If you’re a dynasty player, this is probably your favorite time of year.
Sure, it’s all about building a team that ultimately wins championships during the season. But this is prime building season.
The NFL Draft hype train really gets rolling. Owners start overvaluing their rookie draft picks -- or selling them off for a title this fall. And even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, then there’s time to breathe and figure out where you can strengthen your roster.
The possibilities are endless and a lot depends on the construction of your roster as well as others’ in your league. So don’t consider the list below a comprehensive collection of offseason targets.
Rather, these are some players you might be able to grab at strong value over the next couple of months -- with a big focus on the all-important RB and WR spots. I also used the ADP numbers from Dynasty League Football’s dynasty mock drafts to help project values. Keep in mind, of course -- as I have to remind myself at times -- that this is just 1 view. Opinions on these players can vary widely by owner.
As always, you can feel free to email the Draft Sharks staff anytime with questions about specific players or offers.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears
Trubisky sits in exactly the same spot in our QB keeper rankings that he does in DLF ADP (19th). But he carries upside well beyond that, even as soon as this season.
Trubisky got the experience of stepping in as a rookie, despite opening the year behind Mike Glennon. The rookie didn’t do anything spectacular, but he also didn’t have a whole lot to work with. Kendall Wright wound up leading the team in catches (59) and receiving yards (614). Tarik Cohen was the only other Bear to crack 50 targets, and no one besides Wright reached 380 yards. And then there was the coaching staff that has since gotten the boot.
In comes former Chiefs OC Matt Nagy, who spent the past 10 years working under Andy Reid for 2 different teams. That staff did pretty well with Alex Smith in 2017 (and not too shabbily over the 3 previous years either). New OC Mark Elfrich is a wild card … with intrigue.
He got fired at the end of 4 years as Oregon HC, succeeding Chip Kelly there. But the Ducks spent those 1st 3 seasons ranking 3rd, 4th and 5th in the nation in scoring and 3rd-2nd-5th in yards per play (before tumbling to 27th and 18th, respectively, in 2016).
We’ll see whether Elfrich winds up being an inspired choice, a disaster in his 1st NFL job or something in between. But he and Nagy combine with Trubisky’s skill set to at least present upside.
Trubisky might not have delivered much on the passing front in his pro debut, but his college rushing skills carried over. Trubisky led Chicago with 6.0 yards per carry, averaged a little more than 20 yards per game and hit the end zone twice. Among the top 50 fantasy QBs, only 8 scored a higher percentage of their points via the run. He checked in just 29th in fantasy points per pass attempt.
A big step forward in his 2nd season -- which should include getting WRs Cameron Meredith and Kevin White back from injuries -- could boost Trubisky’s dynasty stock significantly by this time next year. And a crowded QB class in the 2018 NFL Draft could help his price.
Check out our FREE Dynasty Prospect Profiles lists from the past 2 years for other potential targets: