Dynasty Market Movers – Week 9 Report

by Steve Smith · Dynasty Leagues

The Dynasty Market Movers Report is here to keep fantasy managers updated on recent changes to PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings. The 2021 NFL season is cruising along, and in a chaotic injury-filled campaign, we thankfully have top tier starters such as Christian McCaffrey returning to the fold.


Stock Trending Up

Cam Newton – QB Carolina Panthers

Over 600 days have gone by since Cam Newton was released from the Carolina Panthers organization. Earlier this week, the 2015 NFL MVP returned home to Charlotte. The one-year deal revives Newton’s dynasty value adding 6.91 Lifetime Value points (the most of any QB this update) to climb 20 spots to QB36 on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings.

While many fantasy gamers tend to look negatively on Newton’s 2021 season, he did produce 18.1 Fantasy Points Per Game. This was boosted by 592 rushing yards (No. 3 among qualified quarterbacks) and 12 rushing touchdowns (No. 1). Newton posted a Top 12 QB finish in eight of his 15 games with the Patriots. The former first overall selection is once again viable in 2QB or SuperFlex formats.

James Conner – RB Arizona Cardinals

After a high ankle sprain sidelined Chase Edmonds on the first offensive play of Week 9, a James Conner fantasy football explosion ensued. Conner carried the ball 21 times and caught all five targets for 173 total yards and three scores. This translated to a career best 40.3 (No. 1) fantasy day.

Even with Edmonds in the mix, Conner has been productive. Boosted by 11 touchdowns (No. 1), Conner has averaged 14.7 Fantasy Points Per Game (No. 19) – another fantasy best mark. Prior to Week 9, Conner has posted an RB2 outing in 50-percent of games. The biggest RB riser this week, he gains 27.61 Lifetime Value points and a dozen spots to RB33 in dynasty. Given Conner’s injury history, be sure to check waiver wires for Eno Benjamin.

Elijah Moore – WR New York Jets

Catching passes from the duo of Josh Johnson and Mike White, rookie wideout Elijah Moore broke out versus the Colts. Moore ran a season high 41 routes catching seven of eight targets for 84 yards and two TDs. He finished Week 9 as the fantasy WR1.

Dynasty managers won’t (or at least shouldn’t) find the talented rookie on waivers. However, they may want to make a push to get him on their roster before his price skyrockets. Over the past three weeks, Moore has earned 20 targets and posted double digit fantasy points in each game. His 14.5-percent (No. 64) Target Share is set to rise. The ascending prospect from Ole Miss accrues 17.09 Lifetime Value points to move up four spots to WR29.

Pat Freiermuth – TE Pittsburgh Steelers

In Week 9 versus Chicago, Pat Freiermuth caught five of his six targets for 43 yards and two touchdowns to finish as the TE1. This made for a third consecutive weeks in which he finished as a Top 10 fantasy tight end (TE10 in Week 6, TE3 in Week 8).

Freiermuth’s usage has increased following injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron, but he’s also earning trust from his quarterback. In the last three games, the rookie has earned 20 targets with five coming in the red zone. His Snap Share has been north of 70-percent of late. Freiermuth’s dynasty stock gains a position best 12.92 Lifetime Value points and two spots to join the Top 10 tight ends in dynasty (TE10).

More notable players with stocks trending up this week: Jimmy Garoppolo, D’Onta Foreman, Eno Benjamin, Odell Beckham, Diontae Johnson, Cole Kmet

Stock Trending Down

Khalil Herbert – RB Chicago Bears

With David Montgomery returning from injury in Week 9, it’s not surprising that Khalil Herbert would be demoted to a No. 2 role. However, the dramatic drop off was probably more than most fantasy gamers anticipated.

Averaging a Snap Share of 84-percent over the last three games, the rookie’s usage plummeted to 20.7-percent versus the Steelers. He had just four carries and no targets for a mere 13 yards. Drafted in the sixth-round of the 2021 NFL draft, Herbert loses three spots on the dynasty rankings to fall to RB38.

Laviska Shenault – WR Jacksonville Jaguars

Without D.J. Chark in the lineup over the past four games, most fantasy gamers would have expected an increase in Laviska Shenault stock. Instead, it’s been an exercise in frustration with three of four weekly performances of WR57 or worse. He still has not posted a 100 receiving yard game in his NFL career and is scoreless this season.

Laviska Shenault Jr. Game Log 2021 – Week 1-9

In Week 6 versus Miami, Shenault earned a season best 10 targets, but that is one less than his combined total for Weeks 5, 8 and 9. The Jags new slot man, Jamal Agnew, has led the WR group with 31 targets over the same four week span (raise your hand if you saw that coming) – 10 more targets than Shenault and four more than Marvin Jones. Averaging 8.6 (No. 59) Fantasy Points Per Game thus far in 2021 (2.6 per game fewer than his rookie year), Shenault drops seven spots to fall to WR42.

Bryan Edwards – WR Las Vegas Raiders

Week 9 brought increased opportunity for Bryan Edwards. The sophomore played 94-percent of snaps and ran 41 routes – both season high marks. Matched up against Adoree’ Jackson, PlayerProfiler’s No. 15-ranked cornerback, Edwards was not able to haul in any of his four targets. The end result, a fantasy football donut.

Bryan Edwards Advanced Stats Metrics Profile

On the year, Edwards has 18 receptions (No. 75) for 346 yards (No. 50) and one TD. He’s made plays, but has been inconsistent. He has just one Top 24 performance (13.3 fantasy points in Week 7, WR23) and is averaging 7.3 (No. 72) Fantasy Points Per Game. Edwards loses four spots to fall to a rank of WR48.

Jonnu Smith – TE New England Patriots

Jonnu Smith‘s four-year contract worth $50 million has yet to pay dividends for the Patriots. Nursing a shoulder issue, he saw a Snap Share of 37.3-percent and ran two routes versus the Panthers last week. He caught one of two targets for four measly yards.

Smith has yet to post a TE1 performance in 2021. Through nine games, he has 21 (No. 21) receptions on 34 (No. 19) targets for 193 (No. 26) yards and a one score. In eight of nine weeks, he’s posted a single digit fantasy point total and averages 5.4 (No. 30) Fantasy Points Per Game. On the bright side, Smith has nine (No. 6) red zone targets. He loses a position high 7.52 Lifetime Value points and four spots on fall to TE22 on PlayerProfiler’s dynasty rankings.

More notable players with stocks trending down this week: Sam Darnold, Chase Edmonds, Zack Moss, Robert Woods, Kadarius Toney, Austin Hooper