Dynasty Buys and Sells: Ten Players to Sell High in 2023 Dynasty Fantasy Football Leagues
In dynasty leagues, the name of the game is to buy and sell at the right prices. With the NFL Draft and the subsequent rookie drafts quickly approaching and free agency winding down, dynasty managers need to be looking at which veteran players they could secure, hoping for either a bounce back season or a breakout in 2023. At the same time, this could be the time to sell some of those veterans while their price is possibly at its high water mark. With that in mind, we’re happy to bring you some specific dynasty fantasy football content with ten names to put squarely on your sell list and remember, you can always view visit DLF for more dynasty content and also our dynasty rankings.
Buy low and sell high: Ten Players to Sell in Dynasty Fantasy Football Leagues (Running Back, Wide Receiver, Quarterback and Tight End)
10.) Tyreek Hill, WR MIA
There are few players in a ppr league who can provide the target share and subsequent fantasy points per game Hill does just about every year. While it’s hard to imagine him falling off too much in terms of production, let’s not forget he’s also pushing 30 and has an unsettled quarterback situation, considering the injury history of Tua Tagovailoa. If you look at your fantasy roster for next season and it looks like it’s time for a rebuild, Hill is a prime candidate to dangle in dynasty trade talks. There’s no doubt he should be able to fetch you a first-round pick, a second-round pick and likely even more rookie draft capital in a deal if you’re far away from winning. Remember, you’re either a contender or a pretender – never get caught in the middle.
9.) Davante Adams, WR LV
At this time last year, many expected the average fantasy points we’ve come to expect from Adams to decrease and were looking to sell him as he entered his first season in Las Vegas and first without Aaron Rodgers. Those who sold low on him likely regret it as he simply had a monster 2023 season that featured 100 catches, 1,516 receiving yards, and a whopping 14 touchdowns. However, when you look through the list of dynasty buys and sells, it’s tough to see his dynasty value ever rising again based on his age. If there’s a contender looking to buy and you’re not a contending team yourself, this is the time to sell on a great player, but also one who will be 30 years old at the start of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo should help him maintain good value, but he’s not a gunslinger like Derek Carr. On the plus side, at least he’s not catching passes from Zach Wilson.
8.) Austin Ekeler, RB LAC
Ekeler is not a free agent, but has been granted permission to seek a trade away from the Chargers. So far, he’s found no suitors willing to pay him top dollar. As such, Ekeler may simply end up back in Los Angeles on a one-year deal. We know what he can do as he’s among the league leaders in touchdowns, yards per attempt, yards per route run for running backs, and has a high PFF receiving grade as a receiver as well. While he and former Texans and current Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins are both the most likely trade candidates in the NFL, it’s hard to see him leaving the Chargers at this point. Still, a non-contender should be nervous with him on their roster and be looking to sell as it will be tough for Ekeler to duplicate that season many more times.
7.) Nick Chubb, RB CLE
When week 1 rolls around next year, Chubb will be 27. Even though he’s averaged nearly 100 yards per game over the first five years of his career and has posted a ridiculous 6,341 rushing yards in his five NFL seasons, he’s inevitably going to start to decline and his production should dip closer to the league average. With the talk of Deshaun Watson opening up the offense even more, it also looks like Chubb’s workload is going to be managed. This could be the time to cut bait while his value is still that of an elite ball carrier.
6.) Dalvin Cook, RB MIN
Cook should still fetch you more than a second-round rookie pick as he’s been productive throughout his career. The problem with Cook is the same as so many other running backs – it’s his age. He’s going to be 28 this Summer and the Vikings also re-signed Alexander Mattison to help limit his workload. Cook has been great but if you can get a late first round draft pick, it could be worth it. You’re going to be lucky to get 17 productive games this season from him and his value is starting to slide as he’s currently our RB18.
5.) George Kittle, TE SF
Kittle can easily put up dominant numbers similar to what Travis Kelce of the Chiefs did last year, Kyle Pitts of the Falcons did as a start to his career, or TJ Hockenson of the Vikings at the end of the 2022 season. The challenge with Kittle is the fact he’ll be 30 years old next year. If this was 2021 and he came in around age 27 or 28, he’d squarely be off this list. However, his injuries are piling up and it’s hard to see him not losing some steam in the next year or two, especially with an unsettled quarterback situation and that history of nagging injuries. Fantasy tight ends like Kittle can be true difference makers for a dynasty team as players like this don’t come around that often. However, when you look at a player to buy or sell, he fits the sell category as an aging asset who hasn’t lost a ton of value quite yet.
