Top Dynasty Player to Sell on Each NFL Team (2022 Fantasy Football)
Several factors go into building a consistently elite dynasty team. One is knowing which players you should trade away before their fantasy value decreases. Let’s take a look at the top dynasty fantasy football player to sell on each team, courtesy Mike Fanelli.
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF)
While the Bills didn’t use their first-round pick in the NFL Draft on Hall or Kenneth Walker, they did improve the running back’s room this offseason. First, they tried to sign J.D. McKissic in free agency but got forced to settle for Duke Johnson. More importantly, they used a second-round pick on James Cook. While Cook won’t push Singletary to the bench, it will limit his upside. Furthermore, Singletary averaged only 8.3 PPR fantasy points per game last season before his strong finish to the year. He is entering a contract year. Even if he does return, Singletary will never have a consistent fantasy role in Buffalo, given Allen’s role at the goal line and Cook’s role in the passing game.
Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA)
Tagovailoa is entering a make-or-break season in 2022. The Dolphins made several improvements to the team, including the additions of Hill and Terron Armstead. While he has a chance to turn into a good NFL quarterback, Tagovailoa likely will never turn into a fantasy superstar. He lacks the arm talent and rushing upside needed to become a top-tier quarterback. If you play in Superflex leagues, Tua is a player to hold on your roster. However, he is a sell in 1QB leagues. The hype around Tagovailoa is building up thanks to the new additions to the team. If you can land a 2023 first-round pick for Tua, that is a deal you would be foolish to pass up.
DeVante Parker (WR – NE)
The Patriots traded for Parker, sending Miami a 2023 third-round pick for the veteran receiver and a 2022 fifth-round pick this offseason. However, that trade to New England doesn’t make Parker a fantasy superstar. He has struggled with injuries, missing 17.7% of the games in his career. Furthermore, he has only one year in his career with over 800 receiving yards or four receiving touchdowns. More importantly, Parker has finished outside the top-36 wide receivers every year but once in his career. Now is the time to trade away Parker while the hype around him still exists.
Michael Carter (RB – NYJ)
Rarely do running backs drafted on Day 3 turn into fantasy stars. Unfortunately, Carter fell into this category. He had 23 of his 55 targets in the four games Zach Wilson missed last year (5.8 per game). By comparison, Carter averaged only 3.2 targets per game with Wilson playing. More importantly, the Jets invested an early draft pick in Hall. Thus, they will put as much on his plate as he can handle, limiting Carter’s role and fantasy value. At this point, fantasy players should hope Hall suffers an injury in the preseason and can sell Carter while the iron is hot.
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL)
While Andrews is not a must-sell in dynasty, now is the time to explore potential trade offers. He is coming off a career season, averaging 17.7 PPR fantasy points per game. More importantly, Andrews improved from his previous career-high fantasy points per game average by 22% last season. The big jump in production was because of the number of passing plays called. With all the injuries at running back and on the defense, the Ravens called 205 more passing plays last year than in 2020, resulting in 66 more targets for Andrews. While he is still a top-three dynasty tight end, now is the time to see what you can get in a deal for the veteran tight end.
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN)
Cincinnati lacks a clear sell candidate as most of their core is in their prime or haven’t entered it yet. However, the one player you should look to trade away is Boyd. The veteran receiver has been a solid PPR player for years, averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game since 2018. However, his fantasy points per game average have decreased by at least one point per game each of the past four years. With Chase and Tee Higgins as the clear top two weapons on the offense, Boyd’s long-term future with the Bengals is in doubt. Now is the time to trade him away before Boyd becomes a cap casualty next offseason.
David Njoku (TE – CLE)
Njoku is a popular tight end target in early redraft rankings. However, everything is based on projections and not past success. Over his first five years in the NFL, Njoku has averaged only 5.9 PPR fantasy points per game. Furthermore, he has under five receiving touchdowns every year of his career and only one season with over 475 receiving yards. While the upgrade at quarterback will help Njoku, fantasy players should take advantage of the current hype around him. Njoku is not a must-sell candidate but could net you a 2023 second-round pick and a younger tight end with upside like Brevin Jordan.
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
The Steelers have been one of the best teams at developing wide receivers in recent memory. However, they have typically let those wide receivers leave in free agency instead of re-signing them to long-term deals. Unfortunately, Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Furthermore, the Steelers used two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on wide receivers. Not only is Johnson’s future in Pittsburgh in doubt, but he is also likely heading towards a regression 2022 season. After averaging 10.1 targets per game over the past two years, Johnson should see that number drop with the changes at quarterback and the new additions at wide receiver. Now is the time to trade Johnson, especially if you can land a 2023 first-round pick in return.
