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Dynasty Trade Advice: AFC South (2024 Fantasy Football)

Several factors go into building a consistently elite dynasty fantasy football team. One of those is identifying the top player on every NFL team. Another is knowing which players you should trade away before their fantasy value decreases. All of this boils down to your dynasty trade strategy.

Typically, the starting quarterback is the top dynasty asset on every NFL team in superflex leagues. However, they are rarely the top asset in 1QB leagues. To help you build the best dynasty fantasy football team possible, I will identify the top dynasty asset and sell candidates for every NFL team.

Today, I break down the AFC South teams. Here’s my dynasty trade advice for the AFC South, including the top dynasty asset on each team as well as a dynasty player to trade now.

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Dynasty Trade Advice: AFC South

Top Dynasty Trade Assets

Nico Collins (WR – HOU)

Collins was a popular third-year breakout candidate entering the 2023 season and he didn’t disappoint. The star receiver was the WR6 on a points-per-game basis, averaging 14.7 half-point PPR fantasy points per contest, a higher average than Puka Nacua and Mike Evans. More importantly, he was C.J. Stroud‘s go-to target, leading the team in receptions (80), targets (109), receiving yards (1,297), and touchdowns (eight). While Tank Dell had an impressive rookie season, Collins maintained his fantasy production even with him on the field. He is the No. 1 wide receiver in Houston.

Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)

The superstar had two top-six finishes in his first two years in the league. Unfortunately, the past two seasons have been rough for Taylor and his fantasy players because of injuries. However, he remains one of the top running backs in fantasy football, averaging 16.6 half-point PPR fantasy points per game since his rookie year. More importantly, the superstar was the RB3 on a points-per-game basis from Week 7 through the end of the season. Expect Taylor to have a massive year and jump back into the dynasty RB1 conversation.

Travis Etienne Jr. (RB – JAC)

Jacksonville’s offense had massive expectations entering the 2023 season. While they fell short, Etienne was a fantasy star. He was the RB3 overall and the RB6 on a points-per-game basis, averaging 14.9 half-point PPR fantasy points per contest. While the coaching staff have said they want to cut back on his workload, that’s a positive for fantasy players. The star running back wore down in the second half last year, averaging 3.6 yards per rushing attempt over the final seven weeks. Etienne will have another RB1 finish this upcoming season.

Calvin Ridley (WR – TEN)

Fantasy players had high hopes for Ridley last season. Unfortunately, the veteran struggled. Yet, he still ended the year as the WR17, averaging 11.3 half-point PPR fantasy points per game. However, Ridley could have been better. His 24 end zone targets were the most in the NFL, totaling more than Stefon Diggs and Ja’Marr Chase combined (per Fantasy Points Data). Yet, he had the same amount of end touchdowns as Brandin Cooks (seven). While Ridley’s quarterback situation isn’t perfect, the veteran could have a career year in 2024.

Top Dynasty Trade Candidates

Stefon Diggs (WR – HOU)

Unfortunately, Diggs is coming off his second consecutive year with late-season struggles. He was the WR47 over the final eight games last season, averaging only 7.5 half-point PPR fantasy points per game and 0.41 fantasy points per route run, both lower averages than Noah Brown (per Fantasy Points Data). More importantly, Diggs got a downgrade at quarterback and a massive upgrade for target competition. The veteran wide receiver is on the wrong side of 30 and likely will be on his third team in three years, 10 months from now.

Michael Pittman Jr. (WR – IND)

Pittman has consistently been a solid WR2 since his rookie season. The former USC star is the WR17 in the FantasyPros dynasty rankings. Yet, he has never finished higher than WR15 in any year of his career. Pittman had 156 targets last season, more than twice as many as anyone else on the team except Josh Downs. Indianapolis added multiple wide receivers during the NFL Draft, including Adonai Mitchell. Furthermore, the Colts will be more of a run-heavy team with Anthony Richardson and Jonathon Taylor healthy.

Gabe Davis (WR – JAC)

Fantasy players have wanted Davis to turn into a thing since his four-touchdown performance in the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago. However, that hasn’t happened. Instead, the veteran wide receiver has averaged fewer than 56 receiving yards and 9.9 half-point PPR fantasy points per game every season in his career. Davis has never been a fantasy starter, downgraded at quarterback this offseason, and will have more competition for targets. Now is the time for fantasy players to get what they can for the veteran receiver.

Treylon Burks (WR – TEN)

While fantasy players and the Titans had high hopes for Burks, it’s now or never for the former first-round pick. He was drafted by the previous head coach and general manager. Furthermore, the new regime has added Calvin Ridley, DeAndre Hopkins, and Tyler Boyd over the past year. More importantly, head coach Brian Callahan said Burks will need to contribute on special teams to be part of the game-day roster. It’s time to call him a bust and trade Burks away for a future late-round rookie pick.

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