Recommended Dynasty Trade Proposals for July: Quarterbacks (2020 Fantasy Football)
Each month, the wonderful Mike Tagliere posts an updated dynasty trade value chart. It’s an excellent resource for both dynasty players and commissioners, as you can use it to gauge trade balance successfully. It’s often difficult to discuss a trade when you and other members of your league see a player very differently, so Tags’ chart functions as a helpful third party.
If you’re looking to acquire a new quarterback in dynasty, here are some potential offers to consider.
League Format: 1QB
Tags’ Trade Value: 32
Potential Offer: Marlon Mack (17) AND Jimmy Garappolo (15)
Prescott’s finishes since entering the league in 2016? QB2, QB10, QB11, QB6. He’s got an even easier job with CeeDee Lamb in town now, and he’ll be a hot commodity on the trade market this season.
You can safely add Prescott if you’re looking to win now or in a few years. In 1QB formats, it’ll be easiest to pry him away from someone if he’s their QB2. Since I doubt that any drafter before this season would have trusted Prescott as their QB1, he might be riding the pine in some of your leagues.
Should the Prescott owner need a stopgap at running back, someone like Marlon Mack could make a lot of sense. He’ll play behind one of the best offensive lines in football this season, and he should get a chance to start somewhere else in 2020. Throw in a mid-range QB2 like Garoppolo to replace Prescott, and you should be good to go.
League Format: 2QB
Tags’ Trade Value: 68
Potential Offer: Jonathan Taylor (66)
Prescott carries substantially more value in 2QB leagues. His consistent QB1 finishes make him a higher-floor option than most, and you might have to overpay.
Enter Jonathan Taylor. Like Mack, he runs behind an elite offensive line. Unlike Mack, he won’t have any NFL experience entering 2020. While Taylor should eventually beat Mack out for snaps, it will take a few weeks since there won’t be a preseason.
So if you’re looking to win this season, then I’d recommend moving Taylor for Prescott. You’re getting guaranteed QB1 production for a running back who might not be startable for a few weeks. Yes, you’re sacrificing Taylor’s elite RB1 upside, but if you need a quarterback to win now, it’s a good move.
League Format: 1QB
Tags’ Trade Value: 25
Potential Offer: Diontae Johnson (25)
Matty Ice has been a reliable fantasy quarterback in 1QB formats. He has posted finishes of QB11, QB2, QB15, QB2 since 2016, and he plays in a high-volume passing offense. I’m expecting a mild breakout from Calvin Ridley, too, which should put him in the QB1 conversation.
The knock on Ryan is his age. He turned 35 back in May, so his fantasy days are numbered. I think he’ll remain a strong QB1 option for another two to three years, however, so he’s a good option if that’s your championship window.
If the Ryan owner needs a receiver, try offering them Diontae Johnson. He’s a breakout candidate with Ben Roethlisberger back this season, but there’s no guarantee that either James Washington or Chase Claypool won’t steal his thunder. You’d be reducing your risk considerably by making this move.
League Format: 2QB
Tags’ Trade Value: 43
Potential Offer: D’Andre Swift (43)
While Ryan isn’t always a QB1, he is an elite QB2. The Falcons have finished with 600-plus passing attempts in both of Dirk Koetter’s seasons since returning to Atlanta, and you can expect that to continue in 2020. With such a steady floor, you can’t do much better at QB2.
So what’ll you have to pay? Like with Prescott, you might have to pony up a high-upside rookie. D’Andre Swift is a great candidate for this deal if you’re in win-now mode. He’s got to compete with fellow second-rounder Kerryon Johnson, and I’d expect Detroit to emphasize the passing game with Stafford back in the saddle.
You can’t trust Jones to be your starter in 1QB leagues. However, you can trust him as your QB2, and he’s got some intriguing upside. Jones posted four performances with 28-plus fantasy points, which are some solid QB1 numbers. He scored fewer than 14 points in six of his starts, too, so he’s got his downsides.
Jones will get a new head coach and offensive coordinator this season. He should also have a healthier supporting cast. If there’s ever a time for him to break out, it’s now, and I’d recommend buying low on him while you still can.
Sony Michel and Curtis Samuel make good bargaining chips when trading for Jones. Michel is a high-floor option until New England decides to move on from him, while Samuel is an elite speedster who will play in an entirely new offensive scheme. Since all three guys are dart throws for 2020, it’s up to you to pick your poison.
Jones’ upside makes him an attractive option in 2QB leagues, as he carries QB2 floor with future QB1 upside. Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Darius Slayton, and Saquon Barkley make for an elite supporting cast, and they’ll all be around for a while.
If the Jones owner has him as a QB3, it’ll be easier to arrange a position swap. It makes sense to send them a running back who may not have a role in one to three years like Gordon or Conner, especially if they’re in win-now mode.
Winston doesn’t have much value in 2020. He won’t beat out Drew Brees for the starting job, and they’ve already got Taysom Hill for wildcard sets. Instead, Winston’s value comes from the fact that he should reemerge as a starter for someone in 2021, and he’ll get the first crack at Brees’ job if he retires. He might not be a weekly QB1 once he does, but he’s got tons of upside.
As such, he’s a poor add if you want to win this season. You should try selling a veteran or two with a limited shelf life for him.
League Format: 2QB
Tags’ Trade Value: 22
Potential Offer: Mark Ingram (21)
Winston might be harder to get in 2QB leagues. Winston had never finished as a top-12 passer until 2019, but he’s always finished within the top 24 — even when he got benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Again, he won’t finish as a QB2 in 2020, but that’s not why you’re buying him.
You’ll have to sell a higher-value asset to land Winston in 2QB leagues. As a result, trading away someone like Ingram makes perfect sense, as he should see plenty of usage in 2020 but less in 2021.
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