The 2023 NFL season is fast approaching, and fantasy managers will be looking to make those final tweaks to their dynasty teams. With that in mind, I wanted to dive into my favorite dynasty fantasy football trade targets. The influx of rookies, as well as recency bias from fantasy players, has created some great veteran values. Each of the players listed below should have strong years after relatively down campaigns, and will be productive for the foreseeable future as well.
Jerry Jeudy – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
One of my favorite draft prospects in recent memory, Jerry Jeudy has disappointed thus far in his NFL career. Nonetheless, he could be on the verge of a breakout in a revamped offense under new head coach Sean Payton. Jeudy was actually the WR11 in fantasy points per game since week seven last year, and was the favorite target of Russell Wilson through that stretch.
Furthermore, there was no reason for fantasy analysts to suggest Courtland Sutton was going to be the WR1 last season. Sutton had actually only scored more fantasy points than Jeudy one time prior to 2022 in games they were both active. Jeudy is valued as a low-end WR2 in dynasty fantasy football, and could just be entering his prime.
Trey McBride – Tight End – Arizona Cardinals
Trey McBride was the first tight end selected in the 2022 NFL Draft; however, he has been largely forgotten about in dynasty circles. This was a productive college player who showed he was a great athlete too at the NFL Combine. While McBride didn’t get on the field much early on in 2022, that changed when Zach Ertz tore his ACL.
From that point, McBride had at least a 73% snap percentage in every game since week 10. He also was consistently targeted, even when dealing with second and third string quarterbacks. Players in their mid-30s don’t typically come back strong from ACL injuries, either. McBride could be atop the depth chart in week one, and has the profile of a potential top 12 fantasy tight end.
Kadarius Toney – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs
The start of the 2023 NFL season is just over three months away, and Kadarius Toney is still projected to be the top receiver in Kansas City. Many Chiefs’ players have been over-drafted recently simply because they are attached to Patrick Mahomes. Nonetheless, Toney remains priced down in WR4 territory in dynasty fantasy football leagues.
Although he flashed with a 10 reception and 189 yards performance as a rookie, it’s safe to say he was clearly over-drafted in the first round. Health will continue to be something to monitor as well, with multiple recent hamstring injuries. However, this is the right price to take a shot on a player with this kind of opportunity. Toney is the perfect player to request in a larger dynasty trade where he will be viewed as a throw-in.
Rachaad White – Running Back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rachaad White is my absolute favorite target at the running back position in dynasty fantasy football leagues. After a slow start to begin 2022, he began to steal a much larger portion of the snap share beginning in week 10. Leonard Fournete began to slow down, and White finished as a top 25 running back in six of his final eight games.
This is a player with a second round draft capital, strong college production, and a clear path to touches in the Tampa Bay offense. White also has a strong receiving profile, and 70+ targets is entirely possible in 2023. I recently acquired White for Zay Flowers in a dynasty fantasy football trade, which is an outstanding value. Many dynasty managers are running back adverse, and might trade him for a similarly valued player.
Rashod Bateman – Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens
Another former first round wide receiver, Rashod Bateman has also tumbled down dynasty rankings. This is understandable after two unproductive seasons where he was marred by injuries. Nonetheless, he was fantastic out of the gate in 2022 with 167 yards and two touchdowns through week two. Unfortunately, he suffered a Lisfranc injury that ended his season after just five appearances.
The addition of Zay Flowers and Odell Beckam Jr. have also been drivers in his fall in the rankings. Regardless, this is still a player who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and averaged over 100 yards receiving in his final two years at Minnesota. If Bateman can stay healthy, he will command a large target share in what should be a more pass friendly offense.
James Cook – Running Back – Buffalo Bills
The Bills made a mistake drafting James Cook in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, the hate in dynasty fantasy football leagues has gone too far. While he may not be capable of shouldering a workhorse role in the NFL, he isn’t only a pass-catching back as many suggest.
Cook was actually third in yards per touch and first in breakaway run rate in 2022 (PlayerProfiler). He is an outstanding athlete, too, and has a ton of PPR upside we didn’t get to see during his rookie campaign. Cook is going to share the backfield with Damien Harris, but he could excel in a 15 touch per game role. In a powerful offense, this will likely provide borderline RB2 production for fantasy teams.
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