7 Players Rebuilding Owners Need to Trade

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners! Welcome back to another article in my off-season series of helping each of you rebuild your rosters. As we head into the off-season, the first couple of articles will be about cleaning up your rosters before the free agency period hits. Yesterday, Steve Van Tassell let you know what players to amnesty and while only one of the players in today’s article have fallen that low, I do feel it’s time to move on from all of these players if you are not a serious contender.

In today’s article, I will cover seven of the bigger names in all of fantasy football who I feel it’s time for rebuilding owners to move on from before it’s too late. Each year I see rebuilding owners hold on to, or trade for older players who will likely only cost them positioning in their upcoming draft by winning weeks for them. I don’t want any of you to be in that predicament when we kick off 2022. I always say it’s better to move the player a year early vs a year too late. 

Before we jump into today’s article, I will continue my little tradition of covering this past week’s NFL games as well as a look into the divisional round matchups. In last week’s AFC Wild Card match-ups, I hit on all three games selecting the Bengals, Bills, and Chiefs all to come away victorious which ultimately happened. The only real shocker on the AFC side was the fact Josh Allen’s team did not have to punt the ball once the entire game against a Bill Belichick coached defense. If the same Bills team we saw Sunday shows up against Kansas City, we could see the Bills in the Super Bowl in February. On the NFC side of the ball, I had the Rams, Cowboys, and Buccaneers winning with the Cowboys being the only blemish for the week. In all fairness to myself, I chose the 49ers when I had money on the game in a football pool that I play with some of my buddies. I don’t think I could put money on the Cowboys in the playoffs as it seems whatever can go wrong will go wrong in Big D.

In this week’s matchups we will start on the NFC side with the Packers taking on the 49ers and the Rams heading to Tampa Bay. In the first matchup, I feel the Packers have a decided advantage simply because of Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers will be able to run the ball, but Rodgers will be too much to handle in the end. In the second game. I feel we will see somewhat of an upset with the Rams getting past the defending champion Buccaneers and Tom Brady, leaving an NFC Championship matchup of the Green Bay Packers vs the Los Angeles Rams. The one way to truly affect Tom Brady is by getting pressure with the front four and no team does that better than the Rams. On the AFC side, we have the Number 1 seed Tennessee Titans taking on the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by the matchup of the season with the Bills traveling to Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs. In the Bengals vs Titans game, I feel it will come down to one thing and one thing only which is how well Derrick Henry plays after missing the back half of the season. At the end of the day, I think the Titans are just a bit too much for the Bengals to overcome and will pull out a win by the slimmest of margins. In what has the potential to be one of the best games we have seen in recent memory, we have the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs vs the Buffalo Bills. In this matchup both teams have fantastic rosters with top tier quarterbacks who should produce a ton of fireworks. Even after thinking on this for a couple of days, I am still torn but am going with the Bills on the road after dominating a very good Patriots defense last week.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for, the seven players rebuilding owners need to move on from this offseason. Players listed are in no order.

  1. Jalen Hurts – (QB – PHI) – 3 years/$1,506,292

Jalen Hurts is the first player on a list I am sure not many want to be on. I know you have all heard me say that quarterbacks on cheap contracts are Dynasty Owner gold, but I feel Hurts is an outlier when it comes to that statement. Hurts struggled in 2021 with his accuracy and if we are being honest, it doesn’t seem like he is going to be a long-term answer at the quarterback position barring a fantastic 2022 season. While there is a shot Hurts is no longer the starter in Philly next season, it is not likely leaving you a window of this off-season to move on from him. If you are rebuilding and keep Jalen Hurts, he will likely win you games which is only something you want from a true building block when rebuilding your roster not someone who may lose their job in a year.

2. Travis Kelce – (TE – KC) – 5 years/$14,312,500

In the Number 2 spot we have the living legend and possibly the best tight end to ever play himself, Travis Kelce. Kelce is now 32 years old and while he had a fantastic 2021 season, he showed small signs of decline. The main key to expedite a rebuild is to trade away stars for good value at the right time in their career. What I mean by this is you wouldn’t want to move on from a player like Kelce if he is just 25 or 26 years old because he becomes a building block for your team at that point. With him being over 30, it’s unlikely he will be producing at a high level when your team is ready to win in a couple of years. In 2021, Kelce finished as the TE2 in Dynasty Owner and will likely be the favorite to finish as the TE1 in 2022, meaning there will be no shortage of suitors when moving Kelce. Be sure to hold Kelce to a higher standard in a trade as it’s nearly impossible for a contender to find a sure thing like Kelce at the tight end position.

