Sell! Sell! Sell!
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie
The NFL season is still far away but what else are we supposed to do? I love reading rankings and projections but I need more! Mock drafts are cool. So are rookie mock drafts. I need more! What about fantasy football mock drafts? How many of those do you normally do? What’s an outrageous number before people say your obsessed?
As we move closer the NFL draft you will start to see more content popping up. Mock drafts galore, tiered rankings and rookie projections. At a certain point it’ll make your head spin. If you’re like me you have your favorites. Favorite website, favorite writer and favorite articles.
So much like the Buy! Buy! Buy! article I wanted to get in on a list of players I’m selling without any hesitation! The 2020 NFL Draft class is loaded with offensive talent. We already know this. What about players already in the league that we should sell?
If you missed my Buy! Buy! Buy! article here it is! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/buy-buy-buy/nfl/04/
If you’re in any dynasty leagues there is no off-season! Lets get to it! Here is an in-depth list of players I’m selling in 2020!
Selling off these players does not mean they are busts! These few players will no doubt contribute, I’d just like to flip them for various reasons.
Matt Ryan QB-Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan has been the pillar of consistency over the years. Ryan actually had an amazing streak going! 154 games straight (12/20/09-10/20/2019)! Some may question my idea to sell here. Especially with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as his WR’s. 2019 was an odd season for Ryan. On paper he did well. 4,466 yards and 26 TD’s. If you dig deeper you will see a tale of mediocre passing marred with a stretch of injuries. Ryan has gone from a QB1 to a low-end QB2. He only averaged 16.1 fantasy points the last three weeks of the season. To put that into perspective Mitchell Trubisky and Ryan Fitzpatrick played better! Hooper is gone and Sanu left. I could see a scenario where Ryan keeps coasting along and his owners are none the wiser. I’m telling you now to sell. What are you waiting for? Sell! Sell! Sell!
Aaron Rodgers QB-Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has been a fantasy football main-stay and stud for quite some time. One of these seasons there’s going to be a drop off. To the point where he’s a fringe starting fantasy QB. There has been a changing of the guard in the NFL at the quarterback position. In 2019 Green Bays rookie head coach Matt LeFleur committed big time to the run. It left Rodgers owners with some career lows in statistically categories. Only 7 yards per completion and 26 touchdowns. The second lowest of his career. Green Bay RB Aaron Jones had a fantastic season because of the new run first method in GB. In turn, it hurt Rodgers numbers in not only overall but mainly in the red zone. I know his stud WR Davante Adams was in and out all season with turf toe but its making me nervous. If possible I’m selling Aaron in all formats. You should be able to sell off Rodgers quiet easily off name sake alone. People still cling to the fact that Aaron can have an MVP type game or season at the drop of a hat. Probably not a popular opinion but I think that ship has sailed with Aaron Rodgers. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Ryan Tannehill QB-Tennessee Titans
What a story this is! A kid drafted high, fades away then traded and becomes part of an AFC Championship game run! What do we do? There are two scenarios! Which one are you part of? First scenario, you trust what he has done! Ryan finally found his groove and is living up to his potential! Second scenario, he’s a one hit wonder helped and boosted by a rookie head coach who had his team playing above their potential! Which one do you agree with more? May I tell you which one I believe to be true? Ryan Tannehill is a suitable professional QB who played well above his talent level. What he does posses though, a selling point to use to another owner, is a long term contract and a head coach who designs plays suited to his strengths. Tanny also has a strong cast of offensive weapons. Wait! Sounds like I’m trying to sell you on keeping him and using him as your QB1. Quite the opposite! I’m trying to give you the right speech to sell him off to another owner high on him! Sell! Sell! Sell!
Dalvin Cook RB-Minnesota Vikings
Look, here’s the thing, I’m a fan of Dalvin Cook but we have to talk about it. We all know the huge issue with his health and time missed. I’m more liberal then others when it comes to time missed and labeling players, “injury prone”. I’m actually more open to letting it ride and leaving the past in past. As it comes to Cook I think we should sell now. Actually, as soon as possible. I’m not going to hammer home the injury history here as my reason to sell. That’s too easy and I find that lazy. Dalvin had a fantastic 2019 season! His best season to date! 1,135 rushing yards and 13 total TD’s. It was a full break out right? Why in the world would we sell now? Cooks 13 TD’s in 14 games has only been done by 11 players twice over a 20 year span. My point is the likely hood of a repeat season by Cook is slim to none. I just don’t see a 2020 season where Cook is able sustain this production. At this moment in time Dalvin’s stock could not be higher. It’s a simple risk assessment situation. You either believe he can or think he cannot. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Ezekiel Elliot RB-Dallas Cowboys
If you’re in a dynasty league you know its all about value! I’ve never been a fan of Zeke and the college he played for but I can’t let that cloud my judgment and the opinions I share with you! Right off the bat the sudden retirement of stud center Travis Frederick stands out. Dak was given the tag and they signed Cooper with a massive contract. Dallas also has a new head coach, Mike McCarthy! What changes is he going to make? I know that’s ridiculous of me to say given Zeke’s talent. Like McCarthy is going to come in and completely toss Elliot to the side. If I’m not mistake Kellen Moore will still be calling their offensive plays. In 2019 Zeke scored 14 total TD’s while accumulating 1,777 all purpose yards. I’ve had plenty of spirited conversations with readers telling me how silly selling Zeke Elliot is. Here’s my issue, I firmly believe we’ve seen Zeke’s best pro season. His value is very high and it’s the perfect time to sell. Of course Elliot will be a top ten back in 2020 which should make the haul you get back for him even sweeter! Sell! Sell! Sell!
