By now all of your dynasty drafts should be complete, the waiver wire running and trade talks emerging. Now before you sell your entire 2019 draft away, here are some players to target before they breakout for 2018.
1) RB Carlos Hyde
The Browns enter the year with a whirlwind of changes to both front office and player personnel. They have three strong running back candidates for the starting job, but a deeper look into the depth chart will show that it will in fact be Hyde getting the nod. Duke Johnson has been ingrained in the pass game and even lines up in the slot. He has been known to steal carries but nothing that will garner a true ground workload. The Browns also drafted Nick Chubb in the second round but the rookie has failed to impress in the preseason. Hyde looks to continue to be a factor in the passing game as well as controlling the ground came for the upcoming season.
2) RB Derrius Guice
The Redskins drafted Guice in the second round of the 2018 draft and a few weeks later we all saw the the top rookie go down in his first pro action. An injured high draft pick will certainly drive a high price but Guice is worth that risk if you have running back depth. Guice will undoubtedly take over the starting role next year; the Redskins just signed Adrian Peterson for heck’s sake! Pay for Guice if you are a contender this year. Pass on Guice if you are lacking depth or high draft picks for the future.
3) WR Emmanuel Sanders
The tried and true veteran dealt with nagging injuries that limited him to 12 games and only two viable fantasy week in 2017. The Broncos have spent money on quarterback, added a third wide receiver to relieve workload and have all but abandoned the run game - Royce Freeman has potential but he isn’t starting for some reason. Sanders has been all but forgotten about but he’s one of only eight receivers with 75+ receptions and 1000+ yards in 3 of the last 4 years. Bringing in Case Keenum - who just helped Diggs and Thielen finish as Top 20 options - will also bring Sanders into the Top 20 range.
4) WR Michael Gallup
The Cowboys will play their first game without Jason Witten or Dez Bryant in almost a decade. Dallas has brought in Allen Hurns to pair with longtime receiver Terrance Williams. They have also brought in a few tight ends to make up for Witten’s absence, but the pass-catching option to own in Dallas is Michael Gallup. The rookie from Colorado State will look to step in and compete for Williams’ spot immediately. Although he was also drafted with significant capital he should have a relatively low cost due to minimal exposure and almost no play time with Dak.
5) QB Philip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers
The fact that Rivers is still undervalued is wild, as he is primed to take a QB1 spot with his main weapon Keenan Allen fully back alongside the return of the injured 2017 First round pick Mike Williams has flashed superior size and catch in traffic skills. Melvin Gordon is a top 10 back with the ability to catch the ball as well with Austin Ekeler who has flashed on passing downs. Rivers production will outweigh his cost and will provide weekly sparks to contending lineups or those looking for a championship. Rivers has been Top 5 in passing yards the last 3 years for a cherry on top.
1) QB Sam Darnold
New York Jets
Darnold enters his rookie campaign with a tough schedule. He also has little to no help in the passing game outside of potential breakout candidate Robby Anderson. Other than that the Jets next best pass catcher is Bilal Powell. He personally has the tools but the team has failed to provide him with a proper outlet. Trade Darnold in any format( other than 2QB) due to his high value now - which may not get higher.
2) RB Ronald Jones
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones, to put it lightly has not been great. He hasn’t shown the speed or power that landed him in the second round. However, Peyton Barber has shown that has what it takes to be the 1-2 guy in Tampa while needs to find a replacement that handles the passing down work.This will create even more turmoil in the Tampa backfield. While Jones may still succeed, his value is dwindling as the season approaches and you may still be able to get your money back.
3) WR Keelan Cole
Cole looks to be the immediate recipient of Marquise Lee’s targets now that he will miss the year. Cole was successful down the stretch in 2017. Taking a look at the entire season he was fighting for roster spots and targets. Adding Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Donte Montcrief along with last year’s draft pick Dede Westbrook and 2018 rookie DJ Chark makes it too hard to predict who will perform consistently enough before the games start.
4) RB Marlon Mack
The Colts drafted Mack last year in hopes to take over for Gore as he left for Miami in free agency. However, after a decent showing in 2017, Mack just cannot get 100% healthy. He has already sustained a shoulder injury before preseason which held him out and allowed the likes of Christine Michael and Jordan Wilkins to solidify roster spots. Another back in Robert Turbin will also be available after his PED suspension is up. With the number of bodies added and with his own health in question, try to get value back for Marlon Mack before it's too late.
5) WR Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin is the only true receiving option on the Bills as we enter the 2018 campaign. So why trade him? Kelvin Benjamin has only logged over 1,000 yards once, his rookie year. The Bills also have one of the muddiest quarterback situations in the league. They aren’t sure who is starting and the guys that are in the running are Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman while McCarron is out. The two options at quarterback are a coin toss, except you called heads and it’s a double-sided tails coin. Sell Benjamin before he is inevitably devalued because of his passer.