Dynasty Buys: Second Year Players

Karlos WIlliams

In Dynasty leagues it seems like it can be very easy for owners to move on to the next rookie class and move on far too soon from players that just entered the fantasy football player pool. Let the impatient owners loss be your gain with these 5 dynasty buys. They are going lower than they should in dynasty start-ups and can be had in trades. Lets look at players you should be targeting!

*All ADP data via Dynasty League Football

Karlos Williams | RB | Buffalo Bills
ADP – 83

There are a ton of questions around the running back situation in Buffalo especially with their starter LeSean McCoy. The one thing that is not in question is his talent. He put up 517 yards on less than 100 carries and found the endzone an impressive 7 times. He showed explosive ability averaging 5.7 yards a carry in his rookie season. Williams showed the ability to be fantasy relevant despite sharing time with McCoy. Williams can be had in dynasty start-ups in 80’s and 90’s. With rookie drafts approaching, knocking on the door of the Williams owner is worth doing. He can be had for much less now than what he will cost after the season starts.

Justin Hardy | WR | Atlanta Falcons
ADP – 165

Justin Hardy was a player that I was excited about heading into the 2015 rookie drafts. At 5’10” and 190 pounds Hardy doesn’t blow you away physically. He saw limited time in his rookie season in Atlanta. He caught 21 of his 36 targets in 9 games. For 2016 Hardy has the potential to get meaningful snaps. The Falcons are likely to address the wide receiver position either via the draft or free agency. Matthew Berry spoke with Coach Dan Quinn during his time at the NFL Scouting Combine and put this nugget in his latest article, “Quinn spoke very highly of last year’s rookie wideout, mentioning his work ethic and all the time Hardy has been spending with Julio Jones, watching film and being taken under Jones’ wing.”

Tevin Coleman | RB | Atlanta Falcons

Heading into the 2015 fantasy season there was a huge question mark around who would get the work at running back in Atlanta. It looked as if Coleman was the guy and was going to pan out for owners that drafted him. However a rib injury set Coleman back and gave Devonta Freeman a shot to take the role and run with it. Freeman was dominant in September and October including a stretch where he went for over 100 yards in 4 of 5 games. However down the stretch Freeman faded. Instead of averaging 4.5 yards a carry or better like in the first half of the season he was in the high two’s or low threes. He also didn’t eclipse the 100 yard mark in terms of rushing yards after October. Buying Coleman now may give you a guy who at worst gets a split of work and at best gets the majority of the work. It’s very easy to envision Coleman as the early down back and Freeman getting the passing down work.


Devin Smith | WR | New York Jets
ADP – 189

A season ago Devin Smith was a second round pick out of Ohio State that fantasy owners were excited about. Smith missed the first 6 games to start the season and outside of his first two games back from injury Smith was littler used. A speedy field stretcher that shares the field with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker has the chance to produce. The Jets showed a commitment to passing the ball a season ago and there should be enough targets to produce. The biggest reason Smith makes a ton of sense to acquire is the price tag. He can be had for a soda and bag of chips in most leagues. Look to get him thrown in when making deals during the offseason.

Clive Walford | TE | Oakland Raiders
ADP – 131

Clive Walford is an athletic tight end that has a ton of potential. He is apart of an Oakland Raiders offense that is developing a strong young core around quarterback Derek Carr. The tight end position in general often takes more time to develop at the next level. He showed flashes during the season of what is to come from Walford. He caught 28 passes for 329 yards and 3 touchdowns. Walford should find a way to become more involved in the offense and become a red zone threat.

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