Let me go ahead and acknowledge the error of my ways in my title right off the bat: there is no off-season in dynasty football. But you know what I meant readers & friends and we’re at that point of the year where most leagues have slowed down. Rookie fever won’t set in for another month and when it does, you need to be ready. That also means that you need to know which players you should be looking to off-load this off-season. In this article, I’m looking at five dynasty football trades you should consider making before the rookie draft—five players that it’s time to sell.
George Kittle, San Francisco TE
I know, Kittle is still a stud, and a young stud at that. But we have to face the facts: there’s a new QB taking over in the Bay and he’s a QB who uses his legs. Targets are going to drop and with Deebo Samuel reaching his potential and Brandon Aiyuk lining up opposite of Samuel, they’re going to take up a bulk of the available targets. Let’s not ignore Kittle’s growing history of injuries and San Francisco’s desire to let whichever RB is hot run all over either.
What Should You Ask For?: A first and a mid to low end TE1.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee QB
This one is more geared towards those in Superflex leagues where the QB position is exponentially more valuable. After a monster season in 2020, where he helped more than a few teams win championships, Tannehill was expected to reproduce those numbers with the addition of Julio Jones to their already talented offense. Injuries to AJ Brown and Julio Jones, as well as King Henry, put a damper on an otherwise great year for the Titans. There will be some who think the Titans have another big year in them next year, but now is the time to sell Tannehill. This offense isn’t getting any younger and the injury train could likely come rolling through Tennessee again next year. As far as dynasty football trades go, this one should be a no-brainer.
What Should You Ask For?: In Superflex leagues, Tannehill is worth a late 1st, early 2nd. A 2022 2nd and a 2023 2nd is the kind of deal I’d try for with a QB needy team.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota RB
One of the league’s most dominant RB’s in recent years, Cook is a true difference maker on the field. He’s also frequently injured and 26 years old, which means it’s time to sell while his value is at its highest. There will be temptation to hold Cook because of exactly how good he is, but let’s not forget that he’s never played a full NFL season and last year he missed 4 games. He has to be considered injury prone at this point and at 26—that only gets worse, not better. Cook is a prime example of a player that if you hold him one year too long, your return for him could be drastically reduced. Sell, sell, sell.
What Should You Ask For?: I’m looking for a low-end RB1 and a 1st. If you can afford to hold off, go for a low-end RB1 and 2023 1st when the RB class is expected to be much deeper.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans RB
New Orleans is in shambles. Their salary cap situation ensures that changes are coming. They just lost their coach. They don’t have a QB. Since Kamara (potential legal issues aside) is the one bright spot on this otherwise troubling team, it seems highly likely that Kamara’s numbers will suffer as a result. This long-time fantasy darling is going to see a sharp decrease in value after this upcoming season, so cash out while you can.
What Should You Ask For?: Same as with Dalvin Cook, I’m looking for a low-end RB1 and a 1st and if I can, something from the 2023 class where the RBs should be much more plentiful than in 2022.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas TE
The final name on today’s list of 5 players to sell is the free agent Schultz. Will he return to Dallas? I’m not convinced he will, but I do feel more confident in saying that no matter where he plays next year, he likely won’t have 8 touchdowns again. Schultz is TD dependent and a TE needy team will overpay for a player who will not produce the same kind of numbers that he did last year.
What Should You Ask For?: It’s always harder to value the TE position, but if I can get a 2022 2nd and an additional pick from the 2023 draft, I’m over the moon. Would also be interested in a player like Mike Gesicki and a mid-round pick from either 2022 or 2023.
Everyone loves making dynasty football trades and hopefully this list of 5 players to sell gets you thinking about some moves to make. I’ll be back soon with a “buy low” list & much more dynasty football content this off-season.