The last team in the take over is the team everyone is chasing. A monster starter draft has lead to three Dynasty championships in four seasons. This team has been number one from the beginning of the league and got off to such an advantage being the pole setter regularly drafting for depth instead of needing to fill out their lineup.
With some more shrewd off season trades this team added J.K. Dobbins, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Denzel Mims, Bryan Edwards, Cole Kmet, Quintez Cephus and Jordan Love. That’s on top of grabbing Scotty Miller, Braxton Berrios and Isiah Ford early in waiver claims. All of that was added to team fresh off another championship so it’s already a loaded team.
However, the biggest addition started the arms race, sending two 1st round picks, Preston Williams and Calvin Ridley away for Saquon Barkley. At the time it looked like a team that was going to run away with the championship. In fact with that monster trade Coin Collusion was able to flip Leonard Fournette for two 1st round picks to recoup from the trade, but still lost in week one. and lost Barkley and week two and is starting off 0-2.
This team is reeling a bit but still has Zeke, Jerrick McKinnon, Dobbins, James White, Wayne Gallman and Carlos Hyde at RB. Definitely thin at the position but still has a stud at Zeke as a stud at the position and got a boost with the 49ers injuries to McKinnon. Trading Fournette was a risk to depth but getting two 1st round picks allows them to get in the market.
With three WR and two flex positions in the starting lineup teams can make up some lack of depth at RB with strong WR and this team is still loaded. Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, D.J. Chark, Diontae Johnson, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Berrios, Edwards, Ford, Miller, Chris Hogan, Kendrick Bourne, Cephus, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Antonio Brown. It’s hard to watch Ridley go off, especially with Barkley lost for the year, but this is an absolutely loaded team. There’s plenty of depth their to make a move with those two 1st round picks.
It also helps with this team loaded at TE. George Kittle is one of the original royal three at TE and Hunter Henry is at the back up. Even with Kittle hurt this team isn’t suffering at the position Kmet is also an interesting long term piece. The depth at WR and TE allow that flex position, where a lot of teams are feeling a stretch with the newly added second flex spot, be still a point of strength.
Tom Brady has gotten off to a slow start but most expect him to figure it out as he gets more comfortable in the ‘Tompa’ offense with all those weapons. Drew Lock is an interesting back up, though another injury early in the season, makes the position a little thin. Love is a long term piece but this team can afford to wait that one out and will be in a position to grab a QB in what expected to be another loaded rookie draft class.
Losing Barkley would be a huge boost to any team, likely sinking them to possibly out of the playoffs, but this team has the depth to potentially weather out the storm. Even after trading Ridley and Williams the WR position is stacked. This team has a 1st and 2nd rounder in 2020 and 2021 but missing the 3rd and 4th in 2020. He also has two 3rd rounders in 2021 so even after swinging the big trade there is still draft pick capital to swing a trade at the RB position for an extremely tough roster.
The problem is this team kicked off an arms race (Barkley, Fournette, Kelce, Drake all traded) and has found some more competition at the top after starting the arms race. However, this team still came in at the pole position and will at least find itself in the final four. How aggressive do you want to be? If Dobbins comes on at the end of the season that would be a big cover for losing Barkley but maybe this team has some buyer’s remorse and wants to still be able to load up in the draft (they regularly get player’s at the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd that have built that depth).
Winning three of the first four championships allows this team to not hit the panic button and not feel the pressure to finally break through. But this team is still at the top and it’s hard to punt on a championship quality team, though what’s left to trade for? Early on teams may not be ready to sell, but this team has the assets to entice any team closer to the trade deadline.
You definitely don’t want to hit the panic button, even after the 0-2 start, especially with several teams already punting on 2020. This is a playoff team but I think it’s a deep breath and you let the ship right with the amount of talent and see what comes on the market.
Maybe this team doesn’t win championship number four, but it’s still a threat and isn’t leaving the top of the power rankings any time soon. Coin Collusion still has a 1st and 2nd round pick in the next two drafts and will have to probably make a move with some roster cuts before next season so expect another big off season as the top dog of the league.