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Dynasty Players to Trade Now (2019 Fantasy Football)

Apr 10, 2019

It’s time to move on from Antonio Brown

We know that many dynasty leagues are ramping up as the NFL Draft nears. As you ponder your team’s construction, one option that is always something to consider is making trades. Whether you’re looking to offload older players, get known commodities, or acquire draft capital, knowing who to target and what their value is can make it all worth it. We reached out to our group of featured experts below to provide that exact advice. If you’re considering making moves soon, here’s who you should be buying and selling along with what to ask for in return.

Featured Experts:
Jeff Haverlack – Dynasty League Football
Mike Tagliere – FantasyPros
Bradley Ylitalo – Dynasty League Football
Jared Smola – Draft Sharks

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

Antonio Brown (WR – OAK)
“I started selling Brown in 2018 leading up to my leagues’ trade deadline in all formats and continue to sell now in 2019, now possessing no Antonio Brown shares in any league. It’s a classic sell high scenario for a player about to turn 31 and heading to a new situation where production won’t be nearly as easy to come by as it was in Pittsburgh. In PPR formats, Brown finished as the WR2 overall, narrowly edged out by Green Bay’s Davante Adams for the top receiver in 2018. Now on the wrong side of 30 and heading to an offensive situation far less desirable than that in the Steel City, Brown carries a high degree of risk. I’ve received the equivalent of two first-round rookie selections in draft picks or picks plus players and, though that value is slipping of late, any trade discussions still start there.”
– Jeff Haverlack (Dynasty League Football)

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ)
“For me, it’s Le’Veon Bell. He now has a team in the New York Jets but it’s unlikely he a) gets the amount of work he was getting in Pittsburgh, and b) that his touches are nearly as efficient as they were in Pittsburgh. Most don’t realize that Bell played behind an offensive line that allowed him to be as patient as he was. If he’d played behind the Jets offensive line, he would’ve averaged sub-4.0 yards per carry and would’ve been nowhere near the top of fantasy drafts. While I’m not a ‘running backs don’t matter’ guy, it’s going to be hard for any running back to excel behind that offensive line. I’d be willing to buy low on someone like Leonard Fournette and a late-first round pick in exchange for him.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Veteran Quarterbacks (Matt Ryan, Drew BreesBen Roethlisberger, etc.)
“Whether it’s Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, or Ben Roethlisberger, it doesn’t really matter. If I have a veteran quarterback who is valued for their immediate (2019) projections, I’m selling. Why? The young talent we have at signal caller is simply ridiculous. Holding on to these older quarterbacks just isn’t at all necessary. If you can find owners who are looking for immediate help at quarterback, I’d take advantage of it. For someone like Matt Ryan, I’d be thrilled to get a late first in either this class or in a future rookie draft. If that can’t be done, I’d settle for an early second.”
– Bradley Ylitalo (Dynasty League Football)

Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN)
“I’m cashing in my Phillip Lindsay chips right now. He averaged a big 5.4 yards per carry as a rookie but was far less impressive in more predictive metrics. Lindsay ranked just 21st among 29 qualifying RBs in missed tackles forced per attempt and 27th in yards after contact per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. Translation: Lindsay was below average in picking up yards beyond what was blocked. Teammate Royce Freeman, by the way, beat Lindsay in both missed tackles forces and yards after contact per attempt. There’s a good chance we just saw Lindsay’s best NFL season.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

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

Chris Godwin (WR – TB)
“Though his price has risen since I started acquiring him in 2018, Chris Godwin continues to be a name I’m acquiring now as long as the price is right. Heading into the trade deadline of 2018, Godwin’s value in rookie draft picks was near the bottom of the first round but with DeSean Jackson (PHI) and Adam Humphries (TEN) now out of the picture, Godwin will be an every-down starter across from Mike Evans in an offense that led the NFL in passing yards in 2018 and his value continues to rise. Only 23 years of age and with good size, I’d rank Godwin first overall next to rookie wide receivers in 2019 and would be comfortable giving up a selection as high as the 1.03 in rookie drafts. He’s an aggressive-buy if you are looking for an upside WR2.”
– Jeff Haverlack (Dynasty League Football)

Jameis Winston (QB – TB)
“Winston’s improvement hasn’t been talked about nearly enough. We can complain all about his lack of consistency and wins, but his numbers have actually only gotten better through the years. Winston’s 2018, for instance, saw him set career highs in yards per game, completion percentage, and ESPN total QBR. He should be set up for the long term with a very strong base of weapons in Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, and Chris Godwin. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he finishes as a QB1 more than a handful of times over the next decade. If you can snag Winston for a second and third/fourth rookie draft pick, I’d make that deal.”
– Bradley Ylitalo (Dynasty League Football)

Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC)
“It’s considered a hot take at the moment, but Leonard Fournette is still a top-eight dynasty running back, which is why you should buy low on him right now. There are only 5-6 running backs who are guaranteed 20-plus touches per week when healthy and Fournette is one of them. Many don’t realize that when he struggled late in the year, he was missing four-of-five starting offensive linemen. Despite those struggles, Fournette has posted RB2 or better numbers (in PPR formats) in 71.4 percent of his NFL games, which is a higher mark than Kareem Hunt. If you can get him for a first round pick this year, do it immediately. ”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA)
“Volume has been Drake’s issue in Miami. He’s yet to top 133 carries or 173 total touches across his first three NFL seasons. But Drake has been super productive when he’s gotten the rock, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 8.1 yards per catch. He ranked 3rd among 61 qualifying RBs in missed tackles forced per attempt this past year, according to Pro Football Focus. We’ll see if Miami’s new coaching staff gets Drake more touches this season. If not, he’ll hit free agency next offseason at just 26 years old.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

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