Dynasty Fantasy Targets: Buy-Low Options Include Tyjae Spears, Justin Fields, and Christian Kirk

Dynasty managers should always be in search of the next great buy-low opportunity. Here are some names you should consider for your fantasy team.

If dynasty managers used their bargain shopping approach to acquiring buy-low prospects for their fantasy football team to target real-life discount deals at the grocery store, we would all be a little richer.

Yet, it’s far more exciting to trade a late-round rookie pick to acquire a struggling fantasy performer with elite upside to add to your dynasty roster than it is to find a great buy-one-get-one-free deal on paper towels.

For those of you who love a good deal, here are some great buy-low fantasy options to target via trade in your dynasty league heading into the 2024 NFL season.

What Is a Dynasty Fantasy Buy-Low Option?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term buy-low, it is a phrase commonly used in the finance world where you invest financial resources to buy stock of something at a lower price because you believe that it will have a higher value in the future.

In dynasty leagues, this generally comes in the form of acquiring a player via trade who has recently seen his value drop by a significant margin — due to lack of production on the field, a recent injury, or potential contract/roster changes — which presents an opportunity to acquire said asset at a discounted price.

Top Players To Buy in Your Dynasty League

Justin Fields, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Justin Fields shareholders have to be absolutely beside themselves at this moment. He spent the last three years under siege with a makeshift, struggling offensive line and didn’t have a ton of talent to throw to outside of DJ Moore just last season. Yet he still managed to be a productive fantasy option under center during the last two seasons.

Considering the high expectations many had for Fields last season, he still finished with the exact same fantasy points per game as Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes in 2023 at 18.4. That doesn’t exactly suggest he is a scrub.

Additionally, Fields averaged 20.5 fantasy points per game in 2022, which made him the QB5 overall, with Darnell Mooney as his WR1.

Furthermore, quarterbacks who run for 1,143 yards and eight scores in an NFL season aren’t common. Only three quarterbacks in NFL history have ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. Fields’ rushing abilities still rival those elite dual-threat signal-callers who will regularly be drafted within the first three rounds of your startup dynasty draft in Superflex formats.

I am fully aware it is a tough pill to swallow that Fields is slated to start the 2024 season behind Russell Wilson in Pittsburgh. But the elite fantasy ceiling is still there.

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Wilson is a 35-year-old quarterback and is on a one-year deal. If he struggles under center this year, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Fields sees time as a starter over the back half of the 2024 season. In the worst-case scenario, Fields plays out the final year of his rookie deal and becomes a free agent next offseason.

His current situation makes him an excellent buy-low candidate. At 25 years old, he still possesses elite fantasy upside.

Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Kirk suffers from a case of the boring, middle-aged WR2 syndrome that solid, productive veteran options generally suffer from. Other names on this type of list include Amari Cooper, Tyler Lockett, and Chris Godwin.

Sure, Kirk will likely never possess WR1 overall upside, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a very valuable asset for your dynasty roster for the next few years. We are only one season removed from his WR12 finish in full-PPR formats back in 2022, and Kirk still averaged 12.5 fantasy points per game last season before an injury cost him the final five games of the year.

With Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones’ departures, Kirk and Evan Engram will be Trevor Lawrence’s two most familiar faces in the passing game in 2023.

Sure, dynamic rookie WR prospect Brian Thomas Jr. and the volatile Gabe Davis will have their roles in this offense as outside vertical threats, but Kirk is still going to see a dominant snap share out of the slot in 11 personnel sets. This role has helped him earn an average of 7.5 targets per game over his first two seasons in Jacksonville.

On the surface, Kirk’s WR47 fantasy finish last year, the addition of two vertical playmakers to this offense, and lack of elite upside make him an overlooked option in this offense. Another season similar to his 84 receptions for 1,108 yards and eight TDs back in 2022 isn’t too farfetched heading into 2024.

Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans

We all knew Derrick Henry’s reign wasn’t going to last forever, and his departure to the Baltimore Ravens left a vacancy on his throne as the leading back of the Tennessee Titans.

Many thought we were on the cusp of entering the Tyjae Spears era in Tennessee with the release of Henry … until the Titans decided to pay market value to sign Tony Pollard to a three-year deal this offseason.

Naturally, this muddies the water for Spears’ fantasy outlook this season. But I don’t believe it will be the fantasy death sentence many are expecting.

Spears’ production in a complimentary role behind Henry should not be overlooked. Fewer than 20 backs in NFL history have rushed for over 400 yards and caught 50 passes in their rookie year. Spears is one of those players after producing 453 yards with 385 more receiving yards through the air on 52 receptions and three scores.

Sure, his RB34 fantasy finish wasn’t elite by any stretch, but Spears’ per-touch efficiency  — 4.53 yards per carry — was actually quite impressive when you take into consideration the struggles of the Titans’ offensive line and offense as a whole in 2023.

On the flip side, Pollard was the leading ball carrier for one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offenses last year and managed just an RB14 fantasy finish with a career-low 3.99 yards per carry on a career-high 252 carries. I believe Pollard will certainly be involved in 2023 and will cap Spears’ fantasy ceiling a bit, but Spears could very well lead the Titans in carries while they work in tandem.

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I’m still a believer in Spears’s talent as a runner, and I believe the signing of Pollard actually opens a buy-low window for Spears heading into the 2024 season.

As we look ahead to the 2024 fantasy football season, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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