Consolidating the wide receiver position is a good approach at this point in the season. Depth wide receivers are vulnerable to the draft, trade, and free-agent pressures of the offseason, so finding useful upgrades where you are selling depth is a good investment. Use your depth wide receivers and other depth assets to acquire players who can be starting solutions in your lineup. This can be an upgrade of the projected starting spot at wide receiver or another position.
Consolidating Your Wide Receiver Depth
If you do this right, this can serve a couple of key goals. First, if you sell depth players for a lineup solution, you are improving your odds of success. Second, if you are trading a player outside the top 50 or 60 at the position, there is a good chance you are selling the player at the height of their value. The odds of being a major impact in your lineup are low, so there is only a small risk that the player breaks out in a way that burns you in the trade. Third, you are consolidating your roster spots to open additional roster moves.
When you want to upgrade the wide receiver position, the gold standard is young and elite producers. If you want to fix your dynasty team and add production, this is costly and should be reserved for already strong teams.
Instead, your goal in consolidating your wide receiver depth should be to acquire productive players who are no longer in the young category. When you are making these acquisitions, understand the key you are buying is targets with an aim of improving your lineup.
This Concept in Action
Let's look at some specific examples of trades showing this concept in action.
Keenan Allen was a top-12 wide receiver in per-game scoring after he returned from injury in Week 11. During the eight games to close the season, Allen had 83 targets, more than 10 per game. There was early offseason speculation he could be a trade candidate, but he restructured his contract and is locked into a WR1 role in the Chargers offense. On the other hand, Collins is a fine wide receiver, but he is well outside the top 60 Dynasty wide receivers. He is unlikely to be a top wide receiver on his team or draw sufficient targets to make a meaningful difference in fantasy football. The future third-round pick is likewise going to be a depth option. This trade is a perfect example of combining two depth assets into a single starting player.
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