Dynasty Football WR Targets
The dynasty off-season is officially upon us. This is one of my favorite times of the year for fantasy football. Evaluating rookies, buying potential breakout players, and selling players that are currently peaking in dynasty value are just a few of the best parts of the off-season. Buying players before the breakout and spike in value is a huge part of dynasty football, and there are several wide receivers right now that I’m going out of my way to trade for.
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Age: 26-years old
First up on my list of wide receivers to buy this off-season is Jarvis Landry. When you’re looking at buying and selling players this time of year, one of the most important things to do is find the players that have seen a significant increase or decrease in value from a year ago. Last year around this time, it wasn’t uncommon to see Landry in the top 12-15 range for dynasty wide receivers. Now you’re looking at him sitting outside the top-20, as he’s currently the WR24 in our WR Dynasty Rankings.
In Miami, Landry was a PPR stud for fantasy purposes. After being traded to Cleveland, many owners were a bit down on him due to the uncertainty of his future. The targets have always been where he’s made his living in fantasy football. So what has changed to make him drop in value so much? At this point, Baker Mayfield is looking like an upgrade to his previous quarterback situation. Landry saw two seasons in Miami where he had over 160 targets. He saw 149 targets in 2018, which was good for the third-most targets he’s seen in a season over the span of his five seasons in the NFL. If anything, I like Landry’s situation in Cleveland more than in Miami. He is just 26-years-old and has plenty of football ahead of him. As the WR1 in Cleveland, and a bright future ahead for Mayfield and the Browns, Landry is someone I am looking to buy in my dynasty leagues.
Age: 23-years old in April
The next on my list of wide receivers I’m buying this off-season is the second-year receiver in Pittsburgh. James Washington is one of those players that I was drafting last year and stashing at the bottom of my rosters and waiting on. With Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of him on the depth chart, it was looking like dynasty owners would be waiting several years before Washington had some real fantasy value. Things can change quickly in the NFL and with the drama in the Steelers’ locker room, it’s looking like Washington will have a chance to prove himself sooner rather than later.
At this point, I’m not expecting Brown to be back in Pittsburgh. I would be very surprised if they end up working out a deal to keep him in town. Smith-Schuster will now have a chance to step into the WR1 role. Then there’s Washington, who I loved as someone who could step into a WR2 role in the NFL. I still expect the Pittsburgh offense to be a high-powered one and Washington has a shot at a breakout season in 2019. At the WR45 in our current WR Dynasty Rankings, he’s someone I’m looking to buy low before a potential breakout year.
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Age: Just turned 27-years old
One of the cheapest wide receivers with nice upside moving forward is the former Chargers wide receiver, Tyrell Williams. Williams as an unrestricted free agent after finishing up a one-year deal with the Chargers in 2018. He’ll be entering his fifth season in the NFL and is 26 years old. We’ve seen glimpses of what Williams can do over the past few seasons, but with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams ahead of him, he hasn’t been able to get the targets needed to be consistent for fantasy purposes. I expect Williams to sign with a team where he’ll have a chance to prove himself and potentially even have a shot at a WR1 role. Williams hasn’t done enough to prove that he’s worthy of a large deal, but this could offer motivation for him as he’s looking for job security and a nice payday.
Currently, Williams is the WR55 on our Dynasty Rankings. Part of being successful in dynasty league football involves staying ahead of the curve. Don’t wait until Williams signs somewhere else to go out and buy him. Buy him now while his price is at a low point.
Age: 24-years old in April
When I’m looking at buying potential breakout players cheap during the off-season, there’s always a few names that are longshots. One of those is the third-year wide receiver in San Francisco, Trent Taylor. While many dynasty owners may be excited about Dante Pettis, I’d rather buy someone who is far cheaper, in Taylor. He’s currently unranked on our WR Dynasty Rankings but could see a nice boost in value if he gets more playing time in 2019 and shows us what he can do.
He is an undersized wide receiver who has become an afterthought as he’s had just 101 targets in his first two seasons and has a total of 69 receptions for 645 receiving yards and three touchdowns. As an undersized, quick, and shifty wide receiver, he comps similar to the newest wide receivers coach in San Francisco, Wes Welker. As someone who is unranked at the moment, he is a very cheap player to go out and buy. With Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon returning from their injuries, the second season for the Kyle Shanahan offense in San Francisco is one that will have a lot of fantasy football value next year. Buying Taylor is a very cheap way to get a part of that offense.
Age: Turning 23-years old in March
Heading into his third season in the NFL, Zay Jones is the Buffalo wide receiver that I’m most interested in buying right now. Josh Allen came onto the fantasy scene a bit late in the 2018 season but really showed us that he could have some nice fantasy value moving forward. He’s likely a name you’ve seen as someone to buy low on in Superflex leagues as well. As for the wide receivers in Buffalo, Jones and Allen developed a nice rapport over the second half of the season.
Jones was a prospect that I liked heading into his rookie season, but Buffalo has not been fantasy-friendly. He saw nine targets in four of his last five games of the 2018 season. He also had seven total touchdowns on the year, six of them coming from Week 10 through Week 16. Jones is currently the last name on our Gridiron Experts Dynasty Rankings for wide receivers, and I expect him to see a spike in value as we move towards the 2019 NFL season. Take advantage of the low price tag on Jones along with the rest of the names on this list while you can.
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