Several factors go into building a consistently elite Dynasty team. One of them is knowing which players to trade before their fantasy value goes down. Let’s take a look at Dynasty Fantasy Football Running Backs to trade in now.
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF)
While the Bills didn’t capitalize on their first-round picks in the NFL Draft against Hall or Kenneth Walker, they improved running back room this offseason. They first tried to sign JD McKissic as free agency, but had to settle for Duke Johnson. More importantly, they picked James Cook in the second round. While Cook Singletary won’t bench, it will limit his advantage. Additionally, Singletary averaged just 8.3 PPR Fantasy points per game last season before his strong finish to the year. He’s going into a contract year. Even if he returns, given Allen’s role on the goal line and Cook’s role in the passing game, Singletary will never have a consistent fantasy role in Buffalo.
Michael Carter (RB – NYJ)
Rarely do running backs drafted on Day 3 become fantasy stars. Unfortunately, Carter fell into that category. He had 23 of his 55 goals in the four games that Zach Wilson missed last year (5.8 per game). By comparison, Carter averaged just 3.2 goals per game when Wilson was playing. More importantly, the Jets invested an early draft pick in Hall. As such, they will put as much on his plate as he can handle, limiting Carter’s role and fantasy value. At this point, fantasy players should hope that Hall picks up an injury in preseason and can sell Carter while the iron is hot.
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
How can Taylor become the top asset and top sell candidate? The answer is that Taylor’s value may never be higher than it is now. Additionally, the Colts lack a typical sell-high candidate since Michael Pittman and Taylor are the only non-rookies you’ll want on your fantasy team. While graduating as an RB1 last year, Taylor did so with just 40 receptions. The last time RB1 finished the year under 41 receptions in the PPR half was Adrian Peterson in 2012. With Nyheim Hines expected to play a bigger role next season, Taylor should see his production down slightly experience. However, don’t trade Taylor unless you get loot for eternity for him.
James Robinson (RB – JAK)
After an outstanding rookie season, Robinson fell back last year. He was the RB7 as a rookie, averaging 17.9 PPR fantasy points per game. Last year he was the RB25 averaging 12.4 PPR Fantasy points per game despite entering the same number of competitions as a rookie. While his yards per rush has improved slightly over the past year, his passing role has taken a hit. After averaging 7.2 PPR fantasy points per game in the passing game as a rookie, Robinson averaged just 3.8 per contest last year. More importantly, Robinson sustains a torn Achilles tendon he suffered at week 16. With a healthy Etienne on the list, Robinson will see his role diminish in 2022 and for the remainder of his time in Jacksonville.
Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN)
Gordon was one of the more consistent fantasy running backs. He has averaged at least 12.2 PPR Fantasy points per game each year since his rookie season, including 18 or more in three of those years. However, last season Gordon had the worst year of his career in the passing game, averaging just 3.8 PPR Fantasy points per game in the air.
In addition, he recently turned 29 and is at the end of his career. Gordon is still a valuable asset for a rival team as he is one injury away from Williams from a likely top-15 finish. However, fantasy teams that don’t stand a chance of winning the title this year should trade Gordon over the next few months.
Josh Jacobs (RB-LV)
While he’s averaged just 3.95 yards per rush attempt since his rookie year, Jacobs has averaged at least 15 PPR Fantasy points per game every year during that span. However, the Raiders declined his option for a fifth year that offseason, making Jacobs a free agent after that season. They also signed a pair of running backs in free agency and fourth-round pick Zamir White.
Head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler hail from New England and likely have a similar attitude about not paying their running backs. If he doesn’t have a great 2022 season, Jacobs won’t be a major next season regardless of where he ends up. Now it’s time to sell the veteran running back.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Trading in Ekeler could be a hard pill. He graduated last year as an RB2 and averaged a career-high 21.5 PPR Fantasy points per game. However, his touchdown rate rose to 7.3% over the past year. For comparison: before the 2021 season it was only 4.1%. Additionally, Ekeler had 25 touchdowns in his first 56 career games.
