Several factors go into building a consistent elite dynasty team. The first is knowing which players you should trade before their fantasy value goes down. Let’s take a look at the Dynasty Fantasy Football wide receivers to trade now.
DeVante Parker (WR–NE)
The Patriots traded for Parker, sending Miami a 2023 third-round pick for the veteran receiver and a 2022 fifth-round pick this offseason. However, this trade with New England does not make Parker a fantasy superstar. He struggled with injuries, missing 17.7% of games in his career. Plus, he’s only a year into his career with over 800 receiving yards or four receiving touchdowns. More importantly, Parker has finished outside the top 36 wide receivers every year but once in his career. Now is the time to trade Parker as the hype around him still exists.
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN)
Cincinnati doesn’t have a clear sell candidate, as most of its core is at its peak or hasn’t entered it yet. However, the only player you should be looking to trade is Boyd. The veteran receiver has been a solid player for PPR for years, averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game since 2018. However, his fantasy point per game average has dropped by at least one point per game each of the last four years. With Chase and Tee Higgins as the two best weapons on offense, Boyd’s long-term future with the Bengals is uncertain. Now is the time to trade him before Boyd becomes a victim in the upcoming offseason.
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
The Steelers have been one of the best teams to develop wide receivers in recent memory. However, they’ve typically let those wide receivers go to free agency instead of re-signing them to long-term deals. Unfortunately, Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Additionally, the Steelers used two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on wide receivers. Not only is Johnson’s future in Pittsburgh uncertain, but he’s also likely heading for a 2022 season of regression. After averaging 10.1 targets per game over the past two years, Johnson should see that number drop with quarterback changes and new additions at wide receiver. Now is the time to trade Johnson, especially if you can land a 2023 first-round pick in return.
Kenny Golladay (WR-NYG)
Golladay was called a promising star receiver after averaging 15.5 PPR fantasy points and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2019. He then played just five games in 2020 with an injury. Golladay was rumored to be holding on as contract negotiations with the Detroit Lions went nowhere. After signing a huge free agent contract with the Giants, Golladay was expected to have a breakout 2021 season. Instead, he struggled with injuries and posted career lows in multiple areas, including zero touchdowns on 76 targets. While he could turn things around, those odds are slim and the Giants know it. Since signing Golladay to a $72 million contract, the Giants have used two first draft picks on wide receivers. Sell while you can.
Velus Jones Jr. (WR–CHI)
The Bears don’t have the most attractive offense on paper. Still, they have several good young players, including Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. Thus, Chicago does not have a clear candidate for sale. However, Velus Jones Jr. is the better option. He will see a high volume of targets as a rookie to warrant a late-round dart throwing selection. However, the Bears have projected a cap of $97.2 million for the upcoming offseason. Barring a terrific rookie season, Jones could find himself buried on the depth board next year. If you caught Jones in your rookie draft, be sure to trade him by the end of the year for a top draft pick in the 2023 rookie draft.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR – DET)
Last year was a two-half season for Amon-Ra St. Brown. In the first 11 games, he averaged 4.7 targets and 7.6 PPR fantasy points per game. Then, St. Brown averaged 11.2 targets and 25.2 fantasy points per game over the last six games of the year. As he improved through the year, St. Brown was loaded with goals to close out the season. The Lions lost TJ Hockenson for the year in Week 13, while Swift missed time through injury. Additionally, the Lions added DJ Chark and Jameson Williams this offseason. St. Brown is a strong Dynasty asset, but now is the time to sell high if possible.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – ARI)
Last year was disappointing for DeAndre Hopkins. He averaged 14.7 PPR fantasy points per game, his lowest average since 2016. Additionally, Hopkins missed seven games due to injury and recorded a career-low 572 receiving yards. Unfortunately, he will miss the first six games of the 2022 season due to a PED suspension. His situation took another hit when the Cardinals traded for Brown in the NFL Draft. Hopkins recently turned 30 and has shown signs of slowing down. Non-contingent fantasy teams should trade Hopkins around Week 5 or 6. Contending teams will take more interest in the veteran once his suspension is in the rearview mirror.
Adam Thielen (WR–MIN)
Adam Thielen has been one of the best wide receivers of the past five seasons, averaging at least 15 PPR fantasy points per game in four of them. Additionally, he averaged 947.5 receiving yards per season over the past six years. However, Thielen will turn 32 before the start of the 2022 season. He has missed 22.5% of games in the last three years due to various injuries. With Jefferson becoming the team‘s No. 1 wide receiver, Thielen has seen his target share drop over the past two years. Thielen has also recently become a touchdown-dependent player. His touchdown rate in 2020 was 18.2%, down from 14.7% last year. Now is the time to move on from the veteran receiver.
Cooper Kupp (WR–LAR)
How can Kupp be the best asset and the best-selling candidate? The answer is that its value will never be higher than it is now. The Rams have thrown the ball 607 times, the 10th most in the NFL. They had 420 rush attempts, ninth-fewest in the league by comparison. Additionally, the Rams signed Robinson in free agency to a three-year contract. There are also reports that Odell Beckham Jr. will re-sign with the Rams this offseason. Kupp had 57 more targets and six more touchdowns last year than his previous career highs. While you shouldn’t trade Kupp in a panic, now is the time to see if you can get a carry for the veteran.
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)
Tyler Lockett has always been a frustrating player for fantasy football teams. While he has averaged at least 14.5 PPR fantasy points per game for three straight years, Lockett is very inconsistent every week. He will score under 6.5 fantasy points one week and over 30 the next. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse this offseason for the veteran receiver. When the Seahawks traded Wilson, Lockett’s fantasy value dropped dramatically. He averaged a fantastic 15.9 points per game with Wilson starting last year. By comparison, he’s averaging a fantastic 11.6 points per game with Geno Smith. Hopefully the Seahawks will trade Lockett before the trade deadline. However, now is the time to move on from the nearly 30-year-old wide receiver.
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