Figuring out when to buy or sell in dynasty fantasy football can be the difference between winning a championship or living life in the fantasy gutter for an extra season or more. Let’s take a look at two highly-debated running backs in Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey in this dynasty buy or sell article.
Leonard Fournette, Running Back, Jaguars
Leonard Fournette has been surrounded by hype at every level he has ever played football. Fournette was the number one overall recruit in the nation in 2014 as supposedly the second coming of Adrian Peterson. After a strong three years at LSU, he was drafted fourth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.
Fournette ran for over 1,000 yards in his rookie season and played only eight games in 2018 due to injuries and the infamous tussle with Shaq Lawson, for which he was suspended for one game. He came back in 2019 with an excellent statistical year. The Jags running back rushed for over 1,100 yards and had a surprising 76 catches for an additional 522 yards. He finished with the seventh-most rushing yards and the sixth-most scrimmage yards in the league, yet his three total touchdowns ranked a staggering 155th overall.
It is hard to believe that Fournette will put up another season of just three touchdowns. He has been in the top 10 in rushing attempts and rushing yards twice in his three-year career. He has lost only one fumble throughout this time and is being slept on because of some of the big named running backs taken in this year’s draft. In my opinion, last season wasn’t a fluke and he is still only 25 years old! If you can buy him in your leagues, then you need to do so! With Fournette adding the pass-catching element to his game and the Jags adding more offensive help, Fournette will be an RB1 in 2020.
Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Panthers
That is right, I said it, SELL CMC! Christian McCaffrey had a monster 2019 season and finished as 2020’s RB1. He had over 1,300 rushing yards, over 1,000 receiving yards, and 19 total touchdowns. He did all of this with backup quarterbacks as Cam Newton was out for nearly the entire year. So, with such a season, why am I telling you to sell him? It is because his value will never be higher than it is right now. In the past six years, no running back has finished as the RB1 in consecutive seasons.
There are now new question marks in Carolina: new head coach Matt Rhule will be installing a new offense along with college wonder-kid Joe Brady. Another reason why I do not think his pace will keep up will be from a historical standpoint: there have only been three running backs in the past 30 years that have had seasons in which they rushed for at least 215 attempts and had 100 receptions in a single season: LaDainian Tomlinson (2003), Matt Forte (2014) and Christian McCaffrey (2018, 2019).
Eventually, you would think the Panthers surround McCaffrey with more talent than just DJ Moore. The Panthers are also placing a lot of faith in Teddy Bridgewater aka Teddy Two Gloves to run their offense. Finally, the amount of fantasy capital you can get from trading him can completely either rebuild or bolster your team for years to come with multiple high-end assets. Do not wait for an injury or a regression. Sell McCaffrey while you can get the most in return!
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