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Dynasty Players to Trade (Fantasy Football)

Apr 12, 2018

The hype around Deshaun Watson might be too much for a 7-game sample size

It’s only April, but for dynasty league players, there isn’t really an offseason. It’s about that time to discuss trades as the NFL Draft will surely change the value of those rookie picks and deals should be made now to maximize all assets. Whether you’re building for the long-term future or looking to contend now, our featured experts below have taken the time to name who they’re buying and selling along with what they’d give up and would like back in return for each move.

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Q1. Which player are you selling now in dynasty leagues and what kind of return are you looking for?

Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU)
“If I’m holding any shares of Watson, I’m looking to sell them while he’s being valued as the No. 2 to No. 4 quarterback in dynasty circles. While his rookie campaign was impressive, we mustn’t forget that it was a seven-game sample size. We’ve seen some quarterbacks go through some hot streaks before. Maybe not to the tune of 19 touchdowns in seven games, but looking back at the defenses he played during that time, we shouldn’t be so quick to place him into the elite conversation. Quarterback is such a replaceable position, so if you’re able to get a top-five pick in return for him, I’d do it. I’ve heard of some getting even more than that, so make sure to maximize your return. Another option is trading him away for another quarterback and then some. Unless it’s a 2QB league, quarterbacks are easily replaced.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Marlon Mack (RB – IND)
“I like Mack. He checks boxes for size, athleticism, college production and receiving ability. The 22-year-old didn’t cement a future role in 2017, though. The Colts, under new HC Frank Reich, have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds of the draft to find an upgrade. If someone in your league buys Mack as the long-term starter, consider flipping the USF product for a less volatile asset.”
– Kevin English (Draft Sharks)

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
“While his value is still high, sell Joe Mixon. It’s not that I don’t like Joe Mixon’s talent, I just hate his situation in Cincinnati. Their O-Line is bad (ranked 28th by Pro Football Focus and 24th in Adj. Line Yards by FootballOutsiders for the 2017 season), and the offense has ranked 24th and 26th in total points the past two seasons. The team doesn’t seem to be getting any better, either. Few yards available and limited scoring opportunities are two huge red flags for me when projecting running back fantasy points. I’d be selling Mixon for an early-mid 2018 first round rookie pick or a projected early 2019 first round rookie pick.”
– Eric Iannaccone (Dynasty Football Factory)

Josh Gordon (WR – CLE) | Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE)
“I’m selling both of the Browns’ primary receivers, Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry. There are only so many targets to go around in a Tyrod Taylor (or worse, Josh Allen) led offense. Add in Corey Coleman, David Njoku and potentially Saquon Barkley to the mix and you’ll find that Landry has moved from the best possible situation to perhaps the worst possible. Gordon is worth closer to his current start-up dynasty ADP, but someone in your league will still be willing to pay a bonkers return for him. I’d gladly take Dez Bryant for Gordon or Jerick McKinnon for Jarvis Landry.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q2. Which player are you buying now in dynasty leagues and what are you willing to give up to get him?

John Ross (WR – CIN)
“The idea of buying low can be a fallacy because once you approach another owner about that player, you’re often giving away the secret. Because of that, you’ll want to include multiple players, though you know which ones the trade is built around. My favorite buy-low to include in those deals right now is John Ross. There’s a reason he was drafted inside the top-10 of the NFL Draft and the man keeping him off the field last year will likely be out of a job by the end of the year. I recently acquired him in exchange for a late second- and late third-round draft pick in a rookie draft, which is essentially nothing outside of a couple lottery tickets. If you can get him for this, consider yourself buying low.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Pierre Garcon (WR – SF)
“Garcon turns 32 in August and had his 2017 cut short by a neck injury that required surgery. That should help contending teams acquire him for as little as a late 3rd-round rookie pick. Remember, before going down midway through last season, the former Colt was on a 16-game pace of 80-1,000 (without Jimmy Garoppolo, too). San Francisco didn’t add WR competition in free agency, while a rookie is unlikely to steal a hefty target share.”
– Kevin English (Draft Sharks)

Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
“There’s a ton of value out there right now, but one player I’ll focus on is Patrick Mahomes. With a lot of good young talent at the QB position right now – Wentz, Goff, Watson, Mariota, Winston, Dak, Trubisky – it’s been a bit easier to acquire one of these guys. The Kansas City offense looks like a dream situation for a young QB to develop with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Kareem Hunt as your weapons. With so much talent and Mahomes’ ability to make plays, I really like his long-term prospects and would give up a 2018 2nd round rookie pick, and even a late 1st round pick in a Superflex league.”
– Eric Iannaccone (Dynasty Football Factory)

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI)
“If I can get my hands on Tarik Cohen right now, I’d be thrilled. Matt Nagy requires pass-catching backs in his offense and Jordan Howard may have the worst hands of any starting running back in the NFL. Cohen is nicknamed the human joystick for a reason. He is a mini-Kareem Hunt and I’m confident Nagy will use him this season in a similar role to what we saw from Kamara. Don’t hear me wrong, I wouldn’t take him in the top five rounds or anything like that, but I would trade a piece like Alex Collins for him.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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