Welcome to the Dynasty Three & Out, where each week we’ll focus on three players gaining value and three others losing dynasty value based on the latest news and performances on the field.
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Tyler Boyd, WR CIN
After the Cincinnati Bengals dumped veteran WR Brandon LaFell this offseason, dynasty owners knew that was a good sign for the team’s young receivers, who would finally be thrust into an expanded role. The question was which recent draft pick the target should be. The Bengals had spent a top ten overall pick on speedy WR John Ross a year after using a day two selection to add WR Tyler Boyd and neither had made a real impact in their limited time in the league. Through three games, it is safe to say we now know the answer. Boyd is the WR16 on the season, thanks to recent weekly finishes of WR15 and WR4, pending Monday Night Football. In Week Three, when top WR A.J. Green left the field with an injury, Boyd took over, finishing with six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. He’s enjoying the same type of third-year breakout season we saw from WRs Devin Funchess and Nelson Agholor a year ago. The most recent dynasty ADP looks silly now, placing Boyd as the WR83. Don’t be surprised if that’s 50 spots higher in the near future.
Calvin Ridley, WR ATL
We don’t have to wait for a third-year breakout from this wideout. Falcons rookie ER Calvin Ridley has come alive the past two games. After scoring his first career touchdown in Week Two, Ridley served as the go-to option for QB Matt Ryan as Atlanta tried to match scores with the Saints in Week Three. Ridley ended with seven catches for 146 yards and three scores, good for a WR1 finish for the week. Surprisingly, Ridley is still third in line as far as playing time in the Atlanta receiving corps, seeing 61% of the snaps, which is well behind both WRs Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Although the recent dynasty ADP has Ridley as the WR34, he’s quickly outperforming that number, currently sitting as the WR7 in PPR leagues for the season. Hopefully, you already acquired Ridley, because that will be nearly impossible now.
Will Fuller, WR HOU
The running statistic tracking the performances of Texans WR Will Fuller in games played with second-year QB Deshaun Watson is my favorite current narrative in fantasy football. It’s truly amazing and Fuller kept it going again in Week Three. In case you’ve missed it, here are Fullers receptions/receiving yards/touchdown in the six games over the past two seasons in which both he and Watson were healthy…4/35/2, 2/57/2, 2/62/1, 5/125/2, 8/113/1 and 5/101/1. That last stat line was Fuller’s Week Three performance against the Giants, which led the team. In his two games this season, Fuller has finished as the WR6 and WR9, giving him a yearly rank of WR25 even though he missed Week One. In his debut in Week Two, Fuller was “eased” back into the lineup, playing 82% of the snaps, but then didn’t miss a snap in Week Three, showing no signs of the hamstring injury that cost him the season opener.
Trey Burton, TE CHI
This offseason, I was making a huge push to acquire new Bears TE Trey Burton in as many leagues as possible, expecting a huge breakout season from him. That hasn’t happened yet and while I think more of the blame for that goes to QB Mitchell Trubisky or the offensive game plan as a whole, Burton is obviously being affected. Through three games, Burton is only the TE18, including weekly finishes of TE37, TE10 and TE14 and that is with a wasteland at the tight end position due to multiple serious injuries. The issue isn’t completely Burton’s performance, it also has a lot to do with the value that dynasty owners placed on him this offseason. He rose as high as the dynasty TE4 per ADP and is currently the TE6, though that number will surely fall.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB SF
The biggest reason for the inclusion of 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo on this list is the season-ending ACL injury he suffered in Week Three, which will obviously damage his dynasty value. It’s not the only reason though. Before the injury, Garoppolo took advantage of game script and a below average Chiefs defense to throw for 251 yards and a pair of scores, but his season didn’t get off to a great start. Despite the hype of the offseason, Garoppolo managed only QB22 and QB16 performances in the first two games and currently site at QB18. Although his season is over and his value will tumble, I would suggest buying low on Garoppolo and having him ready for 2019 as the 49ers continue to build their offense around the franchise quarterback.
Amari Cooper, WR OAK
Raiders WR Amari Cooper has been one of my favorite players since he joined the league. He teased us with 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years, but the past season along with the early 2018 returns have been scary. Cooper only posted three top 12 finishes in all of 2017, while he had five games outside of the top 50 fantasy receivers. This season, he’s started with WR82, WR13 and WR79 games for a cumulative WR52 fantasy rank. Cooper still carries plenty of dynasty value, as evidenced by a recent ADP of WR11 but as this poor play continues, his value could tumble quickly. Interestingly, his new HC Jon Gruden could be doubting Cooper as well. In Week One, he played 93% of the team’s snaps, followed by 83% and 79% last week.