Fantasy Football Dynasty Trade Targets
While I, of course, love a good ‘ole redraft league, it is dynasty leagues that have hold of my heart. There is significantly more strategy involved, leagues are often more competitive, and it gives you a chance to get attached to the players you own for a handful of years. Perhaps the best part of dynasty leagues, however, is all of the trading that goes down. In fact, if you want to win your league, you’ve got to have a handle on the trade market, and wouldn’t you know it, this is the single best time of the year to pull of deals. As it stands right now, your league-mates are likely up-to-date on the incoming rookies, but almost certainly have a misguided idea of how the off-season has altered each player’s dynasty value. Now is the time to act, and so I’ve put together six players I’m targeting via trade in my dynasty leagues.
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): ECR QB #10
Last season, Jameis and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 4,607 passing yards, which would have led the NFL, and 26 touchdowns, which was more than Drew Brees. His 7.93 yards per attempt was fourth best in football, and higher than Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. My point is that he is better than QB #10 already. Add in the fact that he has been improving each season and is still just 24 years old, and I shouldn’t have to tell you that he may be the single most undervalued player in dynasty leagues currently.
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): ECR RB #12
The new scoring standard in fantasy football is half-PPR, and in those leagues last season, McCaffrey was the #12 running back last year. He is still just 21 years old, was drafted in the top 10 and has no injury concerns whatsoever. In what world does that calculate to RB #12 in dynasty? I’m so lost with what others are thinking on this one. I would trade Dalvin Cook coming off a major surgery or even Leonard Fournette, and his recurring foot issues, for the safety and upside combo of McCaffrey in a heartbeat. Even if he never runs the ball again, his receiving numbers alone outscored T.Y. Hilton, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper as a rookie last year.
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): ECR RB #29
There is a chance that Jones does not offer a single start-worthy fantasy performance for the remainder of his career, but the upside far outweighs that threat. Last season, we only saw glimpses of Jones’ talent, and there are some whisperings that Jamaal Williams may be their top-dog or that the two will be part of shared backfield, but if Jones claims the bulk of the carries, he is an RB1. You can’t get that kind of upside this late anywhere else and the fact that he is still just 23 years old and an unbelievable athlete makes it likely that he would be an RB1 for a handful of years should he take over Green Bay’s backfield.
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): ECR WR #16
I was so excited about Davis’ dynasty stock after his “failed” rookie season, then he went and put up a monster performance in the playoffs. It seems certain that his standing would soar through the roof, but it really hasn’t. Rather, he is being taken in start-ups around the same time as Jarvis Landry, who is due for a major dip in targets, and T.Y. Hilton, who has only been a top 20 fantasy wideout in two of his six NFL seasons. I’d be thrilled to deal either, plus a pick for Davis, who looks like a clone of Brandon Marshall, and you’ll remember, was the fifth overall pick, which is special territory for wide receivers.
Geronimo Allison (WR – GB): ECR #98
Before you do anything else, check your waiver wires to see if you can scoop up Green Bay’s number two wide receiver. You read that right, Allison, and not Randall Cobb, is starting for the Packers in two wide receiver sets since Cobb will typically be playing out of the slot. This is an offense that gave marginal wide receiver, James Jones, 14 touchdowns as a 28-year-old. Don’t even get me started on what would happen to Allison’s stock should Devante Adams deal with any kind of injury. You’ve got a matter of weeks before everyone else starts to catch on to Allison’s value so be sure to put out an offer for him now and don’t hesitate to pay up in order to acquire him.
Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): ECR TE #7
It used to be the case that when a player tore his ACL, you’d have no idea when he would be back or if he would ever be the same player. While there is still a slight amount of truth to that, it doesn’t tend to happen with young players as often. What I’m trying to say is that you can bank on Henry returning to his prior production, which if you can believe it, was right up there in the elite category with Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. In fact, since Henry has joined football, he has seen 115 targets and has done more with those targets fantasy-wise than any of the big three have done in their past 115 targets. It is only a matter of time before we are looking at the best fantasy tight end in football. If you aren’t a championship favorite this year, you should be doing what it takes to get Henry on your roster for the long run.