As we inch toward the new season, the ever-changing NFL landscape has player fantasy values constantly on the move. Whether you’re used to the dynasty platform or are still learning the rules, let’s dive into the latest dynasty fantasy football value of Davante Adams.
Davante Adams’ Dynasty Outlook and Value
Guys like Adams are some of the trickiest players to evaluate in dynasty. The end game for dynasty managers is to acquire elite, young talent. For many years, that was Adams. Now, he’s an elite, old talent. So, what do you do with a guy who is still at the top of his game but won’t be for much longer?
One of the most common pitfalls of dynasty managers is focusing too much on youth. Sure, it’s awesome to have a team of guys under 25 years old. But let’s not pretend like 27-28-year-olds are on their way out of the league. It’s okay to stick with older players that are still highly productive.
Adams is 30 years old. We know the fall can happen quickly, but we’ve seen nothing to suggest it’s happening this year. Adams just caught 100 balls for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 15.2 yards per reception was the highest mark of his career. Adams finished as the overall WR5, averaging 19.7 ppg. He’s still elite.
Adams has now finished as WR1 for seven consecutive years and finished inside the top six in five straight.
Entering the 2022 season, there were concerns about Adams going from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr. However, those concerns proved to be a non-issue.
Concerns about Adams’ usage with better target competition than anything he had in Green Bay were overblown. He led the NFL with a 32.6% target share in 2022. Basically, we have every reason to believe Adams will be a top receiver again in 2023.
The biggest wild card in Adams’ fantasy value is his quarterback. Part of why he went to Las Vegas was to play with Carr. Now, after playing with the same QB for the first eight years of his career, Adams will be on his second new quarterback in as many seasons.
We now know it is Jimmy Garoppolo replacing Derek Carr. I’m not quite sure this is much of a downgrade. Even if it is, we did see Adams catch seven passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns against an elite 49ers defense with Jarrett Stidham at the helm. I’m willing to say Adams is just about QB-proof.
Davante Adams’ Fantasy Ranking
Given his age, Adams is obviously better for win-now teams. But even if you’re in a rebuilding year, unless you think Adams is done after this season, he’s not someone you should be clamoring to unload.
I’m confident Adams has at least two more elite years in him. It wouldn’t surprise me if he pushed that to three. Dynasty managers are often quick to try and move old players, but typically the return isn’t enough to justify it. Unless you can get potential elite young talent, don’t trade away Adams just because he’s 30 and that’s what you feel you’re supposed to do.
Adams should still be viewed as a WR1 in dynasty. We have him at WR14 (No. 43 overall) in our dynasty Superflex rankings. I think that’s a tad too low. A younger WR2 with a low-WR1 ceiling isn’t more valuable than Adams. I would happily scoop up Adams in the fourth round of dynasty startup drafts.
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