Davis Mills (QB – HOU)
Many believe Mills is the quarterback of the future for the Texans after they elected not to select one during the 2022 NFL Draft. However, that says more about the draft class than it does Mills. While he had some good moments as a rookie, Mills was only the QB31 on a points-per-game basis, averaging 12.9 per contest. Furthermore, Mills had only five games with over 14.6 fantasy points last season. The Texans didn’t draft a quarterback this year because next year’s class should have at least two elite prospects. Houston knows they will have a top draft pick in 2023 and will grab a quarterback. Trade away Mills to the league-mate who still believes in the hype as soon as possible.
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
How can Taylor be the top asset and top sell candidate? The answer is that Taylor’s value might never be higher than it is right now. Furthermore, the Colts lack a typical sell-high candidate as Michael Pittman and Taylor are the only non-rookies you want on your fantasy team. While he finished last year as the RB1, Taylor did so with only 40 receptions. The last time the RB1 in half-PPR scoring ended the year with under 41 receptions was Adrian Peterson in 2012. With Nyheim Hines expected to have a bigger role this upcoming season, Taylor should see a slight dip in his production. However, don’t trade Taylor away unless you receive a haul for the ages for him.
James Robinson (RB – JAC)
After an outstanding rookie season, Robinson regressed last year. He was the RB7 as a rookie, averaging 17.9 PPR fantasy points per game. Last year, he was the RB25, averaging 12.4 PPR fantasy points per game despite playing in the same number of contests as a rookie. While his yards per rushing attempt slightly improved last year, his role in the passing game took a massive hit. After averaging 7.2 PPR fantasy points per game in the passing game as a rookie, Robinson averaged only 3.8 per contest last year. More importantly, Robinson is coming off a torn Achilles he suffered in Week 16. With a healthy Etienne on the roster, Robinson will see his role decrease in 2022 and for the rest of his time in Jacksonville.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN)
Henry has finished as a top-14 running back in non-PPR four straight years, including last year, despite missing nine games with an injury. However, Henry showed signs of decline last year before the injury. His rushing yards per attempt dropped from 5.4 in 2020 to 4.3 last year. Furthermore, injuries have become a concern. Henry has 900 total rushing attempts over the past three years, playing in 39-of-49 possible games. He was on pace for 465 rushing attempts last year before the injury. While he is built like a tank, the end is near for Henry. Now is the time to sell high to a contender in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick and a younger running back with upside.
Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN)
Gordon has been one of the more consistent fantasy running backs. He has averaged at least 12.2 PPR fantasy points per game every year since his rookie season, including 18 or more in three of those years. However, Gordon had the worst year of his career in the passing game last season, averaging only 3.8 PPR fantasy points per game in the air.
Furthermore, he recently turned 29 years old and is at the end of his career. Gordon is still a valuable piece to a contending team as he is an injury to Williams away from a likely top-15 finish. However, fantasy teams with no shot at winning the title this year should trade Gordon away in the next few months.
Travis Kelce (TE – KC)
There hasn’t been a more dominant tight end in the history of fantasy football than Kelce. He has finished as a top-two tight end in six straight seasons despite averaging 7.8 touchdowns per year during that span. While Kelce has been a fantasy superstar for years, now is the time to trade him away, especially if you aren’t a contending team. He will turn 33 years old during the 2022 season. While he likely remains with the team for another couple of years, his decline could be right around the corner. If you can land a 2023 first-round pick and a young tight end with upside like Dalton Schultz, that’s a deal you should accept for Kelce.
Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)
While he has averaged only 3.95 yards per rushing attempt since his rookie year, Jacobs has averaged at least 15 PPR fantasy points per game every year during that span. However, the Raiders declined his fifth-year option this offseason, making Jacobs a free agent after this season. They also signed a pair of running backs in free agency and used a fourth-round pick on Zamir White.
Head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler come from New England and likely have a similar mindset of not paying their running backs. Unless he has a magnificent 2022 season, Jacobs won’t have a featured role next season regardless of where he lands. Now is the time to sell the veteran running back.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Trading away Ekeler might be a tough pill to swallow. Last year he finished as the RB2, averaging a career-high 21.5 PPR fantasy points per game. However, his touchdown rate jumped to 7.3% last year. By comparison, it was only 4.1% before the 2021 season. Furthermore, Ekeler had 25 touchdowns in his first 56 career games.
Last year he had 20 touchdowns, most in the NFL. Despite a career-high 206 rushing attempts, Ekeler failed to rush for 920 yards last season. The Chargers also used a fourth-round pick on Isaiah Spiller, who should impact Ekeler’s touchdown production. With all the weapons the Chargers have on offense, Ekeler isn’t critical to the team’s success. Rebuilding teams need to move Ekeler sometime this offseason.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL)
One of the most popular sell candidates this offseason is Elliott. The veteran running back has seen his yards per rushing attempt drop the past few years. At the same time, Elliott has dealt with an uptick in injuries the past couple of seasons. Furthermore, the Cowboys can get out of Elliott’s contract after the 2022 season. More importantly, Zeke’s fantasy points per game average have dropped each of the past four years. With the Cowboys leaning more on Dak Prescott and the passing game, Elliott’s days as a top-10 running back are over. Now is the time to move the veteran running back to a contending team.
