With the NFL Draft, free agency and mandatory minicamps all in the rear view mirror, we have reached another opportune time to evaluate your dynasty fantasy football roster and look for potential upgrades. Let’s look at some more buy low and sell high dynasty fantasy football recommendations. As always, market timing is key to taking full advantage of trade offers.
This week, we are looking at a couple of fantasy football wide receivers that fit the criteria to get you a jump on your 2022 dynasty fantasy football league championship run. Read on for fantasy analysis and trade recommendations for Rashod Bateman and Davante Adams.
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Buy Low, Sell High WRs
Buy Low: Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
When the Baltimore Ravens traded Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the draft Rashod Bateman’s dynasty fantasy football value shot up. He is set to slide into the team’s WR1 role as a result of the deal. After missing the first five games of last season due to a hip injury, Bateman turned in a solid rookie campaign. His final numbers included 46 receptions, 515 yards and a touchdown in 12 games played.
Unlike a year ago, Bateman has now had a full offseason of prep work in the Ravens’ system. He is primed to break out in his sophomore NFL campaign as the uncontested top wideout in Baltimore. Coming out of college, Bateman was generally regarded as one of the more pro-ready WRs in the 2021 draft class. He is a polished route runner and has the size and strength to haul in contested catches against NFL corners. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher also has the speed to pile up plenty of yards after the catch.
At just 22 years of age, Bateman is actually younger than some of the wide receivers drafted this spring. He is also in a much better situation than most of them and with a year of experience to boot. Due to the run-heavy nature of the Ravens’ offense as well as Lamar Jackson’s contract situation, Bateman can be bought at value right now in dynasty fantasy football. Those who go out and acquire him now will be getting a player with a WR2 floor to go along with a whole lot more upside.
Sell High: Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
With Davante Adams leaving the Green Bay Packers to rejoin his college teammate, Derek Carr, in Las Vegas, his dynasty fantasy football stock fell. There are multiple reasons why expectations must be tempered for Adams in the 2022 season. First off, although Carr is no slouch of a quarterback, he is hardly on the same level as the four-time and reigning NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers.
In addition to the drop-off at QB, Adams is destined to see a decline in his total volume of targets. Last season, he amassed an incredible 169 total targets, good for an average of 10.6 per game. What makes that targets per game number even more mind-blowing is that it marked the fewest Adams has averaged in any season since 2018 when Jordy Nelson was released. Such volume was necessary in a Packers offense that lacked a single other reliable pass-catcher behind him. That dynamic has changed with Adams now on the Raiders. Las Vegas’ offense also counts tight end Darren Waller and wideout Hunter Renfrow as viable weapons in the passing game.
The other factor working against Adams in dynasty fantasy football is that he is now 29 years old. He certainly sets up to be a WR1 again this season. However, he no longer has the ceiling of being a top two or three player at the position. His consistency is bound to suffer given the new team and situation that he is now a part of. With his value set to decline, managers should shop Adams prior to the 2022 season. See if you can still get elite WR trade value for him in order to reap a greater return.