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. Lastly, you have the “Rebuilders”, who sell off everyone who is 26 years or older and who invest heavily in rookies, draft picks, and potentially devy players. 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 (sup, James Robinson?), so let us see the options for 2020 Dynasty Buy/Sell: Week 3.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants – @JeremiahStewar3
There is never a better time to buy studs than when they get hurt, especially if it is early in the season. Obviously, if you are a contending team and need points, Barkley is not going to help you much. If you are rebuilding or stocked at RB, Barkley would make a great addition to your 2021 roster. I would start with an offer that includes a starting RB and add a 1st. That should get the negotiations started without insulting the owner away.
Buy Price: I would add to a Dobbins or Swift and work my way from there. I would not pay more than three 1sts.
Sell Price: I would want to replace his points without losing too much value. I would shoot for an RB like Jacobs straight up or get a Swift and a couple of 1sts
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – @JeremiahStewar3
Seriously, try to get this guy. He is a legit WR1 that is currently being valued well below what his final season price will be. He has 23 targets so far in an offense that includes Juju, Claypool, Washington, Ebron, and Conner. He is currently being utilized the same way the Steelers employed Antonio Brown early on and that turned out pretty well for fantasy owners.
Buy Price: Mid 1st or equivalent
Sell Price: Don’t
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers – @Clubber_Lang83
Herbert played 4 years with the Oregon Ducks and ended his career as the 2020 Rose Bowl MVP after a one-point victory against the Wisconsin Badgers. He ultimately became the 6th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft and surprisingly, the third quarterback taken off the board after Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. In the offseason, the Chargers parted ways with Philip Rivers, who brought his brood to Indianapolis to play for the Colts. The team then signed Tyrod Taylor to a 2 year, $11 mil dollar deal which included a $5mil dollar-signing bonus. Well, Tyrod lasted one game before the team doctor “accidentally” punctured his lung trying to administer him a pain shot. Yikes. Insert rookie Justin Herbert against the defending Super Bowl Champions and the kid held his own. He went 22 of 33 for 311 yards, and one touchdown and one interception. Even though they lost in overtime, Herbert did not look like a rookie; he looked like a seasoned vet.
This week the Chargers play a Christian McCaffrey-less Carolina team at home and as expected Tyrod is still out with the lung puncture meaning Herbert will get his second start of the season. If Herbert looks good again, I think it will be very hard to put him back on the bench for the rest of the season, even though the team came out and said if Tyrod is healthy then he will be the guy. On DLF, Herbert is currently QB21 and the 29th overall rookie. He has some great intangibles and can use his legs just as much as his arm. Personally, if you can trade for him for a late 1st, I think it will be well worth it. If your dynasty is set up as a Superflex league, obviously expect to pay more. He looks like the real deal.
Superflex Buy Price: Early 1st and 2nd round pick
Superflex Sell Price: Two 1st round picks
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans – @Clubber_Lang83
We here at The Fantasy Authority have been screaming Jonnu’s name from the mountaintops all offseason and we were right! He looks to be a stud tight end for the Titans. With A.J. Brown out the first two weeks, Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith have been Tannehill’s go-to-guys. So far, the 25-year-old has a 79.5% snap share, 12 targets, 8 receptions, 120 yards, and 3 TDs. He is also averaging a ridiculous 15 YPC and is in the top 10 in almost every tight end receiving category. I do not know what else we can say in order for you to want to buy him. Tannehill has a history of focusing on just one or two people in his career so far. It looks like Jonnu will be one of those for the near future in Tennessee, not to mention the fact that he dropped only one of his 44 targets in 2019 and spent his COVID offseason in South Florida training with Tannehill. His first couple of seasons in the league he was second-string to Delanie Walker. Now that Delanie is out of the way, Jonnu is letting his talent shine through. I anticipate him being a TE1 for the next few years. Whatever it takes, especially if you are in a TE premium league, you need to go buy him ASAP!
Buy Price: Mid 2nd round pick
Sell Price: Late 1st or early 2nd round pick
Cam Newton, QB, New England Patriots – @JeremiahStewar3
Cam is currently the QB3 and back to his 2016 form. So, why is he a sell? Because despite his success with the Patriots so far, it is not guaranteed he is playing there in 2021. Criminally underpaid on a 1-year deal, Cam is a free agent yet again in 2021 and if he wants a raise, Old Sleeveless might not be into making him their franchise QB when there are some intriguing free agents and rookies he might have his eye on. Sell now before his value plummets after an injury or grumpy Bill moves on.
SF Buy Price: Mid 2021 1st if you are a contender.
SF Sell Price: Multiple 1sts
Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons – @JeremiahStewar3
He has been quite the surprise through 2 weeks and is in an offense that can sustain three WRs but I think he has benefited from game script. Julio has been seeing a lot of attention on the outside gand the Falcons seem to be in a shootout each week. That has led to 21 targets, 15 receptions, 160 yards, and a TD for the 3rd year pro out of LSU. These are great numbers but not something I would count on for the entire year and certainly not into 2021. Get what you can now.
Buy Price: Late 2nd
Sell Price: Any 2nd
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos – @Clubber_Lang83
Remember that time Melvin Gordon held out for more money and then came crawling back to the team? He was a fantasy stud from 2016-2018, racking up 2,987 yards and 28 TDs, never finishing lower than RB8. Now a member of the Denver Broncos, the 27-year-old running back is trying to reclaim an RB1 role on a young, high-powered offense, which features Drew Lock, Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Phillip Lindsay. So far, in 2020 he has averaged 75 rushing yards and 2.5 receptions per game. He has one touchdown on the season, but he just does not look like his former self. Lock and Lindsay are hurt, Sutton is out for the year, and the AFC West is no joke this year. I think as a dynasty GM, if you can talk a trade partner into reliving his glory years and convincing them those are still possible I think now is the time to do it. In three of the next four weeks, the Broncos play teams that are 24th or worse against the run. Use that to your advantage and sell this aging veteran while he still has some value.
Buy Price: Any 2nd round pick
Sell Price: Late 1st round pick
Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills – @Clubber_Lang83
If this season has not started out well for you and you have been ravaged with injuries, you should sell Stefon Diggs to a win-now team, take that draft capital, and buy one of these sexy, talented wide receivers coming out in the 2021 NFL draft. Here is a small sample of who will be coming out: Ja’Marr Chase, Rondale Moore, Jaylen Waddle, Rashod Bateman, Amon-Ra St. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Tamorrion Terry. This class is loaded with WRs and I think I would rather have any one of these guys over Diggs. The former Terrapin has finished as a fantasy WR1 just once in his career thus far. He has had two great games this year averaging 11 targets, 8 catches and 120 yards per game. There is no better time to sell Diggs than right now!
Buy Price: Late 1st round pick
Sell Price: Mid 1st round pick and something small
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