James Connor RB-Pittsburgh Steelers
I’m a fan of James Connor and his work ethic. I believe in what he does and what he stands for. I don’t know about you but I get attached to my team and the players I roster. For some reason this one stings. As a James Connor owner I’m starting to see what’s happening. I don’t want to go back super far but last season, 2019, he only played in 10 games. 715 all purpose yards and 7 total TD’s. If you look around follow any Steelers beat writers then you’ll know that the Steelers, “fully expect” to draft a RB in the 2020 draft. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but I feel like the writing is on the wall. Pittsburgh has yet to extend Connor and given the running back class in this years draft Connor and his workload is in trouble. Try and get ahead of this thing and sell James Connor as quick as you can. We know he can put up points as an RB1 and best case scenario here is a split in carries. Keep an eye out next week in the NFL Draft and see what Pittsburgh does. I have a terrible feeling James Connor’s value takes a massive hit. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Odell Beckham Jr. WR-Cleveland Browns
Has OBJ jumped the shark? For those of you that get that thank you! If you didn’t, let me explain. Some owners are clinging to this ideal of Beckham as a stud can’t miss WR1. I’m here to tell you now those days are over. The proof couldn’t be more in our face! In 2020 OBJ will be playing for his third head coach in three seasons! Cleveland’s new HC, Kevin Stefanski, is a run first kind of guy. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt should get a ton of work. It’s the old saying, “too many mouths to feed”. I’m without a doubt absolutely sure we’ve seen Odell’s best statistical professional season. Beckham also had core muscle surgery this off-season. It couldn’t be any more clear to get rid of him! Get what you can and move on. Do it now while he still has some moderate value. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Adam Thielen WR-Minnesota Vikings
2019 was an awful season for Adam. I’ve never been one to blame a guy for an injury so I’m not going to start now. Thielen hurt his hamstring in Detroit early in the season. He never fully recovered riding the up and down injury train. A new season is a fresh start! Oh wait, Stefon Diggs is now in Buffalo. Now what? Adam was moved out of the slot and his numbers suffered. I just have a bad feeling with Thielen in 2020. He’s going to be over drafted and God forbid by you, the days of 100+ receptions and 1,200+ receiving yards are over. Sell! Sell! Sell!
Keenan Allen WR-Los Angeles Chargers
This is crazy even to me but I just wanted to give Allen a brief mention. Phil Rivers is long gone. Who is going to be the QB for the Chargers? Regardless, Keenan has put up three straight 1,000+ yard seasons and exactly 6 TD’s. He’s only 27 years old but there are some miles on his legs. I don’t have a long drawn out statement about Allen. Just be careful! Sell? Sell? Sell?
T.Y. Hilton WR-Indianapolis Colts
Not to be rude but I’ve never understood all the hype and hubbub with Hilton. 2016 was his pinnacle as a professional wide receiver. He played in all 16 games the next season. Since then it’s just been this up and down injury plagued roller-coaster. Every week you need to double check his status. In some cases you leave him in and he sits. In other cases you sit him and he plays last minute. It’s truly maddening and I don’t want to live my fantasy football this way. Not to mention 2020 will be age 30 season. It’s not going to get any better. Let him be someone else’s problem! Sell! Sell! Sell!
Zach Ertz TE-Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz has been a stud tight-end for quite some time. To be specific he’s been a set it and forget it TE for 4-5 season. 2020 should be more of the same. So why sell? Well, Philly has a young up and comer TE in Dallas Goedert. If you dig in a little to Ertz and his contract selling him off now will allow you to get ahead of an issues. That issue being the fact his contact takes a huge spike to 12 million in 2021. If they Eagles choose they can but him out at 7 million saving 5 million in cap space. So if you’re still following expect Dallas to get a ton of work in 2020 while they groom him to replace Ertz. Get ahead of this thing and sell Zach Ertz now. I’d gladly exchange him for a draft pick. Have I mentioned how loaded the offensive talent is this year? Sell! Sell! Sell!
David Njoku TE-Cleveland Browns
Much like my comments on OBJ I could copy and paste them here for David. To be fair this one isn’t as important as the previous players mentioned. Njoku has never really been a stud tight-end. He has that potential but any and all hopes of that are now dead and gone. Cleveland signed Austin Hooper, formally of the Atlanta Falcons, which now pushes Njoku to, at best, a TE2. He’s now become a pass for me in any and all drafts. It’s a shame! I have no idea what the coaching staff and organizational staff in Cleveland is doing. I just sit here and write stuff! In my opinion, Cleveland has added a ton of offensive talent and I see it creating an issue. Too many cooks in the kitchen, too many mouths to feed and whatever other clichés you can find. Will 2020 be the season the Browns put it all together and make the playoffs? I have no idea, all I know is if they don’t, it’s going to get ugly. Will they fire another HC? Will OBJ flip out? What the hell is Baker Mayfield going to do? So what started as a David Njoku sell has turned into a full Cleveland Browns fade! Oh boy! Sell! Sell! Sell!
Thank you for reading! Any questions or comments?
Who are your sells in 2020? Let’s talk about it!
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