Can you believe we’re already in Week 3?
After the second batch of games was in the books, and like me you opened the Monday review tool, clicked on the RB tab and moved the slider to week 2, you saw a top five almost worthy of screenshotting, printing, framing, and hanging up as tribute to the RotoViz process.
Three names from the countdown including the top two, a sophomore who was a natural play for subscribers who read about him during the 2022 prospect season, and just one superstar who will now unfortunately miss some time. Following those names was another sophomore who saw nearly zero action in 2022, a trendy pickup due to the horrible injury to Nick Chubb.
Looking down the list we see evidence of more carnage and chaos in these first weeks.
- The Jonathan Taylor situation + poor performance of Deon Jackson + injury to Evan Hull + concussion to Anthony Richardson = Zack Moss at RB10. (Moss appeared on last week’s 5 Below Zero.)
- Tony Jones filling the Jamaal Williams role got 2 touchdowns on 2.8 YPC and was good for RB 16.
- And No. 4 from the countdown, Jaylen Warren, is the first Steeler RB to make the top 20 this season, slotting in just ahead of rookie darling Jahmyr Gibbs.
In Dynasty, as in redraft, you only win money when you score points, and whatever people say about the long-term strategy for their team or their roster expectations, most dynasty owners are trying to win now, in 2023. That means value changes fast, or at the very least that trade windows open and close from one game to the next. On top of injuries and performance-related adjustments, this week’s waiver trade/hustle was spiced up by Cam Akers moving to Minnesota and Kareem Hunt coming back to Cleveland. It’s impossible to cover the implications for every RB’s value in one article, but Shawn’s just updated rest of season rankings doubles as a dynasty cheat-sheet for trade ideas and forecasting when some of the windows for moving certain players may open or shut.