Last year he had 20 touchdowns, most of them in the NFL. Despite a career-high 206 rushing attempts, Ekeler failed to rush for 920 yards last season. The Chargers also took advantage of a fourth-round pick on Isaiah Spiller that would affect Ekeler’s touchdown production. With all the weapons the Chargers have on offense, Ekeler isn’t critical to the team’s success. Rebuild teams will need to move Ekeler at some point this offseason.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL)
One of the most popular sales candidates this offseason is Elliott. The veteran running back has seen his yards per rush attempt plummet in recent years. At the same time, Elliott has struggled with a spike in injuries in recent seasons. Additionally, the Cowboys may opt out of Elliott’s contract after the 2022 season. More importantly, Zeke’s average fantasy points per game have declined over the past four years. With the Cowboys leaning more on Dak Prescott and the passing game, Elliott’s days as a top 10 running back are over. Now it’s time to bring the experienced running back to a competitive team.
Antonio Gibson (RB – WHAT)
No one has seen fantasy football change wilder this offseason than Gibson. After averaging 16.1 PPR fantasy points per game without JD McKissic last year, Gibson appeared on the line for a starring role after McKissic agreed to a deal with the Buffalo Bills. However, McKissic changed his mind and re-signed with Washington, hurting Gibson’s value. Then the Commanders used a third-round pick on Brian Robinson. At one point this offseason, Gibson was arguably a top-10 dynasty running back. Now he’s a low-end RB2. Also, if Robinson takes over as goalline running back, Gibson’s fantasy value will take another hit. Now it’s time to put Gibson on the trading block and hope for a fair deal.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN)
Henry has finished as a top-14 running back in non-PPR for four straight years, including last year, despite missing nine games with an injury. However, Henry showed signs of decline last year before the injury. His rushing yards per attempt fell from 5.4 in 2020 to 4.3 last year. In addition, injuries have become a problem. Henry has made a total of 900 rushing attempts over the past three years and played in 39 out of a possible 49 games. He was up for 465 rushing attempts last year before the injury. While built like a tank, Henry’s end is near. Now is the time to sell high to a competitor in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick and a younger running back with upside potential.
Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL)
For the first eight years of his career, Patterson wasn’t much of a fantasy asset. Prior to last season, he only averaged more than six PPR Fantasy points per game once. Additionally, Patterson had 18 receiving and rushing touchdowns in the first seven years of his career. That compares to 11 touchdowns last year. However, Patterson struggled to wrap up last season. For the first 14 weeks of the year, Patterson was the RB7 in PPR, averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game. However, he was the RB51 and averaged just 5.5 fantasy points per game over the last four weeks of the year. Now it’s time to trade in the veteran.
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR)
McCaffrey was a fantasy superstar when he was sane. He has averaged 25.6 PPR Fantasy points per game since his rookie season. However, McCaffrey has struggled to stay healthy lately, missing 70% of games in the last two years. By comparison, he hasn’t missed a game in the first three years of his career. His struggles with injuries in recent years are partly due to his heavy workload. McCaffrey had 729 touches in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. After those two years, the injuries started. The Panthers will likely limit McCaffrey’s workload to keep him sane. If they don’t, it’s only a matter of time before he suffers another injury. Trade the former superstar before another injury strikes.
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO)
The veteran running back has been a fantasy superstar since joining the NFL. Kamara has averaged 13.4 scrimmage touchdowns and 20.9 PPR fantasy points per season during his career. However, last season he showed signs of slowing down. Kamara missed a career-high four games with a knee injury. He also had a career-low 234.7 PPR fancy points and a career-low 3.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Additionally, his work in the passing game was massively hampered after Drew Brees retired after the 2020 season. Kamara averaged 6.8 goals per game over the four years with Brees. For comparison: Last season he only averaged 5.2 per game. So if you’re not a competitive team, now’s the time to trade in Kamara.
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