The dynasty stopwatch is a weekly look at the biggest movers and shakers in the dynasty landscape. There's a lot that goes into dynasty value and covering every little bit helps. With this piece, the main goal is to identify which players have shown signs of solid play are are potentially values to be pursuing in trades.
Wendell Smallwood RB Philadelphia Eagles
While Wendell Smallwood hasn't been a highly touted prospect or all that recognized throughout the draft or early season fantasy process, he's certainly someone to have on your radar, especially now that Ryan Mathews is nursing injuries and the Eagles offense looks competent. Smallwood took 17 carries and turned them into 79 yards and a touchdown in Week Three. This is obviously rewarding to the coach for giving him an opportunity, and could be the foot in the door he needs to make his role an every week thing.
Derrick Henry RB Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry is sitting behind the top running back in fantasy football so far in 2016. The amazing thing about DeMarco Murray's start to the season is how bad the Titans offense has been despite his amazing production. While this is certainly something to keep Henry somewhat on the sideline, Henry is looking good in his limited role. He continues to consistenly get yards when he gets the opportunity, much like his true freshman season at Alabama. While the general perception is that Murray's production is a bad thing for Henry, this could be the time to get Henry at a reduced price. The touches will come at some point, and this is certainly the time to buy.
Carlos Hyde RB San Francisco 49ers
While Carlos Hyde has begun the year facing off against teams that are super stout against the run and are putting the 49ers in terrible game-flow situations, his fantasy value has shined through. Hyde has started the season with two multi-touchdown games, and should be considered a true feature back going forward. He's been able to stay healthy, and it appears that Chip Kelly is going to ride him as long as he can keep going. Hyde is a buy in all formats, and he could still be had at a reasonable price because most aren't a fan of the offense or Hyde's lack of receiving ability.
Marvin Jones WR Detroit Lions
Marvin Jones has been dominant to start the season, and is clearly Matthew Stafford's main option until defenses adjust. Golden Tate has been totally stifled by this new offense so far, and while it could be an indicator that his skills are falling off, this egregious of a drop-off is likely just a usage thing. There's already reports that they're going to get Tate more involved moving forward, and with that considered, it's fair to wonder if Jones is in for some regression. His numbers have been tremendous, and he's clearly proven himself as a high end WR2 going forward, but in terms of dynasty, if you can get a high-end wide receiver or running back for Jones right now, it might be a good time.
Hunter Henry TE San Diego Chargers
It appears Antonio Gates is literally on his last legs as a San Diego Charger, and the writing was probably on the wall when they drafted Hunter Henry early in the second round of the 2016 draft. While Henry is a nice young prospect, his emergence in the passing game wasn't expected this early on in the process. With Gates out again this week, it's another week for Henry to emerge and build a role with Philip Rivers. If he can have a nice week, and with injuries considered on the offensive end. This might be the last chance to buy-low on Henry before the realization that he's going to be a main weapon in a Philip Rivers offense in the near future will hit the consciousness of the general consensus.