Dynasty Fallers: D’Andre Swift, Darnell Mooney, DJ Moore (2022 Fantasy Football)
Let’s take a look at some players who fell in perceived value during Week 3 of the fantasy football season, along with how to approach the player in your league.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Fallers
D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
I wrote about why Swift was a sell after Week 1, and now we are seeing my concerns play out on the field. In reality, Swift was overvalued coming into the season, but for those fantasy managers who valued him as a top-tier dynasty back, his usage is concerning. The big plays he ripped off in Weeks 1 and 2 masked the volatile usage but when he’s not picking up chunk gains, his fantasy output is minimal. Jamaal Williams is getting all the goal line work along with most of the carries between the tackles, while Swift is playing passing downs and mixing in elsewhere. Last season, the team spent less time around the goal line and featured fewer options in the passing game, but it’s a different story now, and Swift’s value needs to be reevaluated.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Ekeler played 34 snaps, ceding 27 to a combination of Sony Michel and Joshua Kelley. He ran 26 routes and saw eight targets but carried the ball just four times for five yards. His 48 yards receiving on eight grabs left him with a respectable 13.3 points, but the elite ceiling we saw from Ekeler last season is not only gone, but it’s also completely unattainable. His red zone usage has evaporated, and he has yet to cross the goal line. His receiving work offers a safe floor, so if you can convince somebody to buy him for that reason, then it’s time to move on.
Darnell Mooney (WR – CHI)
The good news is that Mooney more than doubled his fantasy output in his first two weeks combined with his performance in Week 3. The bad news is that it took just 4.3 points to do so. Mooney is clearly the team’s top pass catcher, as he ran 59 routes and led the team in targets with five. He’s also a very talented player, but the unfortunate reality is that he’s attached to a sinking ship that is the Bears offense. Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I have no faith in Justin Fields, and it seems as though the Bears don’t either. He’s worth holding onto in hopes that things get better or there’s a quarterback change in the future, but he’s unplayable as it stands now.
DJ Moore (WR – CAR)
Admittedly, I thought Baker Mayfield would provide an upgrade for DJ Moore and the Panthers’ offense. Of course, that hasn’t happened, and things may have gotten worse for Moore. You’d have to squint at the box score to notice that he even played on Sunday after recording just one catch for two yards. He carried the ball twice for 13 yards to reach 2.5 fantasy points, the fewest total he’s produced in a full game played since Week 3 of his rookie season in 2018. His talent is undeniable, but with just 88 receiving yards on the season, it’s difficult to envision a scenario where things get much better for Moore – at least until the Panthers find a real head coach and a franchise quarterback.