Dynasty Radar - Mid-Season Report
For those of you that play dynasty fantasy football, you understand the importance of acquiring players at a reasonable price before their cost skyrockets.
Dynasty Radar by Brian Bailey (@TheFFAviator) is a new monthly series that will provide you with a few players who may still be on your waiver wire or ones you can trade for at a minimal cost.
We are through eight weeks of the NFL season now. It’s getting down to crunch time for many fantasy teams. By now, you should have an understanding of where you sit with your team. Are you a contender or are you going to retool for next year? No matter which position you are in with your team, now is not the time to sit back and say “better luck next year.”
If you are going to be missing the playoffs, now is the time to be the most active with trades. Other managers that are looking to be in the playoffs are going to be looking to add depth to make that final push for the playoff run. They will also be more willing to trade for those aging vets that are producing that may not fit the rebuilding of your team. Make sure you are looking around to those teams that are in the playoff hunt, and begin to analyse what their team needs are. Did they lose Odell Beckham Jr? Do you have a wide receiver that could help them that you would be willing to trade? Spark up those trade talks for possible future assets.. See what deals you can get done!
Injured Trade Targets (Re-tooling)
Saquon Barkley - RB New York Giants
This trade may be difficult to get done. The Barkley manager either already traded him to someone that is punting this season or has come to terms with having him on their IR and seeing how far they can get without him. However, the team with Barkley may be doing better than they thought, and might see themselves as a contender if they acquire a bit more help. This is where you need to swoop in! Barkley's value will never be cheaper than it is now and his value is only going to increase. The time to trade for him is NOW!
Courtland Sutton - WR Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton suffered a season ending knee injury in week two against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you can pry Sutton from a team that may need some extra depth for a playoff run I would do it. Even before his injury, there was uncertainty of how Sutton would be able to produce with the addition of Jerry Jeudy to the Broncos offence. The Sutton manager may have a bit of hesitation or doubt about him playing alongside Jerry Jeudy next year. Since Sutton's injury we have seen WR Tim Patrick become fantasy relevant. Tim Patrick! If Tim Patrick can produce playing with Jeudy, imagine what a superior talent like Sutton could do! Grab Sutton for next year and own the alpha WR for Denver going forward.
Trade Targets (Competing)
Brandin Cooks - Houston Texans WR
Since week five, Brandin Cooks has quietly become a focal point of the Texans offence. Managers still perceive Will Fuller to be the number one target in the offence. However, since week five, Cooks has more targets, receptions, and yards than Fuller. You may be able to acquire him for a 2nd round pick, or a 2nd and a young player. As well, with the trade deadline looming (November 3), there has been rumors of Will Fuller being available for trade. If the Texans do actually trade Fuller to make up for the Bill O’Brien experiment, then Cooks value will go way up.
Cole Beasley - WR Buffalo Bills
While normally being an afterthought on most rosters, Cole Beasley is having another good year. I bet if you asked most people if Cole Beasley has finished a season as a WR2 they would laugh and say no. Well last year after switching to the Buffalo Bills he finished as the WR20 in PPR formats. Currently, he is the WR24 between “more well known” WRs in A.J Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. If Beasley is on a team that isn’t competing, go get him right now! He is the cheapest player out there that you are going to get that will consistently produce WR2 numbers. Throw out a 3rd round pick and add some depth to your team.
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Bryan Edwards - WR Las Vegas Raiders
One of my favorite value buys in the 2020 class was Bryan Edwards who was being drafted at the end of the 2nd round in single quarterback leagues. There was a lot of hype building around Edwards during the pre-season. Luckily for you, the hype has subsided, thanks mostly in part to missed time from injury. Since most fantasy managers have short memories and have the mindset of “what have you done for me lately,” Edwards may have lost some of his pre-season shine. Treat Edwards like that cute girl you have crushed on and is now single. Don’t miss your chance man! Get in there and make your move. Edwards has one of the lowest breakout ages ever! He was only 17 years old when he broke out in college. The guy is a beast and it is only time until he shows it in the NFL as well. Don’t miss your chance!
Donovan Peoples-Jones - WR Cleveland Browns
When Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season in week seven, we began to see Donovan Peoples-Jones shine in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In week seven, he jumped up to playing 36 offensive snaps. He caught all three of his targets for 56 yards, including a red zone touchdown. He is a freak athlete that was a five star recruit coming out of high school. He is very explosive and great in contested catch situations. If you can get Peoples-Jones for a 3rd or even cashing in an older vet like TY Hilton, then I would do it. You will see what you have sooner than later with him getting more playing time as the season progresses. And if he does well, then you may have bought in at his cheapest point.
Harrison Bryant - TE Cleveland Browns
Coincidentally, in week seven we were also able to get a good look at another rookie for the Browns. Tight end Harrison Bryant got extended playing time with Austin Hooper being inactive for the game due to an appendectomy. He converted five targets into four receptions for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That was good enough for the TE1 for the week. Keep Bryant on your radar for later in the year. His price will be inflated right now due to his recent good performances, but he is definitely someone to keep an eye on in tight end premium leagues.
Denzel Mims - WR New York Jets
I know what you are saying right now … “A Jet? No thanks!” Hear me out though. Mims played his first game of the season in week seven. He was able to put up four catches for 42 yards on Tre’Davious White who is not a pushover of a cornerback. Mims came out of college and blew up the draft combine, posting crazy workout metrics. Since seeing action in week seven he has led the team in receiving yards. If you can get him from a manager that may have soured on him after not seeing much out of him after injury and a couple of tough matchups, I would definitely be buying him. There are brighter days ahead for the rookie once Gase is out of town next year.
Antonio Gibson - RB Washington Football Team
To be honest, when Antonio Gibson came out I was one of his sceptics. I was hesitant to put too much faith into a running back that had limited work in college even though he was athletically gifted. And limited work is being nice. Gibson only had 33 rush attempts TOTAL in college! He was also coming in to run behind the 29th ranked offensive line unit in Washington. But … I was wrong. Gibson has shown that he can actually hold his own in the NFL. Washington also showed that they have enough faith in the rookie that they finally gave him a full workload in week seven. He rewarded them with 20 rushes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Gibson has shown that he can grow and learn in the NFL and I can only see his value going up from here.
Thank you for reading my November Dynasty Radar article and be sure to check out all of the great written work from the team at True North. Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? Please leave a comment or message me on Twitter @TheFFAviator
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