Kenny Golladay (WR – NYG)
Golladay was labeled an up-and-coming star wide receiver after averaging 15.5 PPR fantasy points and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2019. He then played only five games in 2020 with an injury. Rumor was Golladay was holding out as contract talks with the Detroit Lions were going nowhere. After signing a massive free-agent deal with the Giants, Golladay was expected to have a breakout 2021 season. Instead, he struggled with injuries and posted career lows in several areas, including zero touchdowns on 76 targets. While he could turn things around, those odds are low, and the Giants know it. Since giving Golladay a $72 million contract, the Giants have used two prime draft picks on wide receivers. Sell while you can.
Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI)
After the Eagles acquired Brown on draft night, Hurts’ fantasy value skyrocketed. He easily could have a breakout season similar to Josh Allen in 2020 when they added Stefon Diggs. However, Hurts could struggle and find himself out of a starting job next year. While he averaged 19 fantasy points per game over his final 10 games last season, Hurts averaged only 177.9 passing yards and a 58.8% completion rate in those contests. The addition of Brown should help Hurts have a strong 2022 season. However, the Eagles have two first-round draft picks next year. If Hurts struggles, the Eagles can easily replace him in 2023. Put the quarterback on the trade block and see what kind of offers you receive.
Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)
No one had their fantasy football value change more wildly than Gibson this offseason. After averaging 16.1 PPR fantasy points per game without J.D. McKissic last year, Gibson appeared on track for a featured role after McKissic agreed to a deal with the Buffalo Bills. However, McKissic changed his mind and re-signed with Washington, hurting Gibson’s value. Then, the Commanders used a third-round pick on Brian Robinson. At one point this offseason, Gibson was arguably a top-10 dynasty running back. Now, he’s a low-end RB2. Furthermore, if Robinson takes over as the goal line running back, Gibson’s fantasy value takes another hit. Now is the time to put Gibson on the trade block and hope for a fair offer.
Velus Jones Jr. (WR – CHI)
The Bears don’t have the most appealing offense on paper. Yet, they have several good young players, including Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney, and Cole Kmet. Thus, Chicago lacks a clear sell candidate. However, Velus Jones Jr. is the best option. He will see a high volume of targets as a rookie to warrant a late-round dart throw selection. However, the Bears have a projected $97.2 million in cap space next offseason. Short of a terrific rookie season, Jones could find himself buried on the depth chart next year. If you grabbed Jones in your rookie draft, be sure to trade him by the end of the year for a better draft pick in the 2023 rookie draft.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR – DET)
Last year was a season of two halves for Amon-Ra St. Brown. Over the first 11 games, he averaged 4.7 targets and 7.6 PPR fantasy points per game. Then St. Brown averaged 11.2 targets and 25.2 fantasy points per game over the final six games of the year. While he improved as the year went on, St. Brown was force-fed targets to close out the season. The Lions lost T.J. Hockenson for the year in Week 13, while Swift missed time with an injury. Furthermore, the Lions added DJ Chark and Jameson Williams this offseason. St. Brown is a solid dynasty asset, but now is the time to sell high if possible.
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB)
After an offseason full of retirement and trade speculation, Aaron Rodgers signed an extension with the Packers. He will now spend the rest of his career in Green Bay. However, his fantasy value took a massive hit in the offseason as the Packers traded Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Then they let Marquez Valdes-Scantling leave in free agency. The Packers also didn’t use either of their two first-round picks on a wide receiver. After targeting Adams 31.6% of the time last season, Rodgers no longer has an alpha No. 1 wide receiver. Hopefully, Allen Lazard or Christian Watson can fill that void. However, neither will ever turn into Adams. Rebuilding teams need to trade Rodgers away in the coming months.
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
Adam Thielen has been one of the better wide receivers the past five seasons, averaging at least 15 PPR fantasy points per game in four of them. Furthermore, he has averaged 947.5 receiving yards per season over the past six years. However, Thielen turns 32 years old before the start of the 2022 season. He has missed 22.5% of the games the past three years because of various injuries. With Jefferson becoming the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver on the team, Thielen has seen his target share drop the past two years. Thielen has also turned into a touchdown-dependent player recently. His touchdown rate in 2020 was 18.2%, while it was 14.7% last year. Now is the time to move on from the veteran receiver.
Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL)
Over the first eight years of his career, Patterson wasn’t much of a fantasy asset. He averaged over six PPR fantasy points per game only once before last season. Furthermore, Patterson had 18 receiving and rushing touchdowns over the first seven years of his career. By comparison, he had 11 touchdowns last year. However, Patterson struggled to close out last season. Over the first 14 weeks of the year, Patterson was the RB7 in PPR, averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game. However, he was the RB51, averaging only 5.5 fantasy points per game over the final four weeks of the year. Now is the time to trade away the veteran.
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR)
McCaffrey has been a fantasy superstar when healthy. He has averaged 25.6 PPR fantasy points per game since his rookie season. However, McCaffrey has struggled to stay healthy recently, missing 70% of the games the past two years. By comparison, he never missed a game over the first three years of his career. His struggles with injuries over the past few years are partly due to his heavy workload. McCaffrey had 729 touches during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. After those two years is when the injuries started. The Panthers will likely limit McCaffrey’s workload to keep him healthy. If they don’t, it’s only a matter of time until he suffers another injury. Trade the former superstar before another injury hits.
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO)
The veteran running back has been a fantasy superstar since he entered the NFL. Kamara has averaged 13.4 scrimmage touchdowns and 20.9 PPR fantasy points per season for his career. However, he showed signs of slowing down last season. Kamara missed a career-high four games dealing with a knee injury. He also had a career-low 234.7 PPR fantasy points and a career-low 3.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Furthermore, his work in the passing game took a massive hit after Drew Brees retired after the 2020 season. Kamara averaged 6.8 targets per game in the four years with Brees. By comparison, he averaged only 5.2 per game last season. So unless you are a contending team, now is the time to trade away Kamara.
Tom Brady (QB – TB)
After a quick 40-day retirement, Brady is back. Despite his young age of 44, Brady led the league in several passing categories last season, including passing yards (5,316), passing touchdowns (43) and passes completed (485). While Brady has a talented trio of wide receivers, he recently lost his favorite target in Rob Gronkowski. Furthermore, Godwin likely won’t be ready for Week 1. More importantly, Todd Bowles is the new head coach in Tampa. The offense will remain the same, but Bowles will want to run the ball and rely on the defense more than Bruce Arians did last year. So take advantage of Brady’s short return and trade away the GOAT unless your championship window is this season.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – ARI)
Last year was a disappointing one for DeAndre Hopkins. He averaged 14.7 PPR fantasy points per game, his lowest average since 2016. Furthermore, Hopkins missed seven games because of injuries and had a career-low 572 receiving yards. Unfortunately, he will miss the first six games of the 2022 season because of a PED suspension. His situation took another hit when the Cardinals traded for Brown during the NFL Draft. Hopkins recently turned 30 years old and has shown signs of slowing down. Non-contending fantasy teams should trade Hopkins away around Week 5 or 6. Contending teams will become more interested in the veteran once his suspension is in the rear view mirror.
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR)
How can Kupp be the top asset and top sell candidate? The answer is that his value will never be higher than it is right now. The Rams threw the ball 607 times, the 10th most in the NFL. They had 420 rushing attempts, the ninth-fewest in the league by comparison. Furthermore, the Rams signed Robinson in free agency to a three-year deal. There are also reports that Odell Beckham Jr. will re-sign with the Rams sometime this offseason. Kupp had 57 more targets and six more touchdowns last year than his previous career highs. While you shouldn’t trade away Kupp in a panic move, now is the time to see if you can get a haul for the veteran.
George Kittle (TE – SF)
While he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, George Kittle has been somewhat frustrating in the fantasy football world. He has played a full season only once in his career. Furthermore, Kittle has missed 33% of the games the past two years because of injuries. After back-to-back years with over 105 targets, Kittle has totaled under 95 targets for two straight years. With the emergence of Samuel and the eventual move to Trey Lance at quarterback, Kittle’s role in the offense will take a hit. He has also struggled to find the end zone in his career, averaging a touchdown once only every 23.2 targets. While Kittle isn’t a must-sell, now is the time to move the veteran for a younger tight end and some draft capital.
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)
Tyler Lockett has always been a frustrating player for fantasy football teams. While he has averaged at least 14.5 PPR fantasy points per game for three straight years, Lockett is very inconsistent weekly. He will score under 6.5 fantasy points one week and over 30 the next. Unfortunately, things turned for the worst this offseason for the veteran receiver. When the Seahawks traded away Wilson, Lockett’s fantasy value dropped immensely. He averaged 15.9 fantasy points per game with Wilson starting last year. By comparison, he averaged 11.6 fantasy points per game with Geno Smith. Hopefully, the Seahawks will trade away Lockett before the trade deadline. However, now is the time to move on from the soon-to-be 30-year-old wide receiver.
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