There is no offseason for dynasty players, so fresh off the back of the 2020 season we look at some QB & RB buys. Now is the time to assess the state of your team and choose a path of contend or rebuild. Get prepared, don’t sell on players that could spike in value!
2020 Offseason Dynasty QB Buys
This is another one that needs to acted upon fairly quickly. As with Drew Brees likely to retire, fantasy players are starting to work out that Winston could be the Saints’ QB next season. Winston was once a great fantasy QB in Tampa Bay but his interceptions drove the organization to move on from him. With the Saints’ dire cap situation, they really have limited options. If it ends up with a straight fight between Winston and Taysom Hill then I expect Winston to win the starting role and become fantasy relevant once again. I would take a shot with a 2nd rounder if I was needing a cheap QB with upside and you don’t mind a little gamble.
I really feel for Sam Darnold. I really had decent grades on him coming out of college. But he was doomed the minute the Jets drafted him, and his career it seems has never really got going. But now he could have a fresh start. There are teams enquiring about Darnold’s availability. Along with the Jets owning the 2nd pick in the draft, they could well pivot to a new rookie QB. Especially with a few strong QB options. At only 23 years old there is lots of growth to come from the Southern California product. If he was to be given a move away from New York, his value will quickly rise as he will look to get his career going. I would be happy paying a late-ish 1st for Darnold.
2020 Offseason Dynasty RB Buys
This is not a glamorous pick. It also might not be a long-term one either. But you may end up with a decent fantasy performer for the 2021 season for next to nothing. Now, he isn’t a player to pick up for a rebuild project. But, for a contender, Wilson could be a steal as a depth piece. Having recently re-signed a 1 year deal in San Francisco, Wilson could lead a committee of RBs for the 49ers in 2021. His final 2 games of the season when he was given the keys to the backfield were magnificent. Totalling over 50 PPR points and scoring 3 TDs, a possible sign of what he can achieve in 2021? I think he can be acquired from the right person for something in the 3rd round region.
Similarly, this isn’t going to be a knockout pick. But a player that showed PPR versatility towards the back end of the 2020 season. Bowden had alot of opportunity in the run-in where the Dolphins were desperately trying to make the playoffs. This is a good sign going forward for Bowden, who had the Dolphins trust in such an important period. Crucially though, he can be traded for very little value this offseason. Now I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dolphins land one of the big-name wide receivers in the draft. Equally, a top RB drive down Bowden’s value even further. I like him as a stash, the chemistry he showed with Tua last season was great and I imagine they will look to continue this going forward. Bowden can be acquired for a 3rd round rookie pick and I would be extremely happy to do so.
One of the forgotten men of the 2020 fantasy season was Chargers running back Austin Ekeler. He actually played in 10 games but it felt like he only played in 4 or 5 with the main part of his season lost to injury (weeks 5-11). Ekeler was a PPR machine back in 2019 and his value was sky high last offseason. It’s a very different story now and I would love to take advantage of the situation and of the rookie hype and offer an attractive mid 1st rounder to the Ekeler owner in hopes of him having rookie fever and accepting.
That’s it for the first of our 2020 Offseason Dynasty Buys, well at least at QB & RB! We are going to be providing you with dynasty content all offseason. So check us out as well as our social media channels. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And, as always, if you want something more specific to your league- reach out!
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