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?). Let us see the options for 2020 Dynasty Buy/Sell: Week 4.
Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers – @Clubber_Lang83
Mike Davis makes his 4th stop in the NFC, now being tasked to fill-in for injured RB Christian McCaffrey. He was a role player for his first 3 years in the league with San Francisco and Seattle. He finally got a chance to start a couple games in 2018 for the Seahawks and had 112 rushes for over 500 yards. That is a decent 4.6 yards/rush. After a brief stint between Carolina and Chicago, Davis returned to the Panthers and had a good showing last week. He rushed 13 times for only 46 yards but made up for that lack of production with 8 catches for 45 yards and he had a nice receiving TD. No one can replace McCaffrey and what he can do, but if the Panthers can get a bit of work from the rushing attack it should help open the passing game for Teddy Two Gloves. This week, the Panthers face Arizona, which has a really good defense this year, but they then face Atlanta and Chicago which are teams who are giving up a lot of yards, so Davis should be added if you are a win-now team or are in the mix. If he can gain some value over the next month trade him for anything because as soon as CMC is healthy, he loses all value.
Buy Price: An early-mid 3rd round pick
Sell Price: Basically, anything. Once CMC comes back he is droppable.
Jeffrey Wilson, RB, San Francisco 49ers – @Clubber_Lang83
The time to buy him is now! With Mostert and Coleman out with knee injuries, he was brought in with JaMycal Hasty to backup Jerick McKinnon against the Giants. He had 15 rushing yards and three catches for 54 yards, to include both a rushing and receiving touchdown. This week, the 49ers are home against Philly who despite their putrid 0-2-1 record have a stout defense. They rank in the top 10 in both total yards and rushing yards against. McKinnon also hurt his ribs near the end of last week’s game so Wilson may even get the start, but at a minimum should handle a lot more touches. If he does well in the next two weeks while the other backs are recovering, he might find a lot more playing time in Shanny’s run-heavy offense.
Buy Price: No more than a 3rd round pick
Sell Price: If someone is desperate you could probably ask for a late 2nd round pick
Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers – @Clubber_Lang83
I was really on the Jace Sternberger train this offseason and bought him everywhere. I really thought that he would be A-A-Ron’s go-to TE this year, but I was wrong! Robert Tonyan seems to have the trust of Rodgers early on this season. He is playing 60% of the snaps and has 8 targets over the past two games, hauling in 7 of those for 75 yards and 2 TD’s. The 6’5, 237 lb. third-year player goes up against the Falcons this week who have now blown two 16-point, second-half leads over their last two games. The Falcons also give up the 2nd most fantasy points to TE’s and rank 31st in the league in passing yards against and total yards allowed. The Packers should have a field day. Buy Tonyan, especially in those TE-Premium leagues and you will be glad you did!
Buy Price: Early 3rd round pick
Sell Price: I would push for a late 2nd, given he is only 26 to attached to GB’s offense
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – @NoOnionsOnThat
Fantasy owners have been waiting since week 13 of the 2018 season to see James Conner return to the fold as a low-end RB1. After battling injuries (and Duck Hodges and Mason Rudolph last year) it appears he is on the doorstep of a triumphant return after a roughly 22-week hiatus. Conner is on the precipice of free agency this year and after recent draftee Anthony McFarland made a relatively productive debut in week 3 (6 carries, 42 yards), I am all about selling any Conner shares while they resemble the value of a 25-year-old RB1. It is possible that McFarland has already jumped Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels in the pecking order for carries, and I think he adds a home run element to this backfield that no other running back can match, including Conner. My gut feeling says Conner is a turned ankle away from losing a stranglehold on the backfield, so sell high.
Buy Price- Late 1st
Sell Price- Early-mid 1st
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers – @NoOnionsOnThat
Green Bay has the early season look of one of the more dominant forces in the NFC. They just toppled the Saints without Davante Adams, and Lazard predictably took advantage of his absence. Lazard went off for a 6/146/1 line as he fell one target shy of his career-high. Lazard is off to a nice start as Green Bays WR2, averaging 17.5 ppg and checking in as the WR10 in fantasy, but the carousel of players who have occupied that role over the last few years is extensive. He may put up flex numbers for the remainder of the season, but I have very little faith in him having any staying power.
Buy Price: Late 2nd
Sell Price: Any 2nd
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – @NoOnionsOnThat
Perhaps Robinson is the next in line of UDFA steals. Phillip Lindsay and Austin Ekeler have been recent mainstays in fantasy lineups and there have been plenty throughout history that says you do not need high draft capital to stick around and be productive at the running back position. I always recommend turning and burning on these types of players, however, as for every Ekeler you have two Peyton Barbers. These players often find their way to the front of the depth chart primarily by default as there is typically a dearth of talent in the running back room around them. Robinson has been ultra-productive as the RB6 through 3 weeks, separating himself value-wise from the rest of the JAGs on the roster. I am still of the belief that Robinson is a must sell this year as I believe he lacks anything resembling game-breaking athleticism and lacks the investment necessary to deter the team from making further investment in the position in the near future. Also, Chris Carson is a perfect example that the market rarely believes in the rags to riches stories of the NFL. No matter how productive they are early on in their career, the skeptics will never truly value them the same as their highly drafted counterparts making the opportunity cost an easier pill to swallow if Robinson continues producing beyond this year.
Buy Price: Any 2nd round pick
Sell Price: Late 1st round pick
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