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Dynasty Twitter Observations: Jimmy Garoppolo’s Return and Kyle Pitts’ Disappearance

We discuss some of the dynasty talking points from week two.

Jimmy Garoppolo

You’d be forgiven if you thought week two wouldn’t be the same as week one when it came to excitement. After all, the season opener means the first football in months and the ordinary can look incredible.

But week two was just as crazy both on the field and on Twitter. From a surprise QB1 performance to a giant letdown in Atlanta, below are a few of the tweets that caught our attention this weekend.

Fancy G

It wasn’t long ago that Jimmy Garoppolo was being traded in dynasty leagues for next-to-nothing. Using the DLF Trade Finder, if you plugged in Garoppolo trades from this month, you’d find him being traded for late-round rookie picks or John Bates, both of which were actual trades that took place in superflex leagues. Needless to say, his cost is about to go up after a season-ending injury to incumbent Trey Lance. In the two (nearly) full seasons Garoppolo has completed with the 49ers, he was a mid-QB2 when it comes to fantasy scoring. The cast around him is largely the same including All-Pro Deebo Samuel which means there’s no reason to think Garoppolo can’t finish as a QB2 again.

Dynasty Impact: The Lance injury has inadvertently breathed new life into Garoppolo’s career. He’ll have another year to drive up his value – both real and fantasy – which increases the chances of him starting in 2023 possibly even in San Francisco. If the 49ers turn in another successful campaign with Garoppolo under center in 2022, it’ll be hard to justify a change no matter what the options are. View him as a long-term solution to your QB2 problems instead of a stop-gap.

Cooked

For those who can’t make out the emoji in Richard Sherman’s tweet, it’s that of a chef. And based on Russell Wilson’s play, the chef in question isn’t in the process of cooking but is, rather, cooked.

Wilson was brought to Denver with a lot of fanfare after the Broncos futilely searched for years to replace Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver spent first and second-round picks on running backs and receivers; they hired Nathanial Hackett who – as offensive coordinator of the Packers – oversaw the last two MVP campaigns from Aaron Rodgers; and, finally, extended Wilson to big money to cement his place as the Broncos quarterback. Now, this. The stat line doesn’t look nearly as bad as Wilson did with analysts and players (like Sherman) noticing a difference in Wilson’s play.

Dynasty Impact: Whether you’re a Wilson fan or not, the last two weeks are sure to take his value down. That would be a shift from the steadiness it’s shown after the trade to Denver.

Currently, he checks in as the QB10 in dynasty ADP. If you’re a current Wilson manager, you hold so you don’t lose pennies on the dollar. If you’re a believer, now’s going to be as good a time as any. No dynasty manager would hold out for something unreasonable like Wilson could have returned even a few months ago. There’s also a lot of time left this season for Wilson to rebound.

Tua Diving

Not many people saw the performance of this short season coming from Tua Tagovailoa but here were are. After a good, not great, week one performance that saw him throw for 270 yards and a touchdown, he exploded in week two. He shredded the Ravens’ defense for 468 yards and six touchdowns. In the process, receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill won plenty of fantasy matchups yesterday and Tagovailoa himself finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback through the first two weeks of the season.

For Tua truthers, Tu-anon if you will, the breakout has been a long time coming. Forever compared to the other quarterbacks of his class – Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert – Tagovailoa has been a distant third in that conversation. But between Burrow’s offensive line getting him killed and Justin Herbert cracking some ribs, it may be Tagovailoa’s time to shine.

Dynasty Impact: While it’s a great story and he deserves the accolades, I’m not buying him as a dynasty asset just yet. Unlike Herbert, who’s been known to make some spectacular throws, Tagovailoa has the luxury of two YAC masters in Waddle and Hill. He will put up big stats but it’s not because of him alone.

Long-term let’s not forget this was the same Dolphins team that attempted to bring both Tom Brady and Deshaun Watson to Miami at various points of his’s tenure. Are we supposed to believe Miami ownership has had a change of heart and that there isn’t any bad blood still there?

If someone in your league is willing to part with some serious assets for Tagovailoa, I would do it. Using the DLF Trade Analyzer, below are some suggestions, most of which I would gladly take.

Pitts Always Sunny

The tweet above made the rounds on Sunday after another lackluster stat line from Kyle Pitts. After a two reception, 19-yard performance in week one, he turned in that exact stat line again in week two. On the season, he has a total of 7.8 fantasy points and that’s if you’re in a PPR league. But what makes it more frustrating is that there is a pass catcher in Atlanta who is performing well. Rookie receiver Drake London is up to 13 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through those two games and looks like the top-eight pick the Falcons made him this year.

Dynasty Impact: We know what coach Arthur Smith meant when he said this isn’t fantasy football but it still begs the question of why you would utilize so little of a player you made the fourth overall pick last year. A pick you could have used on either Justin Fields or Mac Jones instead when Matt Ryan was clearly at the end of his Falcons career.

Because of the draft capital alone, Pitts was ranked pretty high in DLF’s tight end rankings and took the top spot after a 1,000-yard rookie season.

But what about now? If Pitts can’t be trusted in the passing game by his team, why should his dynasty managers? He’s a hold right now but don’t automatically reject a trade offer sent your way.

Dynasty Twitter Observations: Jimmy Garoppolo’s Return and Kyle Pitts’ Disappearance
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Michael Torriero
8 days ago

Author Smith is a complete idiot…
Who cares about fantasy football(I do) get Pitts the ball he’s a Generational talent..

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