Player values can swing wildly in-season in dynasty leagues. That creates prime opportunities to buy and sell players that other owners are overreacting on.
With 3 weeks of the 2022 campaign in the books, here are players to consider trading for, trading away or just holding on to.
Etienne's been overshadowed by James Robinson, who’s tallied 51-230-3 on the ground through 3 weeks.
He’s clearly the team’s preferred lead back… for now.
Etienne, of course, is just 3 games into his pro career after missing all of 2021 with a Lisfanc (foot) injury. And if you look a bit closer at his underlying numbers — especially vs. Robinson’s — you’ll find something interesting.
Take Football Outsiders’ Success Rate metric, which “represents the player's consistency, measured by successful running plays (the definition of success being different based on down and distance) divided by total running plays.”
Robinson actually ranks last among 38 qualifiers (31%). Etienne is up at 46%.
According to Pro Football Focus, Etienne (61.0) also beats Robinson (49.5) in Elusive Rating, “the measure of success and impact of a runner with the ball independently of the blocking.” Etienne also ranks 14th at the position in PFF rushing grade; Robinson 28th.
Again, Robinson is obviously HC Doug Pederson’s current choice as the lead back. But let’s not allow that decision to hide Etienne’s long-term upside. Recall that he was a Round 1 pick and a highly productive back at Clemson.
Jacksonville’s overall success on offense — thanks largely to improvement from Trevor Lawrence — also bodes well for future production.