Sun Jul 5th 2020
10 Players I've Been Trying To Acquire
Players I've Been Making Trade Offers For
This week, I went to the trades and transactions page on my leagues' websites to note which players I've been trying to acquire the most in trades this offseason. I often make trade offers to fill team needs, so a player in one league may be more valuable to me than in another league. Still, when I looked back at the players I have been trying to acquire this offseason, I noticed that the following ten players were the most common I targeting in trades. Here is the list of players and why I am interested in adding them to my rosters.
- I have Jones ranked as my #13 dynasty quarterback, but many of his owners do not value him the same way. I've tried to take advantage of this value gap by trading for him this offseason. Last year, in six points per touchdown leagues, he was the 21st ranked quarterback in total points, and the 14th ranked quarterback in average points per game, finishing one spot ahead of Kylar Murray. His average points were skewed a bit because he did have four 40-point four-touchdown games. At the same time, his total points were skewed a bit by 23 turnovers, including 11 fumbles, which will never happen again. He does have a new coaching staff, but his new offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, consistently produces top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in Dallas. I acquired him in two leagues this offseason. I traded Tyrod Taylor and T.Y. Hilton to the Justin Herbert owner for Jones and DeSean Jackson. In another league, I gave Jimmy Garoppolo, and rookie pick 3.9 for Jones. I think he's a top-12 quarterback for the next decade on my teams.
- I've not been able to get Stafford in a trade this offseason, but I was able to draft him in my most recent start-up draft. He's much harder to acquire in two-quarterback leagues, but I thought it would be easier in one-quarterback leagues. I made offers for Stafford, hoping other owners would have forgotten how awesome he was to start the season last year and hoping owners would have soured on him after his season-ending injury. After week nine, the week he was injured, he was the second-highest scoring quarterback in the league behind Lamar Jackson. Stafford is one of the most under-rated players who consistently over-performs his average draft position in redraft leagues. He's one of the best pure passers in the league and had the most air-yards per attempt and completion in the league last year. I have Stafford ranked ahead of Daniel Jones as my #11 dynasty quarterback. I mostly offered one-for-one quarterback trades to owners that I suspected had other quarterbacks ranked ahead of Stafford, but I was unable to get a deal done
- Howard has steadily moved up my dynasty rankings this offseason after being signed by Miami. He moved up after Miami did not draft a running back in the NFL draft but only traded for Matt Breida. I believe Howard will be first and second-down back in Miami and get all of the goal-line carries. His upside is limited by his lack of play in the passing game, but his floor is very high, given the number of touches he will see over the next two years of his contract. He's only 25 years old and could sign a new contract in Miami if he plays well enough. I think he is a sure thing top-24 running back in Miami, but other owners don't see him that way given he's never been a complete breakout player and given the fact that he's on his third team in four years. I happily traded Tevin Coleman for him straight up in one league. I have a pending offer for him in another league right now for Darius Slayton and 2020 second-round pick (2.2).
- I've not been able to pry Edmonds away from any owners, but it is not for lack of trying. I'm not going to overpay for a handcuff, but I made several handcuff for handcuff offers to other owners this offseason to see how they value their back-ups compared to mine. Edmonds only had 60 attempts last year, so I hoped his owners would be frustrated by his lack of touches in Arizona. Plus, Arizona re-signed Kenyan Drake and drafted Eno Benjamin in the 7th round of the NFL draft. I thought these facts would have decreased his value so that I could more easily trade for him, but I guess other owners are as eager as I am to see what happens next year. Drake averaged 80% of the snaps after Arizona traded for him midway through the season, but the trade was made because of the injury Edmonds sustained in week eight after his three-touchdown game in week seven. I believe that Arizona believes in Edmonds, which is why they were willing to trade David Johnson and re-sign Kenyan Drake. Drake, however, was only signed to a one-year deal. Edmunds has two years left on his contract. Arizona intends to use Drake and Edmond this year to see which player, if any, they want to sign longterm. I'm going to keep making offers for Edmonds.