3. Derrick Henry – (RB – TEN) – 3 years/$12,500,000

King Henry! Yes, this one pains me quite a bit, but I do feel it is time for any rebuilding owner to move on from Derrick Henry. As almost all of us know, running backs do not last long in the NFL and while there are certainly outliers, I am not betting my rebuild on it. At this point in Henry’s career, you aren’t going to get insane value for him, but any contender will certainly be interested in his services. At the current moment, Henry is 28, on a huge deal for a running back, has a ton of mileage on his body, and just missed half of the season due to injury which is a glaring sign it’s time to move on. One thing I will say is that I would wait until after the playoffs to trade Henry because if he does what we are used to his trade value will go up some. Optics mean a lot in fantasy football trades.

4. Davante Adams – (WR – GB) – 1 year/$14,500,000

I honestly think this is the player that will draw the most criticism for being on the list but hear me out. In a rebuild, the main thing you want to target is young or cheap talent and Davante Adams is neither. At the time of writing, Adams is 29 years old, heading for a new contract, and possibly a new team this off-season. As many of us know, switching teams or getting paid is not always a good thing. No, I am not saying Adams is going to fall off next season as he will likely be dominant again but there are a lot of variables for a 29-year-old receiver on a rebuilding roster. I think there are two ways to go about moving Adams. The first is being patient and waiting to see if he lands in a good place (with Aaron Rodgers) on a decent contract. If he does Adams should provide a haul that can jump start your rebuild in a hurry. On the other hand, I understand wanting to take a little less and trade him now to avoid the potential loss of value if he ends up without Rodgers on a massive deal.

5. Alvin Kamara – (RB – NO) – 5 years/$15,000,000

Honestly, it may just be me, but Alvin Kamara seemed off in 2021 especially when it came time for the  Dynasty Owner playoffs as he scored in the single digits in Weeks 15 and 16. Kamara is still somewhat young at age 26 but he has had a massive workload throughout his career and I do not see him being anywhere near the same player he is now in a couple of years you’re your rebuilding team is ready to compete. At $15,000,000 per year, it’s hard to justify keeping Kamara on a rebuilding roster and we will get into the strategy of it later in the off-season but for now just remember running backs that are expensive and on a second contract are running backs who rebuilding owners should stay away from. Leave the aging big money running backs for championship runs and out of the loser’s bracket.

6. Mike Williams – (WR – LAC) – 1 year/$15,680,000

Let me take a quick half of a victory lap as I have been a Mike Williams truther for a long time now. Maybe the years and years of heartbreak is why he finds himself on this list! In 2021, Mike Williams finished as a WR1 for the first time in his career finishing 12thoverall on the season at the receiver position, only for the incoming off-season to bring many question marks. Williams heads into the off-season in the same situation as Davante Adams with both getting new contracts and potentially new teams away from their current superstar quarterbacks. I personally feel you should capitalize on Williams’ 2021 season quickly, but I also understand being patient. The one scenario that would scare me away from being patient is a contract north of his current $15,680,000 salary.  

7. Ezekiel Elliott – (RB – DAL) – 6 years/$15,000,000

In the lucky number 7 spot we have Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott finished as the 7th ranked running back in Dynasty Owner in 2021, but if were being honest his future looks murky, especially for rebuilding fantasy owners. Elliot was hurt in the second half of the season and his production fell along with it which will hurt his trade value some, but I feel now is the time to move on. As applies for both Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry, as well as Elliott, running backs heading into their second contract belong on contending rosters. If you are a rebuilding owner at any stage, you should be looking to move Zeke even if it requires taking on a bad contract of similar value. Let’s not forget Zeke also has Tony Pollard (2 years/$766,945) to deal with.

Thank you all for reading and be sure to check back for more rebuilding content throughout the off-season. My fellow analysts here at Dynasty Owner will also be releasing content every week with Steve handling many different, mostly contract-related topics, Matt covering players who will be free agents in 2022 right now, and Nate who covers the incoming rookies. I hope you enjoyed this week’s article and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

The Top Trade Targets for All Teams

By: Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl)

With the 2020 Dynasty Owner season coming to a close, now is the time to start looking for pieces that will put your team over the top, whether that be for this season, or future seasons. Trades can completely make or break any team involved, but there are some trades that can have minimal impact on either roster, basically becoming a wash. The art of trading is very risky business in the fantasy world, just imagine feeling great about your team making a trade, and the next week the player you just traded for gets hurt and is out for the season, leaving your team in shambles with you not only losing your new star, but what you traded to get him as well.

When trading for players of high value you will have to pay a premium to acquire that player, which often will create a hole on your team, but can improve it at the same time. Trading is by far the most important element of building your team, outside of the rookie drafts each season, and free agent targets. If you are a contender facing an injury at this point in the year trading is the only option to truly replace, or replicate the production you lost, while free agents can make up some of the missed production, 9 times out of 10 that player will only produce about half of what the original player would have leaving a huge hole to fill each week.

