The 2021 NFL season has flown by and it’s been quite the ride. The Dynasty Market Movers Report is on tap for another week to help managers stay on top of the movement on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings. With bye weeks over, the fantasy playoffs commence with an extended slate of games. Good luck to those competing this week!
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Jimmy Garoppolo – QB San Francisco 49ers
In Week 14 versus the Bengals, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 49ers to a 26-23 overtime victory. This performance produced a 20.1 fantasy point day (QB12), Garoppolo’s best fantasy output since Week 9. He’s currently matching his career high 16.3 (No. 19 among qualified quarterbacks) Fantasy Points per Game.
Enjoying a Supporting Cast Efficiency of +2.58 (No. 6), Jimmy G has a strong 7.8 (No. 6) Adjusted Yards per Attempt mark with a 54.1 (No. 12) Total QBR. Needless to say, it helps to throw the ball to two top 20 dynasty WRs in Deebo Samuel (WR13) and Brandon Aiyuk (WR20), and PlayerProfiler’s newly crowned dynasty TE1, George Kittle. With the Niners in the playoff hunt, Garoppolo gains 4.76 Lifetime Value points and two spots to QB24 in dynasty.
Dalvin Cook – RB Minnesota Vikings
A dislocated shoulder and torn labrum won’t keep Dalvin Cook down for long. After a one game absence, the 26-year-old exploded for 222 total yards and two scores versus the Steelers. Cook’s season-best 35.2 fantasy score was good for the premier RB performance of Week 14 (RB1) and is his highest fantasy output since Week 9 of 202
What’s Chef Dalvin Cooking up?🧑🍳 pic.twitter.com/yhBoMXOZKP
— PlayerProfiler (@rotounderworld) December 16, 2021
Despite being banged up in 2021, Cook has finished as an RB1 in 50-percent of games played. In ten contests, he has 198 (No. 6) carries for 978 (No. 3) rushing yards, with 65 (No. 6) Evaded Tackles and 18 (No. 1) Breakaway Runs. His 18.2 Fantasy Points per Game places him at RB8 on the season. Cook gains a healthy 21.86 Lifetime Value points to rise four spots to RB9.
Ja’Marr Chase – WR Cincinnati Bengals
Through 13 games, Ja’Marr Chase leads all rookie wideouts in total receiving yards (1,035) and receiving yards per game (79.6). His 17.2 (No. 8) Fantasy Points per Game tops all rookie WRs and is 0.1 point higher than the mark achieved by former LSU teammate Justin Jefferson in 2020. Chase is fourth overall for all receivers with 10 touchdowns.
.@Real10jayy__ is only the 5th rookie WR in the Super Bowl era with 1,000 Rec Yards and 10 Rec TD. (via @NFLonCBS)
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— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2021
Chase was serious when he said he was going to re-write the Bengals record book. He is only eight catches away from setting a new high for receptions by a Bengals rookie WR and already owns the TD record. Chase is poised to eclipse A.J. Green‘s record (1,057 yards set in 2011) for the most receiving yards by a Bengals rookie. The fifth overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft accrues 15.58 Lifetime Value points (the most of any WR this update) to move up to WR2 in dynasty.
Mark Andrews – TE Baltimore Ravens
Through 13 contests, Mark Andrews leads both the Ravens and all NFL tight ends with 75 receptions and 926 yards. He is enjoying a 24.7-percent (No. 2) Target Share, which is on par with the volume he’s seen over the last three seasons.
From a fantasy football standpoint, Andrews currently sits as the TE2 on the season with a career best 16.0 Fantasy Points per Game. He has finished as a TE1 in eight of 13 weeks, and delivered a top 5 fantasy finish in four of the last five games. In the midst of a career year, Andrews gains a position best 12.47 Lifetime Value points to climb to TE4 on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings.
More notable players with stocks trending up this week: Justin Fields, Rashaad Penny, D’Onta Foreman, Tee Higgins, Hunter Renfrow, Albert Okwuegbunam
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Ezekiel Elliott – RB Dallas Cowboys
With Tony Pollard sidelined in Week 14, Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 60 total yards. He caught one of six targets ending the day with 9.0 fantasy points (RB31). Managing a knee injury in recent weeks, Zeke is not right and as a result, his volume and production is suffering. On the season, he is the RB14 (15.7 Fantasy Points per Game).
Since Week 10, Elliott has produced 68 or less total yards in each game. He’s finished outside of the Top 30 RBs for the last two weeks. His Opportunity Share has dropped to 58.8-percent (No. 23), a mark that has never fallen below 70-percent in his NFL career until this year. Zeke loses one spot to fall to RB16 in the latest dynasty rankings update.
Kenny Golladay – WR New York Giants
During the 2021 off-season, the NY Giants signed Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract ($40 million guaranteed). The initial return on investment has not been profitable. Battling injuries for a large portion of this season, Golladay has 28 (No. 73) receptions for 424 (No. 61) yards and zero touchdowns in 10 appearances.
Golladay is averaging a career low 7.0 Fantasy Points per Game (WR73). His best fantasy performance came in Week 4 versus the Saints when he had six reception for 116 yards (17.6 fantasy points, WR19). He has finished WR50 or worse in eight of 10 weeks played. In fairness, a 5.99 (No. 33) Target Quality Rating and 73.6-percent (No. 63) Catchable Target Rate isn’t necessarily helping matters. The stock of the 28-year-old WR continues its decent, losing another three spots to land at WR53.
DeAndre Hopkins – WR Arizona Cardinals
Battling a hamstring strain for multiple weeks, DeAndre Hopkins will now miss the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury. Unsurprisingly, Hopkins hasn’t been the top 5 WR option in 2021 that fantasy gamers have grown accustomed to. He has averaged 14.7 (No. 21) Fantasy Points per Game, finishing as a WR1 just three times this season (Weeks 1, 6, and 7).
🚨 BREAKING 🚨: Nuk is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a sprained knee. pic.twitter.com/k8wXQozoHQ
— PlayerProfiler (@rotounderworld) December 15, 2021
Playing in 10 games, D-Hop will post a stat line of 42 (No. 43) receptions, 572 (No. 41) receiving yards and eight (No. 6) touchdowns for 2021. He has earned a 20.5-percent (No. 34) Target Share, the lowest mark since his rookie season. Turning 30-years-old next June, Hopkins loses 32.02 Lifetime Value points and a dozen spots to fall to WR37.
Tyler Conklin – TE Minnesota Vikings
Following Adam Thielen‘s injury in Week 13, Tyler Conklin stepped up catching seven of nine targets for 56 yards. In Week 14 versus the Steelers, his Snap Share dropped to a near season-low 73.5-percent. He caught both of his targets for 20 yards – quite a drop from the season-high nine targets he saw the previous week.
Producing 8.9 Fantasy Points per Game, Conklin sits at TE16 through Week 14. His Target Share varies dramatically on a week-to-week basis. As a result, Conklin’s lack of consistent volume limits him to touchdown-dependent TE2 status. He is capable of the odd spike week, having finished as a TE1 four times this year – although most boom weeks have been followed by a clunker. Conklin appropriately drops one spot to TE18 in dynasty.