Dynasty Trade Advice – Players to Buy, Sell, and Hold: Week 9 (2021)
Through eight weeks of the NFL season, injuries have been piling up all over the league. Now is the time to start digging deep and finding value across your leagues to compete this year. Or look to offload your win-now assets to begin a rebuild of dynasty teams that need it. Being as active as possible in your leagues this season is pivotal if you want to make the playoffs. When Adrian Peterson (RB-TEN) is leading the waiver, you know the wire is thin. You will need to make trades if you are going to stay ahead in your leagues.
For this weekly column, I hope to provide you with actionable takeaways on players. Making the right moves in the season can give you a chance to win your league and help you have a better long-term outlook in dynasty leagues. Making moves is essential for your rosters. So let’s dive into some buys, sells, and holds so far this season.
Trey Lance is one of the easiest buys right now in Dynasty leagues if you are rebuilding or out of the playoffs. Kyle Shanahan chose his starting quarterback this year, and it looks to be Jimmy Garoppolo (QB-SF) for the remainder of the fantasy season. There could be a scenario where Trey gets to start the last few weeks of the season, but in reality, a move for trey is a move to solidify your dynasty roster for the future. The reason I am buying is that next year’s quarterback class is lacking elite talent. Trey is the type of quarterback I want for the long haul, and because of his poor play when he started, his market value is worth testing. He is currently in trades for Ryan Tannehill (QB-TEN), Kirk Cousins (QB-MIN), and Deshaun Watson (QB-HOU) straight up in leagues where their owners are clearly in win-now mode. These are the types of deals I would be looking for when trying to acquire Lance.
Verdict – Buy
Michael Carter is a massive sell for me right now. He led the team on Sunday in rushing with 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Carter also had 14 targets and caught nine of them for ninety-five yards. While the numbers have been impressive, and he looks like a clear RB2 in fantasy, his value may not ever be higher than it is right now. Recent trades have seen him moved for 2022 1st, which would not have happened two weeks ago. I have also seen him paired with an asset like Kadarius Toney (WR-NYG) to acquire Joe Mixon (RB-CIN) in the midst of one of his best fantasy seasons to date. Now would be the time to use him with another asset to trade up for a player of Mixon’s caliber. That not only can help you win this year but gives you another player with more value.
Verdict – Sell
Former Miami Hurricane tight end Brevin Jordan is still one of my favorite dynasty deep stashes. The Texans selected Jordan with the No. 147th pick in the NFL draft, a disappointment, after posting career numbers 105 receptions for 1,358 receiving yards and thirteen touchdowns. His fall in the draft was one of the more perplexing things I’ve seen. He played in his first game Sunday, and he had three receptions for forty-one yards and a touchdown. Since his freshman year at Miami, I’ve been a big believer in Jordan’s skill set and still think he can carve out an excellent role for himself on an NFL roster. At his price point, which is practically free, he is worth taking a chance on. Jordan demonstrates outstanding athleticism and, like most tight ends in today’s NFL, versatility. According to Pro-Football Focus, he ranked first in yards after contact and yards per route in 2020. If Jordan can continue to get opportunities, we could see a sharp rise in value in the coming weeks. He is practically free in dynasty leagues right now and is more of a long-term play, but he’s a solid buy for me.
Verdict – Buy
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