Far too often, when building a dynasty roster I can find myself building an attractive lineup which on paper will be a perennial powerhouse in a few years. However, more often than not those teams end up underperforming my expectations. We can quickly forget that the endgame of fantasy football goes beyond having a nice looking team but is to win championships. Although they are not the most attractive names, these are several players that you can acquire today relatively cheap, who can help carry your team over the edge to what we are all chasing; a fantasy football championship
Mark Ingram, RB BAL: One of the more underrated moves this offseason was the Ravens signing of former Saints running back Mark Ingram. In 2018, Ingram rushed for 645 yards and six touchdowns while also collecting 170 yards and another touchdown through the air. This was following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. While this may not seem like great statistics, Ingram set a career high in yards after contact. He also earned an 83.3 rushing grade from PFF, his highest grade since his 2013 season. Ingram now joins a Ravens team which finished first in rushing attempts in 2018. While Ingram will no doubt lose touches to the likes of Justice Hill and Gus Edwards, he should see the bulk of the carries on a team that has shown the desire to return to smash mouth football. Ingram is in a fine position this year to finish as a high-end RB2.
James White, RB NE: Heading into the 2019 season, James White is coming off his best statistical year yet. In 2018, White finished the season with 94 rushes for 425 yards, adding 87 receptions for 751 yards off of a whopping 123 targets. He also scored 12 total touchdowns, finishing the season as an RB1. With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan leaving in free agency, there are a total of 127 targets up for grabs in the Patriots offense. While a good portion of these targets will go to first-round pick N’Keal Harry, it is completely reasonable White could see roughly the same amount of targets in 2019 if not more. White is currently being drafted as the RB33. While he might not be the most attractive name, pass-catching backs frequent the top of the scoring board in most of your fantasy football leagues. Send out some feelers in your leagues for a potential RB1 for a crazy discounted rate.
Julian Edelman, WR NE: Staying with the New England Patriots Edelman is a receiver being far too overlooked for teams looking to compete. Edelman finished the 2018 season with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns. As mentioned earlier, there are over 100 targets available in New England. Over the past two years Edelman has played (2018, 2016) no receiver has seen more targets than Edelman’s 266. Edelman is clearly one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets and - with opportunities available - this will not be changing. Edelman could be a cheap WR3 to help you make a championship push in 2019.
A.J. Green, WR CIN: I know what you’re thinking. How can a player being drafted in the fourth round of a startup be a cheap buy for your dynasty roster? While it may not appear like a good buy based on startup price and injury history, diving deeper paints a different picture. In the eight games Green played in 2018, he racked up 45 receptions for 687 yards and six touchdowns. Before his injury, he was on pace for 90 receptions and over 1,300 yards. Injuries, however, have been the story of Green’s career, as he has not played a full season since 2015. Nevertheless, he is currently being drafted as a bottom end WR2. With the hype of the 2020 class, it is within the realm of possibility to get Green for a 2020 first and a lesser player. For a team looking to compete right now, Green is the perfect flex position starter. He is not a player you will be able to rely on week in and week out, but can be the perfect depth piece on your roster to carry your team over the top.
While having a team that is fun to look at on paper is nice, the end goal of everyone playing fantasy football is to win championships. The above players are cheap options who should produce stats in 2019 which exceed their current value and ADP. Send out some feelers to your leagues today to take home that trophy.
Hit me up on twitter at @DHH_Matt and let me know what you think about the above players and if you have any other players that you are looking to acquire for cheap.