Dynasty Trade Advice – Players to Buy, Sell, and Hold: Week 10 (Fantasy Football 2021)
Week Ten of fantasy football is here, and this is now the time that we need to evaluate your chances of winning your dynasty league. If you are a top-three contender, it’s time to make a move and put yourself in a position to win your leagues. The whole point of playing is to win. Don’t be scared to make moves to put yourself in a place to win. If you find yourself not contending, you should trade your older assets that are still elite for picks. Do not clog the trade bait with lower-level assets who have no chance of helping teams compete. That makes everyone mad. Go in with genuine offers that help everyone in the league, including yourself.
For this weekly column, I want to provide four assets that you should be trying to acquire in your leagues. These players can help you rebuild your team quickly and whose value may be dropping if they are on a contending team that wants to win now.
Cam Akers (RB – LAR)
Now is the time to go try to acquire Cam Akers. By all accounts, his recovery seems to be ahead of schedule, and he could be sitting on a contender’s roster that needs to add pieces for a title run. This would be the best time to trade for him. Everyone has been using Marlon Mack as a player comp for Akers because of the Achilles injury, but another player to watch is Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu. Nwangwu suffered a torn Achilles while playing at Iowa State and has shown promise this season for the Vikings, primarily on special teams. While trading for Akers is risky, his value is at a perfect spot to trade for. In a recent deal, he was traded for Kadarius Toney straight up. Those are the deals I would look for to see if you can acquire a runningback of Akers caliber. He was also traded for Khalil Herbert and Van Jefferson in a separate deal. Those teams were clearly in win-now mode, but those assets are worth the risk of trying to get Akers.
Verdict – Buy
J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL)
You should notice a trend with these players mentioned. J.K. Dobbins was one of my favorite running back targets heading into 2021 until he suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. Regardless he’s the type of player you can look to acquire for a short-term rebuild, and he carries less risk than Akers. People forget that in three years as the starting running back for Ohio State, he amassed 4,459 Yards rushing and 645 yards receiving. As a senior, he broke College football Hall of Famer Eddie George’s single-season record of 1,927 rushing yards in a season with 2003 yards. As a rookie last year, he started the season slowly but turned it on the previous six games, scoring a combined seven touchdowns and averaging just over 14 fantasy points per game. He looked primed for a breakout, then his injury occurred. Regardless he’s a top buy for me if he’s on a contending team’s roster. While he carries less risk than Akers, he does carry a higher price. There is no buying low on a player like Dobbins. One asset to try to move is Ezekiel Elliot for Dobbins. That would give a contending team a runningback asset who will still have value for the next two seasons and give them a healthy running back to contend with.
Verdict – Buy
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL)
Ridley was one of the hottest names in fantasy coming into the year. After Julio Jones got traded to the Tennessee Titans, most expected Ridley to be a WR1 this season. Instead, Ridley has been inconsistent all season and recently stepped aside from football to deal with personal matters. Before stepping away, Ridley was at best a low-end WR2, and he was not living up to his ADP. Part of the issue for Ridley was the emergence of RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson has been a revelation this season, and his success cut into Ridley’s production.
Ridley is still talented, and he isn’t retiring. There’s no telling if he will come back and play this season, but he’s the type of asset that can make you an immediate contender next season. He’s only 26, so he hasn’t hit his age cliff, and I expect him to produce solid numbers for at least the next two seasons. He could be a low-end WR1 next year. Ridley is the type of player that you buy the dip on. He has been traded for Amari Cooper, Rashod Bateman, Mike Williams, Tyler Lockett, and a 2022 2nd round pick to give you a clearer picture of his value. All those trades were straight up and should tell you he’s worth acquiring at his current price.
Verdict – Buy
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