What’s up everyone! Logo here with another Dynasty Deep Dive.
Today’s article will be discussing 3 players to get on your dynasty roster if you are in “win now” mode and what I would recommend to give up for that player. How do you know if you are in win now mode? Here are a few pointers: 1) you made the playoffs last year, 2) a good portion of your players are more 27+ in age, & 3) you are in the top 4 in scoring for your league in the past 2 years.
Antonio Brown – WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The 2020 Super Bowl Champions got the band back together and are ready to run it back with Tom Brady under center.
The 32 year old wide receiver is a viable fantasy option for the 2021 season as in the 2020 season he came off the streets. Each week Mike Evans will get his guaranteed targets from Brady that are part of the script however as we know each week the game can change, look up the 2020 Browns vs Steelers Wildcard game.
Antonio Brown showed he had the X factor with Brady, as per the Fantasy Footballers UDK: “AB quietly led the team in targets in his eight games and was on a 17 game pace of 130 targets.” For acquiring AB in a dynasty league prior to the 2021 rookie draft I would give up any mid to late 2nd round picks (multiple if you have them).
If you are post the draft, Running back wise, Damien Harris or David Johnson wouldn’t be a bad starting point (Harris for a rebuilding team, Johnson for contenders), Wide receiver choices could be Marvin Jones/TY Hilton or Mike Williams for a contender (even though i believe in Mike Williams return for the 2021 season.
Julio Jones – WR Tennessee Titans:
The Atlanta veteran has officially been traded to the Tennessee Titans and will be a vital option this year if the Titans want to make a run at the Super Bowl.
Last year, Corey Davis produced 65 receptions with 984 targets and 5 touchdowns on Titans, Adam Humphires produced 23 receptions and 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both of these guys aren’t on the team this year, and the Titans also added Josh Reynolds looking to make the most of his opportunity and make a big splash on a 1 year deal with Ryan Tannehill who was the quarterback 8 last year.
With Derrick Henry running with a full head of steam behind the line of scrimmage, the defense will have to pick where they feel like they can utilize the double team the best, which can open the door for Julio to be a possession guy as he still had 51 receptions last year and 771 yards in 9 games. Acquiring Jones won’t be as easy as it was prior to the trade. As a contender I would give up a 2023 1st for the high caliber player Jones can bring to your team, or player comparison a Deebo Samuel (who only played 7 games for SF last year. Giving up youth will be the only way to acquire Jones as he is expected to continue his dominating career in the NFL.
Ezekiel Elliot – RB Dallas Cowboys:
Zeke! Don’t give up on this guy just yet. Coming in just shy of 1K rushing yards in 2020, Zeke is in the right spot to get to help your team win a championship! One main upside he has this year compared to last year? Dak is back and is ready to work. Elliot’s rushing was outstanding weeks 1-5 last year, and not surprisingly went down after that due to Dak’s injury and facing a stacked box.
With the emergence of Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper’s alpha presence and Michael Gallup projected to get work in the slot, the defense can’t stack the box because they will be spread out. Elliot’s work in the passing game is what separates him from having a good season to a great 2021 season. Acquiring the former Ohio State Buckeye has been surprising from what I have viewed on Twitter.
The current vibe of Zeke is he is “washed” however he will be 26 going into the 2021 season. If you find an owner that isn’t keen on him, I’d give up a solid WR and rookie RB to start conversations for him, with Diontae Johnson or Courtland Sutton and Kenny Gainwell as an example or any of the San Francisco Wide Receivers for him and maybe add on a 1st or couple of 2022 2nds if you have them, as he will have at least 2 more productive years.
Don’t miss out on the “dip” in one of the best players in the NFL.