickens has time on his side. Still, with no clear QB solution for Pittsburgh, he's tough to back as an imminent breakout player.

Entering Week 15, he’s the WR41 in PPR points per game.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (11-30 through 12-06)

*These players have moved up the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week. Check back each week as we list the fantasy-relevant changes.

Chase Brown, RB, Bengals

OC Brian Callahan signaled a bigger role for Brown ahead of Week 13. Sure enough, he posted career highs (9 carries for 61 yards).

The rookie had missed time with a hamstring injury, but he looked healthy against Jacksonville. He’ll have the rest of the season to audition for a role going into 2024. Note that Joe Mixon -- signed through 2024 -- might be an offseason cut candidate.

Parker Washington, WR, Jaguars

Head to the Week 14 Waiver Wire article for the lowdown on Washington. At bottom, he’s positioned for a steady role down the stretch following Christian Kirk’s injury. A strong finish to 2023 could place Washington in a permanent role next fall.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (11-30 through 12-06)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Justin Fields, QB, Bears

We’re starting to gain clarity on the 2024 draft order.

CBS’ numbers have Chicago’s chance of landing the top pick (via Carolina) at 67%. Even if they drop to No. 2, GM Ryan Poles would have a shot at either USC’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina’s Drake Maye.

And that’s the likely route for Poles, who didn’t draft Fields. The Ohio State star will be entering Year 4 in 2024, so it’s reasonable for Chicago to bring on a fresh rookie contract.

That doesn’t mean Fields has no fantasy future. But there’s clear uncertainty with the offseason trade candidate, which dumped him behind more stable QBs like Dak Prescott and Brock Purdy.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers

Since returning from a high-ankle sprain in Week 6, Ekeler's averaged just 3.0 yards per carry. Watch the games, and you’ll see he’s clearly not 100%.

The 29-year-old (in May) is slated to hit free agency in 2024. It’ll be tough to find a better spot than the Chargers, but even a return to L.A. could bring uncertainty if ownership fires HC Brandon Staley.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (11-24 through 11-29)

Jordan Love, QB, Packers

It’s clear the Packers’ young offense is starting to click. Over the past month, Love ranks top-seven in passing yards, yards per attempt, adjusted completion rate, and PFF passing grade. 

Barring a late-season reversal, Love should be back under center for the Packers in 2024.

Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens

Mitchell continues to look like the Ravens’ most efficient RB. On 29 attempts, the UDFA owns 9.3 yards per carry. 


More importantly for dynasty: Mitchell is only 21, while his path to touches in 2024 looks relatively clear. Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins are both set for free agency in the spring.

Trey Palmer, WR, Buccaneers

Palmer’s taken over as Tampa Bay’s WR3. There’s not much production to chase for the remainder of 2023, but the college speedster could play his way into a sizable role as soon as 2024. 

The team failed to extend Mike Evans prior to a September deadline. Perhaps they franchise tag him after the season, but such a move would cost about $28.5 million.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (11-24 through 11-29)

Quentin Johnston, WR, Chargers

It’s unusual to see a Round 1 rookie WR sit outside the top-40, especially one tied to Justin Herbert. But wow – Johnston has done little right as a rookie, struggling to create separation and avoid drops.

Even with Keenan Allen turning 32 next year – and Mike Williams rehabbing an ACL tear – Johnston won’t be guaranteed much in 2024.

Tank Bigsby, RB, Jaguars

Once a threat to Travis Etienne’s role, Bigsby’s instead posted only 86 yards on 36 carries. D'Ernest Johnson has moved ahead of the rookie on the depth chart.

Bigsby isn’t dead in dynasty circles, but he’ll need a huge offseason to carve out a role moving forward.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (11-16 through 11-23)

Tank Dell, WR, Texans

Dell’s six receiving TDs already set a Texans rookie record. He continues to shine in the box score, with 20 catches over his past three outings. And his tape continues to show an excellent separator with the ability to win in the slot (30% of pass snaps, per Pro Football Focus) and out wide (70%).

Michael Carter, RB, Cardinals

Previously buried on the Jets’ depth chart, Carter could soon lock down the RB2 role behind James Conner. As a rookie, Carter flashed the skill set to stick around as a part-timer in Arizona. He’s under contract through the 2024 season.

Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Packers

Wicks received the spotlight treatment in our latest waiver wire article. Hit it there for the rundown on his journey from the University of Virginia to Green Bay. At bottom: The 22-year-old might be playing his way into a steadier role for the Packers.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (11-16 through 11-23)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys

Gallup hasn’t caught more than 3 passes in a game since Week 4. He's been held under 35 yards five times over that stretch. And that's given an excellent situation for the now pass-heavy Cowboys. While under contract through 2026, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Dallas try to move on after this season.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, Raiders

After a hot start, Meyers has posted 19, 38, 21, and 49 yards over his past four. Long-term QB questions add to the uncertainty with Meyers, whose contract runs through the 2025 season.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (11-09 through 11-15)

C.J. Stroud, QB, Texans

Stroud moved up the ranks back in September. But he has earned another move up into the top-eight with an excellent stretch.

He's now up to QB7 in points per game, fewer than one PPG behind names like Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Dak Prescott.

Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers

Warren's already matched his 2022 yardage total, and he's only nine games into the season. He has popped lately with outings of 113 and 110 total yards while earning praise from HC Mike Tomlin.

Warren’s pass-catching ability gives him a chance to remain a difference-maker. His 17-game pace turns up nearly 59 catches. That follows a rookie season with 28 catches, despite a 17-game effort from Najee Harris.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (11-09 through 11-15)

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

Through nine games, Lawrence ranks 12th or worse in yards per attempt, yards per game, completion rate, and QBR. He has totaled 9 passing scores at an underwhelming 3% TD rate.

Perhaps that rebounds a bit going forward, but Lawrence’s remaining schedule looks brutal. We'll also see if the offseason brings a new OC to work alongside HC Doug Pederson.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Browns

Watson's headed for season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder. That caps a difficult season for the 28-year-old, albeit one that might have turned a corner following Sunday’s win in Baltimore.

Watson’s absurd contract guarantees he sticks in Cleveland long term.

Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

Among 47 RBs with 50+ carries, Pollard ranks tied for 26th in yards per carry, 29th in yards after contact per attempt, 44th in PFF's elusive rating, and 39th in PFF rushing grade.

Sure, he has endured some tough TD luck. At this pace, though, it remains to be seen if Dallas will retain him for 2024. Recall that Pollard’s playing under the franchise tag.

Gabe Davis, WR, Bills

Here are Davis' last five fantasy point totals: 5.1, 1.6, 23.7, 0, 7.6. And that's in PPR. 

Volatility is nothing new with Davis. The 24-year-old also is on track to hit free agency in 2024. Finding a better situation won't be easy.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (11-02 through 11-08)

Sam Howell, QB, Commanders

Howell sits QB6 in fantasy scoring, boosted by consecutive outings of 325+ yards. 

We’ll see what the next two months bring, but Howell’s play has put him in line to start next season.

"We feel we have a quarterback," HC Ron Rivera said on Wednesday. "This franchise has been looking for quite some time and for the first time in a while, I think that that guy might be here."

Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson remain under contract for 2024. Of course, if Rivera doesn't make it to next season with the team, then we'll see what the next set has to say about Howell.

Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens

Mitchell’s breakout game came last week against Seattle. On 9 carries, he busted off 138 yards and 1 score.

Only 22 years old (in January), the speedy UDFA looks like a permanent part of Baltimore’s backfield. HC John Harbaugh discussed using a RB “rotation” on Tuesday.

Time will tell if Baltimore brings back Gus Edwards or J.K. Dobbins for 2024. But given their combination of age and injury concern, it’s quite possible Mitchell retains a role into 2024.

Khalil Shakir, WR, Bills

Shakir’s seen an uptick in playing time following Dawson Knox’s wrist injury. 

The second-year WR has recorded a 73.3% route rate over his past two outings, turning it into lines of  6-92 and 4-57. He led Buffalo in receiving back in Week 8.

Perhaps it’s a short-term blip, and the eventual return of Knox kicks Shakir back into a reserve role. We’re buying the skill set here, though. And there’s no doubt Buffalo will remain a pass-leaning offense for the foreseeable future.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (11-02 through 11-08)

Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks

Smith has finished as a QB1 once all season. That came Week 2 at Detroit.

Now, you can point to a couple of tough matchups in recent weeks (Baltimore, Cleveland). But on the year, Smith’s yards per game (224.8 vs 251.8), yards per attempt (7.1 vs. 7.5) and completion rate (65.2% vs. 69.9%) all mark declines from 2022.

And that’s with the arrival of rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Smith should thrive in a juicy matchup this week vs. Washington. But beyond that one, odds are he’ll struggle to return QB1 numbers. We also wouldn't consider him a lock to start come 2024.

