10 Dynasty Players to Sell Before the 2024 NFL Draft

Apr 21, 2024
10 Dynasty Players to Sell Before the NFL Draft

The NFL draft catalyzes significant shifts in perceived dynasty value. These few days before the draft present an opportunity to take advantage of such uncertainty. While I certainly cannot predict the future of how the draft will unfold, we can reasonably consider how other dynasty managers are currently viewing players and how some changes could impact these views.

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As a disclaimer, I tried to make these significant names, not just aging running backs. These may not be easy decisions to make, but I would encourage you to at least go through the thought exercise or even send out a comfortable offer. You never know where the conversation could go leading up to the NFL Draft when activity in leagues tends to pick up with everyone’s attention on the three-day spectacle. The following are players I would be considering sending away.

Kyle Pitts, TE - Falcons

The presumption is that Kirk Cousins is arriving to resurrect the dreams of this young core of highly valued Atlanta Falcons dynasty assets including Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts. With only Darnell Mooney and Rondale Moore competing for targets behind top option, London, Pitts is presumed to be the second passing game option. However, that could be challenged by Robinson, another wide receiver selected in the draft, and even Pitts’ seemingly complicated recovery from his MCL injury over a year ago. That’s not to mention that 36-year-old Cousins is entering this new environment coming off a repaired Achilles. After falling to his career-low Dynasty League Football ADP of 82.0 in December 2023, Pitts has climbed back to 49.5 this month. It may just be time to cash out while the vibes are high again.

Kyren Williams, RB - Rams

One of my favorite pre-draft best ball selections and dynasty acquisitions last spring was Kyren Williams. After taking just about every touch in the Los Angeles Rams backfield, he’s expected to again do that same. It is difficult for any running back to do so and remain healthy, so you can expect that if all goes well, he’s worth about what he is now or less because he’s a year older. If Williams gets hurt or struggles, you’ll have missed a huge opportunity to turn him into something more stable. And that could be accelerated if the Rams invest in a running back this weekend after missing Williams for a chunk of last season.

Garrett Wilson, WR - Jets

I think he’s really, really good. Garrett Wilson has somehow survived in some of the worst offensive environments with the New York Jets since entering the league. Rodgers will certainly be good for Wilson, but how long will it last? One year? Also, I expect the Rodgers-led Jets to be much more run-heavy than what we remember from his MVP years in Green Bay. Finally, to keep the QB/pseudo-GM/potential vice president-elect happy, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Jets add Brock Bowers or a first-round wide receiver in the draft.

D.J. Moore, WR - Bears

Mock drafts can be very wrong, especially when collective group think gets an idea and continually regurgitates it over and over and over. Adding Rome Odunze to newly acquired Keenan Allen and incumbent D.J. Moore would set Caleb Williams up for one of the best offensive environments you can think of when beginning a career. However, that likely comes at the expense of some ceiling for Moore in the short term, plus Keenan Allen was on pace for the best season of his storied career in 2023. The cliff comes quickly but he doesn’t appear to have lost a step just yet. Odunze, if he were to be drafted by Chicago, could even challenge Moore for the WR1 chair long-term. I think the excitement of Williams coming to town is an opportunity to get all you can before it looks murky for Moore individually.

Derrick Henry, RB - Ravens

“…not just aging running backs”. Well, here’s one that I think should be included because it’s very difficult to view Derrick Henry heading to the Baltimore Ravens as a negative. Frankly, I don’t. I also don’t think he’s lost much ability. Similarly, that is likely how your league mates feel as well. However, entering his age 30 season and with Baltimore having pass-catching options like Justice Hill and the rehabilitating Keaton Mitchell, it is likely that they add another running back in the middle rounds of this weekend’s draft. Thus, now is likely a solid time to shop Henry.

Tank Dell, WR - Texans

Why would you want out on any piece of the young Houston Texans offense led by C.J. Stroud? You don’t really, but Tank Dell is essentially the same age as fourth-year wideout Nico Collins who took a significant leap forward in 2023. With the addition of Stefon Diggs, Dell is most likely of the three to come off the field in the red zone. That may be fairly insignificant as the team likely leads the league in 11 personnel, but it still should be a consideration.

Also, it sounds like all is good in Dell’s recovery for this year, but it is a reminder that he’s incredibly small by NFL standards, and durability could be an issue for him bringing into question his longevity as a dynasty asset. All in all, there are some concerns in Dell's profile for a potential drop in value. Sitting at 33.67 in DLF April ADP is a nice place to have numerous options to maneuver to other assets.

Travis Kelce, TE - Chiefs

Based on his playoff run, Travis Kelce definitely still has it. However, Andy Reid has been open about last year's plan to save Kelce for the playoffs. It worked, so it would be confusing if the Kansas City Chiefs did anything different this year. Kelce may be limited, especially when you need him most at the end of the regular season during the fantasy playoffs. With Kelce’s fall to 65.17 in DLF April ADP, it is only going in one direction from here on out in dynasty.

Marquise Brown, WR - Chiefs

Do I hate Kansas City? No, I do not. However, I believe the signing of Marquise Brown allows them to upgrade their rotational group without changing to rotational distribution much. It likely means fewer snaps for Justin Watson, Kadarius Toney, and Skyy Moore, but I don’t think they completely go away. It's also possible that Brown only maxes out at around 60% of snaps.

I think Brown ends up having some nice spike games that will make him somewhat more interesting in best ball than dynasty, though I’m not interested in acquiring him in either format. I would see if anyone liked the Kansas City landing spot. Indeed, some do with an Underdog ADP of 58.1, in contrast to his 83.33 DLF April ADP.

Terry McLaurin, WR - Commanders

Whether it be Drake Maye or Jaden Daniels at QB, some needed life should be injected into this offense, though Sam Howell was actually pretty fun when he wasn’t getting sacked. Despite this, I would expect the run game, both with Brian Robinson Jr. and Austin Ekeler (as well as a dual threat in the case of Daniels), to decrease the pure passing volume in another rookie-led offense. This primarily will hurt Terry McLaurin, even if he continues to maintain a large target share.

Rachaad White, RB - Buccaneers

Baker Mayfield led a competent offense under OC Dave Canales helping Rachaad White to a December 2023 DLF ADP of 41.0. Despite Canales’ departure and a dip down to 55.17 last month, White’s DLF April ADP has reached a career-high of 40.83 after surviving free agency without any additions. However, he seems like a very strong candidate to receive some added competition from the draft. While he’s been a very nice find, I’m not sure he’s capable of maintaining the workhorse role we have seen, especially as he approaches the end of his rookie contract.

Finally, it can sometimes be difficult to let go of a player, especially if they have increased in positive perception recently. Not deciding to make a move is just as much a trade as clicking accept. By that, I mean that it can be helpful to view each trade offer that you send or receive as one where you are selecting a side independent of who is giving up what. Not changing can be comfortable. Alas, comfort can be an impediment to improvement for your rosters.

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