Dynasty Buys for the 2020 Offseason

It's tough to label players as a clear "buy" or "sell" in dynasty.

Beyond the obvious factor of varying league formats, the long-term aspect of dynasty fantasy football leaves a lot more room for varying valuations. Some of us care a lot more about age than others and would rather jump on the 23-year-old upside candidate than the 26-year-old who has been rolling for 3 years. You and I might look at the same player season and disagree on whether it was a breakout or a fluke.

That also means you and your league mates won't agree on every player. So if there's a guy you want -- whether he's listed below or not -- it's always worth making an offer. You'll be surprised at who can be had at times.

Among the 17 players listed below, you'll find guys coming off disappointing seasons, players whose uncertain situations will make some fantasy owners nervous and some who just seem to be generally undervalued from what we've observed elsewhere.

It is NOT a comprehensive offseason shopping list, of course. You can always feel free to ask us in the comments section or via email about specific trade scenarios in your league.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers

There’s a chance that Ekeler finds himself with a new team in 2020. He’ll hit restricted free agency when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 18. More likely, though, he returns to a backfield that will almost certainly lose Melvin Gordon to free agency.

We all saw what a beast Ekeler was while Gordon sat out the 1st quarter of this season. Through 4 weeks, only Christian McCaffrey had scored more PPR points. After Gordon returned, though, … Ekeler still ranked 5th among RBs in PPR points from Week 5 on. He finished 4th at the position in total PPR points for the season. And his performance was no illusion.

Pro Football Focus graded Ekeler the 4th-best RB in the league for the season, boosted primarily by his position-leading receiving grade. Since 2017, in fact, no RB has graded out better as a receiver than Ekeler. Football Outsiders rated Ekeler top 3 among 51 qualifying RBs in both its main receiving-efficiency metrics.

Ekeler rated much closer to average as a rusher by the same advanced-metrics outlets. But PFF also ranked him 10th in elusive rating among 68 RBs with 70+ touches. He rated 8th among 71 such backs in 2018 and 3rd among 75 in 2017 (as a rookie). That rating uses tackles avoided and yards after contact. So Ekeler seems to be faring pretty well with the ball in his hands.

We’ll see who else joins Ekeler in the renovated Chargers backfield -- and whether that backfield finds a new QB at the helm. But a 25-year-old Ekeler who has already displayed RB1 potential and top-shelf receiving ability looks like a good investment, regardless of what changes come.