Dynasty Price Check
Hello everyone, Coach Craig back at it again! In today's article I wanted to switch things up and look more into dynasty. I will be discussing some players I like relative to their perceived current value. Players from this year's draft class have their Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) listed. For these examples I will be using a 12 team dynasty league with a 4 round rookie draft setup.
Jalen Hurts (PHI)
Jalen Hurts had a notable college career as he played for 2 great programs. Coming off a strong senior season and NFL Combine performance he was selected in the 2nd Round by the Philadelphia Eagles. At the time this looked like insurance for Carson Wentz due to his injury history. However, Wentz's poor start to the 2020 season has fans calling for Hurts. If Hurts continues to develop as a passer he could be a viable Fantasy QB in the near future. He was being drafted in the 3rd or 4th round in most 2020 rookie drafts. If you can trade a 2021 or 2022 3rd round pick for him consider pulling the trigger.
Jacob Eason (IND)
Perhaps one of the most polarizing QBs in the 2020 Draft class was Jacob Eason. His arm strength has never been a question. However, his inexperience and love of the game have been questioned at times. While there is a chance he could turn into the second coming of Jay Cutler, there is still upside for much more. Eason landed in a great situation where he is able to sit behind both Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett. A year or two of learning could serve him well. Keep in mind that both Rivers and Brissett are free agents at season's end. If Frank Reich and company have faith in Eason he could be the starter as soon as 2021. He was a borderline 4th round pick in most leagues. You should still be able to get him for a 4th round pick via trade. He may even be available on waivers in some leagues!
Josh Rosen (TB)
It's hard to believe that less than 3 years ago Josh Rosen was in contention for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was arguably my favorite QB prospect in that draft class. Perhaps no one has been more unlucky than Rosen. He played behind 2 of the worst offensive lines in recent history. Both teams had lackluster 1st year offensive coordinators as well. He is currently biding his time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. Talent has never been the issue for Rosen. He gets the chance to sit behind and learn from the greatest to ever do it. Come 2022 when Tom Brady retires (if he ever does!), Josh Rosen could take over as his heir apparent. Rosen can be had for dirt cheap in dynasty and might even be on the waiver wire!
Darrynton Evans (TEN)
Darrynton Evans was one of my favorite RB prospects in the 2020 class. I picked him up in almost every dynasty league in hopes of the Titans not re-signing Derrick Henry. Things haven't quite fallen his way this season. However, Evans still has a chance to contribute in the near future. The talent is still there even though he has missed time due to injuries. He is a classic buy low candidate. You should be able to acquire him for cheaper than his original draft price.
Zack Moss (BUF)
The former Utah RB has had a bumpy start to his rookie season. However, Zack Moss may be inching closer to taking over as the lead back in Buffalo. If you can still grab him for a 2nd round pick, do it.
AJ Dillon (GB)
A lot of people were jumping on the AJ Dillon hype train after the Green Bay Packers drafted him in the 2nd round. Dillon has failed to record more than 5 rushing attempts in any game this season. He was recently placed on the COVID list after a positive test. Now could be the perfect time to float an offer out there for him. A 2021 3rd round pick may even get the job done. Don't forget that both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are free agents at the end of the season.
Anthony McFarland Jr. (PIT)
Perhaps one of the biggest sleeper prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft was Anthony McFarland Jr. There have been some questions over his durability as a ankle injury limited him in his final year at Maryland. He hasn't had too many opportunities to flash his ability as a playmaker this season. However, James Conner will be a free agent and has some injuries concerns of his own. Could the Steelers move on from Conner in 2021? If they do Benny Snell and McFarland could make quite the 1-2 punch. You should be able to grab him for 2021 3rd pick.
Bryce Love (WAS)
The best ability is availability. This has been the downfall of Bryce Love's NFL career so far. He was drafted coming off of a major injury. He is trying to regain his form that allowed him to rush for 2118 yards in his junior season at Stanford. Similar to Rosen above, he is a talented forgotten player. He is worth taking a stab at for a 2021 or 2022 4th Round Pick.
Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell (IND)
I am combining the 2 young WRs for the Colts. Both of them are talented players who have been impacted by injuries. Pittman Jr. has returned and played well in recent weeks, including a nice performance on Thursday Night Football. Campbell is currently on IR with a knee injury. I would consider Pittman Jr. worth a 2021 2nd round pick and Campbell a 2021 3rd. Both of them should have key roles in the offense in 2021 and beyond!
Devin Duvernay (BAL)
One of the smoothest WRs was Devin Duvernay coming out of Texas. He has flashed big play potential this year with a kick return TD and 42 yard run. He has seen his snap rate and usage slowly increase. If the Ravens passing attack continues to struggle, expect to see more of him on the field. Willie Snead will likely be gone in 2021. This opens the door even more for Duvernay to come sprinting out! Go get him for a 2021 3rd round pick while you still can.
