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Dynasty Draft Advice: Derek Carr, Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave, Juwan Johnson

Avert your eyes. The weakest division in football stands starkly before us, begging for an indication that this is rock bottom. The only feasible direction is up for the NFC South.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers eked out the division title at 9-8 in a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Saints. After another CTRL-C/CTRL-V from the 7-10 Falcons, they finally hit CTRL-A/DELETE on the Arthur Smith era. The Panthers are in LaLa Land as a franchise, desperate to improve on their disastrous 2-15 season with their top pick appearing in the Windy City as star prospect Caleb Williams.

Dynasty managers far and wide still flock to the NFC South for fantasy football weaponry. Enough meaningful turnover in the South has dragged us back to the watering hole, eager to let the basement dwellers hurt us again. It will be different this time. Most of the player movement has settled, so let’s dive into the meaningful players for each team and look at each position through the lens of dynasty dominance.

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New Orleans Saints Dynasty Draft Advice

Derek Carr is back. He reworked his deal to free the Saints from their self-inflicted salary cap hell. His 2023 was solid. Carr is slightly above average, but I am encouraged by the moves the team has made around him. Klint Kubiak brings his version of the Shanahan offense to the Crescent City, which will give Carr more predetermined reads and athletes in space. He has some really nice young receivers to throw to, so let’s hope Carr can kick his severe touchdown allergies in the red zone.

Can we stop fading Alvin Kamara? He was RB11 in only 13 games last season. He looked to be his usual, slippery self after serving his suspension, especially as a backfield receiver. Jamaal Williams is still here for now, but my eye is on second-year pro Kendre Miller. The TCU product’s Week 18 performance against Atlanta reminded everyone of his talent, despite missing most of his rookie season with various injuries. He’s virtually free in dynasty leagues far and wide, so I’ll be scooping up shares all summer.

The Saints have done one thing remarkably well. They have built one hell of an exciting receiving corps. Chris Olave is a route-running technician with big play ability over the top. Rashid Shaheed is another vertical threat who was also utilized in a gadget role because of his ability to chew up yards after the catch. Young A.T. Perry is a gazelle with track speed and basketball skills that can be lethal in the red zone to help his scoring-challenged QB. Perry stands to improve the most over last season, but all three will have some huge performances in 2024 and beyond.

This TE room is perplexing. Juwan Johnson is clearly the best receiver in the group, but we still have to put Taysom Hill somewhere. As admirable as it is to see Hill go out there and play football like he’s the coach’s son, he isn’t a serious option to bank on in dynasty formats. Johnson is the one I want to see given an expanded role in the passing game, especially since Carr hasn’t tossed 30 touchdowns since he was playing home games at the Oakland Coliseum.

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