One of the best aspects of playing in a dynasty league is the off-season action. While the redraft-focused crowd tends to zone things out until August, dynasty owners are spending the summer making moves to shape their rosters into a contender for the upcoming season.
In my experience, the dynasty GMs who are the most active and engaged tend to be the most successful, not necessarily because of what they do in-season, but because of how they attack the off-season when some more casual players take a small step back.
There is never a wrong time in the dynasty calendar to try to capitalize on undervalued players. In fact, this time of year is when you can find some of the biggest bargains that can turn into league winners.
Using DynastyLeagueFootball.com’s latest ADP data, here are the five most undervalued players in dynasty leagues.
2023 Dynasty Football Undervalued Players
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Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns
As a Cowboys fan, I hated the Amari Cooper trade the second it happened, and I have continued to feel justified since then. I was not shocked at all when he put up another top-20 WR season, as he’s been one of the most well-rounded WRs since he entered the league.
We saw what Amari Cooper was able to do with Jacoby Brissett last season, and he’s now going to get a full, mostly distraction-free offseason to build chemistry with Deshaun Watson who I predict looks more like his old self this season. Cooper is well-positioned to post high-end WR2 numbers for the next two seasons.
Instead Of: Calvin Ridley (My WR44) - Dynasty ADP 49.67 WR27
I’ll take: Amari Cooper (My WR25) - Dynasty ADP 67.83 WR35
I break all this down in my video on YouTube as well.
Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans
Despite missing the last four weeks of the season, Dameon Pierce finished as the RB25 as a rookie on a really bad Texans offense. C.J. Stroud is pretty easily my QB1 in this rookie class from a real-life NFL perspective, and even as a rookie, he will make defenses respect the passing game more than any QB on the roster was able to last year.
A lot of people are down on Pierce because the Texans went out and added Devin Singletary, but I’m using this as a buy-low window while I can. Pierce is still going to get the majority of the carries for what will be an improved Texans team, and Singletary easing the load should help the odds of Pierce staying healthy for a full season.
Instead of: Rachaad White (My RB28) - Dynasty ADP 69.67 RB22
I’ll take: Dameon Pierce (My RB14) - Dynasty ADP 70.00 RB23
Aaron Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
A lot of dynasty GMs can’t wait to dump RBs off their rosters as soon as they turn 27, but Aaron Jones’ game is built to age like fine wine and I’m adding him everywhere I can. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has wanted to change the team philosophy and build around defense and a strong running game since he got there, and he will finally be able to do that as they transition into the Jordan Love era.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest to do it and is a strong bounce-back candidate this year, but he wasn’t great last season as he fought off injuries to his throwing hand down the stretch. I don’t think the drop-off to Jordan Love is going to hurt the Packers' offense as much as people anticipate, and I believe they are going to give Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon as many touches as they can handle this year.
Instead of: Cam Akers (My RB38) - Dynasty ADP 69.83 RB18 (my RB22)
I’ll take: Aaron Jones (My RB17) - Dynasty ADP 71.17 RB22
Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
Another season comes, and another season goes with Terry McLaurin putting up WR2 numbers despite catching passes from what we will generously call subpar QB play. He has already played with 10 (TEN!!!!) different QBs in his career, and all of them have underwhelmed.
I’m a Sam Howell believer, but even if I'm wrong and Jacoby Brissett earns the starting job, it will be the best QB he has played with in his career. He was the WR19 in PPR leagues last season, eclipsing double-digit fantasy points 10 times while dropping below the 8-point mark only twice. This is his conservative floor this upcoming season.
Instead of: Marquise Brown (My WR36) - Dynasty ADP 49.50 WR26
I’ll take: Terry McLaurin (My WR21)- Dynasty ADP 48.83 WR25
Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders
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Antonio Gibson doesn’t get a lot of love and I don’t understand it. He hasn’t had the most talented rosters around him and has still sandwiched two RB2 fantasy seasons around a year where he finished as the RB12 overall in PPR leagues. He’s now going to have an upgrade at QB and Offensive Coordinator, as well as Jahon Dotson growing across from Terry McLaurin.
Not only will Gibson face fewer stacked boxes and have more room to operate than ever, he is clearly the best pass-catching RB on the roster. Even in weeks where Brian Robinson and Chris Rodriguez Jr take some of the work in-between the tackles Gibson is going to have a large role in the offense. He’s pretty easily the RB I want to roster out of this backfield
Instead of: James Connor (My RB34) - Dynasty ADP 100.50 RB34
I’ll take: Antonio Gibson (My RB30) - Dynasty ADP 106.33 RB36
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