It’s always a bit of a let-down to realize just how quickly the NFL season passes. Months and months of buildup are followed by a short-lived whirlwind of actual football. The calendar has turned to a New Year, your favorite team’s playoff dreams are being dashed left and right, and the fantasy playoffs are a fading memory. This year we thought we’d go ahead and take a hard look at our annual predictions series. We’ll see who was very right, who was very wrong, and try to pick a true winner for each category. Here are the categories we tackled:
- Fantasy MVP
- Fantasy Rookie of the Year
- Sleeper Rookie of the Year (outside our top 24)
- Bust of the Year
- Fantasy Sleeper
- Best Dynasty Buy
- Best Dynasty Sell
- Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
We’ll continue our retrospective by taking a look at our picks for Best Dynasty Buy.
James Conner, RB PIT
Conner has a dynasty ADP of 191.67 as the RB61 in August’s DLF data, which is up from 202.67 in July but down from its peak of 123.25 in November of last year. What happened? Why did people pump the brakes on this kid after a relatively minor injury? The Steelers have Le’Veon Bell for 2018 and let’s be real here, the dude practically belongs on the Avengers. He’s a damn superhero, but the Steelers are not giving him the long-term contract he wants and he’s going to be in a different uniform next season. As a result, they are going to run him until he pukes and then they’re going to run him again. Conner has looked really good in the preseason and has shown he is capable of being a complete three-down back. Why people are taking roster cloggers like Doug Martin, Kenneth Dixon and C.J. Anderson over him is beyond me. – Eric Olinger
It’s funny how a pick here from Olinger was really more about next year – but it paid off for owners this year. We talked about the Le’Veon Bell in the Best Dynasty Sell article, and that situation applied once again here. Nobody saw that coming, including Eric here, but it worked out all the same. If you bought Conner at his off-season price, you laughed all the way to the dynasty bank.