2020 Dynasty Buy/Sell: Week 1
In dynasty, you usually have three types of owners: The “Win-Now” owners, who trade off all their youth and assets to go for that Championship, the “Wait-and-See” owners, who have a decent mix of veterans and rookies who could flip their team either way as the season progresses, and you have the “Rebuilders”, who sell off everyone who is 26 years or older and who invest heavily in rookies, draft picks, and devies. This article series is for every one of those categories! The dynasty season never ends, and you can build your team however you see fit. It is like Franchise Mode in video games! As the season goes on, injuries happen, depth charts get flipped, and UDFA’s become the superstars no one knew they could be, so let us see the options for 2020 Dynasty Buy/Sell: Week 1
The first week of the NFL season is always tough to predict, especially with COVID-19 this year impacting so many players and organizations. We hope the studs from last year start out as they ended last season, but it is a guessing game while teams figure out their identities.
James Robinson, Running Back, Jaguars
Leonard Fournette was surprisingly cut by the team less than two weeks ago. He recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that left a huge hole at the top of the Jaguars running back depth chart. Fournette’s presumptuous replacement was Ryquell Armstead who was just put on the COVID-19 list. Next up was going to be Devine Ozigbo, but he was just placed on injured reserve for a bad hamstring. The team added Dare Ogunbowale after the Buccaneers released him after they signed Fournette, but he is not a threat to supplant Robinson. Chris Thompson was also added this offseason after coming over from the Washington Football Team, but he is primarily in as a pass-catching back. So, Robinson is in line for a lead back role to start the season with Chris Thompson being mixed in on passing downs. This is a great opportunity for the rookie out of Illinois State, who was a 2019 FCS All-American and finalist for the Walter Payton award, which is the FCS’s version of the Heisman trophy. The Jaguars seem to be tanking, but they still have some solid talent in Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and rookies Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson. Do not be surprised if this offense ends up moving the ball a bit more than anticipated. Add Robinson now because if he blows up, you won’t be able to later.
Darrel Williams, Running Back, Chiefs
The Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the 2019 NFL draft out of LSU and his ADP went past the moon and on to Jupiter! The team’s incumbent running back Damien Williams decided to opt out for the 2020 season leaving a lot of question marks behind the rookie running back. The team just released DeAndre Washington giving Darrel Williams the No. 2 slot on the depth chart behind CEH. There is a good chance that Williams will get playing time early on as I am not sure how much faith Andy Reid has in CEH for pass protecting his $500 million-man, quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Williams is known as a good pass protector and he also has a history of short yardage work, meaning he could vulture some goal line carries from CEH. He is worth a buy in dynasty leagues, especially as the No. 2 back in a high-powered offense.
Marques Valdes-Scantling, Wide Receiver, Packers
In 2019, MVS got off to a killer start gaining almost 500 yards in the first seven games of the season and then poof, he disappeared! From week eight until the end of the year he had only 36 receiving yards. Ugh. But turn the page to 2020 and reports are that he had a great off season and he ultimately earned the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. MVS could be a good fantasy wide receiver and he has a competent quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. I think the 25-year-old wide receiver could have a great year in 2020 and he will erase the horrendous second half of his 2019 season. It is always good to have guys on your squad who are attached to good quarterbacks. Buy MVS now while his value is still down.
Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback, Steelers
Last season there were a lot of retirement rumors flying around Big Ben. He ultimately ended up playing and then only made it two weeks before being put on injured reserve for an elbow injury. The 38-year-old has been bruised and battered through his 16 years in the league and I am not sure how much longer he has. Will the Steelers throw as often as they did, or will they focus on the running game centered around James Conner and those other young running backs’? We will have to wait and see. Ben is still capable of putting up 5,000 passing yards and he has the talent to do so. He has a wide receiving corps made up of: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, and the team drafted Chase Claypool. Not to mention they finally have a legit pass-catching tight end in Eric Ebron. Sell Big Ben if you can to a win-now team and get some assets and youth for your troubles.
Jordan Howard, Running Back, Dolphins
It seems like forever ago when Howard was leading the Chicago Bears in rushing. After a stop in Philly, Howard now leads the Dolphins backfield alongside Matt Breida. The 25-year-old is a solid running back who can punch it in from the goal line. His pass catching numbers have diminished in each of his last three years. In 2017, he had 23 catches, in 2018, he had 20 catches, and last year he only had 10 catches. I would not be propping him up as a stud PPR running back but you can convince some trade partners that he is certainly capable of that. Howard is also coming off a shoulder injury which forced him to miss the last nine weeks of 2019, so now is the time to sell him before he gets hurt again and loses all value. You should be able to get a 2nd or high 3rd round draft pick for him.
Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Texans
Fuller is an every week boom or bust candidate up to this point in his career. He is either going to give you five to seven receptions in a game or one. He is not exactly the model of consistency. Yet, the Texans parted ways with perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, and they brought in Brandin Cooks from the Rams. Fuller will share a wide receiver room with Kenny Stills, Cooks, and Keke Coutee. They do not have a top-15 TE there so use that to your advantage in trade talks for Fuller. Cooks is probably one concussion away from having to end his career and Stills isn’t anything super special. If Fuller becomes Deshaun’s go to guy at the start of the year sell him before the injury bug hits and let another owner deal with the feast or famine that Fuller will provide each week.