Five in Five: Week Ten Dynasty Storylines

Ken Kelly

Over the years, we’ve done several different weekly preview articles and love to give new things a try. This is the time of year when it’s nearly information overload with every nook and cranny of the internet flooded with all kinds of fantasy football opinions and advice. Instead of following the herd and doing the same thing you’re used to, we’re going a little off the wall this year with our “Five in Five.” This is a weekly written preview of the five biggest storylines of the week encompassed in a five-section theme and in the way I love to do it – weird. It will also be a bit of a preview for my weekly Dynasty Aftermath – the longest running dynasty series in the business as we hit year #17 in 2023 as we bring you five possible storylines we could see on Monday Morning.

How high is the Stroudosphere?

The Texans have hit the lottery with CJ Stroud, who has 2,270 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and just one interception so far this year. Last week was a total joke as he threw for a rookie record 470 passing yards and five touchdowns in a comeback win against Tampa Bay. There’s little doubt he’s going to win rookie of the year (he’s currently sitting at -1,000 in terms of betting odds). Stroud is currently the QB4 on the season and again, he’s a rookie. The Texans take on a very tough Cincinnati team on the road this week and it’s fair to wonder just what Stroud has next for us. He’s vaulted himself into the top five of dynasty quarterbacks and left other prospects like Bryce Young and Anthony Richardson in his rearview mirror. With solid young players like Nico Collins and Tank Dell mixed in with solid veterans like Dalton Schultz and Robert Woods, it seems we have ourselves a long-term QB1 on our hands as Houston attempts to build a real contender for the first time in franchise history.

Mac and Jeez

The Patriots have been bad. Like really bad. At 2-7, their season is already over. At this point, Mac Jones is squarely under the spotlight and likely playing for his job moving forward. He’s been playing fine with 1,861 passing yards with ten touchdowns and nine interceptions so far on the season. However, “fine” just isn’t going to cut it in the NFL and average quarterbacks just don’t tend to stay starters for long. There is speculation about the job security of Bill Belichick and you can bet he’ll go down swinging if he really is on the hot seat, which means Jones is on a short leash moving forward. This is a big week as the Colts play the Patriots in Germany in a game that isn’t exactly Brady vs. Manning, If Jones can’t get this offense rolling, New England is going to have to make a change as this proud franchise likely isn’t interested in tanking for a shot at Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.

Cheat Code Initiated

Remember a couple of years ago when Taysom Hill was at the center of controversy as a tight end who was playing quarterback? Well, after a quiet period of time, Hill has re-emerged as one of the best weapons in fantasy football. Last week, he had 52 rushing yards, four catches. 13 receiving yards, three passing yards, and two total touchdowns in a win against Chicago. This also marked the second straight game he posted at least 22 fantasy points and fourth in a row with double-digit production. If the Saints continue to use him on the goal line, Hill is going to help decide a lot of fantasy championships. After week five, Hill was the TE37. From week six until now, he’s the TE2. That’ll do it.

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way?

The Titans have benched Ryan Tannehill and are going with rookie Will Levis the rest of the way. The in-game results and box scores haven’t really shown it but Levis has looked pretty good so far. The Titans players are also looking and sounding like they’re ready to rally around him. If Levis can continue his hot play down the stretch, this could be a huge development in dynasty leagues as his play could help players like Derrick Henry and DeAndre Hopkins become top-tier plays again. A game on the road against a Tampa Bay team that just gave up 470 yards to the aforementioned CJ Stroud is up next. This will be a huge week for the Titans and for anyone who is needing players off this team in their fantasy leagues down the stretch.

Heinicke to Success?

The Falcons have benched Desmond Ridder and turned to Taylor Heinicke but it has yet to unlock the potential in players like Kyle Pitts, Drake London and Bijan Robinson. The Falcons offense has just zapped the value from all these players and it’s been borderline shocking to watch. If this team can’t get things rolling on the road against an Arizona team that’s 1-8 on the season, this is going to be lights out for the season and dynasty owners are going to need to make some tough decisions on benching a lot of these players moving forward.

This looks like a huge week, gang!

Make sure to get your lineup questions in! We’ll see you next week for the Dynasty Aftermath!

ken kelly