This a great time of the year in a dynasty league to go after some guys that will be much harder to acquire next offseason. These players will hopefully also improve your team by moving players in the process who are soon to lose value. As always in dynasty leagues, your team’s current position and future outlook heavily weigh in on these decisions. Check out my Dynasty Buys, Hot Potatoes, and Temp Agency players. I’m always willing to help…. reach out to @C_Southwick if you need any advice
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
In thinking about candidates for this piece, I feel extremely strong about my recommendation to go out and acquire Mr. Guice’s services. The character issues slamming his work ethic and drive couldn’t have seemed farther from the truth. These were quickly put to bed with his teammates and fans. He was a universal favorite in always going out of his way for fans and showing his teammates the kind of beast mode-like style that I loved watching at LSU.
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This is the time to pounce while the Guice teams in your leagues are still trying to make a last push for this season. If not for the immense talent of Saquon Barkley in this year’s class, he would have received far more attention in the dynasty community. He was poised to surpass Barkley in production this year in my opinion had he not sustained the injury behind a very good offensive line. He will make his believers look very smart next year.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Ok, admittedly, yes he will be more expensive after his nice performance this weekend, but the Cooper hate from those that own him is real. It’s especially real on those teams lacking the depth to bench him and that have been getting poor returns all of last year and half of this one. I’ve seen many trades involving Cooper and have been involved in one myself, and you would be surprised how deep some fantasy players’ frustrations are with Mr. Cooper.
I’ve been a Cooper guy on one team since his freshman year in Kitchen Sink 1, and I’ve yet to even come close to wavering. Yes the drops are a problem, but I don’t weigh that as highly as many others do. Otherwise I wouldn’t be such a big Mike Evans guy also. Even if the struggles continue, the cost to acquire is well worth the risk right now.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Yeah, this one’s not gonna be cheap, but I’d still explore the possibility. Passing target volume has never been an issue with Stafford and the Lions, and it’s looking to me like Golladay is your new target leader there, and potentially a future top end WR in the making.
It’s always risky to place the more expensive bet on the player already on the upswing, but if you’re able to come up with an attractive package that entices the Golladay team, your reward could be huge.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49’ers
He’s been nothing short of fantastic this year, and I might be the conductor of the Breida train dating back to last year when I approached having him in 100 percent of leagues. But going forward I doubt this is sustainable. I’m sure he’ll have a role, but I just have my doubts about this being a long-term breakout.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to sell for anything you can get. Yet if an offer comes in showing legitimate interest or an offer you’ve sent gains some traction, I’d explore what you can get for him. Not that McKinnon is a major obstacle, since zero is guaranteed after this year, but the fact they made that big investment after spending a year with Breida, has to give you some pause.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
It could just be me, but Thomas looks cooked. I would be actively and aggressively looking to move him for the best return I can get throughout the league. I don’t see him being a solid contributor to your team this year or going forward.
The temp agency:
Alright I’m kinda cheating on this one as there are so many candidates, but you need to simply look at the only real ways teams value their players. In dollars spent in free agency and draft picks combined with their effectiveness on the field.
- Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
- Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
- Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
- Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
- LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
All of these guys have major workload problems in the near and long term. It’s time to cash in your chips if you haven’t already.
In addition, there are other guys that have the potential to induce major heartburn going forward.
- Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
- Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
- Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
If you’re still trying to decide if this is your year, I’d be exploring deals to upgrade on all of these RBs. If you’re on the outside looking in, I’d be much more aggressive in looking for trade partners.