Another one of the beauties of trading is that no matter your teams record there is always a trade out there that will make sense. Teams that aren’t contending should be every bit as busy as the contending teams trying to unload expensive veteran contracts for young players, and draft capital.

This article will be breaking down what I feel are the top trade targets no matter your team’s record. Each category will be broken down by position and will contain anywhere from 2-5 players each position. I will break the trade targets up into 3 separate categories of teams, being teams competing in The Chase for the Ring, teams who are in the playoffs pushing for a championship, and teams that are looking at a rebuild.

  • The Chase for the Ring category will consist of players with a salary under $4,000,000, players with extremely high upside, and age will not matter if they are producing.
  • The playoff team targets will be players with a salary under $8,000,000, and players will have at least a few more years left in their prime for future potential.
  • The category for rebuilding teams will not be worrying about any players salary and will only be looking at players just coming into the league, as well as draft capital.

Always remember when trading, to factor in salary, as well as the other owner’s team needs before trying to execute a trade. My personal preference with trading is to message the owner you would like to trade with and start a conversation the more you talk the easier trading becomes with that owner. Owners often have extremely different opinions on certain players, so learn what the other owner prefers before sending a deal the other hates, and you lose a future trading partner.

Chase for the Ring Trade Targets

  1. L. Jackson- 236.7 pts, $10,003 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $2,367,912
    • Coming into this season Jackson was easily a top 4 pick fresh off his MVP campaign. Jackson has disappointed thus far, but with a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way he has a ton of upside. If Jackson finds his 2019 form, he could push your team over the top
  2. C. Newton- 193.3 pts, $9,053 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $1,750,00
    • Cam Newton has seemingly been a top 8 fantasy QB since entering the league as the number 1 overall pick for Carolina. While those days seem to be long gone Cam is still a viable fantasy starter for at least this season. Cam will more than likely be the easiest, and cheapest signal caller to target right now. I can’t imagine many owners you will face will have a better bench QB than Newton. If I were competing and had Burrow, Newton would be my top target!

(Note- these will be the same targets for playoff contenders)

Running Back
  1. J. Conner- 139 pts, $5,686 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $790,381
    • Conner has been a tough one to predict all season long with the amount the Steelers throw the ball. The lack of production in recent weeks should lower the asking price on Conner, so strike while the iron is hot. The running back landscape is such a wreck if you can secure someone with the guaranteed work of Conner you do it every time.
  2. Joe Mixon- 100.6 pts, $13,544 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $1,362,544
    • While Mixon not playing in recent weeks makes him a more than risky acquisition, he may also win you your league. Burrow went down with a season ending injury on Sunday, which should mean the Bengals will lean heavily on the run the rest of the way. If Mixon can get healthy he is a potential steal, but there is a chance we don’t see him at all the rest of the season.
  3. C. Carson- 104 pts, $5,926(DD$/PT), 1 Year $616,282
    • As each day passes Carson is looking more and more likely to get back on the field this week. Before the injury Carson was one of the most effective backs in football and was also one of the key components to making his offense go. I look for Carson to get back to himself as soon as he’s back on the field.
  4. R. Mostert- 77.6 pts, $37,371 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $2,900,000
    • Before going down with multiple injuries this season Mostert looked back to his 2019 form. It seems most of his production came on 2 massive runs early in the year, only to be hurt shortly after each. If Mostert can return healthy, and get the 49ers run game back on track he could be a league winner.
Wide Receiver
  1. W. Fuller- 189.2 pts, $13,430 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $2,541,078
    • With Watson at the helm for the Texans any wide receiver getting targets in the offense will have good fantasy value. Fuller has remained the top target throughout the season and finishing Sunday’s game with 6 catches on 8 targets for 80 yards, was another solid game under his belt. You should be able to buy Fuller cheap right now as he hasn’t produced crazy numbers this year, but he always has that potential.
  2. C. Kupp- 155.8 pts, $6,148 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $957,940
    • Has anyone in the NFL looked more like Wes Welker than Cooper Kupp? This kid has had a 20-target game this season, and while he doesn’t score many touchdowns, he more than makes up for it with receptions. With Kupp set to get a new deal you may be able to leverage that to get him rather cheap.
  3. D. Moore- 168.5 pts, $16,574 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $2,792,829
    • DJ Moore is probably one of the most undervalued receivers right now making him a somewhat cheap buy. He is coming off a good game which hurts a little, but with Bridgewater coming back you may be able to play that game off as a fluke. I see Moore as a great buy for any team right now, and he may finish this season as a WR1!
Tight End
  1. M. Andrews- 117.4 pts, $7,353 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $863,290
    • Andrews has been really disappointing for owners, especially where they drafted him at in the off season. If possible, try to use that frustration to buy Andrews low. The tight end market has been a wasteland this season outside of Kelce, and if you can even the playing field a little by grabbing Andrews then do it every time. He had a great game against the Titans, and that should continue into the coming weeks.
  2. J. Smith- 111.9 pts, $6,939 (DD$/PT), 1 Year $776,572
    • Smith is another tight end I would consider at least close to being on Andrew’s level. All off season Jonnu was touted as a potential breakout at the position, and he has done just that. Smith is the only other option at trying to cancel out Kelce. If the Titans get back to targeting Smith more, he becomes a great buy.

