OffSeason Shopping List

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Off Season Shopping List

Week 16 signals the end of the fantasy football season. It is time to go back to square one and prepare for 2018 Fantasy Football season. Start by making an offseason shopping list. While most leagues go into hibernation mode (i.e., no transactions allowed) during the offseason, other leagues will continue to stay active. In both cases, it is important to keep your eyes sharp and your ears open about player news. Your focus, prior to the NFL draft, is on players who may be available on your waiver wire. In this article, I’ve put together a list of names that I will watch closely or try to stash on my roster if I have roster room.

Adding and dropping players is an art in it of itself. Because when you pick up a player, you must know what player to drop. In my experience, you’re splitting hair on the value difference between the player you’re dropping for the player you’re picking up. Admittedly, there is a risk of dropping a player who will outproduce the one you picked up, but that is no difference from making trades. Develop a set of guidelines for yourself on how to value certain players.

Telling yourself “pick up the more talented players” isn’t going to cut it. Why? Because you haven’t defined talent. Many owners don’t think further than what they’re told about who is talented and who isn’t. Instead, think about what makes a player talented, and will this talent thrive with the current team, scheme, and depth chart. Ask the right people who do more than just fantasy football about a player’s fit. Second, opportunities and volume are probably more important for waiver wire players. The players you want to stash, are often in a similar tier to your droppable player. This is where picking the brains of DFS guys may come in handy. Across any fantasy football format, nobody pays closer attention to a player’s involvement than do DFS touts. At FakePigskin.com we have several of these DFS touts! Third, other players who you may find on the discount are those who missed a big portion of the season. Especially those who did not light up the score board before their untimely season ending injury. Finally, pay attention to who may become FA or who is returning. This informs you whether the player you are eyeing might get an expanded role, or there is a chance the team will draft a rookie to fill that spot.

Below I will list the names of players I am monitoring closely for my off-season shopping list.

Players to target in trades:

  • Giovanni Bernard
    Bernard showed that he’s not conceding the job to Mixon just yet, and has some juice left
  • Josh Gordon
    Probably should not belong in this list, because he finished on a high note. That said, not everyone trust that he stays clean and sober. He’s worth paying his current value
  • Spencer Ware
    Even though Hunt should be the workhorse back, I have no doubt Andy Reid will pull off something as dumb as making it a committee
  • Marlon Mack
    Showed flashes, but not enough to warrant a RB3 price. Will be even more appealing if Colts draft another RB, because Marlon’s asking price will drop. He’s a homerun type of back
  • Eric Ebron
    Finished the season on a high-note. Does this count as his breakout season? Many of your leaguemates who did not play in the playoffs, may not noticed Ebron being a solid TE
  • Pierre Garcon
    May be a trendy buy for a lot of people, because everyone loves the GQ-Garcon connection. That said, his owner may like to chase younger options (e.g. Golladay, John Ross, Mike Williams, rookies, etc.). I think I rather have Garcon
  • Randall Cobb
    His role may not grow anymore with Packers. Even if Nelson is cut, Cobb still plays second fiddle to their newly signed #1 Davante Adams. But you’re targeting Cobb a year early, as he’s slated to be a FA in 2019, and is still only 29 year’s old by then.
  • Martavis Bryant
    Nobody was more adamant about Martavis coming back to be a high-end WR2, so nobody was as WRONG as I was. Still, I think Martavis is somewhat rounding into form, but we have to consider him as just the 3rd targeted WR behind AB and Juju. Martavis has plenty of motivation to show up in 2018, so that he can command a strong market in 2019. I’m 95% confident he’s not a Steeler long term, and he could be a WR1 for someone else.
  • Chris Godwin
    Probably not a cheap buy anymore with his last two strong finish to the season. Your only chance here is that your league mates stopped paying attention to football after the fantasy season was over.
  • Kenny Golladay
    Same story to Godwin, but probably a cheaper buy. Golladay was largely overhyped in the offseason, and did absolutely nothing between week 2 – week 16. People may still want him based on his name value, but I think he’ll be undervalued relative to what his upside could be, this offseason
  • Keelan Cole
    In the off chance that two of the following three WRs, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson, are not coming back to the Jags, Keelan Cole can slide into the starting spot. The handful of games he was involved in, he put up gaudy numbers. He won’t come cheap in deep leagues, but may be very attainable in shallower format.
  • Ty Montgomery
    He may have lost his job…or he could be relegated back to slot WR role. Still, I think Green Bay will opt to go with a RBBC. He’s not well liked among the analysis twitter, but I think he is very stash worthy
  • Donte Moncrief
    What a terrible year for Mr. Moncrief. Nobody was able to feed him consistently, so he died of hunger in 2017. There are rumors that Colts may opt to move on from Moncrief, but if he’s back and playing with Luck, you may be staring at the next Davante Adams
  • David Njoku
    Disappointment is written all over this guy. He was hyped up so much both in scouting and fantasy circles. Njoku flashed some of that potential that makes you believe he is good…well you know what? He actually can be great, so go buy him now, before he shows off his full potential
  • Chris Carson
    Most probably forgot about him, because his injury happened so early in the year, but Carson was the only back that ran extremely well (relatively speaking) behind that atrocious Seattle OL. Mike Davis showed some flashes, but he was not as good as Carson. It’ll be tough to sort out the RBs in Seattle next year, but I think you’d want Carson
  • Nick Foles
    Strictly a 2-QB stash worthy. I’ve seen him dropped in a lot of leagues. Considering how late in the season Wentz tore his ACL, an 8-month recovery puts him extremely close to the start of the season. He’ll be guaranteed to miss OTAs and some of the Training Camp. Foles could be a place holder for the Eagles until then.
  • Jacoby Brissett
    Even as a Luck apologist, I am really not comfortable with the way his shoulder is healing. For one year at the least, Brissett is a capable placeholder QB that has some floor with his running ability, and from time to time can connect big with Ty Hilton.
  • Curtis Samuel
    Showed some flashes, lack of competition on the depth chart.

Deep League Waiver Wire

I will only consider the following players if they are on the waiver wire. If they’re owned, I won’t be trading for them. They are speculative stashes, and very few of them work out as a steady producer for your team.

  • Elijah McGuire
  • Trey Burton
  • Brandon Marshall
  • Stephen Anderson
  • Cody Latimer
  • Cameron Meredith
  • Jakeem Grant
  • Chad Williams
  • Ardarius Stewart
  • Trent Taylor
  • Joe Williams
  • CPatt/Johnny Holton
  • Travaris Cadet
  • De’Angelo Henderson
  • Corey Grant
  • Matthew Dayes
  • Brice Butler
  • Aldrick Robinson

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