If you play dynasty fantasy football, it’s time to start to look to next year if you haven’t already. Whether your team is in the playoff hunt or not, it’s time to take stock of your roster and decide how you will approach the offseason. Who of your players will be retiring? Who will be coming back from season-ending IR injuries? Which of your rookies project to garner more playing time next year? Which of your players should be sell-high targets? Sell-low? Do you have a project player on your roster who just isn’t cutting it? It can be argued that you should be answering these questions on a continuous basis, but in case you haven’t yet let me help.
Avery Williamson, Tennessee Titans
Avery Williamson has taken over the lion’s share of the snaps at Middle Linebacker in Tennessee over Wesley Woodyard. I would not be surprised to see Woodyard dealt, or even cut, this offseason as Williamson assumes that 3-down role. Williamson should be an immediate waiver wire add for anyone hurting at LB or looking to bolster your depth. Tennessee MLBs generally produce well and Williamson is the most talented guy there. He projects as a solid LB3 with LB1 weekly upside and could emerge as an elite option next year or in 2016. Invest now while he’s still under the radar a bit.
Christian Jones, Chicago Bears
Christian Jones has come along slowly after being signed as an UDFA by the Bears. He has been behind Shea McClellin and Lance Briggs on the depth chart but finally broke through in Week 8 with Lance Briggs injured, tallying 2 solo tackles, 8 assists and one pass defended. He should step into a more full-time role while Briggs is down this year, but more importantly the future looks promising. Neither McClellin, who may be a cap casualty as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, nor Briggs are likely to be back playing for Chicago next year. Jones should have every opportunity to assume the MLB 3-down role and his athleticism and nose for the ball should help him lock it down. Jones is probably available most everywhere either on waivers or a very cheap trade target (best suited as a trade “throw-in”), so I’d take a chance on him. He could reward you handsomely as the MLB successor in Chicago.
Devon Kennard, New York Giants
Jon Beason can’t stay healthy and Jameel McClain just is not that good. Devon Kennard, the Giants’ 5th round draft pick this past April, profiles well as a MLB and I like his chances to develop into that role come 2015. He is listed at 6’ 3” 250 and at 21 years old, he may fill out even more. He is a strong target for a dynasty stash. If you have the roster space, grab him now. He may not give you much value the rest of this year, but you’ll want him to be on your roster when (OK, if… I guess) he blows up.
Henoc Muamba, Indianapolis Colts
Henoc Muamba may be a new name for some of you. If it is, take note. He was the #1 overall draft pick in the CFL in 2011 and played 3 seasons at a very high level and multiple NFL teams took notice. Another Colts linebacker was signed out of the CFL and has seen some pretty resounding success. Who? Jerrell Freeman. Muamba and Freeman are cut from similar cloth and could end up being similarly productive. He will need to fight his way up the depth chart for snaps over Freeman/D’Qwell Jackson this year and maybe next, but as a deep league dynasty stash, Muamba could be a guy that no one else even knows about but could be a difference maker for years to come.
Sell, Sell, Sell
Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans
See Avery Williamson
Dansby and Dumervil and both big name linebackers with years of production under their respective belts, but are both now on the wrong side of 30. Now is the time to sell for either picks or younger talent. Wait into the offseason or next year and their trade value may take a big hit depending on roster moves/news. By the end of next year, you may be forced to just cut bait and get no value. Sell now and maybe you can get an upside rookie you’ve had your eye on and even a pick to boot.
Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears
Briggs may retire. If not, he most likely won’t be in Chicago and I’m happy to let someone else deal with an older, slower Briggs trying to learn a new scheme in a new city.
Dwight Freeney, San Diego Chargers
A shell of what he used to be. It’s time to move on.
Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears
Produced this year due to situation more than anything. Sell for anything you can get.
Larry Foote, Arizona Cardinals
34 years old. No analysis necessary. Move him in favor of a younger talent.
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