Playoffs A Lock and Pushing for A Championship

Quarterback – See Chase for the Ring targets.
Running Back
  1. J. Jacobs- 174.6 pts, $17,086 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $2,983,350
    • Jacobs has quietly put together one of the better seasons by a running back this year. I don’t see Jacobs having the upside to help chase contenders, but he certainly can help win playoff games any given week. Jacobs also has a great future ahead of him in a surging offense making him an easy buy.
  2. M. Sanders- 102.1 pts, $13,100 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $1,337,544
    • There may be no better time to buy Miles Sanders than right now. It is the perfect storm, a bad game coming off injury, and playing for a horrible team. Sanders has all the talent in the world and is more than capable of helping a team through the playoffs. Philly has also shown they believe he is a true 3-down workhorse. I would attempt to buy Sanders before he gets going.
  3. M. Gaskin- 97.5 pts, $6,684 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $651,694
    • With Gaskin on IR at the moment you may be able to get him cheaper than usual. I would look and see if his absence is hurting the owner, and if that’s the case strike while the iron is hot. Gaskin came out of nowhere this year, but the Dolphins have shown a lot of trust in him, which makes him an intriguing buy down the stretch for any contender.
Wide Receiver
  1. T. McLaurin- 183.3 pts, $5,247 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $961,918
    • McLaurin has been nothing short of phenomenal since entering the league last season, despite horrible quarterback play. If I am heading for the playoffs and have a player like Cede Lamb on my roster, I am offering him plus for McLaurin, and hoping he accepts. McLaurin could help push just about any team over the top.
  2.  R. Woods- 178.3 pts, $38,137 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $6,800,000
    • Up to this point in 2020 Woods has been slightly disappointing with some up and down games. With Goff finally starting to find a rhythm it should help Woods produce more moving forward. When trying to trade for Woods attempt to use his salary against the owner, which may only make him fractions cheaper. Woods offers a great stable floor for playoff teams.
  3. D. Slayton- 111.3 pts, $6,185 (DD$/PT), $688,497
    • Over the past few weeks, the Giants have looked like a completely different football team than we seen the first half of the season. With the offense starting to roll it should open the passing game up much more than it has been through 11 weeks. If things continue in this direction look for Slayton to have some huge boom weeks, which are always great in playoff matchups.
Tight End
  1. D. Goedert- 61.3 pts, $22,937 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $1,406,068
    • I think it’s possible that we have seen the last of the Ertz era in Philly. Ertz has been slowly being phased out of the offense over the last season and a half, with it being obvious early on this season. Goedert has looked awesome in his short career and seems to be the guy Philly wants moving forward. If you need to see it for yourself as I did just look at Eagles highlights while both Ertz, and Goedert play, when you do it becomes fairly obvious who the better player is. If Carson Wentz can start playing like the Wentz, we are used to seeing Goedert could be a candidate to absolutely explode during the playoffs. I would look to buy Goedert no matter the status of your team, as he seems poised to be a consistent fantasy tight end for many years to come.

