Welcome to the latest bonus edition of the weekly mailbag.
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1.) This is my first year in a dynasty league. It is a startup league and we have drafted already. There have been some blockbuster trades with what I perceived to have crazy value associated (Le’Veon Bell for Marshawn Lynch, Tevin Coleman and next year’s first round pick). This first trade has made dealing difficult. My questions revolve around Rob Gronkowski and Dez Bryant. There is interest in Gronk, so what do you think is acceptable return value there? And, what should I be able to get for Bryant? – Joshua in Quebec
[inlinead]It’s my belief that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski might just be the most valuable asset in dynasty football. Not only is he a force of nature when healthy, he also just so happens to play in fantasy’s most sparse position. The relative upgrade he provides on the field is quite arguably the biggest weekly advantage any player can possibly provide – if you’re going to deal him, you should be receiving an elite receiver plus some sweeteners.
I view Cowboys pass catcher Dez Bryant similarly. To me, he’s a top-three asset at the position, only just finished his first NFL contract. If you’re not getting a top-five player in return, or some combination of multiple top-20 players, there’s no point to moving him.
2.) I’ve got the #1 pick in a start-up dynasty superflex league. It feels like a no-brainer to go for Andrew Luck, right? My only concern is who I will get at the turn at the end of the second round. – Jon in Parts Unknown
Quite simply, yes – you don’t need to use a single part of your brain to select Colts quarterback Andrew Luck here. He’s only 25 years old and already led all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring last season, more than one point ahead of second-place Aaron Rodgers and nearly three points ahead of third-place Russell Wilson. Quarterback is the most valuable position in a superflex setting, so getting the best one in the game is a move you have to make – you can worry about who you’ll be picking in subsequent rounds later, and quite frankly you’d have the problem no matter who you go with at pick 1.01.
3.) I just completed a successful title run and was even able to make moves in the season to secure pick 1.07 (I no longer have 1.10). I am fielding an offer of receiving pick 1.05 for CJ Anderson. I like Gary Kubiak to improve his production, however with the injury to Ryan Clady and the Montee Ball resurging I’m inclined to entertain this offer. Thoughts? – Greg in PA
I’m a big fan of Denver running back CJ Anderson, and rank him as my overall dynasty RB9. I can understand the apprehension about a new coaching staff plus the return of a theoretically healthy Montee Ball, but the fact remains that Anderson functioned as a three-down running back last season, while also approaching the league leaders in terms of broken tackles per touch. Playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense will always help, but Anderson was the real deal regardless.
So even though you can likely nab a future starter with pick 1.05, I think I’d hang onto the Denver bell cow. You clearly have a win now team, and I see no reason why Anderson can’t continue to function as the lynchpin of your running back corps. Rookie Fever is a very real thing, but in your case, maintaining the players putting up points on a weekly basis should be the vaccine.
4.) I took over an orphan and it’s really bad. I have picks 1.01, 1.02 and 1.04 in this year’s draft, and was wondering if I should take Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper, and then Kevin White or Melvin Gordon? I also got an offer for 1.01 of picks 1.13, 2.13, and a first and second next year. Do I do that also? – Mike in MI
I agree with your proposed plan regarding your potential picks. To me, Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper are in a tier by themselves up top, and easily deserve to be the first two picks in the draft. From there, I don’t really think you can go wrong with any one of Kevin White, Melvin Gordon or DeVante Parker. The best thing you can do in a rebuild is to simply assemble the best possible talent, and this year’s draft is heavy at the top.
With regards to the proposed trade, I don’t like it one bit. Pick 1.13 is essentially a second round pick in smaller formats, and in a 16-team league a late second rounder is the definition of a lottery ticket. Plus, it looks as if your prospective trade partner “earned” his picks, meaning there’s a strong likelihood the 2016 picks won’t be all that great. The quantity doesn’t approach the quality here.
5.) I have Dez Bryant and someone wants him. They are offering me either Alshon Jeffrey or Julio Jones with this year’s first and second round pick, which would be the 12th and 24th picks respectively. This is a half-PPR league, so is this a good deal, and if so which receiver should I take? – Johnny in PA
I would absolutely make this deal, and make Atlanta receiver Julio Jones your target of choice. I actually rank Jones as my number-one receiver in dynasty and believe he’s the only player in the league who can approach Calvin Johnson’s elite level of physicality and skill. With Kyle Shanahan now in town coordinating the offense, and given his propensity for peppering his top receiving option with targets, I expect Jones to have his best year as a professional.
Others may have differing opinions, but I have a tough time believing anyone could have Jones and Dez Bryant separated by anything more than a few spots. The fact you’d receive both a first and second round pick to make the deal adds about five inches of icing to the top of the cake. If you decide to take this offer, suffice it to say you won’t be “Jones’ing “ for too many more fantasy assets.
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