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Dynasty Players to Buy Post Free Agency (2022 Fantasy Football)

Mar 23, 2022
J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins played well in 2020 before getting hurt before last season started, and he’s the top RB option on a team that prefers running the ball.

Now that the dust of free agency has started to settle, we can begin to look at players whose situations may have changed. Not all of these players switched teams, though. Sometimes adding or not adding players to the roster can affect players who were on that roster previously. So let’s look at some guys I’m targeting as we officially head into pre-draft season.

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Quarterback

Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC)

This one feels like an obvious pick, but there are still many fantasy managers who are low on the second-year player. Lawrence likely saw a value bump with the Jacksonville adding Christian Kirk (WR), Zay Jones (WR), and Evan Engram (TE). This makes sense, but I still think Lawrence has QB1 upside at a QB2 price. Depending on your league and how much the current manager values Lawrence, you still might be able to get a young player at a discount if you strike before more articles come out about him, like this one.

Derek Carr (QB – LVR)

My other QB target to buy post free agency is another obvious one, but it’s something I feel like bears mentioning. Carr was already a solid QB2 option, making him the perfect target in SuperFlex leagues, but adding a weapon like Davante Adams (WR) dramatically improves his upside. Carr is now in the QB1 range. Much like Lawrence, he’s already seen his value go up slightly, but he’s still someone I’m asking about just in case the current manager isn’t sold on him and wants to get out. Don’t overpay, but ask for a price check in your league.

Running Back

JK Dobbins (RB – BAL)

Dobbins is one of the few names on the list that I’m targeting, even though his team didn’t do much in free agency. With all of the news around other AFC teams, including teams in the Ravens’ own division, players like Dobbins often get ignored. He played well in 2020 before getting hurt before last season started, and the Ravens seem fine with bringing him back to their lead RB role. He’s the top RB option on a team that prefers running the ball. On top of that, it’s doubtful that the team drafts anyone to compete, given their other needs. Sign me up all day.

Michael Carter (RB – NYJ)

Like Dobbins, Carter gets a bump for me more because of the moves the team didn’t make in free agency. The Jets could have gone after a stud RB like Leonard Fournette (RB – TB), but that doesn’t seem likely so far. This means they must like what they have with Carter, making him an RB2 with RB1 potential if that offense starts to get things figured out. I’m not sending the farm for Carter, but he’s someone I’d love to get tossed into a larger deal if I can make it work.

Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE)

Last on my RB target list is the often overlooked Kareem Hunt. While the Browns have been busy trading for new QB in Deshaun Watson and WR Amari Cooper, they’ve left their running back room alone. Adding new firepower to keep the defense honest should help both Hunt and RB Nick Chubb. With Hunt being the pass-catcher out of the backfield, it helps him more. Instead of catching passes from QB Baker Mayfield, Hunt should see plenty of attention from Watson, who will likely be making a statement on his new team, as long as he’s not suspended. Either way, Hunt’s value goes up for me, making him a prime target heading into the draft.

Wide Receiver

Allen Robinson (WR – LAR)

Robinson has been my top target this entire offseason. I always trusted his talent, but he just didn’t fit in Chicago. Now that he’s with a better team, on a better offense, with a better QB in Matt Stafford, Robinson gets a big jump in value. He’s easily a WR2 option now, even with new teammate Cooper Kupp (WR) demanding alpha status on the other side of the formation. Robinson should see plenty of chances downfield on a team that finds the end zone frequently. So go get Robinson if you can, and don’t be afraid to pay more than you think is right. He should dominate this year and beyond.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS)

The Washington Commanders (that still feels weird) did their very best to upgrade their QB position this offseason by trading for Carson Wentz (QB). Wentz is better than fellow Washington QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke, right? Right? I mean, he COULD be, at least. McLaurin should be the primary benefactor of this trade, but his current manager may have had enough. If you think McLaurin’s talent should overtake his risky opportunity, now is the time to strike. He’s worth a lowball offer to at least see where things stand.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)

When Amari Cooper was traded out of Dallas, every CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL) manager rejoiced. He was finally the clear WR1 option now and a top-five dynasty WR. Gallup was expected to walk in free agency, but instead, the Cowboys resigned him to fill the void left by trading Cooper. Now Gallup should see a substantial value bump. Most Gallup managers know this, so getting him off their teams could be tricky, but I think he’s still worth targeting at the right price. I don’t know if he’s got the talent to be a true WR2/3 option for your fantasy team, but if the risk is low enough, the reward could be nice.

Mike Williams (WR – LAC)

Like Gallup, Williams decided to stay with his current team rather than test free agency. This might be a good thing in Williams’ case if you’re trying to acquire him. Most Williams managers loved his value last year until it fell off a cliff later in the season. They might have been holding onto him, waiting for him to sign somewhere better, and now are left holding that bag. I think Williams staying in Los Angeles is the best-case scenario. We’ve already seen how the team likes to use him, so maybe you can use this to your advantage. Hype up his variability in your trade talks, and perhaps you can get him for a deal.

Tight End

Noah Fant (SEA – TE)

Last but not least is the lone TE target worth mentioning for me. Fant was sent to Seattle in the trade that sent Russell Wilson (QB – DEN) to Denver, making every Albert Okwuegbunam (TE – DEN) manager rejoice. Unfortunately, Fant is lost in the shuffle by going to Seattle without a solid starting QB option. Fant managers may be panicking, but the Seahawks won’t go into the season with QBs Drew Lock and Geno Smith fighting for the starting spot. They’re almost certainly going to draft someone or make another trade, which will significantly increase Fant’s value back to where it should be. That makes now the buy-low window if you need a TE, so go see what the current manager needs to get out of him. It could be pennies on the dollar in some leagues.

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