Dynasty Trade Advice – Players to Buy, Sell, and Hold: Week 8 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Fantasy managers can rejoice now that we all made it through the “Byemaggedon” week that was Week 7. With injuries and bye weeks, Week 7 was just about surviving. Hopefully, you were able to come through with a win heading into Week 8. Now that we are through seven weeks of the NFL season, now is the time to start taking advantage of managers out there who may be looking to sell off assets to rebuild. Week 8 should be the time managers start building their rosters for a playoff run.
For this weekly column, I hope to provide you with actionable takeaways on players. Making the right moves early in the season can give you a chance to win your league and help you have a better long-term outlook in dynasty leagues. The worst thing you can be as a fantasy manager is a middle-of-the-pack team that sits stagnant. Making moves is essential for your rosters. So let’s dive into some buys, sells, and holds so far this season.
Jerry Jeudy’s buy now window is closing very fast. It looks like he has recovered from his ankle injury and is a go this weekend for the Broncos. Jeudy is a big piece within that Broncos offense. Before being injured in the season’s first game, he saw seven targets and had six receptions for seventy-two yards. Teddy Bridgewater has proven that Jeudy is one of his favorite targets, and it would not shock me to see him lead the Broncos in targets the rest of the season. Even with a healthy Courtland Sutton on the roster. His value is about as low as it can get right now, and this could be an opportunity to grab a young wide receiver asset with a ton of upside. He was recently traded straight up for Jaylen Waddle and Brandon Aiyuk. In my opinion, I value Jeudy higher than both of those players. In terms of draft picks, he’s essentially going for a late first. While I wouldn’t trade a first right now, I would pair a lesser asset to a 2022 2nd to get a deal done. The players I would move with a second-round pick are Kenny Golladay, Brandin Cooks, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Verdict – Buy
Nick Chubb is always a buy for me in fantasy. People will worry about his health, but injuries are inevitable, as we have seen with every running back in the league this season. Chubb should be back this weekend and should be locked in to have an RB2 floor moving forward. Chubb should earn a full workload and a high usage rate with Kareem Hunt out for the foreseeable future. D’Ernest Johnson looked good last week but let’s be clear Chubb is one of the best running backs in the NFL. With the status of Baker Mayfield in question, I would expect the Browns to lean on their rushing attack, and they have some favorable matchups coming up. Chubb is the type of back any contending team should be trying to acquire right now. Recently he was acquired in a deal for Trey Sermon/Travis Etienne/2022 1st. That is about as fair as you can get in terms of market value, and I would be comfortable giving up those types of assets.
Verdict – Buy
I want to preface this next player by saying that I am looking at this from strictly a fantasy football perspective, not a legal one. We all know the legal issue Watson faces. There have been 22 civil complaints alleging sexual misconduct and ten criminal complaints, but he hasn’t been formally charged with any crime. Since he hasn’t been charged, Watson is currently eligible to play. There is no one in the league that can change the fantasy football landscape quite like Watson. There has been chatter that he will get moved before the deadline, and if he does, he’s one of the most valuable assets in the league. Watson has a no-trade clause that complicates things, but he seems to have grown increasingly frustrated with the organization, which may open up his list of preferred teams. If that happens, he could get moved. Trading for Watson carries a lot of risks, but if he hits, he could win leagues. Right now, his value is league-dependent, but I’ve seen him moved straight up for Ryan Tannehill, Mike Williams, Antonio Gibson, Derek Carr, 2022 1st, and Zach Wilson. All those prices are reasonable and could make it worth it to trade for the star quarterback.
Verdict – Buy
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