Emerson Beery: @dynasty_analyst – ECR: QB15 QB: 11
My contending team buy of the off-season is Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is seeing a dip in his dynasty value turning 38 years of age in the midst of retirement speculation back to back years. I’m fully willing to buy in startups or trade despite the age and risk. Rodgers has never finished lower than the QB9 overall when healthy, and hasn’t thrown double digit interceptions since the 2010 season. He’s likely going to be a QB1 till the day he retires, and I’m willing to bet we are at least 2-3 seasons from that happening. As long as your willing to suffer through the yearly retirement speculation, you will likely get a great return on your investment
Additionally, Rodgers will likely be the last QB drafted in your startups capable of producing top 5 QB numbers. I’m putting him ahead of Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Jalen Hurts in my dynasty rankings. I think these 3 QBs carry just as much risk in terms of their job security, and have much lower floors. In Superflex start ups this off-season, I’ve seen Rodgers dip into the 4th and 5th round of most drafts. This is league winning potential in this range when others are selecting Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones. In 1QB Rodgers is still one of the few QBs who can make a difference in this format. He’s someone I will aggressively target just ahead of his ADP to ensure I’m solid at the QB position for the next 2-3 seasons.
Dillion Meaney: @DMeaney9688
A week ago we were saying stay away from the Broncos wide receivers. It was a possibility that they were being thrown to by Drew Lock and that’s not something that would be good for fantasy. A week later, they are now getting the ball from Russell Wilson. Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick received a huge boost when the Wilson trade happened. There should be a lot more catchable balls coming their way and it should switch to more of a 50/50 pass-run offense. You can still buy these guys for a lot less value than what they can return to you. I would give up 1st round picks for both Sutton and Jeudy and a 2nd for Patrick.
Sutton and Jeudy should be looked at as low end #2 WR’s with high end #2WR upside. I would take both of these guys over Tyler Lockett, the Browns newly acquired WR, Amari Cooper, Terry McLaurin and Michael Pittman. Jeudy has the highest ceiling of the two but Sutton very clearly has the highest floor and is the safest option. Wilson should be able to get the best of these two WR’s since he has had great success with the likes of Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Tim Patrick should be considered a low end #3 WR with high end WR#3 upside. I would take him over DJ Chark and Chase Claypool. It wouldn’t surprise me if Patrick has the most receptions on the team at year end. The guy catches everything thrown his way and should be a solid option for Wilson.
Steven Pintado (@Coachstevenp): ECR: TE 9 – MINE TE: 7
As a contending fantasy team, if you don’t have a stud tight end, then its hard to truly dominate. Dalton Schultz should be a tight end that can help you win a championship. As the Cowboy’s offseason continues, Schultz finds himself the second pass-catching option or possibly even the first option. Schultz has followed the tight end trend where it takes time for them to develop, wherein his third season made strides in his development. Schultz took another step in year four, finishing at TE 3 on the season. He leaped Blake Jarwin and showed his skills as the team’s TE 1. Down the stretch, Schultz was tied for the team in targets and was able to get over 100 targets.
Schultz is still very underrated compared to the rest of the tight-end landscape since his ECR has him as TE 9 currently from Fantasy Pros. We have seen the history with Dak Prescott that he has targeted his tight end at least 80 times in five of his six seasons. Amari Cooper is now gone, which should open up Schultz for another 100 target season. He will battle CeeDee Lamb as the target leader and should put up another top-five tight end season.