Treylon Burks, WR, Titans

In Week 9, Burks suffered his second documented concussion as a pro. That came after missing time earlier this season with a knee injury.

In five appearances this year, he's topped 23 yards only once.

While we’re encouraged by the early returns on Will Levis, Burks’ durability – and ability to develop – is something to monitor.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (10-26 through 11-01)

*These players have moved up the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week. Check back each week as we list the fantasy-relevant changes.

Will Levis, QB Titans

It was just one game. But beyond the raw numbers (including 4 passing scores), Levis’ debut tape showed an ability to make downfield, anticipatory throws. We'll see what the Titans decide, but Levis should start for the remainder of 2023 -- even when Ryan Tannehill’s ankle improves.

Aidan O'Connell, QB, Raiders

O’Connell sounds like Vegas’ rest-of-season starter. Our expectations are low, but there’s at least an outside chance he enters next summer in a battle to start. 

Demario Douglas, WR, Patriots

Douglas has already worked his way into playing significant snaps for the Pats. Now with Kendrick Bourne out for the year, Douglas can earn a role long-term. The rookie’s totaled 9 catches over the past two weeks.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (10-26 through 11-01)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

Cousins’ season-ending Achilles’ tear adds a layer of uncertainty to his football future. The 35-year-old will enter the offseason as a free agent.

Miles Sanders, RB, Panthers

Sanders was trending down coming out of a Week 7 bye. Then, in game No. 1 alongside new play-caller Thomas Brown, the former Eagle saw only 2 carries on 12 snaps. 

Darren Waller, TE, Giants

Waller’s hamstring trouble returned last week, and after missing practice on Wednesday, we’re expecting at least a week-long absence. At 32, Waller’s injury concerns figure to stick around for the duration of his career.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (10-19 through 10-25)

Chris Rodriguez, RB, Commanders

Rodriguez totaled 3 carries over the first five weeks. Just looking at the past two outings, he’s handled 11 carries. Rodriguez wasn’t a flashy prospect, but taking work from Brian Robinson only boosts the rookie’s dynasty stock.

Trey McBride, TE, Cardinals

McBride gets a short-term boost with Zach Ertz on IR (quad). The second-year TE has quietly trended up this year, notching 1.87 yards per route run -- tied for second among TEs (min. 20 targets). He should also get Kyler Murray back within the next few weeks.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (10-19 through 10-25)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Brian Robinson, RB, Commanders

As noted above, Robinson has started losing work to rookie Chris Rodriguez. In fact, he narrowly edged Rodriguez in carries (8 to 7) last Sunday vs. the Giants. Perhaps the trend reverses. But it’s not like Robinson’s impressed, ranking 23rd out of 36 RBs in success rate; 25th in rush DVOA (min. 50 rushes). He’s notched a mere 3.8 YPC.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Jaguars

Following a breakout Week 1, Ridley's fallen shy of 45 yards in five of his past six games. His underlying metrics aren’t encouraging. Ridley’s tallied just 1.45 yards per route run, a 13% drop rate, only one missed tackle forced, and only 2.5 yards-after-catch per reception. The former Falcon turns 29 in December.

Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs

Moore’s steadily tumbled down the ranks. Since a 70-yard Week 2, he’s totaled only 90 yards over his past five outings. His routes and targets suggest a turnaround isn’t imminent.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (10-12 through 10-18)

Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

Murray returned to practice on Wednesday. We’re tentatively expecting him to make his debut within the next few weeks. Arizona’s bye isn’t until Week 14.

Tyjae Spears, RB, Titans

Spears busted off another big play last week, this time a 48-yard catch. Among qualifiers, he now ranks top-5 in both yards after contact per attempt and PFF Elusive Rating. He’s a clear-cut breakout candidate for 2024.

Michael Mayer, TE, Raiders

Mayer set season highs in routes, targets, catches, and yards in Week 6. The slow-starter still projects as a long-term TE1. Now, it’s up to the Raiders to find their QB of the future.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (10-12 through 10-18)

*These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Deshaun Watson, QB, Browns

Watson, who's no lock to play Week 7, might play through his shoulder injury for the remainder of this season. A strong Browns defense figures to limit shootout potential whenever he returns.

Daniel Jones, QB, Giants 

Jones remains without a timeline to return from his neck injury. “[I’m] still dealing with some of those symptoms from it,” Jones admitted on Tuesday. The 26-year-old has struggled when healthy, notching 5.85 YPA.

Kyren Williams, RB, Rams

Williams is expected to miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury. The Rams’ lack of backfield talent means he’ll likely return to the starting role when healthy. But there’s a least a chance his absence opens the door for a future committee.

Treylon Burks, WR, Titans

Burks has missed the past three games with a knee injury. This follows an LCL sprain from back in August. QB concerns further cloud Burks’ outlook.

Greg Dulcich, TE, Broncos

Week 6 turned up another hamstring injury for Dulcich. We still love his talent, but health has quickly become an issue here.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (10-05 through 10-11)

Brock Purdy, QB, 49ers 

It’s amazing to see Purdy’s weekly progress, despite coming off right elbow surgery. Through five weeks, he’s sitting on a 6.6% TD rate and a whopping 9.3 YPA. The YPA should dip a bit -- but so what? It's hard to doubt Purdy's standing as San Francisco's franchise QB.

Tyjae Spears, RB, Titans: Spears busted off another big play last week, this time a 48-yard catch. Among qualifiers, he now ranks top-5 in both yards after contact per attempt and PFF Elusive Rating. He’s a clear-cut breakout candidate for 2024.

Maybe Demercado, a rookie UDFA, ends up being a flash in the plan. For now, though, he’s in line for a sizable role with James Conner on IR. While on a small sample, Demercado has impressed early on with 3.00 YAC per attempt and a PFF rushing grade of 71.9. There's an outside chance he develops into a committee back long-term.

D.J. Moore, WR, Bears 

Moore’s current pace is unsustainable. He owns 19.7 yards per catch, an 80% catch rate, and an 18.5% TD rate. Wild. That said – his role as Chicago’s clear-cut WR1 isn’t going anywhere. And the only 26-year-old was never short on talent.

Sam LaPorta, TE, Lions 

LaPorta currently leads all TEs in fantasy scoring. His college production, athleticism, and current situation all suggest he’ll be a top-five mainstay.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (10-05 through 10-11)

These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Mac Jones, QB, Patriots 

Jones never ranked close to QB1 range. But given his current struggles – plus a lousy supporting cast – a move down was necessary. There’s no guarantee he’ll hold a starting job all season (or even in 2024).

Aaron Jones, RB, Packers

Jones, nearly 29, remains hobbled by a hamstring injury. A poorly performing offense – limited right now by Jordan Love – leaves his rest-of-way outlook in question. Jones is under contract for one more season.

James Conner, RB, Cardinals 

Conner’s dynasty value was largely propped up by his 2023 value. After all, he turns 29 next offseason, and the Cardinals can get out of his deal in 2024. Now, Conner is battling a knee issue that’ll sideline him for at least four weeks.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Commanders 

Dotson garnered a ton of offseason hype. Yet through five weeks, he’s posted just 17-140-1 alongside an up and down Sam Howell. Dotson’s current target share (16.7%) ranks slightly ahead of Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas. While the current climate prompted a move down, we’d consider tossing out some buy-low offers for the 23-year-old.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (09-28 through 10-04)

De’Von Achane, RB, Dolphins

 Out-snapping Raheem Mostert 39-28 in Week 4, Achane continued to look like the second coming of Chris Johnson. The rookie owns a silly 11.4 yards per carry (and 6 total scores) on 35 touches.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers

Aiyuk’s red hot pace can’t continue. He’s sitting on 17-320-2 (18.8 YPC) through 3 games. Still, he’s proving to be a strong fit with Brock Purdy. Aiyuk can be kept under team control through at least the 2024 season.

Jalin Hyatt, WR, Giants 

We’re waiting for better play out of Daniel Jones. But it was encouraging to see Hyatt set a season-high in route rate on Monday night (60%, third on the team). The fact that no Giants WR has stepped up bodes well for the rookie.

Michael Wilson, WR, Cardinals

Wilson projected as a long-term No. 2 or 3 real life WR, as long as his health cooperated. We’re seeing that materialize, as he’s registered an impressive 2.30 yards per route run alongside Josh Dobbs.

Jake Ferguson, TE, Cowboys

Dallas used a Round 2 pick on TE Luke Schoonmaker. But it’s Ferguson who’s earned a 27.6% target share. He’s also tied for first league-wide in goal line targets (6) -- a sign he's really earned Dak Prescott's trust. Ferguson turns just 25 in January.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (9-28 through 10-04)

Daniel Jones, QB, Giants

We’re not completely burring Jones after an ugly opening month. But it’s certainly disappointing to see him regress, especially with better weapons in Year 2 of the same system.

Miles Sanders, RB, Panthers

Push aside QB and O-line struggles. Sanders has been outplayed by Chuba Hubbard, whether you’re looking at efficiency, power, or elusiveness metrics. The former Eagle played through a groin injury in recent weeks, too.

Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs 

Moore’s 10.4% target share ranks third on the team. He’s barely ahead of Kadarius Toney (9.1%). Right now, Rashee Rice looks like the Chiefs WR to roster.

Darren Waller, TE, Giants 

Waller’s averaging just 38 yards per game through the first month. And it’s not like he’s battled any known injury to date.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (9-21 through 9-27)

C.J. Stroud, QB, Texans

Despite O-line injuries, Stroud’s adjusted well to the pro game. He’s sitting on 7.5 YPA and a 74.6% adjusted completion rate. Tank Dell and Nico Collins look like long-term assets.

Devon Achane, RB, Dolphins

You can’t overreact to one game. But Achane’s speed and burst vs. Denver matched his Texas A&M tape. With Tua Tagovailoa and Mike McDaniel in peak form, Achane’s surrounded by the perfect cast.

Cam Akers, RB, Vikings

Minnesota took a no-risk flier on Akers. There’s no guarantee he’ll take over the No. 1 (or No. 2) role in 2023, but his value certainly bounced a bit following the trade.

Tank Dell, WR, Texans

Dell’s separation skills popped in college, and they’ve already flashed in the pros. His snaps, routes, and targets are all trending up.

Marvin Mims, WR, Broncos

Mims utilization figures to improve eventually. The rookie has earned more work, with 7.22 yards per route run and 195 yards on only 7 receptions. Mims added a 99-yard kickoff return score in Week 3.

Josh Palmer, WR, Chargers

Mike Williams’ ACL tear prompts the move-up for Palmer, although it’s not a significant one. Palmer has played ahead of Round 1 WR Quentin Johnston, but we’d be surprised if that arrangement stuck all season.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (9-21 through 9-27)

Najee Harris, RB, Steelers

Another week, another quiet game from Harris. He’s splitting snaps with Jaylen Warren and showing little in the way of explosiveness.

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans 

Henry’s underlying metrics suggest he’s fallen off a bit. But the arrival of Tyjae Spears has also allowed this staff to give Henry extra rest – especially on passing downs. The veteran turns 30 in January.

Mike Williams, WR, Chargers 

Williams went down with a torn ACL in Week 3. He’ll have a shot to return for Week 1 of 2024, but he’ll do so at almost 30.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Titans

Ryan Tannehill’s struggles have limited Hopkins’ effectiveness. Through three weeks, he's the PPR WR47. The 31-year-old might be catching passes from a rookie QB in 2024.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens

Bateman’s now battling a hamstring injury. He hasn’t flashed in new OC Todd Monken’s offense even when healthy. Zay Flowers remains Baltimore’s go-to WR.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Texans

As noted above, Stroud’s started hot in Houston. Schultz, though, hasn’t benefited. After signing for $6 million guaranteed, the former Cowboy owns just 7 catches. Among 32 TEs with 10+ targets, he ranks last in yards per route run (0.43) and last in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (9-14 through 9-20)

Brian Robinson, RB, Commanders

Robinson ranks as the PPR RB4 through two games. He’s even seeing more passing-down work than Antonio Gibson, edging him in routes (47-42) and targets (11-5). Clearly, new OC Eric Bieniemy has taken a liking to the second-year back.

Kyren Williams, RB, Rams

Williams (and another Ram listed below) garnered a mention post- Week 1. Cam Akers’ Week 2 deactivation (and likely trade/release) only solidifies Williams’ near-term value.

Roschon Johnson, RB, Bears

We’ll see if Chicago’s offense can get anywhere close to league average, but Johnson has a real shot to work his way into the lead role at some point in 2023. The Bears made D’Onta Foreman a healthy scratch on Sunday.

Jerome Ford, RB, Browns 

Ford slides into the RB1 role following Nick Chubb’s season-ending knee injury. HC Kevin Stefanski recently called Ford the “featured back,” although we might eventually see a split with the newly-signed Kareem Hunt.

Puka Nacua, WR, Rams 

Nacua’s 15 catches from Week 2 marked a rookie WR record. His 25 total catches over the first two weeks also set a rookie record. Perhaps most shocking: Nacua is on pace for a silly 213-2261 line. Those are true fantasy numbers -- but Nacua is still creeping into WR3 range.

