Top Dynasty Asset & Sell Contender: NFC North (2022 Fantasy Football)

Several factors go into building a consistently elite Dynasty team. One of them is identifying the best player on each NFL team. Another is knowing which players to trade before their fantasy value drops.

Typically, the starting quarterback is the top dynasty asset on any NFL team in the Superflex leagues. However, they are rarely the main asset in 1QB leagues. To help you build the best Dynasty team possible, I will identify the best Dynasty assets and sell candidates for each NFL team.

Today I’m breaking down the NFC North teams: the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.

The top dynasty asset

David Montgomery (RB – CHI)

While the Bears lack an appealing offense on paper, David Montgomery has been one of the more consistent running backs over the past two years. After ending the 2020 season as the RB4 averaging 17.7 PPR fantasy points per game, Montgomery was the RB13 per game averaging 15 fantasy points per contest last year. Despite a struggling offensive line, Montgomery rushed for at least 849 yards every year of his career. More importantly, he’s the undisputed leading man in Chicago. While Khalil Herbert played well last season, he poses no threat to Montgomery’s role. Montgomery is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He will have a massive 2022 season to land a new deal.

D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)

D’Andre Swift has struggled to stay healthy in his career so far, but he’s been productive on the field. After averaging 14.6 PPR Fantasy points per game as a rookie, Swift averaged 16.1 per contest last year. He finished both years as a top-18 running back in PPR and a top-24 running back in non-PPR, although he missed at least three games in both years. More importantly, Swift has plenty of room to grow in his game. He has two consecutive RB2 seasons to start his career despite averaging just 132.5 rushing attempts a year. Additionally, Swift has only 17 touchdowns in 26 career games. After adding some weight this offseason, Swift should remain healthy and achieve a top 10 finish in 2022.

AJ Dillon (RB – UK)

After a quiet rookie season, AJ Dillon had a breakout season last year. He averaged 10.9 PPR fantasy points per game and 4.3 yards per rush attempt. In addition, Dillon demonstrated the ability to play a significant role in the passing game. He caught 34 of his 37 goals for 313 yards and two touchdowns. His 313 receiving yards were just 78 fewer than Aaron Jones, despite seeing 28 fewer goals. With Davante Adams in Las Vegas, Jones and Dillon are Green Bay’s two best weapons on offense. Dillon will make a step forward this year, whether on the ground or in the passing game. More importantly, the Packers can opt out of Jones’ contract after the season. Therefore, Dillon could have a starring role starting next year.

Justin Jefferson (WR-MIN)

Just two years into his career, Justin Jefferson is already one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He notched at least 88 receptions, 1,400 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in both years. In addition, Jefferson was one of the better deep ball players in the league, averaging 15.5 yards per reception in his career. More importantly, he finished as one of the top six wide receivers in both years. While Kirk Cousins ​​isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, he did an excellent job for Jefferson’s fantasy value. Jefferson is arguably the best wide receiver of the dynasty.

The top sell candidate

Velus Jones Jr. (WR – CHI)

The Bears don’t have the most appealing offense on paper. Still, they have several good young players including Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. As a result, Chicago lacks a clear candidate for sale. However, Velus Jones Jr. is the best option. He will see a large number of targets as a beginner to justify a late round dart selection. However, the Bears are expected to have $97.2 million in cap space next offseason. Shortly after a great rookie season, Jones could find himself buried on the depth chart next year. If you nab Jones in your rookie draft, be sure to trade him in for a better draft pick in the 2023 rookie draft by the end of the year.

Amon-Ra St Brown (WR – DET)

Last year was a two-half season for Amon-Ra St. Brown. In his first 11 games, he averaged 4.7 goals and 7.6 PPR fantasy points per game. Then, St. Brown averaged 11.2 goals and 25.2 fantasy points per game in the last six games of the year. While he improved over the year, St. Brown was force-fed at the end of 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 solid dynasty asset, but now is the time to sell big, if possible.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – UK)

After an offseason filled with retirement and trade speculation, Aaron Rodgers signed an extension with the Packers. He will now spend the rest of his career in Green Bay. However, his fantasy value took a massive hit during the offseason when the Packers traded Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Then they let Marquez Valdes-Scantling run free. The Packers also didn’t use either of their two first-round picks on a wide receiver. After targeting Adams 31.6% of the time last season, Rodgers is no longer the #1 alpha wide receiver. Hopefully Allen Lazard or Christian Watson can fill that gap. However, neither will ever transform into Adams. Reconstruction teams will have to trade Rodgers away in the coming months.

Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)

Adam Thielen has been one of the better wide receivers over the past five seasons, averaging at least 15 PPR Fantasy points per game in four of them. In addition, he has averaged 947.5 yards per season for the past six years. However, Thielen will turn 32 before the start of the 2022 season. Due to various injuries, he has missed 22.5% of games in the last three years. With Jefferson becoming the clear No. 1 wide receiver on the team, Thielen has seen his target percentage drop over the past two years. Thielen has also recently developed into a touchdown-dependent player. His touchdown rate in 2020 was 18.2%, while last year it was 14.7%. Now it’s time to leave the experienced recipient.

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