We are nearing the crescendo of the NFL off-season. As such, the window for making final roster adjustments is drawing to a close, with the obtainment of actionable game information just over the horizon in September. Put another way, it would not be unreasonable to assert player values are less likely to fluctuate over the next couple of months (pending injuries) as compared to when the regular season is in full force.
In that spirit, I’ve selected players to buy, sell and hold for all 32 NFL teams. This miniseries will be broken down by division, with 12 players highlighted per article and 96 overall. In a 12-team league with 20 roster spots (similar to the DLF ADP), that accounts for 40% of the players!
Before we dive in, a few notes and disclaimers:
- Player values were obtained from the combination of the most current ADP (pending the lead time necessary for authorship), and the DLF top-250 rankings;
- The league paradigm is assumed to be PPR and 1QB (players in superflex and/or 2QB leagues would likely have some divergence from those I’ve selected);
- Opinions on players are my own and do not represent all of DLF; and finally,
- Exact player values are always going to be dependent on individual leagues and owners, and may not be consistent with the assertions provided herein.
With that said, let’s continue with the NFC South! Players will be profiled individually, with a tabulated summary of all 12 provided at the article’s conclusion.
Buy: Desmond Ridder, QB (ADP = 232.0, Rank = 206.9)
While the Falcons offense has some high-end dynasty talent in Bijan Robinson, Drake London and Kyle Pitts, none represent great “buy” candidates at cost. As such I went with Ridder, who’s checking in as the dynasty QB32 and a final round selection. While he didn’t show particularly well in limited action as a rookie, there are reasons for optimism.
First, he will have received all of the critical starters’ reps in the off-season, as there’s no quarterback controversy in Atlanta. Next, he should have the returning Pitts at his disposal, along with the addition of a pass-catching running back in Robinson. This is a massive upgrade over the ancillary pass catchers at the conclusion of the 2022 season, which included MyCole Pruitt, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Damiere Byrd.
Lastly, and noting that he didn’t show it last year, Ridder is a plus athlete who compiled over 2,000 rushing yards in college. With his talented teammates hopefully keeping opposing defenses honest, it’s possible the field will open up for Ridder to take off. As we all know, running quarterbacks represent something of a cheat code in fantasy football, giving Ridder a potentially higher ceiling than otherwise thought.
Sell: Kyle Pitts, TE (ADP = 40.2, Rank = 36.1)