Not even considering the worldwide pandemic, this has still been one of the hardest fantasy seasons players have endured and thus many people have a fantasy rebuild ahead of them.
Running backs have been the ones most affected by long-term injuries but that doesn’t mean all other positions have avoided the injury bug. Big names like Dak Prescott, Odell Beckham Jr., and George Kittle have all suffered season-ending injuries.
What’s important to remember though is you must manage your dynasty team like general managers and owners manage their NFL teams. You will have teams looking to buy or looking to sell, and it’s important to remain humble and honest as to which mode you are in.
If you are in a fantasy rebuild you need to be able to evaluate who on your team has some short-term value for those win-now teams. Selling off those pieces while keeping your long term investments close is how you can get back on the fast track. Unlike NFL football, fantasy football can see a team go from last place to a league title in just one calendar year.
Making the moves to start that transition starts now. We are heading into Week 10 of the season so you should know how your season is going. If you are selling be sure to acquire players or picks that can have some payoff down the road.
I am going to introduce you to a player from each position worth going after if you are in a rebuild.
Quarterback: Sam Darnold, New York Jets
If the Jets have the first pick in the draft there will be three definitive actions with this team:
1) Adam Gase will be gone.
2) Trevor Lawrence will be their top pick.
3) Sam Darnold will be left in the dark with no future in New York.
In 2021 Darnold’s cap hit will be $9 million with a dead cap hit of $9 million as well which means the Jets are at a lose-lose here. You either pay him to be a backup or you can pay him and get some return from a team searching for a potential franchise quarterback with the right staff and weapons. If he can go somewhere like San Francisco with Kyle Shannahan or maybe he goes to Pittsburgh as Connor Orr suggests from Sports Illustrated. Both landing spots would provide him stability and weapons, and both are things he has never had in his NFL career.
As you can see below, Darnold has the potential, flashes, and arm to be a Ryan Tannehill and not a Josh Rosen.
Absolute dime from Sam Darnold
Excellent catch from Denzel Mims pic.twitter.com/KQq8NUh1wM
— 𝙅𝙀𝙏𝙎 𝙈𝙀𝘿𝙄𝘼🛫 (@NYJets_Media) November 1, 2020
Running Back: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Despite being the RB20 in fantasy, Jonathan Taylor has players ready to pull their hair out and burn their rosters down. This is exactly why you should be making offers for an RB1 upside player.
This year the Colts backfield has been a magic eight ball in order of guessing who Frank Reich will be using as his lead back. When we look at the numbers, however, it may be a clearer picture than we thought. This year Taylor has a 47% carry share versus 26% and 15% for Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines, respectively. He is trailing Hines in receiving targets 35 to 21 but still, Taylor was not a receiving back in college and has done well when given the chance in the NFL.
He found the endzone this week and had a tremendous first drive before ultimately fumbling and seeing a very limited role afterward.
— Raul Vazquez (@RaulV45) November 8, 2020
Needless to say, Taylor is already an RB2 in terms of fantasy but he has been frustrating at times. Take advantage of that and get some shares of a guy who can be the staple player on your fantasy rebuild team.
Wide Receiver: Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Currently the WR31, Christian “Captian” Kirk has been very hot and cold with Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury this year. In weeks one through five he had scored a measly 21.7 points but since week 6 he has scored 54.6 points.
This week he was the recipient of an absolute dime from Kyler Murray to top off an 18 point performance.
My lord, Kyler Murray threw a dime to Christian Kirk. pic.twitter.com/SQy3UjHTtr
— Christopher Boan (@cgboan) November 8, 2020
This obviously means the asking price may be high so it may be worth waiting for a week or two of bland performances before trying to acquire him. Longterm, even with Hopkins in the desert alongside him he has the ability to have big weeks and be a reliable WR3 with WR2 upside. The targets are what has me feeling reassured because with him getting 14% of Murray’s targets year to date he is on pace to have 88 targets and that’s with missing a game. The Arizona native is part of the long-term offensive solution there so get invested yourself with some Kirk shares for your fantasy rebuild.
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Tight End: Logan Thomas, Washington
Now this Washington Football Team has been more turbulent than the Hindenburg’s launch. A carousel at quarterback hasn’t helped things for Thomas but despite that, he has been targeted time and time again. He is currently third on the team in targets behind J.D. McKissic and of course Terry McLaurin. Next year Washington is projected to have a top pick, which will most likely be a quarterback considering Ron Rivera recently stated they’re still searching for a franchise QB. With a rookie entering the mix, he will be looking for a reliable target and I expect that to be Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas.
Thomas is a super cheap buy at this point with high payoffs on plays like this.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2020