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 decision sometimes 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: Jamal Adams/New York Jets
My buy low for this month is a two-part evaluation. If you haven’t heard, the Jets have continued their strange rebuilding process of letting go of seasoned veterans in jettisoning David Harris from their team. Now, I am not a NFL general manager, but cutting my most talented linebacker without a replacement is a bold move. Now there is of course the chance that some of the others on the roster will step up, but I don’t live in the land of possibilities and I am looking at the most realistic situation. Teams are going to run past this line, the quarterbacks are going to get time to make their passes and the Jets secondary is going to have to make a lot of tackles after the catch. If you are in a rookie draft, spring for Jamal Adams in the second round to lock in a defensive back with plenty of upside, and if you have a chance to pick up a starting safety or corner for the Jets, do so.
SELL HIGH: Chris Conte, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Conte did a pretty decent job last year, I even owned him for a couple weeks, but the management in Tampa Bay went out and decided to buy into J.J. Wilcox. Now while I am a huge Wilcox fan because I am a Dallas Cowboys homer, I don’t necessarily have faith in him completely replacing Conte. The Buccaneers released Bradley McDougald in the off season but also drafted Justin Evans. So while Conte is still on the roster, he has to compete with Wilcox, Evans and Keith Tandy for playing time and I am just not a fan of the situation and would like to spend my picks elsewhere.
BUY LOW: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills
The Bills are going to transition to a 4-3 defense this season and this is going to either go very well or very bad. I like Jerry Hughes as a player, and he is one player I have always managed to not be able to get due to others seeing his potential. I would be more than willing to part with some low-end players to roll the dice on a player like Hughes this year, if possible. The same could be said for Marcell Dareus, Shaq Lawson and Kyle Williams, but Hughes has the most potential of all of them.
SELL HIGH: Sheldon Rankins, New Orleans Saints
With Nick Fairley being put on the season-ending injured reserve, the Saints are going to look into Rankins to step up and fill the shoes. Under no circumstance could I endorse Rankins for this kind of role. He has yet to play a full season so there is really no metric of samples from which to pull. If you are looking for a defensive linemen, try to trade him for someone where you at least know what you are getting.
BUY LOW: Zachary Orr, Free Agent
This one makes me super happy. Zachary Orr is reconsidering his retirement and is even meeting with the Detroit Lions this week in hopes of continuing his NFL career. If you need a linebacker, grab him or buy him before he signs with someone and everyone starts clamoring for him.
SELL HIGH: David Harris, New England Patriots
Harris has moved teams in the AFC East and joined the NFL champions, but do not confuse this for a good fantasy movement. Harris is leaving an atrocious defense that relied on him for most of the plays and was a needed component to function and joining a defense that is already solid and loaded with great defensive talent. While Harris will still have his share of solid plays with points, he will not get the gratuitous amount of playing time and points that he saw in New York.