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: Obi Melifonwu, Oakland Raiders
Obi is sliding into an ideal situation in Oakland. He is going to be playing behind Reggie Nelson who is getting up there in age. Nelson however has been a reliable fantasy option in Cincy and Oakland, and it’s reasonable to believe that Obi is going to slide into his role once Nelson starts declining more. It won’t be this year, but why not grab him and stash him for when it eventually happens.
SELL HIGH: Kurt Coleman, Carolina Panthers
Coleman had a phenomenal year last year. I’m pretty sure I spent half the season trying to pry him out of one of the other owners in my league’s hands, but to no avail. However, during the offseason that owner came to me and tried to pawn him off. After doing a little research, I am not more than hesitant in my love of Coleman. Kuechly went out in Week 11, and all buy 1 of Coleman’s top 5 games came in the Week 12-17 stretch. In short, obviously Coleman saw more points when Luke was out having to do more work, but with Luke healthy, be skeptical of the price.
BUY LOW: Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets
Every year people seem to ignore Richardson as a IDP and I really don’t get it. Richardson has had medical issues, that’s true, but when he is on the field he is a great output of points. The Jets offense is completely horrendous so it will come to no surprise that the Jets Defense are going to be on the field a lot. Let other people buy the stud DLs, and take a flier on Richardson.
SELL HIGH: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
This one isn’t really a sell high because Donald is arguably the best interior defensive lineman in football. This is more on the list because as good as he is as a DL in IDP leagues, his real life playing is better and should be left to other owners to pay a high price for. When you look at the averages of DT, or even DLs, the average amount of difference between him and the people ranked 5-10 ranks lower are less than 2 points. Buy someone cheaper.
BUY LOW: Tyus Bowser, Baltimore Ravens
This one is really unfair because I had this guy on my list BEFORE Albert McClellan went out for the season. Tyus can move all over the field and I wouldn’t be surprised if he develops in a year or two into a role like Sean Lee where he can run down receivers. Now that Albert is out, Tyus will probably be shifted into a starting role so you may not be able to buy him that low, but if you can, grab him.
SELL HIGH: Stephone Anthony, New Orleans Saints
No one is fooling anyone, the Saints defense is in trouble. Anthony sits as a great player in a bad situation. He played middle linebacker in his rookie year and failed to do a competent job. Let the Saints or Clemson homers in your league grab him while you grab a more level-headed pick.