The playoffs are upon us. Finally, you should know exactly where you stand. It’s never too early to begin thinking about next year and quite frankly, I’m hoping you already have. While half of your league is focused on the playoffs, I’d be putting together some buy low deals to bolster my roster when others are just starting to think about taking a break. For my quarterbacks to target in the offseason, please check out my week 12 stock report where I highlighted a bunch of other players to add to your dynasty rosters. All the players listed below are prime buy-low candidates.
The big theme here today is the talent. I’m a big believer in talent usurping everything else when it comes to a player. Mixon is the epitome of this. It somehow took rookie head coach Zac Taylor almost 12 weeks to truly utilize Mixon as a difference-maker in his offense. I look forward to that carrying into the 2020 season. With a hopefully improved offensive line, Mixon should begin to realize the fantasy potential that made him such a hot commodity this past offseason. Most fantasy owners wouldn’t even consider Mixon a top 10 dynasty running back right now and I think that’s a mistake. I’d be looking to capitalize on that.
Kenyan Drake is an impending free agent. David Johnson has been struggling. The coaching staff loves Edmonds. All of these things play in Edmonds’ favor. Prior to the arrival of Drake, Edmonds was explosive and appeared to have a better grasp on the offense than David Johnson did. The team could look to move on from the other two backs and make Edmonds the featured back next year. There is almost no risk in acquiring Edmonds right now and it’s a big upside play.
Thomas is the single most consistent player in fantasy football right now. Through the course of 13 weeks, Thomas has one game below 10 points and 4 others below 15. That means 11 out of 12 weeks, he has scored 10 or more points and that in 7 out of 12 weeks he has scored more than 15. You’re just not going to find that level of consistency anywhere else right now. While he is this current season’s WR1, for some reason, his hype is low. He continues to “fly under the radar” so-to-speak and just continues to produce. Acquiring Thomas would not be cheap, however, I feel like he can still be had at an affordable rate considering what the cost would be to acquire him and the ensuing production you’ll get. Thomas is the perfect cornerstone for any rebuilding team.
Adams has been semi-forgotten this year. He missed some significant time with a turf toe injury and just now seems to be getting back into his stride. It won’t be long before we’re talking about Adams as a must-own again. If Adams just performs average over the next few weeks, I’d be looking to acquire him from a disgruntled owner who can’t see past the numbers.
Everyone thought this would be the year for Kirk to breakout. I was never very keen on that happening. We weren’t sure how Kliff Kingsbury’s air raid offense would translate to the NFL and even if it did translate, it was always going to take a year or two to become truly effective. I’d be willing to bet that the entire Cardinals offense takes a big step forward next year and I’ll be pegging Christian Kirk as a big reason why. He’ll be one of my top offseason targets.
Another forgotten man due to injury, Miller has been struggling to get back to full strength all season long. The talent is still evident. His value is nowhere near the levels that it was when his hype train was at full steam, however, I’ll be looking to add him to my rosters for cheap. Next season will only be his 3rd in the league and if he can stay healthy, I am a full believer in his abilities to be an impactful receiver in the NFL. Not to mention, the Bears are going to have a decision to make regarding Mitchell Trubisky.
The biggest reason that Anderson is on this list is that he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent. Some team is going to pay Anderson to become a productive player on their team. It’s not unrealistic that Anderson lands somewhere and assumes a Will Fuller-like role for that respective team. If that happens, Anderson turns into a solid bench player and spot FLEX play for your dynasty team.
Irv Smith Jr.
Irv Smith will be entering next year at only 22 years old. The Vikings did just extend Rudolph for a couple more seasons, but that doesn’t mean Smith can’t overtake the starting tight end job. He certainly has the talent to do so and the Vikings offense isn’t necessarily bad. If the unit becomes more consistent as a whole, then there will be multiple options for fantasy productivity. The former Alabama tight end is one of my favorite long term dynasty adds.
Betting on the talent here. Howard is a former first-round pick who has pretty much just fallen into a terrible situation. When he was first drafted, he had to compete with a veteran tight end in Cameron Brate (who was extended shortly after Howard was drafted). Then, he had to compete with a head coach’s offensive philosophy that doesn’t favor tight end play. Howard can be had at a very affordable rate and I’d be trying to add him to all of my rosters.
Gesicki finally appears to be getting a good feel for the NFL level and a coaching staff that supports him. He’s right in that window for tight ends to break out as he heads from year 2 to 3. Gesicki owners are likely ok with dumping him and I’m ok with preying on their impatience. Gesicki has the ability to be a dynamic tight end and a great fantasy producer.
I’m not sure we’ll get the breakout in year 2, so there might be a little more time to buy low on Knox than some of the other guys on this list. However, the flashes are there. The traits are too. Once he develops a rapport and chemistry with Josh Allen, he’ll fit right into an offense that needs a quality receiver in the middle of the field.
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