Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
Jimmy Garoppolo (JAN ADP: 132.00, QB 13)
Expectations were sky-high for Garoppolo entering his first full NFL season as a starter this year. He closed the 2017 season with five straight victories but could not recapture the same magic to start 2018. After a rough opening game against a tough Minnesota defense who intercepted him three times, Garoppolo played better in his next two, throwing two touchdowns and zero interceptions in each. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in his third game against Kansas City and missed the rest of the year.
Next season will be very important for him, not only needing to prove he is healthy again but also that he is a top ten fantasy quarterback he was being drafted as to start last season. He currently sits as the 11th-ranked quarterback in our composite rankings, near Baker Mayfield, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and Lamar Jackson.
He also came in as the 13th-ranked quarterback in DLF’s January 2019 ADP data. While this is much more palatable than when he was being selected as the sixth quarterback off the board back in March 2018 ADP, I believe it is still closer to his ceiling than his floor. His NFL sample size is still very small, with just ten starts in his five-year NFL career.
According to DFL January 2019 ADP, here are a few quarterbacks being selected after Garoppolo who I would take over the 49er: Matt Ryan, Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, and Jameis Winston. As you can see, the quarterback position is the deepest it has been in a while. As a result, I would much rather acquire the quarterbacks listed above for less than what Garoppolo would likely cost.