As promised, this week’s stock report is going to focus on players to target for next year and beyond. Most playoff rosters are set and trade deadlines are looming or have passed. For those of us not taking part in our fantasy postseason, it is time to start looking forward to next year. I personally don’t mind this since, in my opinion, team building is the best part of dynasty fantasy football. I approached this task with a heavy focus on contract situations as those are the most likely to factor into an increase of opportunities. Let’s take a look at some guys who could take be thrust into bigger roles next year.
Kyler Murray will be my number one target this offseason, regardless of the status that my team is in. Murray has been very impressive in his rookie season and a big part of that is his familiarity with the offense that Kliff Kingsbury has implemented in Arizona. The rookie quarterback has already established himself as a viable fantasy option at quarterback and next year he could see a meteoric rise similar to that of what Lamar Jackson has done this year. I’m salivating at the thought of a mature quarterback, entering his second season in the NFL and with his coach, and who is dynamic as Murray is. The comparisons were made to Russell Wilson during the pre-draft process; I think Murray can be better. Ideally, throw Jackson and Wilson’s skillset into a blender and I think that’s what the Cardinals have in Kyler Murray. We should always approach successful rookie seasons with caution as we’ve seen it too many times where a player has a successful rookie season then flounders in their sophomore season and beyond (cough Baker Mayfield cough). I just do not get that vibe at all with Murray. He’s intelligent, talented, and has smart people around him. His future is very bright.
Josh Allen has been on a torrid stretch lately. His rushing ability and his big arm have yielded some big weeks lately. Looking ahead to his final 6 games, I expect him to cool off. That’s when I’d swoop in and add Allen to my team for the 2020 season. As much as the Allen haters might not want to admit it, there has been an improvement from his rookie year to his sophomore one. There are still hiccups here and there, but overall, he’s been pretty good. He’s currently the QB6 on the year and I think he can be better in the coming seasons. I’d make Allen a priority add for any team.
There’s a legitimate chance that Sanders is the sole running back in Philly next year. Jordan Howard can walk in free agency and there is little reason for him to want to return when he can get a starting gig and money elsewhere. The only problem is that Philadelphia has notoriously deployed a multiple back system for multiple seasons now. As long as Doug Pederson is in charge, I don’t see that changing. Sanders will have his value though and I could easily see him finishing as an RB2 next year.
It has never been a question of talent with Guice. Every concern that has surrounded Guice’s NFL career is his health. If Guice is able to finish this season strong, then his stock is going to return to where it was this preseason. And that’s for good reason. Guice scored his first touchdown last week and resumed his punishing running style that forced many draft analysts to fall in love with him. Guice’s value might be the lowest it’s going to be for a long time and I’d be targeting him for any rebuild.
What you’re looking for when dealing with any young player is improvement. Jones has certainly done that. The talent and ability that made Jones a 2nd round pick just one season ago has been on display. With Peyton Barber likely departing via free agency in the offseason, there is a strong chance Jones will have every opportunity to produce next year. Acquiring him would certainly be worth the risk for any rebuilding team.
49ers Running Backs
This group includes Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, and Jerick McKinnon. Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson are both due to be unrestricted free agents this offseason and both sides could mutually decide to go their separate ways. The 49ers running backs have been very good. The hard part is nabbing exactly who is going to be getting the production on any given week. But, it really says something if you can play multiple running backs from a fantasy perspective and still get FLEX worthy production. Now, assuming that San Francisco doesn’t add to that group above, Coleman specifically should see his value skyrocket. 49ers running backs will be a hot commodity this offseason.
The backfield will be Singletary’s to lose in 2020. Frank Gore will be an unrestricted free agent on top of being 37. Singletary is another one of those young running backs who will be thrust into a starting role and a guy I’m looking to add to my team as I build for the next 2-3 year window.
To the surprise of a few (there were some heavy Michael Gallup truthers during the pre-draft process), Gallup has burst onto the scene this season. Amari Cooper has yet to be locked up beyond this year and to be quite frank, there is little reason for him to sign a contract at this point. Cooper is almost better off exploring the open market before signing any new deal. I expect the Cowboys to give Dak Prescott his mega-deal and if Cooper departs in free agency, then Dak is going to need a new number one. He has a good rapport with Gallup and Gallup has the talent opportunity needed to finish as a WR2 next season.
T.Y. Hilton is not getting any younger. Zach Pascal, Devin Funchess, Marcus Johnson, and Chester Rogers are all scheduled to be free agents this upcoming offseason. There will be a strong opportunity for the speedster out of Ohio State to come on strong in his sophomore season. Campbell will be one of my favorite breakout candidates next season.
With each passing week, more and more questions arise for fellow 49er Dante Pettis. Emmanuel Sanders is going to be a free agent, leaving the number one wide receiver role wide open. Samuel has been very impressive in spurts this year and had severe rookie woes in others. The bottom line, Samuel is very talented and has still had a very good rookie campaign. 2020 should only see a further developed Samuel into a bigger opportunity.
The Dolphins don’t have much to hang their hats on this year, but Williams is one they can. With an improved quarterback situation and a coaching staff that supports him, Williams could thrive next year. Devante Parker and Mike Gesicki are the only real competition for targets on the roster (at this point). Everything is trending in the right direction for the young receiver.
The Jets are going to have to pay Robby Anderson this offseason. Regardless of whether or not they do that, I like Crowder moving forward. He’s only 26 years old and has established a good rapport with Sam Darnold. Crowder is only in the first year of a three year deal with the team. He could be a sneaky good bench option moving forward.
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