Finding the right information (maybe a cheat sheet?) to help you build the perfect fantasy football dynasty can be very similar to drinking from a fire hose. Yes, the off-season is a lot of fun. Everyone has their go-to few sites that pump out quality dynasty content all throughout the off-season. But then it happens. The redraft noise starts to hit in June. In July everything starts to be about single-year #basic leagues. By August it seems that all of the top sites are calling their “sleepers” who are really just guys you have known about since January.
As dynasty owners, the number of questions we’re faced with on a weekly basis is insane. Every snap, injury, reception, touch, and transaction can have implications extending for years to come. Finding as much helpful information in one place (like a cheat sheet) at the right time can be a real lifesaver.
And that’s what I always wanted. I just wanted simple advice that I could apply every week based on the mayhem that just wrapped up from the previous NFL week. So that’s where this article comes in. This “Dynasty Cheat Sheet” is designed to cover as many players as possible with some practical “do this now” advice to help you build a sustainable dynasty.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the tenth edition of the Dynasty Cheat Sheet.
Cheat Sheet Player Values
Russell Wilson – We need to stop kidding ourselves and just call Russell Wilson the definitive QB1 in dynasty. If he ever gets some competent running game going again he could be in Aaron Rodgers territory. His price still doesn’t seem to be in that realm at all.
Larry Fitzgerald – This future Hall of Famer looks like he’s going to be around at least through the end of 2018. Take advantage of his major age discount. He’s still catching 5-10 passes per game with Drew Stanton at QB. He’ll still get his targets with Blaine Gabbert at the helm. Go buy him right now.
Brandon LaFell – LaFell won’t get to play my Titans every week. But the good news is that he’s nearly free. Brandon is really just a best ball toy at this point in his career, but could present some weird plug and play flex depth at times for next to nothing.
Rishard Matthews – Rishard just gets no respect. He’s a solid flex wide receiver and no one believes it. He consistently sees seven or more targets per game. Mariota trusts him and finds him deep quite often. Matthews is still cheap in dynasty. Go get him.
Dez Bryant – Can we just stop kidding ourselves with Dez Bryant’s dynasty value? He’s kind of almost a decent WR2, maybe. If you don’t believe me then you should look at his per game averages over the past few years. Dez will go around pick 30 in start-up drafts next spring. Sell now while his name still holds value.
Tevin Coleman – Tevin’s efficiency all but disappeared with his full feature back volume this past week. Yes, the end fantasy point total was nice. However, he averaged 3.3 yards per carry outside of one carry. People want him to be something that he isn’t even if Devonta Freeman somehow disappears forever. Enjoy waiting for him to be elite.
Michael Thomas – Thomas is on pace for nearly 1200 yards on 105 receptions, but no one noticed because his running back team mates are hogging all of the spotlight. It’s true, he’s only found the end zone twice in 2017. Take advantage of that. The TDs will come for the 6’3” Michael Thomas.
Nathan Peterman – If you’re in a superflex league then Peterman has some decent value. I acquired him for Gerald Everett and a rookie 4th this week in one of my superflex leagues. He’s still a major question mark, but if he sticks you’ll wish you at least went fishing for a value on him.
Davante Adams – Wherever you have Davante Adams ranked it’s probably too low. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is. Adams is now the clear lead option on the Packers. This is one of the most urgent trade targets in all of fantasy football before he’s worth a second round start-up pick.
Jordan Howard – Tarik Cohen was a fun little experiment, but Jordan Howard is still the feature back for the Chicago Bears. I’ve seen panic trades moving off of Howard because the Bears are awful right now. They won’t stay that way forever.
Isaiah Crowell – Is Isaiah Crowell actually coming back to life (90 yards this past week)? Nope. Don’t buy it. Duke Johnson is the back to own in Cleveland. Crowell won’t be a starter anywhere else if and when he leaves.
Eric Ebron – The most overrated tight end in dynasty fantasy football history found the end zone this week! Go sell any remaining shares you have rotting on your bench. The Lions just don’t use him consistently at all.
Austin Ekeler – This dude has one of the coolest stories out there. He came from nowhere. His school was so insignificant he had to go to another school’s pro day. Austin worked his way into the backup role for the Chargers this year and just saw 15 touches last week. If Melvin ever goes down you’ll wish you bought Ekeler now.
Allen Hurns – Hurns is the least sexy flex play on the planet, but needs to be trusted and started in deeper leagues. His target share has been fairly steady. Trust your faithful flexes like Hurns when trying to make the playoffs.
Robby Anderson – Don’t look now but Robby Anderson has multiple catches in every game this season. The Jets weren’t supposed to provide much value at the WR position in 2017, but Anderson has defied all odds. He’s no longer just some best ball depth guy.
Adam Thielen – Thielen has at least five catches in every game this season. He’s on pace for 1400 yards through the air. It’s probably too late to buy him, but Thielen is going to be a late third round start-up pick next year. Treat him that way in trades going forward.
Robert Woods – Well at this point I really hope you listened and grabbed Robert Woods weeks ago, because his buy low window is long gone. Woods is approaching must-start territory in fantasy. I would feel good sporting him as my WR3 every week. Consider him a top 36 dynasty WR now.
Sterling Shepard – Shepard continues to dominate in Odell Beckham Jr’s absence. He won’t grab 11 catches for 142 yards every week, but Sterling is showing why he was worth a second round pick. Even after Odell returns Shepard will hold flex value.
Emmanuel Sanders – Manny may already be 30, but he’s far from slowing down. His targets over the past two seasons indicate that he should still be in decent WR2 consideration for most dynasty teams. The QB situation makes him a lot cheaper than he should be. Should be a great trade target early in the off-season.
Kenyan Drake – I hope you made a move for Drake last week. If you did then it’s time to start trusting Drake in a second or third flex spot weekly. He’s clearly way more explosive than Damien Williams and offers decent value in the pass game.
Cheat Sheet Simple Strategies
No cheat sheet is complete without some practical things that can help you accomplish your dynasty goals today.
DO NOT make a last minute trade before the playoffs that involves your 2018 first round rookie pick right now. I really don’t care what players are involved. Don’t do it. You will regret it the second that you lose in the playoffs.
On the flip side, look for fringe playoff teams that are looking to do something stupid. Take advantage of their hopes and dreams of a championship that will likely never happen. You’ll be surprised the ridiculous prices you can charge right now.
Also, as I mentioned last week, continue diving into the 2018 rookie class. I’ll have a piece outlining 100 of them here soon with Dynasty League Football. You’ll be surprised how much of an edge you can gain on your league mates just by starting NFL Draft studies in November.
And that’s all folks. Week ten of the Dynasty Cheat Sheet is in the books. Feel free to ask questions or suggest players and topics on Twitter @FF_TravisM. This cheat sheet is for you. Let’s build your dynasty all season long!