The NFL regular season, at long last, is finally back. The offseason dynasty grind will soon come to an end. As we transition from constructing our rosters to in-season management, I wanted to take the time to look at a few under-the-radar dynasty assets looking to make the most of their opportunities. Players currently not worth a lot, according to your trade calculators, but the ones we want to keep a close eye on in Week 1. The following players I am monitoring very closely to start the season to see if they can take advantage of their situation and improve their dynasty value.
Quez Watkins WR Philadelphia Eagles
Second-year wide receiver Quez Watkins has received a good amount of offseason buzz. And for good reason. Watkins is looking to be an electric playmaker for Jalen Hurts in 2021. The Eagles have moved on from Alshon Jeffrey and Travis Fulgham and are looking to be faster on the offensive side of the ball. Watkins played minimally, recording only seven receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown in 2020. He’s flashed some big-play ability over the summer so far.
According to Sleeper’s latest September Dynasty PPR data, Watkins ADP is 298.1, WR112 overall. The Eagles are looking to build around Devonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins. The speedy Watkins has a chance to drastically outperform his current dynasty ADP and become a player of relevance.
JJ Taylor RB New England Patriots
JJ Taylor was, without a doubt, one of the more entertaining players to watch this preseason. Taylor carried the ball 23 times for 179 yards and one touchdown for the Patriots this summer. An impressive 7.8 yards per carry clip. He also contributed ten receptions for 62 yards through the air. Taylor is a tiny joystick. He keeps making plays for the Patriots and has possibly earned a minor role.
The Patriots recently traded running back Sony Michel to the Rams opening up a path for Taylor. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson excelled as well in the preseason, along with Taylor giving Bill Belichick and the Patriots confidence they have enough depth behind Damien Harris and James White. Time will tell, but I think Taylor has carved out the chance to see the field right away. If not, any injuries to the aforementioned White and Harris could immediately bolster Taylor’s odds of playing time.
Taylor is a dirt-cheap dynasty asset. There was a good chance he was likely sitting on your league’s waiver wide just a few short weeks ago. The New England backfield is always turbulent. Don’t let that deter you. Keep a close eye on who gets the secondary touches for the Patriots this Sunday.
Tyler Kroft TE New York Jets
Tyler Kroft isn’t the most exciting dynasty player being 28 years old and not having much of a track record to date in his career. The Jets recently traded Tight End Chris Herndon to Minnesota, and now opportunity knocks for Kroft. He’s impressed all summer and has built up solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson who often targets his tight ends. The pair hooked up for a couple of touchdowns a few weeks ago in the preseason, highlighting that chemistry here.
You can get Kroft for pennies in dynasty. I recently acquired a few copies myself for just a few FAAB dollars. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur has a history of making the tight end position a focal point in his offenses. In deep dynasty formats, Tyler Kroft is a player that should be rostered everywhere right now.
Jaret Patterson RB Washington Football Team
Let’s go back to the small spark plug running backs, shall we? Enter Jaret Patterson, an undrafted running back from the University of Buffalo. Patterson earned his spot on Washington’s 53 man roster this season by continuously making plays this preseason. Patterson carried the ball 28 times for 110 yards and one touchdown. He showed off his skills as a receiver, something he wasn’t asked to do a lot of in his career in college. He added ten receptions for 70 yards.
Patterson impressed the Washington staff enough to where they moved on from veteran running back Peyton Barber. The Football Team depth chart at the position is thin behind Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic. Patterson is versatile enough to play on all three downs. If something were to happen to either of the two backs ahead of him, Jaret Patterson could find himself in the spotlight.
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