Let’s Face It You Need to Rebuild

  1. B. Mayfield- 192 pts, $42,555 (DD$/PT), $8,170,745
    • I have yet to try and trade for a starting signal caller in Dynasty Owner, but I’m sure you will need to pay a premium for any starter. If you’re able to acquire Mayfield for cheap I would highly recommend it. At worst you listen to Steve Van Tassel and have 3 starting quarterbacks, but if he regains form you have yourself a lottery ticket. Mayfield is another realistic replacement for Burrow owners. DO NOT TRADE BURROW FOR MAYFIELD!!!!
  2. D. Jones- 171.5 pts, $37,411 (DD$/PT), 3 Years $6,416,014
    • Jones started the year off horribly to put it nicely. While this is true it was something, we should have seen coming with how tough the beginning half of his schedule was. Jones has been able to turn things around in recent weeks, and if he is able to continue, he may hold value after his initial contract. If you are a rebuilding team you should hoard any cheap players you can, and Jones fits that bill to a tee.
Running Back
  1. J. Taylor- 123.5 pts, $15,848 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $1,957,287
    • Coming into the 2020 draft most fantasy experts had one of two backs at the top of their list, Jonathon Taylor, or Deandre Swift. Taylor has been a major disappointment so far this season, which makes him a great buy right now. If you can pick up Taylor for an aging veteran, you should do it 10 times out of 10. Taylor has the potential to be a starter on your team for many years, just don’t let a few bad games distract you from that.
  2. J. Dobbins- 87.3 pts, $16,407 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $1,432,359
    • With Dobbins going on the Covid list there seems to be no better time to buy. If you can find an owner who was counting on him then try to get Dobbins before he returns, and it’s too late. The Ravens started the year with a committee approach, but in recent weeks we have seen Dobbins become the clear favorite. When it mattered Sunday against the Titans it was Dobbins carrying the ball.
  3. C. Akers- 46.2 pts, $33,403 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $1,543,258
    • Akers has been by far the most disappointing rookie this season. If you are attempting to buy Akers it is purely a move geared towards next season with hopes they at least give him a shot. Even with Akers healthy over the past few contests the Rams just haven’t given him the ball. The Rams did the same thing last year with Henderson, so let’s hope Akers finds himself in a similar situation. Akers has the talent to produce in this league, which is a great reason to grab some shares of him while he’s cheap.
Wide Receiver
  1. C. Lamb- 141.1 pts, $23,601 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $3,502,503
    • If you are a Lamb fan, I suggest you pay what is needed to get him now, because it’s the cheapest he will ever be. I see Lamb becoming the next Hopkins, and he should be viewed that way by any rebuilding team trying to obtain him. Whatever you would pay to have Hopkins on your roster as a rookie is about where you should set your limit when trying to trade for Lamb. It’s highly unlikely, but if you can use the uncertainty of Dak against the owner to get Lamb a little cheaper than I would no questions asked.
  2. P. Williams- 74.8 pts, $7,685 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $588,333
    • The injury mixed with low level production should make Williams a great buy heading into the end of the year. While it won’t be easy to get Williams due to his unbelievably cheap salary, and future potential it is a must try for any rebuilding team. Williams started to find a groove just before getting hurt this year and looked great last season before the injury. If Williams comes back healthy and performs well, he becomes a fantastic buy.
  3. J. Reagor- 44.9 pts, $73,890 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $3,317,669
    • The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jalen Reagor just a few slots ahead of Justin Jefferson in the 2020 draft. Up to this point it has looked like the Eagles made a huge mistake passing on Jefferson, but we haven’t had the chance to see Reagor healthy just yet. If Reagor can get his health figure out he should become a great fantasy asset to have, and with his health in question he should be easier to acquire.
Tight End
  1. M. Gesicki- 92.9 pts, $17,793 (DD$/PT), 2 Years $1,652,981
    • Gesicki is one of the best young, up and coming tight ends in the NFL. He is now at that magic age at the tight end position of 25 years old and has had a solid season through 11 weeks. While Gesicki has put up some complete duds this season he has also had a few boom games to keep things fun. The mix of Gesicki’s talent, and Tua’s potential makes Gesicki a very interesting buy for rebuilding teams. He is at the point in his career he may even be ready help teams make a playoff push.
  2. C. Kmet- 23.4 pts, $80,959 (DD$/PT), 4 Years $1,894,444
    • The Bears spent a high draft pick in the 2020 draft on Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame. Yet even after spending the pick they did, the Bears still went out and signed 47 other tight ends (47 is an exaggeration, but it is close), seemingly pushing Kmet down the depth chart before he even had a chance. While the Bears have yet to see it almost everyone else that watches football has, and that is Kmet looking like the best tight end for the Bears, as a rookie. The time to buy Kmet is right now, before the bears figure out what they have in their young tight end, and he starts putting up numbers. If Chicago ever finds a quarterback this kid has massive potential.


These targets should give you some ideas on what types of players you should be looking at to improve your team. If some of these players happen to be unavailable by trade, then you at least have a starting point on what type of player to look for. Let’s say you are a chase contender going after McLaurin, but the owner refuses to trade him then you pivot and look at players near his salary with similar production.

