Dynasty Players to Buy, Sell & Hold: Week 4 (2022 Fantasy Football)
By this time in the year, you should have a decent idea as to whether or not your dynasty team is set up to win now or not. If you’re sitting at 3-0. it’s time to buy some veterans who will help you win now. If you’re still looking for your first win or barely have one, it might be time to start looking forward.
Yes, it’s a long season, and there’s plenty of time to turn some things around. But for the most part, if you’re struggling this early on, it’s probably going to be a long season. Here are some players you should be looking to buy, sell, and hold in your dynasty fantasy football leagues.
Buy/Hold: Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL)
First up is Cordarrelle Patterson, who you should be looking to aqquire if you’re trying to win now. Yes, it’s the same deal as last year, as he’s a 31-year-old player who is just getting run into the ground. Whether you want to call him a wide receiver or a running back, the bottom line is that he’s getting a ridiculous amount of volume in this Atlanta offense and will help you win now.
Patterson has had three straight weeks to start the season with double-digit carries. In two of them, he cracked 120+ rushing yards. Last year, he finished as the RB9 in PPR scoring, and he’ll do it again at this rate. As long as he’s healthy and on this Atlanta offense, Patterson is a great piece to help you win now.
Last year was not a fluke. Since Week 13 of the 2021 season, Amon-Ra St. Brown has double-digit targets in every single game except one. That was last week against the Vikings when he got injured and still saw nine targets. He’s also caught eight touchdown passes in that timeframe, a total of nine games.
St. Brown isn’t a fluke and certainly doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He won’t be a cheap player to buy, but I’m happy to pay up a bit for someone who is just 22 years old and looks like a legit WR1 in the NFL and, more importantly, for your dynasty teams.
Sell: James Conner (RB – ARI)
One of the biggest concerns around James Conner heading into the 2022 season was the touchdowns. He had 18 last year, meaning he was essentially a lock to score weekly. While the touchdowns were great, he averaged a career-low in YPC with 3.72 and wasn’t overly involved in the passing game. It’s now Week 4, and Conner has just one touchdown and has failed to surpass more than 39 rushing yards in a single week.
I expect this backfield to be a bit of a split between Eno Benjamin, Darrel Williams and Conner. While Conner will likely have the most touches of this split, he’s still running inefficiently, and this Cardinals offense looks sluggish. If you have Conner, there’s a good chance you were competing last year. If that’s the case again, he might be worth hanging on to. However, if you’re 0-3 or 1-2, it might be time to sell him to a team that’s hot. There’s a good chance a 3-0 team would view Conner as a nice win-now piece. Personally, I’m getting out while I can.
Unfortunately, if you’re a Devin Singletary fan, it looks like it’s time to call it quits. He’s failed to crack 10 or more carries in a single game yet this year. His 3.48 YPC is the lowest in his four years in the NFL. In addition, he hasn’t had a rushing touchdown yet, and it’s looking like it could be another season with a low number of touchdowns for Singletary.
What you might be able to use as a sell-high point for Singletary is his receiving game usage. Last week he just saw a career-high in targets (11) and receptions (nine). He also caught a touchdown, which he rarely does. Not to mention, rookie James Cook is arguably the best pass-catching back in this 2022 class. If I have Singletary, I’m using this performance to try and get out while he’s “hot.” He’s currently the PPR RB22 and has never finished better than RB20 on the season. Sell high on Singletary if you can.
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