Dynasty Superflex Fantasy Football Rankings: Movers and Shakers

Aaron St Denis

Welcome to Movers and Shakers, an in-season series from DLF. Each week we choose a different ranking category; top 250 (one quarterback and superflex), devy, and IDP. We then review players from that group who may have risen or fallen substantially from the past month’s rankings and alert you to any relevant changes. Let’s get right to it.

Quarterback

Dak Prescott, QB DAL (Current QB11)

Prescott’s 2023 season got off to a nearly catastrophic start as he and the Cowboy’s offense looked completely inept through four weeks. This rough start has caused his dynasty value to fall off a cliff in a hurry. Prescott currently checks in at QB11 according to DLF’s Superflex rankings, and his last two games have not been enough to get fantasy managers to fully trust him again. His age, lengthy injury history, and fears surrounding the play-calling of Mike McCarthy have served to have Prescott teetering on the QB1 borderline.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Gamelog App.

He had only one game of more than 18 fantasy points through the first five weeks of the season before coming on with back-to-back 20+ point performances. This season he has had only one 300-yard passing game and one multi-passing touchdown game, both occurred in week eight. In addition to his lackluster passing stats, he has also rushed for more than 25 yards only one time.

Prescott’s rushing floor is what always propped up his value and made him a safe play. Now, with his rushing floor disappearing he is riskier than ever. He currently has the lowest fantasy floor and ceiling he’s ever had in his career. One more good performance may present managers with an opportunity to sell high and get something back before his value hits the end of the line.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Trade Finder.

Looking at the Trade Finder, we see some interesting trades for Prescott in duperflex. My assumption is that many of these trades involve a rebuilding team selling Prescott to a contending team for draft picks. This shows that in superflex leagues, Prescott still has some name-brand recognition and can be sold for a solid return. Below you will find a list of players he should be moving behind. Most of these players are currently valued ahead of him in consensus rankings, so you can likely trade Prescott away for one of these options plus an extra draft pick.

Should Move Behind:

The end of the road is near Prescott. He nears closer to fantasy irrelevance with each passing day. If you are on a rebuilding team or can afford to take a chance, I would be more than happy to trade him away for Kyler Murray, Justin Fields, or Sam Howell. All three of them are currently ranked below him due to inconsistencies or injuries. For all three, you can get a draft pick added to them in exchange for Prescott.

RUNNING BACK

Isiah Pacheco, RB KC (Current RB24)

Pacheco is perhaps the most undervalued running back in the league. He currently ranks as RB11 in PPR scoring and yet he is ranked as RB24 in DLF’s Superflex rankings. The current suppression of his rankings is due to the routine and non-flashy way in which he has come to that ranking. Pacheco hasn’t succeeded on the back of massive blowup games or huge touchdown performances. Instead, he has simply been consistent all season long.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Game Log App.

As you can see from the above game log, he has had only one real boom week. In every other week, he has neither won nor lost you the week. Pacheco has managed to go over 15 PPR points in five of eight games this season, while earning three or more targets in five of eight games. Despite being RB11 currently, he has only one game with more than 100 rushing yards and only three rushing touchdowns on the year.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Trade Finder.

Looking at the Trade Finder, we see three trades. The only one I would even consider is the one in which they acquired an injured Justin Jefferson. The miniscule return he has fetched in the other two trades perfectly illustrates the perfect buy-low window for Pacheco. He is a steal at his current value, and that’s coming from a writer known for selling day three running backs as soon as possible.

Should Move Ahead of:

There are six running backs who Pacheco should most certainly move ahead of in all situations and a handful more that he could move ahead of in the event you aren’t in win-now mode. The running backs he needs to be moved ahead of in all situations are James Cook, Rachaad White, Najee Harris, Dameon Pierce, Rhamondre Stevenson and Joe Mixon. If you aren’t contending this season and can afford to risk a dip in production this season, he can also be traded for Aaron Jones, Alvin Kamara, and Javonte Williams.

Wide Receiver

Rashee Rice, WR KC (Current WR62)

There may be rookie wide receivers with more appeal and upside, but none of those options can claim to be the potential WR1 for Patrick Mahomes. Heading into the 2023 season the Chiefs’ wide receiver room was the definition of ambiguous. Eight weeks into the season and it appears a true WR1 has emerged for Mahomes. Rice has seen his snap share increase over the first half of the season culminating with season highs of 59% and 61% over the past two weeks.

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Courtesy of DLF’s ADP History App.

Rice has had five targets in six of the eight games this season as well as 55 receiving yards or more in four of those eight games. In four of the first five games, he had a yards per target under 8.0, over the last three games his yards per target have been a minimum of 10.0 with a high of 18.0 in week six.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Trade Finder app.

Looking at the Trade Finder, we see no big names showing that he can still be had at a relatively low price. Even in the case where he was traded straight up for a quarterback, the quarterback was Mac Jones who is very close to being a backup.

Should Move Ahead of:

She currently sits so far down the list in DLF’s Superflex rankings that he could easily be moved ahead of 20 different receivers, even more with another week or two of solid production. For now, the receivers he can easily move ahead of in the rankings are Michael Thomas, Jonathan Mingo, Brandin Cooks, Rondale Moore, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Wan’Dale Robinson, Elijah Moore, and Rashod Bateman. None of those options have a safer floor than he has shown through eight weeks, and none have shown his ceiling either.

Tight End

Darren Waller, TE NYG (Current TE10)

When he arrived in New York this off-season, many analysts expected Waller to drop right back into his role as a top-five tight end. Unfortunately the injury bug has once again jumped up and bitten Darren Waller. Through eight games Waller battled injuries but managed to stay on the field. In week nine that is no longer the case as he has been placed on the IR and a disappointing season continues. He currently checks in as TE9, but a month out of action will certainly change that.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Game log App.

Waller has alternated solid fantasy finishes with total duds and has come nowhere near living up to his preseason TE5 price tag. Through eight games he has only gone over 15 PPR points on three occasions and has five games under 10 points.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Trade Finder.

Looking at the Trade Finder, we see some grim news. Anytime Leonard Fournette is involved in a trade for a player, his value is probably very limited. Between his age and injury Waller has no value and can only be held and stashed on your IR. He has limited value to a contender as we don’t know when he will return, and he has even less value to a rebuilder due to his age and lengthy injury history. All you can do is hold onto him and hope for better days and a chance to recoup some value.

Should Move Behind:

Waller’s value has fallen significantly since week one, but at the time of this article he is being placed on the IR and that value is about to sink even lower. At this point he needs to move behind Dalton Kincaid, Evan Engram, Michael Mayer, Cole Kmet, Dalton Schultz, and Trey McBride, at a minimum. Basically, if I have Waller and I’m a contender, I’m trading him for anyone who could produce this season. If I have him and I’m a rebuilder, I’m trading him for any upside young tight end. As scary as it is to say, Darren Waller is droppable. In at least one league in which we have short benches and no IR (unique for a dynasty league) I have had to drop him to stream Daniel Bellinger. Grim days for the value of Waller. The end is here!

WRAPPING IT UP

We aim to tip you off as to who the movers and shakers are weekly across our different ranking platforms. During the season, they will fluctuate on the regular. The best way to stay abreast of how a particular player you are tracking is performing is to head directly to our rankings pages. Thank you for following along — best of luck in your fantasy endeavors.