I hope to see the Dynasty Owner trade feed on Twitter blow up after this article, and before the transaction freeze in week 13. Always remember to try and make your trades appealing, and beneficial for both parties involved, if you do that you will always have other owners ready to trade with you. One other quick thing I want to cover for rebuilding teams, do not forget if you win the losers bracket tournament in your league you will get the 13th pick in your next rookie draft. Make the trades while you can, and as always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Trade Time

Author: Matt “The Jerk” Morrisson (@dynastyjerk)

Hey y’all.  It’s TheJerk here again with another weekly article.  I want to start off by stating the obvious…Mondays are so much better with double MNF games.  I know the reason for the coupled games is unfortunate, but it’s nice to stop and enjoy the little things this season.  A double slate of Monday games is definitely a pleasant surprise.  I did note a few takeaways from Monday’s games.  First, CEH looked fresh and able to take on the 30-carry workload that he was offered.  He rushed 26 times for 161 yards (6.2 yards/attempt) and added four receptions for eight yards.  He was once again denied the end zone as he had a six-yard touchdown run that was nullified by a holding penalty.  In the later game, Zeke had a disappointing day with two lost fumbles (-3 points each in DO).  He continues to lead the NFL in fumbles (5) and fumbles lost (4).  Zeke somewhat salvaged his fantasy night with eight receptions for 31 yards.  I think the biggest story to come out of Monday night is how historically awful Dallas’ defense continues to be. be.  Dallas has allowed 218 points this year or 36.3 points/game.  They are bottom five in total yards allowed and rushing yards allowed.  Continue to start your players against the Cowboys with confidence. 

Well, let’s jump into the meat of the article.  Today I’m going to talk about trading.  After looking back through all my Dynasty Owner (DO) articles, I’ve found that “trading” may be the most neglected topic.  Well, now that we’re halfway through the regular season for fantasy, I think this is a great time to discuss it.  I’m sure everyone reading this has either been involved in a DO trade or have seen a trade occur in your league.  This particular format (as many of you know) makes trading a more complicated, thought provoking task.  In Dynasty Owner, there is no trade deadline where you are unable to make trades.  Instead, all trades made between Week 13 and Week 16 are “frozen” and will not process until after the championship match.  Owners are able to trade players, draft picks (up to six years out), Amnesty Provisions and Dynasty Dollars.  In DO, it would be unwise to make a trade solely on player performance as you need to take into account player’s salaries this year and for future years.  Let me give you an example…

In one of my dynasty leagues that is not Dynasty Owner, Todd Gurley was traded for David Johnson. The trade occurred between Week 4 and 5.  Doesn’t seem like an exciting trade does it?  Both players are the primary back on their team and handle the majority of the carries but are “older” as far as running backs go.  DJ and Gurley (after four weeks) were within eight touches of each other (60 to 68 respectively) and were separated by less than four fantasy points (50.7 to 54.3 respectively).  I’m not giving you this example in order to analyze the trade but rather to admit this is a reasonable swap in a regular dynasty league.  In Dynasty Owner however, Gurley for Johnson is not reasonable, and you already know why.  DJ costs 13 million/year to own, while Gurley is only 6 million/year.  Add in the fact that DJ has two years on his contract while Gurley is on his last year, and you have a very one-sided trade.  In this case, the expiring contract affords the owner additional flexibility when compared to a more expensive contract with additional years.

When it comes to assessing a DO trade, the goals of the trading parties need to be taken into account.  If you are sitting at 6-0, 5-1 or 4-2 and are dominating your league, it wouldn’t make sense to trade away some of the main players that have lifted your team to dominance.  In the same way, if you are sitting at 0-6 or 1-5, you may be looking towards a rebuild and would be willing to trade some of your valuable, expiring contracts.  In this article I’m going to break down some trade examples that would benefit “Contenders” and “Rebuilders.”

Contender Trades

Congratulations on reaching a point in the season where you feel that you can win the championship right now.  That is the ultimate goal, right?  To win?  We talk about rookies, picks and youth in Dynasty Owner quite a bit, but we are trying to do the same thing in the end.  We want to win, and we’d prefer that we win soon.  So here we are…halfway through the regular season, and we are in the top half of our standings.  What can we do to put a stranglehold on our league?  Well, a lot of it depends on how much cap room you have to deal with.  I’m going to provide a list of potential league winners that are affordable to most teams.  In other words, here are some players that you should be able to acquire from rebuilding teams.

Player (Current Annual Salary)

  • Patrick Mahomes ($4,106,447)
  • Deshaun Watson ($3,463,570)
  • James Conner ($790,381)
  • Chris Carson ($616,282)
  • Chase Edmonds ($728,090)
  • Cooper Kupp ($957,940)
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster ($1,048,945)
  • George Kittle ($674,572)
  • Dalton Schultz ($728,090)

This is a non-comprehensive list.  Obviously, there are other players that I would love to trade for and could make a run with, but I’ve selected the cheapest ones that I feel would be easiest to obtain.  Yes, yes, I know what you’re saying…” but there is no way someone is going to trade me Mahomes.”  That may be true, and it may be true for a good percentage of leagues, but I know for a fact that there are teams out there that are under .500 with Mahomes on their roster.  I also know that the majority of those teams have not yet figured a way to keep Mahomes on their team next year for 45 million.  The biggest hurdle to acquiring Pat is probably the fact that whoever owns him hasn’t given up on the season yet.  As the weeks pass, Mahomes owners are going to feel the pressure building and know that a decision will eventually need to be made.  Maybe throw an offer out there, but don’t take it personally when it’s rejected.  Also, I would be trying to shop more aggressively for him if you do have a low cap and have a plan in place to keep his salary for the next decade.

