Dynasty Fantasy Targets: Sell-High Options Include Christian McCaffrey, Tyreek Hill, and Davante Adams

Dynasty fantasy managers should always aim to find great value on the trade market. Here are some sell-high candidates to consider entering the 2024 NFL season.

Navigating the dynasty fantasy football trade market can often resemble buying and selling stocks. You must identify which assets to sell at the perfect moment to maximize your return on investment.

When trying to offload dynasty assets for maximum return, this often involves trying to trade big-name players right before their production could drop significantly due to age, team situation, or competition at the position.

That being said, is now the perfect time to sell high on names like Christian McCaffrey, Tyreek Hill, and Davante Adams in your dynasty league?

What Is a Dynasty Fantasy Sell-High Option?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term sell high, it’s a phrase commonly used in the finance world where you aim to sell an asset after its price has appreciated by a significant margin. However, you believe that it will drop in value in the near future.

In dynasty leagues, this generally comes in the form of parting ways with a player via trade who has recently seen his value skyrocket — due to great recent production on the field — which presents an opportunity to offload a player and receive a boatload of assets back in return.

Top Players To Sell in Your Dynasty League

Christian McCaffrey, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Trading a veteran running back off of your dynasty fantasy football team as a sell-high option isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Yet, it still takes some courage to trade a league-winning asset like San Francisco 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey after the exceptional season we saw from him in 2023.

McCaffrey’s 2,023 total yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage this past year made him the runaway top overall RB in fantasy football this season by a wide margin.

In PPR formats, McCaffrey’s 391.3 fantasy points was 100.8 points more than the RB2 overall (Breece Hall), which is an absurdly wide gap when you consider that between the QB1, WR1, and TE1 to the QB2, WR2, and TE2 is just 74.8 fantasy points combined.

You quickly realize just how dominant McCaffrey was at his position in 2023. Exceptional doesn’t feel like a strong enough word to describe his fantasy excellence last year.

McCaffrey’s success in San Francisco wasn’t a one-year wonder, either. There’s no doubt that he’s positioned for another great fantasy season in 2024 in this high-powered 49ers offense. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is using his all-purpose skill set perfectly, and his exceptional burst is still intact.

However, McCaffrey will turn 28 before next season and did have a two-year stretch during which he played just 10 games due to multiple injuries. That run of missed time temporarily dented McCaffrey’s dynasty value.

Yet, the change of scenery and recent string of good health have helped make him an elite asset at the RB position. After being traded ahead of Week 7 of the 2022 season, from that moment forward through the rest of his first year with the Niners, McCaffrey was the RB1 overall in full-PPR formats with 21.7 points per game.

At this point, we have the necessary sample size to suggest that CMC is the RB1 overall in fantasy football in 2024 until we either see a big drop in his personal efficiency or this offense regresses catastrophically.

That being said, the next time the bottom falls out on McCaffrey due to age or a significant injury, his dynasty value will never get this high again. We would all love to assume McCaffrey has put his durability concerns behind him and will continue to maintain impeccable health, but he did miss 23 games over his final two years with the Carolina Panthers.

If you’re a struggling roster that needs to recoup some ammo to help bolster a rebuild, McCaffrey’s a solid trade option right now. Yes, selling McCaffrey high may not be the best individual move for every dynasty manager, but if there’s a player to trade at his peak, then the talented Niners’ RB fits the bill.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins

Speaking of selling a veteran player still at the peak of their powers… Miami Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill has managed to improve upon his outstanding 2022 campaign with 119 receptions, 1,799 yards, and 13 TDs in just 16 games in 2023. His established fantasy floor over 119+ receptions, 1,700+ yards, and 7+ TDs in a Dolphins uniform is outstanding.

Normally, I’d be growing increasingly concerned about the fantasy outlook of an undersized receiver whose calling card is his game-breaking speed and who just turned 30 years old earlier this year. However, Hill has shown no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

His elite production at the position with absolutely no decline in usage or efficiency is great news for dynasty managers because it extends the window for them to potentially make a definitive decision on whether or not to sell him to another dynasty roster heading into the offense.

Hill topped 22 MPH as a ball carrier again in 2023, which means he hasn’t lost a step. Yet, once a speed receiver loses a step, the drop in production can come quickly and drastically.

I’m not suggesting Hill hits that wall in 2024, but it’s certainly within the range of outcomes. After all, given his elite production over both seasons in a Dolphins uniform, the likelihood of you still getting a haul for Hill is very high.

If Hill’s age isn’t enough to persuade you to sell him, then perhaps his quote from an interview with the Totally Offensive podcast in April of last year will help.

“I’m going to finish out this contract with the Dolphins,” said Hill, “and then I’m going to call it quits.”

For some context, Hill’s current contract has him playing through the 2025 season. Admittedly, there’s no guarantee he’ll stick to that timeline, but the sheer mention of that being a possibility should serve as a reminder that he’s not going to play forever.

Interested managers would be far more willing to give up a significant haul if they feel secure getting two more seasons of elite production than if you hold off and dynasty managers attempt to throw that quote in your face to lower the asking price.

Hill had a legit MVP-type season in 2023. He’s a perfect fit for this offensive scheme and certainly could give us another encore performance next year, but you would be deciding to pass on a great sell-high window.

Davante Adams, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Yes, I believe it is time to sell high on another veteran WR. The issue with this suggestion is that many won’t consider selling high on Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams because his WR10 fantasy finish last year is his lowest mark since the 2019 season when he missed four games due to injury.

Davante Adams Fantasy Positional Ranks Since 2016

  • 2023: WR10
  • 2022: WR3
  • 2021: WR2
  • 2020: WR1
  • 2019: WR23 (WR6 on points-per-game basis)
  • 2018: WR3
  • 2017: WR14
  • 2016: WR10

Now, is a WR10 finish awful? Absolutely not. Adams still managed to produce a viable low-end WR1 campaign with a fourth-round rookie quarterback under center. That speaks to his continued level of greatness into his early 30s. Not to mention, he’s still among the best route runners in the league, which gives him a longer shelf life than receivers who rely purely on athleticism to win routinely against defenders.

Yet, Adams has seen north of 170+ targets in both seasons with the Raiders. However, Las Vegas spent the No. 13 overall pick on dynamic tight end Brock Bowers, which could eat into his target share. That does matter considering the Raiders’ QB play is expected to be amongst the least exciting in the NFL this upcoming season.

Adams’ yards per route run and yards after catch numbers both dropped last year from inside the top 10 wide receivers in 2022 to outside the top 20 a season ago. He also had some struggles against elite corners last year.

Does this mean I’m projecting Adams’ numbers to completely fall off of a cliff this season? No, but a drop in target share paired with the slight drop in efficiency we saw last year and subpar quarterback play this season makes his profile feel less exciting than we would like to admit.

You aren’t going to get a top-five fantasy WR back in return for Adams at this very moment because of the concerns I mentioned above and him turning 32 years old later this year. However, if you can get a future 2025 first-round pick or some nice younger prospects in return for the veteran wideout, I would strongly consider it.

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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