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: Brock Osweiler, Cleveland Browns
At first, this looks like an awful pick on my part but with DeShone Kizer being named the starter of the team, Cleveland has reportedly been open to shipping Osweiler and his mega contract out of Ohio. Now according to some sources, Indianapolis has contacted Cleveland to gauge interest to build depth for injured Andrew Luck behind the atrocious Scott Tolzien. While this could lead to nothing, you should be able to get Osweiler for next to pennies now that Kizer is the starter, and he could provide a bye week filler later on.
SELL HIGH: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
In all of the Washington games I have managed to watch, the team hasn’t really dazzled me. Cousins was a Top-5 quarterback last season with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson on the roster, but unfortunately they both left for greener pastures. Cousins will work with Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, which will still provide a good amount of points, but will not come close to replicating the numbers he had last season. Sell him for a high draft pick.
Spoiler alert. I am going to start pitching players behind injured players. With Spencer Ware out for the whole season, Kansas City is going to have to rely on one (or both) of these two to carry the load. While West is a serviceable backup, I have been singing Hunt’s praises for a while, and this is going to be his time to shine. If you haven’t drafted yet, or even if you have and one of these players are on your waiver, grab them!
SELL HIGH: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rookie running backs are such a gamble on if they are going to be great or not. Not every player is going to be Ezekiel Elliott, and Fournette has a lot of red flags on the team by which he got drafted. Jacksonville does not come with the incredible offensive line, the great quarterback, or depth at wide receiver that Dallas has. No, Jacksonville is a team that is still building itself out of turmoil that previous general managers and coaches have put it through. Unless Blake Bortles can get his act together and start scaring teams with his arm, Fournette is going to see a lot of stacked boxes and not generate as many points as people believe he is going to.
BUY LOW: Markus Wheaton, Chicago Bears
Wheaton is the receiver on Chicago that I think you need to own. Chicago signed Wheaton to a $6 million contract, so the team is going to give him a shot. Wheaton was phenomenal in 2015, averaging 17 yards per catch, and Chicago is hoping he can do that kind of work in Chicago. Now far be it from me to expect Ben Roethlisberger-level results from Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky, but I still believe Wheaton can shine. There should be no way that you can’t make off with this guy cheap while everyone else fights for White.
SELL HIGH: Kevin White, Chicago Bears
Cameron Meredith’s season-ending injury has been the big news in my opinion of this week’s preseason games. Chicago wasn’t exactly gifted with the best crew of receivers and it lost, by far, its best one. The question now, is who is Chicago going to turn to? White was drafted with every intention of being the WR1 for the team but has failed for two years to be healthy enough to live up to this expectation. DO NOT BELIEVE THIS WILL CHANGE. I wouldn’t trust White to catch a cold without breaking something. He will go down early in the season and be out ONCE AGAIN. Let other people buy into his “Top of the Depth Chart” title while you make smart picks.
BUY LOW: Jake Butt, Denver Broncos
Reports coming out of Denver are nothing but glowing for Butt, believing he is a complete tight end. He went lower than he should have in the NFL Draft due to injury and in fantasy/rookie drafts he will naturally go lower than O.J. Howard and Evan Engram. That’s fine, I would love to draft Butt, have him sit on my bench for a year while he grows to learn the pace of the NFL and then have him next year where he adds another weapon in an offense that is already stacked with high-caliber running backs and wide receivers.
SELL HIGH: Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
Reports say that Allen is having trouble adjusting to the New England offense, and I find that troubling. I have seen coach Bill Belichick take some of the lowest talented players in the league and turn them into studs. If Allen cannot learn the ropes in this offense, I want no part of him on my fantasy team. And while we approach the subject, I would be hesitant (I’m not saying don’t do it) on drafting Rob Gronkowski. If Gronkowski doesn’t have other targets on the field to command attention, he is going to be seeing a lot of double coverage, and with Julian Edelman’s season-ending injury, this could very well be the case.