Dynasty Offseason Trade Targets (2022 Fantasy Football)
The 2022 offseason is finally here. After a wildly unpredictable fantasy football season, the redraft players trot back to their fantasy-free, less stressful offseason lives, taking the time to relax and be actual human beings. For us dynasty players, the real work has just begun.
The sweat is dripping down our faces as our blood pressure rises. Not knowing which players to buy or which to sell. Second-guessing our rookie draft picks based on a new clip of an incoming prospect that sways our opinion. There is no light at the end of the tunnel—a constant grind to build and get that championship.
Fear not, my fellow dynasty players. To take some pressure off this exciting time of the year, I am here to help. This article will highlight a couple of players I am trying to acquire during this offseason.
Darnell Mooney (WR – CHI)
I am making Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney a priority this offseason. With suspect quarterback play, Mooney still managed to make the year two leap. He recorded 81 receptions for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns. This was done on 140 targets. Yes, you read that right. 140 targets. Maybe one of the quietest 140 target seasons, this made him the 11th most targeted player in the league. Mooney commanded a 26.7% target share which put him ahead of guys like Jaylen Waddle, Tee Higgins, and Terry McLaurin.
Additionally, Mooney ranked 13th in air yards with 1,479. This equates to a 35.3% air yard share. Doing some quick math, this would put Mooney at an impressive 65% Weighted Opportunity Rating (WOPR). This is ahead of elite wide receivers like Tyler Lockett, Keenan Allen, and Tyreek Hill. Couple this with an aDOT of 10.6, and the arrow is trending up for this seemingly undervalued receiver.
If this isn’t enough to convince you into buying Mooney, I’ll throw another crucial stat at you. His Yards Per Route Run (YPRR) ranked 24th in the league at 2.06. While it’s not a mind-blowing figure, it is still a respectable number. Vastly improving since his rookie year, it’s a good indicator of future success.
At just 24 years old, there is a lot to love about Mooney. With the expectation of better quarterback play, Mooney is poised to build off his second-year breakout. I would happily send a mid to late second-round pick in exchange for him.
Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN)
Another offseason trade target for me is Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. Before we dive into the numbers, I want to preface this by saying this is more speculation on my end. This is me taking a gamble that the Broncos end up signing a big-name quarterback this season. Get ahead of the curve before the price goes up.
After a solid rookie year, many thought Jeudy was in line for a huge sophomore campaign. As we all know, that was not the case. Plagued by injuries and poor quarterback play, Jeudy struggled mightily. Compiling 38 catches for 467 yards and no touchdowns in 10 games, it was a season to forget.
I, for one, am not giving up on him just yet. In fact, now is the perfect time to buy. His value has plummeted after a dismal season, and I believe you can acquire him for a late second, maybe even an early third.
If we extrapolate his numbers from this season for 17 games played, it would be pretty similar to his rookie year. Jeudy would have put up 65 receptions and 794 yards on 95 targets. I think a lot of this can attribute to bad quarterback play. Ranking 24th in pass attempts, 19th in passing yards, and 25th in passing touchdowns, it is easy to see how this would impact Jeudy’s numbers. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Jeudy still led his team with a 19.9% target share.
With a strong possibility they bring in an upgrade at quarterback this season, Jeudy could be in line for a major bounce-back season. I still believe in the talent. A former first-round pick with unmatched footwork, I am willing to risk buying low on a guy who could easily outperform his current value.
When making offseason moves, it is imperative to stay one step ahead of your opponents. Dive into the numbers, take a careful look at the situation, and take advantage of buy windows. Thinking ahead will give you the competitive edge and allow you to see an incoming breakout before it even happens.
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