Dynasty Market Movers – Week 8 Report

by Steve Smith · Dynasty Leagues

Dynasty Market Movers covers the biggest and most intriguing risers and fallers on PlayerProfiler’s weekly updated dynasty rankings. Another glorious week of National Football League action yielded plenty of market movement. Enjoy!

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Stock Trending Up

Justin Fields – QB Chicago Bears

You don’t need to be an expert of the gridiron to see that Justin Fields has experienced growing pains in the early part of his NFL career. On the season, he has 991 passing yards (No. 32 among qualified quarterbacks) and three touchdowns on 158 attempts (No. 31). He’s been sacked 26 times, committed 19 Danger Plays (No. 5) and has a subpar Accuracy Rating of 6.7 (No. 34). Prior to Week 8, Fields scored less than 8.8 fantasy points in six of seven games.

Last weekend versus the 49ers, the first-round signal caller provided Bears fans a glimpse of what he is capable of. Completing 70.4-percent of passes, Fields threw for 175 yards and rushed for 103 yards. He scored twice – once through the air and on the ground. Following his 26.3 (QB5) fantasy day, Fields gains 11.91 Lifetime Value points and climbs four spots to QB10 on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings.

Jeremy McNichols – RB Tennessee Titans

Sadly, King Derrick Henry will miss significant time due to a foot injury. With Darrynton Evans also on the injured reserve, the Titans now turn to Jeremy McNichols and newly signed veteran Adrian Peterson. While the added opportunity helps boost McNichols’ dynasty stock, it’s not all about the Henry injury.

In a complimentary role, McNichols has been efficient with a +12.3 Production Premium through eight weeks. He has 21 receptions (No. 14) and 203 yards, averaging 9.7 Yards Per Reception (No. 8). With increased rushing work likely, McNichols accrues 38.53 Lifetime Value points (the most of any RB in the latest rankings update) to move up 54 spots to RB41.

Deebo Samuel – WR San Francisco 49ers

After an injury-riddled campaign last year, Deebo Samuel has impressed in 2021. Heading into Week 9, the third year wideout sits second in the NFL with 819 receiving yards. Scoring at a rate of 22.0 Fantasy Points Per Game, Deebo leads the position with a 36.4-percent Target Share and 433 Yards After Catch.

Through eight games, Samuel has already set a career best in receiving yardage and needs just one more touchdown to match the six scores of his rookie season. Trending up, Samuel accrues 17.48 Lifetime Value points to move six spots to WR12.

Brevin Jordan – TE Houston Texans

A Pharaoh Brown thigh injury opened the door for rookie Brevin Jordan to make his NFL regular season debut in Week 8. In the TE2 conversation for the 2021 class last spring, Jordan’s draft stock plummeted to the fifth round after an underwhelming pro day.

Playing 23.7-percent of snaps in Week 8, Jordan caught three or four targets for 41 yards. This outing was good for a TE5 performance. Nursing an  injury of his own heading into Week 9, the 21-year-old’s dynasty stock accrues 13.67 Lifetime Value points (the most of any tight end) to move to TE22.

More notable players with stocks trending up this week: Trevor Siemian, Ty Johnson, Boston Scott, Michael Pittman, Elijah Moore, Dan Arnold

Stock Trending Down

Antonio Gibson – RB Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team’s bye week arrives at a much needed time for Antonio Gibson. Dealing with a shin injury, the second year runner gets a chance to rest. Gibson hasn’t surpassed a Snap Share of 50-percent since Week 5. Not surprisingly, he has single digit fantasy totals during this span, finishing RB34 or worse.

Despite battling injury, Gibson has produced 47 Evaded Tackles (No. 5) and a 36.7-percent (No. 13) Juke Rate. His 363 Yards Created (45.4 per game) ranks eleventh. Unfortunately, stress fractures need time to heal, undoubtedly more time than a bye week will offer. His determination to continue playing is commendable, but his production has suffered (and will most likely continue to). The promising 23-year-old RB slips 27.66 Lifetime Value points and three spots to fall to RB7.

Mike Williams – WR Los Angeles Chargers

After a torrid start to 2021, Mike Williams stock is trending down of late. He loses three spots to land at WR28 on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings. Over the last four games, Williams has failed to top 30 receiving yards three times. This is more reminiscent of the boom or bust output that fantasy gamers have been accustomed to from the fifth year wideout.

Through eight weeks, Williams has 35 receptions (No. 29) for 517 yards and six touchdowns (No. 6). He’s seeing a Target Share of 22.6-percent (No. 28), which trails Keenan Allen‘s mark of 25.6-percent (No. 16). Williams will look to get his stock trending in a positive trajectory versus Darius Slay and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.

Courtland Sutton – WR Denver Broncos

Courtland Sutton‘s fantasy production has been a rollercoaster ride in 2021. The Broncos wideout has had explosive games that place him in the top 10 at the position (Week 2,  5 and 6). However, he’s also vanished with three weeks outside of the Top 60 WRs.

Courtland Sutton Game Log – Week 1 to 8 2021

With Jerry Jeudy returning to action in Week 8, Sutton saw his lowest target total (four) since Week 1 (three) and ran 24 routes. He hauled in two passes for 40 scoreless yards – his worst fantasy output since Week 1. Averaging 13.7 Fantasy Points Per Game (WR30), Sutton’s stock drops four spots to fall to a ranking of WR17 in dynasty.

Gerald Everett – TE Seattle Seahawks

In Week 8, Gerald Everett played 69.2-percent of snaps. This usage was an improvement over the last two games, and more resembled his 74.7-percent average over the first three games. Unfortunately, the opportunity hasn’t translated to production for Everett and Geno Smith isn’t all to blame.

In six appearances, Everett is averaging 2.8 targets per game (No. 38); he’s eclipsed 50 receiving yards only once. Between Weeks 1 and 3, he compiled 77 yards as compared to 58 yards over the last three games. The return of Russell Wilson may help to raise Everett to a touchdown-dependent TE2. Until then, Everett’s stock continues to trend down falling three more spots to land at TE31.

More notable players with stocks trending down this week: Deshaun Watson, Derrick Henry, James Robinson, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Robert Tonyan