8 Players to Sell in Dynasty Leagues (2022 Fantasy Football)

The Raiders offense has gone through some major changes and Darren Waller may no longer be the target hog he once was.

Each offseason, dynasty managers look at their rosters and start planning out some moves they can make to get their team to the title game. For me, one thing I find myself doing often is determining players I want to get out on and see what I can get for them. This doesn’t mean I’m selling for peanuts or at any cost, it just means that if I can pivot to someone who I like more at a similar price I will gladly look into it. With that being said, here are two players at each position that I’m actively shopping as dynasty sells before the season starts.

And to get a sense of their value and what you should expect to target for them, check out our updated dynasty trade value chart.

Quarterback

Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
Dynasty ECR: QB2

Let’s start with the big guns, right? Yes, you’re reading this right, I’m selling Mahomes. He lost Tyreek Hill and replaced him with JuJu Smith-Schuster. That’s a big downgrade. He still has Travis Kelce and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but overall I think this team is in for a rough 2022. Mahomes should still net you a terrific haul in return though, so I’m likely selling him before the season for as much as I possibly can, just in case that offense takes a step backward without Cheetah on the field. Better safe than sorry, in my opinion.

Tom Brady (QB – TB)
Dynasty ECR: QB21

On the other end of the dynasty spectrum is the ageless wonder named Tom Brady. If you still have him on your roster you’re likely going down with the ship, and I don’t blame you for that, but he’s still someone I’m shopping at the moment. Depending on the other teams in your league you might be able to get a lot of future value for Brady’s 2022 value, especially in Superflex leagues where you can start two quarterbacks. A contending team might be willing to send a future first-round pick or a collection of picks, and if you’re rebuilding yourself, that’s a haul I’d take every day of the week. It’s at least worth a price check right now, right?

Running Back

Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR)
Dynasty ECR: RB4

McCaffrey makes my list here because I just don’t know much tread he has left on the tires. He’s not old, per se, but he’s had a lot of injury history, which makes him an injury risk in 2022 and beyond. There are some dynasty managers that still value him as a top-tier RB and those are the managers I’m targeting to send him away. I’d be happy to tier down at RB and add a young WR or future pick in the process. That way, even if he does go off on someone else’s roster, you’ve insulated your own value enough to avoid feeling bad about it. I’m definitely trading him before the wheels fall off, so if not right now, definitely during the season.

Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
Dynasty ECR: RB9

Like CMC, Cook is someone that I’m trying to shop where I can. I think he’s got one or two good years left, which makes him a prime candidate to move off of right now. He’s not totally toast, but in terms of the RB landscape, he’s getting close. I’m not an ageist, but he worries me. If I can get a younger WR or TE option back in a trade I’m all for it, even if I have to sacrifice a little value to get the deal done. Of course, if I’m light at RB I’m fine to hold, but it’s rare that any trade is the last trade you’re making. Ultimately, value is really what matters most in June, not starting lineups, so keep that in mind as well.

Wide Receiver

DJ Moore (WR – CAR)
Dynasty ECR: WR14

Even with all of the QB trade talks going on around Carolina, Moore is someone I’m pretty much out on at his current cost. I’d much rather take a shot on one of the WRs directly behind him like Chris Godwin, Terry McLaurin or Michael Pittman. If I can move back within this tier and add another piece like a future pick or bench flier I’m very happy to do so. I just don’t think Moore has a WR1 season in his future, which means his value is likely at its peak around WR14. I want off the ride, as painful as that is for me to accept as someone who has been on the Moore train for years.

Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
Dynasty ECR: WR33

Much like Moore, this sell candidate is more about value than anything else. According to the ECR dynasty rankings, Brandon Aiyuk, Gabriel Davis and Allen Robinson are all lower than Williams at the WR position. It’s not that I don’t think Williams can produce, I just can’t accurately predict what weeks that will be. In the best ball dynasty where you don’t have to guess, he’s a fine option, but slotting him into my lineup last year was an exercise in futility. He blows up sometimes, sure, but that inconsistency frequently annoyed me. I want out and will happily abandon the ship for one of those other players who I think have similar ceilings but higher floors.

Tight End

Darren Waller (TE – LV)
Dynasty ECR: TE6

I hate to say this, but Waller is my top dynasty sell at the moment. That offense went through him in 2020 and 2021, but now they have Devante Adams paired up with his college QB Derek Carr. They just extended Hunter Renfrow and restructured Kenyan Drake’s contract to make it more team-friendly. I just think Waller is more likely on the outside looking in this year and beyond. I’d rather trade for another TE in the same tier and give up a bench piece to feel more secure than ride the Waller train much longer. He could be a stud, but this offense will look very different this year, which makes me nervous.

David Njoku (TE – CLE)
Dynasty ECR: TE15

Last but not least is a perennial sell of mine: David Njoku. The Browns went all in for 2022 when they signed Deshaun Watson and traded for Amari Cooper. They let Jarvis Landry walk in free agency and drafted David Bell in April. That’s a lot of changes. One thing that didn’t change was Njoku. The Browns re-signed him to a three-year deal, but I have no idea what exactly that means for him in terms of fantasy. With his current ECR of TE15, I’m happily shopping him for someone in the tier below with a similar range of outcomes like Irv Smith, Zach Ertz or Logan Thomas. Let someone else handle the headache of Njoku if possible, you’ll thank me for it later.

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