In the second of our two-part series, we take a look at players who are prime “sell” candidates in dynasty leagues.
Before you read further, you need to understand exactly what we mean here. If you are a contending team, many of these players could help you win a title next season. If that’s the case, you should likely hold on to them, depending on the depth you have on your club.
If you’re a rebuilding team, the players on this list will likely give you at least some value now instead of leading you to a mediocre 5-10 season or retiring off your roster in the near future.
One of the biggest mistakes rookie dynasty league owners make is holding on to a player after his value has diminished. In fact, we have listed a few of those players at the bottom of this list as players you’ve likely missed the boat on. If you can even get any type of below market value from this group, you’re probably doing yourself a favor.
Away we go…
Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
You have to wonder what life would have been like had he just opted for surgery a few years back. Without his trademark arm strength, he’s become a shell of his former self.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ
Fresh off a productive season, I’d be sending him away to anyone who thinks a repeat is coming in 2012.
London Fletcher, LB, WAS
His production has been as consistent as they come, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
Michael Turner, RB, ATL
He’s a trademark example of a “sell high” right now. Turner comes off a season with 346 touches and turns 29 in a couple of weeks. If you don’t think you can contend in the next couple of years, holding on to him is going to do you no good.
Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Moss had a good season, but his age and the questions at quarterback in Washington make him a prime candidate to move.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN
As I’ve said many times on this site, the list of wide receivers who break out in their 8th season is short. The list of those who repeat it at age 30 is even shorter.
Hines Ward, WR, PIT
He’s being phased out in Pittsburgh as Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders emerge.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
This is likely the most controversial name on this list. Look, he’s as consistent as they come. However, there are a few things that concern me.
First, he had just one touchdown and 143 yards in his last four games combined.
Second, he scored just six touchdowns all last season.
Third, he turns 33 in November.
Now, I’m not telling you he won’t be great next year, but you could potentially get maximum value for him now before he starts to do a Marvin Harrison-like fade. If I can get another top eight WR for him, I go for it.
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
He just looked beat up last year.
Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
I expected so much more from Boldin this season. He was no better than the third option behind Todd Heap and Derrick Mason last season. Add in the fact that Rice catches a lot of passes and you have a very high paid possession receiver.