Nico Collins, WR, Texans

Here’s your PPR WR6 through two weeks. He’s benefited from a pass-happy Texans squad, but more importantly for the road ahead – we’re already seeing encouraging signs from rookie QB C.J. Stroud. Now we’ll see if this O-line can return some injured pieces.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (9-14 through 9-20)

These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Justin Fields, QB, Bears

Fields continues to invite pressure at an alarming rate. He’s taken ten sacks (and fumbled three times) through two games. At this rate, we can't pencil him in as the 2024 starter.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Steelers

You can point to a pair of tough matchups: San Francisco and Cleveland. But Pickett (and OC Matt Canada) haven’t given much reason for optimism.

Nick Chubb, RB, Browns

Seeing Chubb go down on Monday night was a total gut punch. There’s a chance we don’t see him on an NFL field again, but we’ll be tracking his rehab and pulling for a complete recovery.

Kadarius Toney, WR, Chiefs

Toney had another unforced error in Week 2 (a fumble). Then, mid-week, he popped up on the injury report with a toe sprain. Add it to his laundry list of injuries.

Trey McBride, TE, Cardinals

We’re not throwing in the towel here. McBride is only 24 (in November), after all. Still, it’s discouraging to see Zach Ertz – fresh off an ACL rehab – dominate TE work early on. Through two games, he's out-targeted McBride 18-5.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers (Sept. 7-13)

Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams 

Williams dominated backfield snaps (65%) and routes (74%) in the opener. The 23-year-old looks like a solid bet for 12+ touches a game going forward.

Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Kelley won the No. 2 job out of training camp. Then in he took 16 carries for 91 yards and a score in the opener, while Austin Ekeler picked up an ankle injury.

Zay Flowers, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Flowers easily led the Ravens with 10 targets in Week 1. Baltimore clearly has plans to get him in catch-and-run situations. J.K. Dobbins' injury brings the potential to lower rushing efficiency and push more work to the passing game.

Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams 

Despite 2 drops, Nacua showed out in this NFL debut (10-119-0). But what’s his role when Cooper Kupp returns? (He’s eligible to come off IR for Week 5.) Kupp is also signed through 2026.

Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs 

Rice ran only 12 routes in the opener but saw 5 targets in the limited run. He added his first career TD. The Chiefs are bound to get more from Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney going forward. And Travis Kelce could return as soon as Sunday. But Rice, a Round 2 pick, has the skill set to emerge as a deep-league contributor in 2023.

Tutu Atwell, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Cooper Kupp’s eventual return might crush Atwell’s future production. But he got our attention in the opener vs. Seattle (6-119 on a 21% target share). The 24-year-old (with high-end speed) isn’t someone to give up on.

Josh Downs, WR, Indianapolis Colts

As he did in college, Downs showed the ability to separate quickly in the opener. He finished second on the team in targets (7) and was featured in 3-WR sets. The Round 3 pick could soon be a bye-week replacement in deep PPR leagues.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers (9-7 through 9-13)

These players have moved down the Draft Sharks dynasty rankings over the last week:

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Kyren Williams looked like the Rams’ best RB in Week 1, whether you look at total yards, yards per carry, yards after contact per attempt, or targets. The only good news is that the Rams' offense looked strong overall, despite no Cooper Kupp and an unproven O-line.

Dalvin Cook, RB, New York Jets

Breece Hall performed well in the opener (10-127). Plus, the loss of Aaron Rodgers lowers the scoring ceiling on this unit.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles made Penny a Week 1 healthy scratch. His career rushing efficiency remains strong, but this was a tough start for the 27-year-old.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Johnson will miss about four weeks with a hamstring injury. We also saw Kenny Pickett take a major step back in Week 1, at least compared to his preseason play.

Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

This was a small nudge down. But Kirk’s Week 1 usage might be troublesome for the road ahead. He saw just a 9.4% target share, hurt by the team primarily playing Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones in 2-WR sets.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, New England Patriots

The Pats limited JuJu’s Week 1 snaps. Was it due to a knee issue that could linger all season? WRs coach Ross Douglas said it was more about personnel packages for the game. Either explanation is bad for JuJu. His 27 routes and 7 targets matched the totals of rookie WR Demario Douglas.

Allen Lazard, WR, New York Jets

Lazard’s 2023 and 2024 fantasy value was supposed to be propped up by Aaron Rodgers. Even if Rodgers returns from a torn Achilles in 2024, Lazard isn’t a guy we’re clinging to.

Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos 

We still love the talent here. But after struggling with hamstring trouble in 2022, Dulcich has already re-injured the same body part. 

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