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: Joe Flacco, Baltimore
Since my last volume of this article, Baltimore has acquired Jeremy Maclin, which from a fantasy standpoint is awesome. Baltimore was going into the season with unproven Breshad Perriman as its top receiver with little to no options behind him. With the signing of Maclin and subsequent release of Dennis Pitta, I think Maclin and Perriman are going to be peppered a lot during games. Danny Woodhead, a points per reception running back, is going to be expected to catch a lot in the first four games as Kenneth Dixon is suspended. I would recommend buying Flacco low in the draft while people fight over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
SELL HIGH: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
This one is more of a futuristic prediction. While Roethlisberger is a great quarterback to have, his “almost retirement” throws some red flags up for investing in a dynasty quarterback. The point of a dynasty is to have players with longevity. If you can move Roethlisberger to get a younger quarterback with more upside, I suggest that you do.
BUY LOW: Jalen Richard, Oakland
Don’t get me wrong, I love Marshawn Lynch. But there has to be something to say for a 31-year old running back who hasn’t played football in over a year, stepping on the field to be the starter. I would like to approach him with caution. I know I will be targeting him in a couple redraft leagues that I’m in, but from a dynasty perspective I’m going for Richard. Richard has pass-catching skills that will probably allow him on the field for a good amount of snaps even with Lynch there, and if Lynch goes down due to injury, it’s going to be a battle between Richard and DeAndre Washington for the touches, and I think Richard will get it. At this point in time while everyone is scrambling for Lynch, you should be able to easily get Richard at a low price or low draft pick.
SELL HIGH: Spencer Ware, Kansas City
In my article, “Handcuffs” I explained that importance of grabbing Kareem Hunt if you draft Spencer Ware, but there is an equal argument to just selling Ware outright. Kansas City traded up to get Hunt, so it’s fair to say the team has big plans for Hunt, plans that may not involve Ware. Ware is coming off a great season so the buying price for him has got to be high. If I am a current owner of Ware, I’m going to bargain to get some draft picks and maybe just get Hunt out of curiosity to see what happens this season with him.