Bryan Edwards (LV)
One of the hottest names going into the season was Bryan Edwards. He led all Raiders WRs in snap rate percentage prior to his ankle injury. Unfortunately, Nelson Agholor has stepped up nicely in his absence. Edwards still has the talent and size to be a solid WR for years to come. He was a 2nd round pick prior to the season. See if you can grab him for a 2021 3rd round pick.
Tyler Johnson (TB)
It was surprising that the former University of Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson lasted until the 5th round in 2020 NFL Draft. Landing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed like a perfect spot for him. So far his playing time has varied. However, he has made the most of his opportunities with 2 TDs. He is currently behind the likes of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Scotty Miller. Godwin and Brown are free agents at season's end. Johnson should definitely see an increased role as soon as 2021. Consider him worth your 2021 or 2022 3rd round pick.
John Hightower (PHI)
An underrated prospect coming out of Boise St. John Hightower has been able to earn playing time as a rookie. While he might not get quite as much attention as other rookie WRs, he still has a bright future ahead. Hightower is quick (4.43 40 time), displayed good hands and is a smooth route runner. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson will likely be gone after this year. Hightower should be able to team up with Jalen Reagor and Travis Fulgham to make quite the trio of WRs. The best news is a lot of owners aren't too familiar with him. You might be able to even get him for a 2021 4th round pick.
Malcolm Perry (MIA)
The former Navy QB was undrafted in a lot of leagues. With the Dolphins trading Isaiah Ford and losing Preston Williams to injury, he may get a look sooner than expected. He is a waiver wire target in most leagues. However, if he is owned you can trade probably get him for a 2021 or 2022 4th round pick.
Jalen Hurd (SF)
Jalen Hurd has had a similar story to Bryce Love who I mentioned above. He has suffered 2 season ending injuries prior to the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Imagine a 49ers trio of WRs with Hurd, Samuel and Aiyuk. The possibilities of plays at Kyle Shanahan's disposal would be almost limitless. Hurd was a solid RB at the University of Tennessee and could have been drafted as such. However, he ultimately decided to transfer to Baylor and play WR. His versatility makes him an intriguing player when healthy. He can be found on a lot of waiver wires and stashed on IR for the remainder of the season. If he is owned his upside definitely makes him worth a 2021 or 2022 4th round pick.
Anthony Miller (CHI)
One of the most popular breakout candidates headed into the 2020 season was Anthony Miller. For the most part he has been limited to 3 WR sets. Darnell Mooney has passed him on the depth chart. Mooney is currently the one receiving all the buzz in dynasty as well. You may be asking yourself why I am mentioning Miller then. The reason is quite simple and it comes down to whether or not the Bears are able to bring Allen Robinson back in 2021. If Robinson signs elsewhere, Miller could be in for a career year as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. I would recommend sending some feeler offers out to the Anthony Miller owner, but I think a 2021 or 2022 3rd round pick should do the trick.
Jordan Thomas (NE):
The Patriots have struggled at the TE position since Rob Gronkowski retired. Rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene have added little to no value this year. Ryan Izzo, the veteran of the group has played early and often. However, he is a non threat in the passing game. On Tuesday, the Patriots signed 3rd year TE Jordan Thomas. He caught 20 of 27 targets for 215 yards and 4 TDs as a rookie in 2018 with the Houston Texans. Injuries limited him in 2019. Sadly the Texans released him before the season (I'm a hardcore Texans fan). He was quickly scooped up by the Arizona Cardinals. He caught and scored on his only target with them. He gives the Patriots an athletic pass catching option at TE. Best of all, he is on most waiver wires!
Adam Trautman (NO)
One of the biggest risers from Senior Bowl week was Adam Trautman out of Dayton. He ended up going to the New Orleans Saints in the 3rd round. He has played sparingly so far this season. Jared Cook has seen his playing time decrease in recent weeks. This may indicate a changing of the guard sooner rather than later. You should be able to get Trautman for a 2021 3rd round pick.
Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN)
A former teammate of Drew Lock at Missouri, Albert Okwuegbunam is an intriguing prospect. Prior to tearing his ACL he had 11 receptions for 121 yard and 1 TD. Noah Fant and him could make quite the TE duo for years to come. You were often able to get him in the 4th round of drafts. Get him for a 2021 4th round pick while you can!
Kaden Smith (NYG)
A second year TE who's earned high praise from his QB and offensive coordinator is Kaden Smith. The former 6th round pick out of Stanford impressed last year in the absence of Evan Engram by catching 31 of 42 targets for 268 yards and 3 TDs. Check out his game film! This guy always finds the soft spot of the defense. He is cut from a similar cloth to that of Kyle Rudolph and Jason Witten. He could end up as the starting TE if/when the Giants decide to move on from Evan Engram. Smith is another guy who is available on plenty of waiver wires.
In conclusion, I would like to say that every league is different and values can vary. Hopefully this article gives you a few options to consider picking up or trading for in your dynasty leagues. If you would like a more detailed description regarding any of these players do not hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @CoachCraigSport