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Each month, the wonderful Mike Tagliere posts an updated dynasty trade value chart. It’s an excellent resource for both dynasty players and commissioners, as you can use it to gauge trade balance successfully. It’s often difficult to discuss a trade when you and other members of your league see a player very differently, so Tags’ chart functions as a helpful third party. It’s a great tool to use alongside our trade analyzer,
If you’re looking to acquire a new wide receiver in dynasty, here are some potential offers to consider.
Julio turned 31 back in February. According to research from Mike Tagliere, wide receivers tend to lose their elite WR1 upside at 32. While Julio might buck the trends, he doesn’t have much time left.
That said, the time he does have left is immensely valuable. Atlanta led the league in total passing attempts last year, and Dirk Koetter’s offenses finished fourth and fifth the two years before that. It’s safe to expect Atlanta will emphasize the passing game, so Jones should see 150-plus targets again in 2020.
Jones is a volume-based WR1 with not much time left. If you need a receiver and are looking to win in 2020, try to swap Jonathan Taylor for him. Taylor will have an excellent career in the NFL, but he may get off to a slow start due to the coronavirus’ effect on the offseason.
So if Jones should fall off within a few years, who will replace him? Unless the Falcons spend another first-round pick on a receiver, Ridley should have the WR1 job on lock. The 25-year-old Alabama product saw consistent usage between 2018 and 2019 — he finished as the WR22 and WR27, respectively — but I’m expecting him to take a third-year leap.
Folks across the industry are calling Ridley this year’s Chris Godwin, and if you want to get a piece of him, you’ll have to pay up. Ridley makes sense for both competing and rebuilding teams, although I’m writing this trade for owners looking to refresh their rosters.
By packing Bell (28 years old) and Ryan (35 years old), you get a solid return for depreciating assets. Both Bell and Ryan have a few years left, but they’ve likely seen their best fantasy days. They’re appealing assets to a team in win-now mode, however, so capitalize that by trading them to owners with short championship windows.
Moore is another industry darling this offseason. Carolina’s new offensive coordinator, Joe Brady, should throw the ball a lot. And since Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t excel in the deep game, D.J. Moore carries a lot more appeal than speedsters Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson. I’m projecting him for low-end WR1 numbers in 2020.
So if you need a receiver, but you’ve got some extra running backs, then swapping Moore for Kenyan Drake makes a lot of sense. Drake is in a strong situation this season, and he should be a high-end RB2, but I have no idea where he’ll play in 2021. With talented backs like Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, and Marlon Mack destined to become unrestricted free agents at the same time, Drake may not find a starting job again.
Don’t tell the Moore owner that, though! If they need help at running back, capitalize on the opportunity and sell them on Drake.
If you need a WR2 in PPR, Landry is the guy to buy. As I wrote last year, keep taking Landry as a high-floor option until he shows us otherwise. He’s finished as the WR12, WR18, WR5, WR13, and WR9 since his sophomore season, making him at least a WR2 each year since then.
Yes, new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski should emphasize the running game, but Landry has found success with Hue Jackson, Freddie Kitchens, and Adam Gase. I’m not worried.
If the Landry owner is currently in rebuild mode, then they might want to sell the 27-year-old receiver. You should be able to offload high-upside sleepers like Ronald Jones and N’Keal Harry for him if his owner likes them. Both players are still 22 years old, so their best days are ahead of them.
And if you need a WR2 in standard or half-PPR formats, someone on the Texans should work. I’m not even going to try to predict how Deshaun Watson will divvy up the targets in 2020 — the Texans just have too many options for him. Fuller’s familiarity with Watson and Cooks’ consistency make each of them fantastic options heading into next year.
That said, both Cooks and Fuller could be somewhere else after 2020. Fuller is set to become a restricted free agent next year, while the Texans would be able to get out of Cooks’ expensive contract early if they cut him before 2021. The risk that one of them won’t be with Deshaun Watson next year means they’re both better options if you’re in win-now mode.
It’ll be easier to get Fuller or Cooks if a rebuilding owner has them. As a result, offer some pieces with some longer-term upside who won’t help you much in 2020. The addition of Melvin Gordon caps Phillip Lindsay’s 2020 ceiling — but not his overall talent — so he’s a good piece to move here. Also, AGG makes sense as a high-upside flier since Washington lacks a true WR2.