Fantasy Football: Moves to Start Rebuilding Your Failing Dynasty Team

Danny Paskas@DannyPaskasSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2011

Fantasy Football: Moves to Start Rebuilding Your Failing Dynasty Team

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    If you have a failing dynasty team, don't worry there are ways to fix it. Now may be the time to rebuild and sell high when you have the chance.

    Next year's draft just may go five No. 1 WRs deep, have four future franchise QBs, as well as include five rookie RBs that can contribute from Week 1 on next season.

    If you can't work trades for a top 10 pick, don't do it, it's basically a crapshoot after that.

    There are still plenty of ways to rebuild your team with current NFL players, which is probably for the best.

    Here are a few trade ideas that you can probably swing at each position to transform your failing team into a winning one:


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    If you don't have a top seven QB by the name of Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo or Eli Manning, trade him to the highest bidder.

    The drop-off from the No. 7 rated fantasy QB to the eighth is 15 points. After the eighth-rated QB, all of the rest of them are basically lumped together points-wise.

    For example, Mark Sanchez has scored only 11 points fewer than Matt Ryan this season.

    If you can trade a decent QB for a starting RB, WR, or a high draft pick, do it.

    If this season taught us anything it was that rookie QBs can produce. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton showed us this.

    Next season's QBs coming out who should produce right away are Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin and Landry Jones.

    We already knew that WRs and RBs can get you points almost automatically.  

Running Backs

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    The rule usually is that RBs always score the most fantasy points for your team. However, this rule was not proved true this season.

    Only five RBs—LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Fred Jackson, Matt Forte and Michael Turner—were in the top 20 of fantasy scorers in all positions.

    Just like the QBs, if you don't have a top six RB, you really don't have anybody worth hanging onto.

    For all the talk about Frank Gore, you could of just gotten Michael Bush off the waiver wire, who has only two points less than Gore.

    DeMarco Murray, Reggie Bush and Ben Tate are backs who you may look to trade for.

    The new RB class coming in features Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, Chris Polk, David Wilson and LaMichael James. If you can secure a top pick, get one of them.

Wide Receivers

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    Calvin Johnson is the only receiver in the top 20 of fantasy scorers—and he ranks 12th. The second highest scoring receiver is Wes Welker and he shows up in the 21st position.

    The only receivers who you shouldn't trade are Calvin Johnson, Welker, Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe.

    These receivers are all established No. 1 targets for their respective teams.

    Rookie Cincinnati Bengals' WR A.J. Green ranks 10th among receivers. New York Giants WR Victor Cruz, who could have been picked up from the waiver wire, ranks just above him at ninth.

    The incoming class of receivers may be the most talented group in years. Watch out for Justin Blackmon, Alshon Jeffery, Michael Floyd and Nick Toon.

    One other note: Don't be mesmerized by the New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers WRs. Brees and Rodgers spread the ball around too much. They don't play favorites, making their receivers undependable. 

Tight Ends

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    Tight ends may be the most inconsistent group of scorers in fantasy football.

    There are really only four special ones—Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten.

    Gronkowski leads all TEs by 18 fantasy points. The rest of the league's TEs are pretty much interchangeable.

    For instance, New York Jets' TE Dustin Keller, who is having a very disappointing season, is ranked 10th among TEs in scoring.

    If you don't have one of the top four, your best bet is to get as much as you can for him. Even if it's Jermichael Finley or Vernon Davis, trade them. A decent starting RB will get you more points. 


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    Fantasy's seven top-scoring D/STs all scored over 90 points. They score at a better rate than tight ends.

    So far, Tony Gonzalez has scored 94 fantasy points, which is worse than each of the top seven D/STs.

    This season, the San Francisco 49ers lead the pack with 112 points, that's only one point fewer than Greg Jennings.

    While defense wins championships in real life, it appears to be true in fantasy life as well.

    You must look closely when picking up a D/ST, they usually change from season to season.

    Two mainstays include the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets.


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    Who ever came up with the saying that drafting a kicker is dumb, wasn't looking at the stats.

    The top 14 leading fantasy kickers all scored over 80 points to date. The top five are all over 100 points.

    The top five include David Akers, Dan Bailey, John Kasay, Robbie Gould and Jason Hanson.

    If you can get one of the five, act quickly.

    Here's a list of five offensive players that don't have 100 points yet; RBs Marshawn Lynch and Cedric Benson, WRs A.J. Green and Dwayne Bowe and TE Jason Witten.

    Kickers are not a bunch to be laughed at, and can really help your team.