Example Trades for P. Mahomes:

  • J. Jacobs for P. Mahomes & 2021 3rd
  • J. Taylor for P. Mahomes & 2021 3rd
  • 2021 1st & 2022 1st for P. Mahomes

(For the record, I’m not saying I, personally, would make any of these trades, but these are probably in the ballpark of what Mahomes’ owners will ask for).

The identical argument can be made for Watson.  While Deshaun won’t demand as much of a salary cap hit as Mahomes, it will still be unmanageable for most teams.  As owners become more panicked towards the end of the season, see if you can reach out and pick him up.

Example Trades for D. Watson:

  • T. McLaurin & 2021 2nd for D. Watson
  • C. Lamb & 2021 3rd for D. Watson

James Conner, Chris Carson, and (to a lesser extent) Chase Edmonds all fall into the same category for me.  They are cheap, productive backs on short contracts.  Conner and Carson each have a year left on their less than $1 million salary.  Barring injury, both will see large paydays next year, possibly on new teams.  This is the kind of uncertainty that may make a rebuilder sell.  There is a chance that Conner and Carson both make over $10 million next year, and rebuilders may feel it’s worthwhile to sell now for picks.  I would be a buyer for both at the right price.  We have already seen what both of them can do when they are healthy.  In 2019 Conner averaged 17.6 fantasy points in the games that he was healthy.  Through five games this year, he is right on that same pace with 17.4 fantasy points per game.  Conner produces when he plays, and he will continue to be productive through the year.  Carson was more effective that Conner last year and continues to be more effective this year.  He is averaging 19.8 fantasy points per game in 2020.

Example trades for J. Conner:

  • C. Akers for J. Conner & 2021 3rd
  • D. Singletary & 2021 2nd for J. Conner & 2021 3rd
  • 2021 1st for J. Conner

Example trades for C. Carson:

  • T. Higgins & 2021 2nd for C. Carson
  • 2021 1st & 2021 3rd for C. Carson

Cooper Kupp and JuJu Smith-Schuster have both underperformed this year.  Buying them now would be more a testament that you believe they will rebound, rather than buying a player while they’re hot.  Regardless, I see both of these players as serviceable for the rest of the season.  They are both on expiring contracts.  Kupp has already signed an extension worth nearly $16 million/year.  JuJu should get north of 10 million, although it may not be with the Steelers.  Buying them now (from an owner that can’t or won’t pay them next year) is a smart choice.  No matter how much you think they will rebound, they will certainly be a value as they are both currently getting paid $957,940 and $1,048,945 respectively.  Just don’t overpay for them…

Example trades for C. Kupp:

  • 2021 2nd & 2021 3rd for C. Kupp
  • R. Gage & 2021 2nd for C. Kupp

Example trades for J. Smith-Schuster:

  • H. Hurst & 2021 2nd for J. Smith-Schuster
  •  D. Henderson & 2021 2nd for J Smith-Schuster

George Kittle (like Mahomes and Watson) may not be the easiest player to trade for.  He is currently the TE #2 despite missing two games.  I suggest you take a peek at who owns Kittle in your league and see if they are also contenders.  If they aren’t and are up against the cap, you may have some leverage for a trade as his salary will increase to 15 million next year. 

Example trades for G. Kittle

  • A. Gibson & 2021 1st for G. Kittle
  • 2021 1st & 2021 2nd for G. Kittle

I tried to write this based on the idea that each team does not have much cap flexibility as it seems the majority of Dynasty Owners are over 105 million.  These are cheap options that could pay off in the playoffs.  Now let’s turn the discussion around and talk about what you could do if you feel like a rebuild is on the horizon…

Rebuilding Trades

I want to start by saying that the decision to enter a “full rebuild phase” should not be taken lightly.  If you read any of my other articles, then you know I am an advocate for patience.  I prefer to let the season develop and am usually against giving up after six weeks.  That being said, there are scenarios where it may be the smart decision.  If you deem that your best course of action is to rebuild now, then stick around for these trade targets.  It seems like common sense, but as a rebuilder, my primary goal would be to obtain as many first-round rookie picks as possible. 

We know that in DO you have to roster at least 25 players and no more than 30.  So, the most picks you will be able to use in the 2021 rookie draft is five.  My goal would be to first obtain five picks and then try to convert as many of them to first rounders as I can.  It may not be possible as most owners guard 1st round picks tightly, but it’s worth a try.  Also, keep in mind that your first-round rookie picks will, on average, cost more per year than second or third rounders.  Make sure you budget out your picks so that you don’t have to waste any pick on a late round player because you ran out of cap space.  Aside from picks, here are some players I would target if I was rebuilding.

