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Early season dynasty player valuation is all about gauging the market and the vantage point of either believing or deceiving by the data points of a game or two. Here are the critical dynasty players in the trade market after Week 1:
Taylor Heinicke: Budget-Busting Premium Format Pickup
Have pause investing heavily in Heinicke. Ryan Fitzpatrick is on the shelf with a hip injury for a projected two months and possibly longer. However, the key point is Heinicke has yet to stay healthy in the NFL and has been a nomad for years of passing interest by teams. While Heinicke is burning waiver budgets to the tune of >50% this week, explore adding Kyle Allen instead for 5% or less (or even FCFS following the waiver run). Allen was the Washington starter last season and could be the starter within a week or two if Heinicke's durability stays its previous course. Heinicke has a questionable build and plays with reckless abandon. Like a shooting star, Heinicke's light can extinguish almost as soon as it shines in the sky.
Mac Jones: Stability Enabled
Against a quality Miami defense, Jones continued his steady play from the preseason, showing timing and rhythm for the Patriots' passing game. Jones played a clean game and if not for a Damien Harris late-game fumble, would have notched a win as well. It is dreadfully early but Jones had the look of being a Superflex value within the 2021 class, commonly going in the late-first or early-second round of rookie drafts and easily QB5. Jones is on his way to being one of the best values on the board early in his career.
Ezekiel Elliott: The End is Near
Is he done or just the focal point of a difficult Tampa Bay matchup and really having one goal line crack to post a passable fantasy game? Elliott had a big edge over Tony Pollard in snaps and Dallas had success through the air. Rostering the clear starter on a potent offense like Dallas with the historical profile of Elliott is a good thing. Do not overthink this one and snap sell off a poor season debut.
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