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The NFL Draft has shifted values for rookies and veterans alike at wide receiver to offer opportunities in trading within the inexpensive range of the position. The offseason is the perfect time to upgrade profiles, consolidate, and use wide receiver depth to enhance a dynasty lineup. Here are the notable profiles and price points to target as sell candidates in the trade market:
Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
Price Range: WR3-6
Why: Wilson's promising rookie draft and the addition of Aaron Rodgers have only fanned the flame of Wilson's dynasty market valuation with some as high as WR3, essentially the top receiver not named Justin Jefferson or JaMarr Chase. This presents nothing but a downside based on the price point unless Wilson becomes the next Jefferson or Chase. There is an argument Wilson is WR3 within the loaded 2022 rookie wide receiver class, along with the strong initial seasons out of Chris Olave and Drake London, respectively. Christian Williams makes the case for Drake London as a breakout player in 2023. This is not a run-for-the-hills sell recommendation, but Wilson offers pivots in the market, which are smart profile-based arbitrage opportunities. Here are a few recent examples in the MyFantasyLeague trade market:
- Wilson, Christian Kirk for Rhamondre Stevenson, Jaylen Waddle
- Wilson, Tua Tagovailoa, 2024 2nd for Deshaun Watson, Christian Watson, Rashee Rice (Superflex)
- Wilson, 2024 1st, 2024 2nd for Justin Jefferson (Superflex)
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seattle Seahawks
Price Range: WR10-15
Why: Smith-Njigba did not get the elite pedigree thought possible pre-NFL Draft and landed on a loaded Seattle depth chart with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. It may clear out in future years, but Smith-Njigba will need to be an extreme example of cream rising to the top to emerge early in his career for a top-24 or higher fantasy season. Smith-Njigba is commonly the 1.03 selection (and occasionally 1.02) in 1QB rookie drafts and the WR1 off the board in Superflex leagues. One key strategy in rookie drafts is, without elite pedigree and/or profiles, to not take the first receiver off the board. Instead, use arbitrage strategies for a discount, which this year includes the far cheaper Quentin Johnston and Zay Flowers. Here are a few recent examples in the MyFantasyLeague trade market:
- Smith-Njigba, 2.04, 3.03 for Chris Olave, 2.05, 4.05
- Smith-Njigba, Brian Robinson, Juwan Johnson for Quentin Johnston, Jameson Williams, Dalton Schultz
- Smith-Njigba, Jonathan Mingo, 2024 2nd for CeeDee Lamb (10-team Superflex)
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