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Team-By-Team Dynasty Roundup: NFC North (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
May 12, 2021

Lions, and Packers, and Bears, oh my! With the NFL Draft and major free-agency moves behind us, it’s time to take stock of the dynasty landscape in the rugged NFC North. So sit down around the campfire, crack open a can of beans, and ignore the tumbleweeds and bad harmonica playing as we do a little dynasty roundup! Yeehaw, partner!

Check out our Consensus Dynasty Rankings here >>

CHICAGO BEARS DRAFT RESULTS

Dynasty Stock Watch

QB1: Andy Dalton Stock: Down
This one doesn’t need much explanation. The Bears traded up to draft Justin Fields and make him the QB of the future, effectively rendering Dalton a stop-gap option for 2021 and likely nothing more.

RB1 : David Montgomery Stock: Down
Khalil Herbert won’t be a threat to Monty’s workload, but Damien Williams and a healthy Tarik Cohen will. Monty erupted to close out 2020 thanks to a ridiculously-favorable string of games and increased work as a receiver. His role as a workhorse is likely over after just one campaign.

RB2: Tarik Cohen Stock: Up
The Bears made no significant moves to upgrade the receiving corps, and Cohen should be a volume target once again in 2021. With an improved QB in Justin Fields likely to take over sooner than later, Cohen’s stock is on the rise.

WR1: Allen Robinson Stock: Up
Fields may be the best QB he’s ever played with, and A-Rob has still mustered three WR1 seasons in his career. There’s still room to grow.

WR2: Darnell Mooney Stock: Up
See: Robinson, Allen. A more talented and dynamic quarterback is good news for Mooney.

TE1: Jimmy Graham Stock: Neutral
Graham shouldn’t have been highly valued in dynasty formats prior to the draft and offseason, and there’s no reason to value him that way now. Fields under center is good news for Graham’s 2021 outlook, but this isn’t a needle-mover for a guy who’s on Hole 18 of his career.

TE2: Cole Kmet Stock: Up
The Bears didn’t draft a TE in this year’s NFL Draft, and that’s an endorsement for Kmet, the Bears’ future at the position. He closed out the season on a high note, drawing at least seven targets in three of his last four and at least six targets in four of his last five. The transition from Graham to Kmet could come as soon as this season, and Fields at QB is certainly a positive. Stock up.

Bold 2021 Dynasty Prediction: Kmet provides strong numbers in a breakout second season and outproduces Graham in the process.

DETROIT LIONS DRAFT RESULTS

Dynasty Stock Watch

QB1: Jared Goff Stock: Up
The Lions signed Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams, drafted Amon-Ra St. Brown, and drafted arguably the best offensive lineman in this year’s NFL Draft. Goff’s situation is still less appealing than it was with the Rams, but compared to what it was pre-draft, there’s reason for optimism.

RB1: D’Andre Swift Stock: Up
The Lions waited until the seventh round of the NFL Draft to take a RB. Despite the arrival of Jamaal Williams in the offseason, Swift is on a collision course with an RB1 finish in 2021. A new quarterback and receivers, new coaching staff, and upgraded offensive line signal a hefty workload for Motor City’s lead back.

WR1: Breshad Perriman Stock: Up
Perriman heads to the Lions after a brief stint with the Jets, and he should slide in as the team’s WR1. With little competition for targets among Lions receivers, Perriman could be in line for a high-volume role in 2021. 

WR2: Tyrell Williams Stock: Up
Williams is a tough guy to evaluate, especially after he missed the entire 2020 season with a torn labrum. Targets should be more plentiful in Detroit, so his stock is up, but are you really clamoring to get Ty Will on your dynasty squad?

WR3: Quintez Cephus Stock: Up
Cephus began the offseason as the Lions’ de facto No. 1 receiver, but the team added a few more weapons around him. Fortunately, Perriman and Williams aren’t Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, and Cephus should still be able to carve out a role in this offense.

TE1: TJ Hockenson Stock: Up
It’s hard not to get excited about Hockenson’s outlook in 2021 and beyond. The team downgraded at receiver and brought in a new quarterback who has historically thrown frequently to his tight ends. That’s win-win, baby!

Bold 2021 Dynasty Prediction: Cephus leapfrogs Williams, scores eight touchdowns, and becomes a hot dynasty option for 2022.

GREEN BAY PACKERS DRAFT RESULTS

Dynasty Stock Watch

QB1: Aaron Rodgers Stock: Neutral
Rodgers can take his talents to any team and be successful. Until we know where he’ll play in 2021, we can’t judge if his stock is up or down.

RB1: Aaron Jones Stock: Down
If Rodgers leaves the Packers, Jones could become the focal point of the offense, though that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing. If defenses key in on him, or if the Packers aren’t able to stay competitive with Jordan Love under center, Jones’ stock is in trouble. He’s trending down right now.

RB2: AJ Dillon Stock: Neutral
Dillon remains Jones’ primary backup, and that hasn’t changed.

WR1: Davante Adams Stock: Up Down
Adams was historically efficient, voluminous, and downright impressive in 2020, so why is his stock down? Aaron Rodgers could be on his way out the door in Green Bay, and it’s unclear how productive Adams can be without A-Rodg. Until Rodgers’ future is clear, Adams’s stock is down.

WR2: Allen Lazard Stock: Down
Quarterback situation is unclear.

TE1: Robert Tonyan Stock: Down
Quarterback situation is unclear.

Bold 2021 Dynasty Prediction: The stock of this team’s skill position players is tied to Aaron Rodgers, and until we know if he will play quarterback for Green Bay in 2021, I can’t make any bold dynasty predictions.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS DRAFT RESULTS

Dynasty Stock Watch

QB1: Kirk Cousins Stock: Up
Minnesota invested first and third-round picks into offensive linemen, and more protection is a huge boost for Cousins’ outlook. He also gets all of his weapons back from a season ago. Stock up.

RB1: Dalvin Cook Stock: Up
Minnesota invested its lone first-round pick into an offensive lineman, which is great news for Cook. After an incredible 2020 season, his stock is clearly on the rise.

RB2: Alexander Mattison Stock: Neutral
Mattison is still clearly behind Cook in the Vikings’ pecking order, and unless he signs with another team as a lead back, his value will remain stuck in neutral. There’s no change to his stock heading into 2021.

WR1: Justin Jefferson Stock: Up
Minnesota had 11 picks in the NFL Draft and waited until Round 5 to grab a receiver and tight end. After a record-setting rookie season, Jefferson faces competition for targets from Adam Thielen and Irv Smith only. He should remain the team’s WR1 moving forward.

WR2: Adam Thielen Stock: Neutral
There’s not too much change in Thielen’s dynasty value. It was beneficial for him that Minnesota upgraded its offensive line and didn’t use a lot of draft capital on additional pass-catchers, but he should remain the WR2 or 1b in the Vikings’ passing attack. His role is secure, and his stock is neutral.

TE1: Irv Smith Stock: Up
Now that the Kyle Rudolph era is finally over, it’s time for Smith to shine in a featured role at tight end. He saw less volume in his second season, but he was more efficient with his targets, going 30/365/5.

Bold 2021 Dynasty Prediction: Smith scores more touchdowns than Thielen and jumps into the top-7 dynasty tight ends ahead of 2022.

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