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: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
The fact that Tennessee drafted Corey Davis is a great sign for Mariota’s fantasy value. But if you look even deeper, the Titans drafted two receivers and a tight end, but no running backs until the last round. This is a great sign that the front office is looking to stack the offense with weapons for Mariota to really open it up next season while giving DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry a seal of approval to continue doing what they are doing. Look for Mariota to stay in the Top-10 of all Fantasy Quarterbacks.
SELL HIGH: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
I hate this one because I really like Wilson and have him in my dynasty league but I am going to be trading him pronto. The offensive line in Seattle really needed work and yet the only position on it to see any attention during the draft was Center. If you can trade him for some draft picks or another quarterback with similar value — take it.
BUY LOW: C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
This one is going to be my dark horse because of the Jamaal Charles signing but I have 0% optimism that Charles can stay healthy. I think Anderson is a safe pick to be a RB2 for any team and would love to grab him after people waste their picks on Jamaal Charles.
SELL HIGH: Bengals Runningbacks, Cincinnati Bengals
It’s the end of the line for Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard having the chance to be an RB1. Joe Mixon is a three-down back that is also strong as a receiver. I think this year they will slowly get Mixon used to the offense, but Mixon is going to be the main RB with Hill or Bernard to sometimes spell him. I would sell both of these for draft picks to move up and grab Mixon.
BUY LOW: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
This pick is super petty, but it comes down to how bad Brock Osweiler is. Last season, Hopkins went for 78 receptions, 954 yards, and 4 touchdowns. If he could do that with Osweiler, I would love to see what he will do with Watson. He’s a low end WR1 this year.
SELL HIGH: Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
Unfortunately for Coates, the Steelers took Juju Smith-Schuster in the second round of the draft, meaning Coates isn’t long for the team. In a team loaded with Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, and Martavis Bryant (who is now back from suspension) there simply won’t be enough passes to go around and Coates is going to be the odd man out. I would be surprised if anyone would trade for him but you should try.
BUY LOW: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Hooper had a great rookie season and I can only see it getting better next year with that experience under his belt. The Falcons didn’t draft a tight end until the fifth-round of the draft so it’s safe to say they are pretty comfortable with Hooper being their guy. If you don’t already own him, I doubt you can get him for cheap, but if you do, congrats!
SELL HIGH: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I think everyone in the fantasy community saw this one coming as soon as Howard was drafted. O.J. Howard is the most complete NFL-ready tight end to come out of college in a long time and he is going to get to work immediately. While Brate will probably have a little bit of value in the beginning of the year, Howard will take over and be the #2 target for Jameis Winston behind Evans. I have the 9th pick in my league’s rookie draft and I’m praying every night he falls to me. (Not Likely)
BONUS ROUND: Wide Receiver & Running Back Duo
The Ravens did very little in the draft to get offensive weapons so it’s safe to say they are happy with what they have on their roster. Breshad Perriman enters the season as their #1 receiver and enters my draft as a WR2. Dixon is going to be hurt a little by Danny Woodhead but once he comes back from his suspension, I think they will find a way that will divvy up the targets that makes Dixon a viable starter.
Christian McCaffrey alone was the draft pick that was going to hurt both Benjamin and Stewart’s fantasy value but the addition of Curtis Samuel adds even more to the impact. Don’t get me wrong, Benjamin is still a monster and is going to be a red zone target, but a lot of the short yardage and underneath is going to go to Samuel and McCaffrey. The situation with Stewart is bleak though, I can see him getting a little work as an inside runner for this year, but I fully expect him to be dumped after this year. Sell him while you can in your leagues.