Dynasty Fantasy Football: Assessing Rosters for Week 17

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We are officially entering Week 17, and all the blood, sweat, and tears you put into this fantasy season will now come to a close. I hope you come out of Week 17 as a dynasty champion, but if you do not have a trade deadline and need to make a move, we will discuss some trade targets that can bolster your roster. I will also discuss some trade targets for rebuilding teams that you can go after to set your team up for future success!

Contending Teams: Trade Targets

Deebo Samuel

One of the hottest fantasy assets over the last five weeks has been Deebo Samuel, who had scored at least 18 fantasy points in four straight games before Week 16’s matchup against Baltimore. Deebo gets a fantastic matchup in the championship week when the 49ers take on the Commanders. The 49ers’ offense should get back on track against a vulnerable defense and should have plenty of opportunities to score fantasy points to help boost your chances at a title! The good news is investing in Deebo isn’t just a win-now move. Deebo will be 28 this January but should have a solid 2-to-3-year window in that explosive offense that can help you contend for the next few years.

Kyren Williams

I listed Kyren Williams as a dynasty sell for rebuilding teams because I do not like investing heavily in running backs, especially ones with lower draft capital. However, if you are going for that championship, Kyren is a fantastic trade target. He has been a workhorse in LA with 20+ carries in four straight games and 100+ yards in three straight games. He also is typically heavily involved in the passing game. Kyren is valued around the RB8 on KeepTradeCut, which is higher than I’d like, but he is one of the best win-now options at running back regarding matchups and workload. He should also stay heavily involved in 2024, but if you are afraid that his stock will take a hit during the NFL Draft, you can always try to trade him away before the draft.

Jake Ferguson

There has been an uprising of solid tight-end play among the younger players, and Jake Ferguson has played a part in that. At just 24 years old, Ferguson has been heavily targeted in the Cowboys offense and is currently the TE8 on the season. Of the young up-and-coming tight ends, he is on the cheaper side, but he has a great matchup against Detroit in Week 17 and is coming off four consecutive games of at least eight targets. The volume is there, and Jake Ferguson is a good option to target if you need a tight end in your dynasty leagues.

Rebuilding Teams: Trade Targets

T.J. Hockenson

We target another injured star in T.J. Hockenson, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 16. Hockenson was on his way to finishing as a top-2 tight end for the second consecutive season despite missing Kirk Cousins for part of the season. Hockenson will be 27 years old once the 2024 season kicks off, so there is plenty of time for him to heal from this injury and make an impact for fantasy in dynasty leagues. The Hockenson manager may want to avoid risking him being injured to start the season, and there is always the potential that production dips, so now is a good time to buy low if you do not need him to produce significantly to start the 2024 season. He is arguably still a top-3 dynasty tight end, and when he returns to full health, you will have a positional advantage for many years.

Brock Purdy

The MVP frontrunner may no longer be Brock Purdy after his Week 16 performance, but I think Purdy is a dynasty buy, particularly in Superflex leagues. Due to his low draft capital and other reasons, Purdy is often not a desired dynasty asset, even though he is the current QB5 overall with little rushing production. He plays in the perfect offense for his skillset and is only 24 years old. Despite his struggles against top-tier defenses, Purdy is the 49ers’ future at QB for at least the next two or three years and likely will be there for far longer than that. He is on a high-scoring offense with many weapons around him, which will be around for a while. Purdy is valued as the QB11 on KeepTradeCut, so the community does value him. Still, he is typically not wanted in the dynasty leagues I play in, so he is a target of mine based on real reactions I have seen.

DJ Moore

Is this the year that DJ Moore finally finishes as a top-12 wide receiver in fantasy football? He is currently the WR8 overall and has had a fantastic season, although a sizeable portion of his fantasy points came against Washington in Week 5 when he scored 45 points. He is a dynasty buy for me because his market value as the WR18 on KeepTradeCut is affordable for a wide receiver who is nearing a top-12 season. Moore will be 27 next season but could potentially have Caleb Williams as his quarterback of the future, which is very enticing. If the Bears land Williams in the draft, Moore’s value would significantly increase because of the hype surrounding the USC quarterback. In the worst-case scenario, Moore has Fields as his quarterback and should again be a very productive receiver in 2024. I think Moore is a solid investment.

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