- Hyde is the new Frank Gore. He's going to move from team to team and continue to have a flex-worthy value and destroy the value of other running backs on his teams, which is why I already had him on most of my teams and continue to try to trade for him. I love that he was signed by Seattle, a run-heavy team that plays the best players, no matter their draft capital. He'll have every chance to outperform Chris Carson and Rashad Penny, who are recovering from injuries and DeeJay Dallas, an overrated rookie. I have Dallas ranked as my #52 rookie, though he was drafted far ahead of that in all of my rookie drafts. Hyde is not sexy, but he's 100% proven. I started him and my RB-2 many times last year in Houston, where he provided a very safe floor, scoring just under ten points a game to finish as the RB-26 for the year. I'm not trying to trade for him to be a core part of my team's future but to get him as a high-floor player this year. I am not offering much for him, but I am offering similar older running backs and wide receivers to see if I can get a deal done.
- I was much higher on Harris in last year's rookie class than other analysts, so I already have a fair share of Harris on my teams. Early this offseason, I targeted owners who may have been disappointed in his poor rookie year, hoping they'd be willing to give him up. However, I found that most owners were holding pat and staying patient like I have been. I could not pry him away from other teams. Unfortunately for me, Harris's value has only risen since news of Sony Michel's offseason foot surgery and the Patriots' signing of Cam Newton. Now the tables have turned, and I am the one receiving offers for Harris in the many leagues where I own him. Sadly, I missed the window to trade for him. Perhaps now I can get something more for him in a trade offered to me.
- Cooks has been the player most traded in all of my leagues. In one league, he was traded by one team who then traded to get him back. Buyers remorse, I guess. Many owners want to move him, and many owners want to get him. I am among those who wish to get him. There are 172 vacated targets in Houston with the departure of DeAndre Hopkins. I believe most of them will go to Cooks. Deshaun Watson is too good of quarterback not to allow Cooks to get back to his consistent 1000 yard seasons. Before last year, while struggling with an inconsistent offense and injuries in Los Angeles, he consistently had 1000 yards receiving and 5-9 touchdowns. He's in the prime age-range for wide receivers at 26 years old. I acquired him for a 2020 second-round pick, drafted him in a start-up draft this offseason, and traded Antonio Brown for him straight up a year ago.
- Sadly, Preston Williams is the only player on this list that I do not own at all. This fact upsets me and makes me want to pay up to get him, but I need to maintain discipline and not overpay. Before his injury, Williams was on pace for a 64 catch, 856 yard, six touchdown rookie season, which would have placed him as the 36th highest scoring wide receiver last year. I loved Williams's film at Colorado State and had him as a sleeper to target in rookie drafts last year. Other owners must have too because I missed out on him in everyone one of my leagues. He was a starter in Miami from day one his rookie season, unlike many of the other rookies in last year's class. His stock went up even further after Miami drafted Tua in the first round, meaning he will be paired with a star quarterback for the next decade. I tried to take advantage of owners who forgot about the first half of his season and maybe soured on him after his injury, but so far cannot get a deal done. I think I am going to overpay for him in one league just to own a share.
- Like Carlos Hyde, Jackson is a player I am looking to trade for to help my team this next year. Jackson could be the only returning starter in Philadelphia since Alshon Jeffrey may not start the season due to his injuries, and the Eagles loaded up with rookie wide receivers in the draft. Jackson had a ridiculous breakout in week one last year, scoring 34 fantasy points before being lost for the rest of the season with an injury. While he is 33 years old, he still has two years on his contract, and I believe he can become the highest scoring wide receiver in Philadelphia for the next two years before some of the rookies they drafted this year and last year pass him up. Carson Wentz is one of the best deep-ball passers in the NFL, and he can help Jackson end his career doing what he has always done best - beating defenses deep and scoring touchdowns. Jackson is less appealing in PPR leagues, but in standard leagues where I am only a piece or two away from having a championship run, I've been trying to trade for him by offering back-end rookie draft picks and other older wide receivers or running backs. As I mentioned above, I was able to acquire him in the trade for Daniel Jones, where I gave up T.Y. Hilton.
- Miller is poised for a breakout season this year. He's finally healthy after two shoulder surgeries and has solidified his role as the WR-2 in Chicago. He's shown enough upside to give dynasty owners hope, but enough downside to make owners willing to trade him. His college stats and film caused me to rank him as my #2 wide receiver in his rookie class, just behind D.J. Moore and ahead of Christian Kirk and Calvin Ridley. I still believe in his talent, and I think this will be his third-year breakout. I've been trying by offering other young wide receivers who have shown about the same upside and downside, like Breshad Perriman, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Diontae Johnson. So far, I've not been able to get a deal done.
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