As we head in to Fantasy Football playoffs there are plenty of teams that are now looking to next season and that’s the time to start grabbing some lottery picks and possible assets for next season. That’s where my team finds itself after a mostly successful tanking season, a last game win left with the #2 pick instead of the top pick for the next draft.
A couple of players I’ve already stashed for next season are Justin Jackson, Dawson Knox and Tim Patrick. If Melvin Gordon leaves the Chargers in free agency Jackson would be behind Ekeler but could find himself viable in the split backfield like he was at the beginning of the season. Knox is a young TE that has had upside for awhile and could be primed for a much bigger role next season.
With Drew Lock under center the Broncos offense has come to life. There’s still the running backs, Sutton and Fant but there’s an open spot for WR2 after Hamilton has really struggled. Justin Gage from the Falcons is another one to consider, I missed out on him, as now the slot receiver.
Boston Scott was my lone pickup in my Dynasty League this week after his monster game. He took advantage of Jordan Howard being hurt who will be a free agent. The Eagles love a RB committee and with Scott’s big showing against the Giants he seemed like a reasonable grab to see what happens in the offseason and could be a solid pairing with Miles Sanders.
I got a little luck with some drops in my Dynasty League that I was able to stash on my IR. Lamar Miller and Trey Burton were dropped and now sitting on my IR. Burton never seemed to get healthy and didn’t do much in the Bear’s offense even in the few games he played but the Chicago offense has come around the last few weeks and it was worth hanging on to Burton to see what happens once he gets healthy.
I think Miller’s time is likely done in Houston with the committe of Hyde and Johnson, and I’ve always been a bit partial to him, but he got cut way early in the season and running backs are so solid it was totally worth it to carry him until I get to roster cut time. Chris Herndon has been on my roster all season and didn’t do anything but I’m still holding out there’s some upside there with Sam Darnold.
Being able to find value in lesser known situations is key to building a successful team in Dynasty Leagues. The last few offseasons I’ve been able to grab Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson who have been key trade pieces for me as I’ve tried to reform my team to make the playoffs for the first time.
As we come to the end of the fourth season in my Dynasty League I’ve finished 11th of 12 twice, tanked this year to get there, and 7th the last two seasons which was the first team out. This season the league came back to Earth and I could have probably gotten in to the playoffs if I went for it but I didn’t feel like I had the running backs to get it done so I went for the impact pick. However, with the veterans I’ve been able to trade I have five picks in the top three rounds this draft and six in the first three rounds for next season to load my team up.
With Lamar Jackson and Carson Wentz at QB; Kareem Hunt, Joe Mixon, Sony Michel, Patrick Laird, Rashaad Penny and Darrell Henderson at RB (some young ones but you can see why I tanked); Kenny Golladay, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill, Deebo Samuel, Curtis Samuel, Miles Boykin, Hakeem Butler at WR and Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Herndon and Burton at TE the pieces are there to be a playoff team with the picks to take some impact players or make some trades.