In a dynasty league, the most valuable asset is the team owner’s ability to know when to buy players who are on the cusp of breaking out and knowing when to cut loose a player who is about to go into decline. Much like the real world stock market, making the wrong decisions sometime can lead to cataclysmic consequences. If you are in a league where you can unload or load up on some of these players, do so!
BUY LOW: Cam Newton, Carolina
Cam Newton finished outside of the Top 15 quarterbacks overall in most leagues last year. This is the guy who was the top quarterback in most leagues in 2015. While I don’t expect him to finish on top of the league anytime soon, I refuse to believe that he is going to perform as bad as he did last year. He will have another year of working with all his receivers and the possibility of drafting a new running back, I think that he will be a huge bounce back candidate and if there is an easy way to get him without giving up too much, it’s a perfect situation.
SELL HIGH: Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Don’t get me wrong, Matt Ryan is a heck of a Quarterback. This sell rating has mainly to do with the hype that he will be getting next year. Winning MVP in 2017, a lot of owners are going to be gunning for him. With the small margin of difference between Ryan and quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins or Andrew Luck, I would try to move him and get something valuable that I need to fill a hole on my team.
BUY LOW: Mike Gillislee, Buffalo
For being a backup last year and finishing 34th in standard scoring leagues is very impressive. I have never been a fan of LeSean McCoy’s ability to stay healthy and even if he is healthy, Gillislee still gets snaps. In my league (which is a salary auction) I was able to steal him for $3 and will have him stashed for that rainy day when McCoy goes down or just moves on from the team.
SELL HIGH: Rob Kelley, Washington
Kelley is not a long term answer to the running back situation in Washington. While he might have a good season left in him, I think Washington is going to draft a franchise running back in the next draft or one soon after, If I can get something for Kelley while I can, then perfect for me.
BUY LOW: Josh Doctson, Washington
With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both moving on to new teams this season, the only real threat to Doctson is Terrelle Pryor, and I believe Doctson to be the better of the two. I think Doctson is in for a breakout season, and while you may have to give up more than a traditional “buy low” price, I believe he will be worth it.
SELL HIGH: Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia
For those who read my “Winners and Losers” article last week, I made it very clear that the Philadelphia receivers are going to take a huge fantasy hit next year. Green-Beckham just happens to be the one I think is going to take the biggest hit. If you can move him for a mid-level draft pick to someone who is receiver needy or someone who is just a homer, do it.
BUY LOW: Vance McDonald, San Francisco
McDonald finished in the bottom tier of tight ends for good reasoning last year due to poor quarterback play in San Francisco. While the quarterback situation is still unsure under new coach Kyle Shanahan, I would definitely send some feelers out to see if I could acquire him for next to nothing. Best case scenario, you trade some low-end assets and he breaks out with a new quarterback. Worst case scenario, you lose a low-end asset and have a player who can fill that tight end bye week.
SELL HIGH: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota
This one could really go either way. I more picked Rudolph for this candidate due to him having such a phenomenal season last year and wanting to see what he would go for. Minnesota is going to put the ball in Stefon Diggs’ and Laquon Treadwell’s hands a lot, and with the signing of Latavius Murray, I think Rudolph is going to see a decrease in targets. Keep him if you want – he will still have a good season – but if you can get multiple assets in return, I would pull the trigger.