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Dynasty Trade Advice: Lamar Jackson, Ja’Marr Chase, Amari Cooper, George Pickens

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 North teams. Here’s my dynasty trade advice for the AFC North, 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 North

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL)

Jackson is coming off his second MVP-winning season in his five years as a starter. More importantly, he didn’t miss a game because of injury after missing nearly 30% of the contests during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The superstar quarterback set career highs in completion rate (67.2%) and passing yards (3.678) last year. While Gus Edwards led the Ravens in rushing touchdowns, Jackson totaled more rushing yards (821). Furthermore, he was Baltimore’s leading rusher every year of his career since his rookie season.

Ja’Marr Chase (WR – CIN) 

While Joe Burrow couldn’t stay healthy last year, Chase set career highs in receptions (100) and targets (145). However, he set career lows in receiving yards per game (76) and touchdowns (seven). The superstar receiver should bounce back with Burrow 100% healthy. Furthermore, Tee Higgins likely won’t be with the Bengals past the 2024 season. More importantly, the former LSU star has never finished lower than the WR13 any year in half-point PPR scoring. If there is an opportunity to trade for Chase, be aggressive in making a blockbuster move.

Amari Cooper (WR – CLE)

The Browns started five quarterbacks last year. Yet, Cooper was the WR18, averaging more half-point PPR fantasy points per game (12.7) than Davante Adams, Michael Pittman Jr., and Jaylen Waddle. Furthermore, the veteran was outstanding playing with any quarterback besides Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Cooper averaged 15.1 fantasy points per game in the 12 contests he played that Thompson-Robinson didn’t start, which would have made him the WR6 on a points-per-game basis. While he turns 30 this month, Cooper is someone contending teams want on their roster.

George Pickens (WR – PIT)

Many have called Pickens a breakout candidate this year after the Steelers traded away Diontae Johnson, making him the new No. 1 wide receiver in Pittsburgh. Pickens was outstanding in the four games without Johnson last season. He was the WR13, averaging 14.5 half-point PPR fantasy points per game during those four weeks, posting the eighth-highest fantasy points per route ran rate (0.49) among wide receivers with at least 110 routes (per Fantasy Points Data). More importantly, Pickens could be even better after the Steelers significantly improved their quarterback unit.

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