4.) Tua Tagovailoa, QB MIA
If the Dolphins can get their offensive line worked out and Tua can stay healthy, he’s an easy QB1. However, there are serious questions about his future after his history of brain injuries. Unfortunately, 2024 is going to be a critical year as we’re going to need more than a small sample size of greatness from him in order for us to trust him. For dynasty managers who don’t believe he can stay healthy, this could represent your last chance to move him for premium value.
3.) Javonte Williams, RB DEN
In terms of fantasy news, there’s no bigger story than the health of Williams as we enter the 2023 NFL season. At this time last year, Williams was the darling of the running back position and a top overall pick in most start up drafts. A year later, the Denver backfield is in flux as the Broncos and new Head Coach Sean Payton added Samaje Perine and are rumored to be interested in some of the top RBs in this year’s rookie class. We know Williams has the talent to be an RB1, but his ACL injury was clearly worse than it was made out to be and we have no idea when we’re going to see him during the next regular season. If you can get a solid rookie pick in the middle of round one from someone who thinks you undervalue Williams, that could be tough to pass on.
2.) Najee Harris, RB PIT
In 2021, Harris was thought to be a possible offensive rookie of the year candidate, but it didn’t come to fruition despite him having a solid season. Going into last year, he was predictably a highly coveted asset coming off a 1,200 yard campaign. Unfortunately, Harris again failed to post elite rushing numbers and his reception numbers fell dramatically from 74 to 41. In addition, he was pushed hard by an undrafted player. Fellow Steelers back Jaylen Warren didn’t hear his name called in the 2022 NFL Draft, but looked like a player who should have been taken in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft after his performance spelling Harris last season as an undrafted free agent. With Warren squarely in the mix and an unsettled offense, Harris looks like a player who could have an inflated value.
1.) Joe Mixon, RB CIN
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Mixon this offseason and he looks like a player the Bengals are simply not willing to build around. He’s still just 26 years old, but his value likely won’t increase if Cincinnati chooses to move on from him. His numbers were down across the board in 2022 and it’s difficult to see him maintaining top-20 value beyond this offseason in terms of the running back position. The best place for him is staying put and there’s a lot of smoke brewing that says the Bengals are ready to move on – he would be one to move before that happens.
Dynasty Sell Candidates (Post Free Agency) Methodology Explained
In dynasty formats, value is everything. Much like the stock market, you want to acquire players at the right prices. As the draft approaches, many of those 1st and 2nd round picks will be traded away for guaranteed production. The players on this list simply have a ranking and ADP that is likely going to be lower than it will be at this time next offseason. Just be careful in giving up too much right now as the NFL Draft will inevitably change values yet again.
Dynasty Content and Dynasty Rankings Resources
For a complete list of all the Dynasty Rankings by position, check out our sister site Dynasty League Football’s extensive resources;
- 2023 Dynasty Rookie Rankings
- 2023 Dynasty Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings
- 2023 Dynasty Rookie Superflex Rankings
- 2023 Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings
Dynasty Players to Sell FAQ
What is the difference between Dynasty Rankings and Dynasty Superflex Rankings?
The main difference between the two is that Superflex rankings include an additional aspect for the players’ fantasy football value, as that format allows for the starting of a second quarterback in the lineup. In those rankings, the players’ value as potential quarterback starters is taken into account, whereas in Dynasty Rankings, the rankings are primarily based on the players’ overall long-term value and contribution to a dynasty team.
In short, quarterbacks are going to be valued more in SF leagues as there are fewer in the league and score points on a more consistent basis, making them the premier players to have in leagues.
Why are quarterbacks and wide receivers often at the top of Dynasty Player Rankings?
Quarterbacks and receivers are often at the top of dynasty rankings because they are key positions in fantasy football. Quarterbacks are the most valuable players on the field as they control the offense and have the ability to rack up points through passing touchdowns. Premier pass catchers are also valuable as they can make big plays and score touchdowns. Both positions also have a longer career arc than running backs.