Player (Current Annual Salary)

  • Jacob Eason ($841,816)
  • Dak Prescott ($30,144,000)
  • J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359)
  • Cam Akers ($1,543,258)
  • Saquon Barkley ($7,798,688)
  • Henry Ruggs ($4,167,906)
  • Marquise Brown ($2,946,835)
  • Parris Campbell ($1,193,984)
  • Adam Trautman ($1,124,850)

In addition to compiling draft picks, the primary targets you are going to want to trade for are young, high upside players.  First on my list is Jacob Eason.  You’re going to have to wait at least one to two years to see any return on Eason, but I think he will be worth the wait.  He has not played in any game this season and currently sits behind Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett on the depth chart.  Eason is obviously on a cheap rookie contract and should be relatively inexpensive to trade for.  If you can handle him not playing for two to three years, he could provide value before his rookie contract expires.

Example trades for J. Eason:

  • 2021 3rd & 20 million DD for J. Eason
  • Amnesty Provision & 2022 3rd for J. Eason

There is a good chance that Dak Prescott is available in the Free Agent Auction for your league as he is only owned in 63.92% of leagues.  Assuming he is owned in your league and that you are able to fit his current contract ($30,144,00) under your cap, he should be traded for.  With one third of leagues already dropping Dak, you should be able to pick him up for very cheap.  I believe he will come back next year ready for the season opener and return as a Top 5 quarterback.

Example trades for D. Prescott:

  • Matt Ryan for D. Prescott
  • Tom Brady for D. Prescott

J.K. Dobbins (RB 40) and Cam Akers (RB 90) have both underwhelmed this year so far.  Both have received far less opportunity than I (and most analysts) had estimated they would, even for rookies.  Each is the most talented back on their team and both situations are, quite honestly, baffling to me.  Regardless, I see much brighter years ahead for both backs.  I predict both will become their team’s primary rusher next year, and both are on high power offenses.

Example trade for J.K. Dobbins:

  • K. Drake & J. Washington for J.K. Dobbins

Example trade for C. Akers:

  • J. Conner for C. Akers

Saquon Barkley is another unique case like Dak Prescott’s.  As you all know, Saquon is out for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear in his right knee.  While Saquon is 100% owned, you may find a panicked owner who has tunnel vision and is only looking at the current year.  If you do find a seller, it will no doubt be expensive, but it also may be worth it.  I would suggest trying to trade a player like A. Jones or J. Mixon for Saquon. You will be cutting salary for next year while also receiving a better player.

Example trades for S. Barkley:

  • A. Jones for S. Barkley
  • J. Mixon for S. Barkley

Henry Ruggs, Marquise Brown, and Parris Campbell are three of the fastest receivers in the NFL.  They are all 23 years old or younger and can all be obtained for cheaper than they should be.  Henry Ruggs can be obtained due to his relatively expensive rookie deal.  (He was the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 draft at 12th overall).  He was also injured for Week 3 and 4.  Buy Ruggs from an owner looking to make a run who is not necessarily concerned about the next few years.  Marquise Brown has disappointed this year as half of his games have tallied less than 10 fantasy points.  In addition, his best game resulted in 20.6 fantasy points.  Like the Ruggs’ owner, Brown owners may be looking to move on.  Parris Campbell has been on IR since Week 2 when he injured his left MCL and PCL.  His return date has yet to be determined, but that really doesn’t matter much to you if you’re rebuilding.  Worst case, Parris will be back at the start of next year and, barring further injury, he’ll look to be a top, young talent again.

Example trade for H. Ruggs:

  • C. Edmonds for H. Ruggs

Example trade for M. Brown:

  • D. Henderson for M. Brown

Example trade for P. Campbell:

  • 2021 2nd and 10 million DD for P. Campbell

The final player on my list is a deep sleeper.  Adam Trautman was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.  In fact, the Saints traded their remaining draft picks (picks 130, 169, 203 and 244) in order to move up and draft Trautman.  He surely has the draft capital invested in him and depending on what the Saints do with Jared Cook next year, he may take over as the primary receiving tight end as soon as 2021.  At any rate, a trade for Trautman will likely not pay off for at least a couple years, but it will pay off at some point.

Example trade for A. Trautman:

  • 2021 3rd & 10 million DD for A. Trautman

Once again, this is not a comprehensive list, and there are many more young players I would love to own.  However, these are the players I think you’ll have the easiest time acquiring.  I thank you all for sticking with me and I hope to see you on the next one.  Take care and be safe.

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