Are you still in it? Is your team sitting atop the mountain, waiting for a contender to emerge to challenge you for the ultimate fake football prize? Or are you in shambles, looking forward to September 2023 when you can begin your journey again? Dynasty fantasy football is a year-round game. The results are tracked from September-December, but the real work is put in when no one else is watching. Free agent periods, drafts, tag processes for those who really dive deep, and much much more. One thing remains the same, leagues change when people are engaged in what is happening. You have to see who is doing what! If you’re late, it may be the difference between ultimate glory or anguishing defeat… We have 20 more players to keep an eye on, divided into tiers that closely associate with where they are trending. It’s up to you to make the move!
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LB Roquan Smith: Nobody needs to panic about this trade. It’s simple, good players score points regardless of team. The compensation the Ravens gave up to acquire Smith means he will be heavily involved in the defensive plans and ultimately will continue to score points. This is good for him, especially if he signs long-term. The only criticism that should be warranted is the lack of production from this position on the team this year. This should be solved, though, with this move.
DE Myles Garrett: The scariest monster of Halloween this year was Garrett on Monday Night Football against the Bengals’ offensive line. He’s just an absolute beast when he’s on the field. Everyone knows he’s their defense’s best player, but few can neutralize him for extended periods. He’s absolutely the league’s best defensive lineman, not named Maxx Crosby, and should be treated as such. One final note: he is 26 years old and showing no signs of a dip in his production.
LB Pete Werner: Seventy-one total tackles means he’s averaging just under nine a game, and the fact is this is his first full-time action. He is likely the #1 dynasty prospect moving forward and is far and away exceeding expectations to this point. He is pacing over 140 tackles on the year, and if he compiles any other statistics, he should even challenge for the top five at his position this year. Either way, you can’t do much better with production vs age than you do with Werner currently.
LB Foye Oluokun: He should be your case study as a Roquan Smith manager. Now, I will say in the short term, Jacksonville has always shown the capability to support great linebacker scoring, which is what we have seen from Oluokun this year. Changing teams does sometimes work for the player, and Oluokun, while he likely isn’t LB1 from last year, still has a shot to finish in the top 3 this season. Ultimately, your philosophy on situations like this should be “good players are good regardless of team.” He’s been good through eight weeks and will be good to finish this year.
LB Micah Parsons: After being on the trending down list, Parsons had a monster game that included a touchdown. He was a bit inconsistent to begin the year, and as an outside linebacker who almost feels positionless at times, it’s hard to project his week-to-week viability. What can’t be disputed is the pure talent he has and the boom/bust potential there. The boom this year has heavily outweighed the bust, but it is important to note that he has risk. Regardless, he’s been good these past two weeks, and this should be made note of.
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LB Devin Lloyd: There’s no way to sugarcoat this, but Lloyd has completely flatlined since Week 4. Since that game, his production has fallen in each game consecutively. This could be in part to the season his teammate Foye Oluokun is having, or could just be his rookie year catching up to him, but the matter remains the same, this is not ideal. There’s no need to panic just yet, but it's become time to start more consistent options at linebacker if you have them.
LB De'Vondre Campbell: It may just be the disappointment of the Packers’ defense overall, but Campbell has become a boom/bust player this season. He has scored double-digit points in only three games this year and scored over 1/3 of his season total last week. It may be time to look for a potential trade partner or utilize him more as depth at this point. He was a STUD last year with 145 total tackles, but this year is trending to miss that mark by 20+. He is still valuable and shouldn’t be traded off for less than he’s worth, but the longer you wait, the harder the trade may be.
DE Deatrich Wise Jr: Flashback to Week 3, and you have yourself a DE1 who has produced 13 total tackles and four sacks. It feels great, especially considering the disparity in the position this year. Since Week 3 however, he’s produced 16 tackles and one sack. He also has only produced double-digit points in one game outside of the first three weeks. To put all the fear into one place, he’s a Patriot, and they’re notoriously hard to predict when it comes to playing time and fantasy viability. Hold for now, but if you’re a risk taker, he may be trade bait.
LB Demario Davis: All good things must come to an end. What is happening here is simple. His teammate Pete Werner is just a beast out there, and Davis is compiling fewer stats due to this. He’s aging and isn’t a long-term dynasty hold, but he could likely be added to your team at a good value to provide depth for a win-now scenario. Managers likely would let him walk for a decent price but not one that breaks down your future.
DE Von Miller: This is what you’re going to get from Miller moving forward. He’s less injured but garners the same production as J.J. Watt. The long-term deal is great if you’re looking to hold him, but I wouldn’t be so sure that you’re getting anything worth what you likely spent to acquire him. He’s a surefire hall of famer who deserves his flowers, but as far as fantasy viability, look elsewhere than just a big name on your team.
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