By Alex Kurpeski
Buying low is a huge advantage in dynasty leagues, as it is with any transaction. Saving money or capital to acquire a superior-good is the ideal for most capitalists. It’s hard to not be a capitalist in the world of fantasy football, where hoarding talent and acquiring it at the lowest possible price is the name of the game.
Trade For: Joe Burrow
Burrow suffered a nasty knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Washington, tearing his ACL and MCL while also damaging his PCL and Meniscus. Some very bad luck for a player who was playing some truly excellent football. Burrow’s injury has a timetable of 9-12 months, meaning he won’t return until roughly September 2021 at the absolute earliest. It’s possible that the 2020 No. 1 overall pick won’t see the field again until the 2022 season for precautionary reasons. Even so, Burrow displayed some special talent this season and he should be a QB1 in fantasy once he returns. You can acquire Burrow for his lowest possible value right now in dynasty leagues. And trust me — it’s going to be worth the wait.
Avoid: Dak Prescott
Prescott suffered a compound fracture to his lower leg earlier in the season. It was a traumatizing injury for fans and players alike. Prescott may not be himself in 2021, as his scrambling abilities should be impacted by the injury he suffered. It’s possible that Dallas even lets him walk in free agency, with a potential top-five pick incoming. Prescott is not worth chasing at his current price.
Trade For: George Kittle
Kittle is the best tight end in the NFL when healthy. He also just signed a long-term extension and should be featured prominently in the 49ers offense upon his return. If you can get Kittle now you’re going to turn a profit.
Avoid: Courtland Sutton
Sutton broke out in 2019, pacing the Broncos offense in almost every category. While many had Sutton pegged as a breakout candidate once again this season, his year was over before it could ever really begin due to an ACL injury. With the instability of the QB spot in Denver and the emergence of Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, Sutton could be left on the outside looking in when he returns. His situation is very reminiscent of Allen Robinson’s in 2017.
Trade For: Saquon Barkley
Barkley is one of the most talented backs in the NFL. Sure he tore his ACL but he’s Saquon Barkley. Pull the trigger on whatever offer you receive that includes him joining your team.
Avoid: Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham was already a shell of himself following a gnarly ankle injury in 2017. Post-ACL tear I don’t even want to think of the floor for Beckham, an already miscast talent in Cleveland.