My last piece was about dynasty fantasy football players to trade away, so it’s only natural to look at players I’m buying next. Most of these players are seeing a downturn in value for one reason or another, but I think that’s short-lived. Buying now before they recover to their true value should benefit your roster as a whole, no matter how strong your team is. Buying low and selling high is one of the best ways to turn around any roster, so let’s get into it.
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Dynasty Trade Advice: Seven Players to Buy (2023 Fantasy Football)
Here are players to trade for in your dynasty fantasy football leagues.
I know, I know, you’re probably sick of this one, but Murray is the biggest buy in the dynasty space at the moment. Sure, his team is in shambles, and it’s entirely possible that he will come back slightly diminished from his injury. But that’s not deterring me from adding him on the cheap wherever I can. His upside is just too good. The Cardinals won’t be terrible forever, will they?
I’m especially high on Murray on rebuilding rosters. If I have no business scoring points this year, Murray should be my QB1 this year. He might not come back until midseason, if at all, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for on a team aiming for the bottom. If things go right, you could end up looking at Murray and Caleb Williams as your two QBs, and that sounds mighty good to me. When I’m rebuilding, I want all the risk and all the upside, and right now, that’s Murray.
Walker is a weird one. I get the narrative that he should be a sell because the Seahawks added Zach Charbonnet in the second round of the NFL draft, but I think we’ve gone too far. There was a brief moment this offseason where Walker was being mentioned alongside guys like Breece Hall and Jonathan Taylor. Now it seems like he’s being tossed aside. I get the logic, but I’ll gladly buy the dip if available. Walker should still have the upside of an RB1 most weeks, Charbonnet aside.
Similar to Walker, Mixon is also getting tossed into the trash heap lately. The Bengals were being talked about as a team likely to draft an RB in the earlier rounds after they let Samaje Perine walk. Instead, they drafted Chase Brown in the fifth round. That’s not exactly something to be all that afraid of. Mixon should be in line for true RB1 volume and still has a year or two of startable talent. If I can get him for a decent price, I’m happy to add him to my roster, especially as a bench or flex player. Depth wins titles, and Mixon can still provide some real depth.
Believe it or not, Smith is currently ranked as WR12 in dynasty expert consensus rankings (ECR). He’s officially a WR1 in 12-team leagues. That being said, I am still very interested in him at that price. I don’t think he’s got a WR1 overall ceiling, especially with AJ Brown across the lineup from him, but I still think there’s more value left on the bone here. He’s probably the hardest player to consider a buy on this list, but I’m still in if someone else thinks this is as high as his value can go. In my opinion, he has more left to gain, even at his high current cost.
I previously mentioned Moore as a Dynasty WR trade target before the draft, and I still believe he is. Without repeating myself too much, Moore joins Fields, and I honestly think he sees a big bump up in fantasy production. This is why he’s a buy for me at his current ECR of WR18 in dynasty. I think he has solid WR1 potential as long as he finds that fire that faded in his final years in Carolina. If Fields rises, which I think he will, it’ll be in large part due to Moore, making him a riser for me as well.
McLaurin was once a clearcut WR2 with WR1 upside. Even with the question marks at QB, I still think that seems about right. He’s going as WR26 in ECR right now, which feels like a steal. Even if the Commanders don’t get their QB situation figured out this year, they can’t flounder forever, and the upcoming crop of QBs is looking pretty nice. There’s a chance that McLaurin sees his value drop slightly as the offseason goes on, but a year from now, I firmly believe that he’ll be worth more than he is today, making him a clear buy for me.
Last on this list is the current TE10 in dynasty ECR and likely the top pass catcher for the New York Giants. Sure, they have Barkley, but Waller should be in line for plenty of opportunity as long as he stays healthy. Obviously, that’s the main question, but much like Murray, he’s the perfect mix of risk and reward to me. His price is likely depressed, but his production should be on par with most of the TEs going ahead of him. His lower cost makes that production valuable to me, rebuilding or not, even at a bleak position such as TE in fantasy these days.