By Brendan Taffe

We asked members of our staff to name a player they must have this year. Here are their responses.

Guy I want to leave every dynasty startup with:

  • Brendan Taffe @BCTAFFE – D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks: Much like Mecole, he’s a big play waiting to happen, but in this case if he doesn’t want to run past you he can just jump over you.  I’m not sure who loves D.K. more, me or Russell Wilson.  I’m also not sure why a poor three cone drill made him fall in both the NFL draft and most rookie drafts last year, but I am definitely glad it happened.
  • Ryan Bickerstaff @thedevydirtbag – TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions: Simply put, Hock has the potential to be a top-three tight end in the NFL. This is as important as it is rare for fantasy football purposes. Even if he never reaches that height, at his ADP, I’m willing to take that gamble 10/10 times.
  • JJ Wenner @JJWenner – Jamison Crowder, New York Jets: There is no way that Crowder, if healthy, doesn’t lead the Jets in catches this season. He should put up 80+ catches and 5 TDs. He is currently WR41. Picking Crowder as your WR4 should be considered stealing. 
  • Duncan Smith @duncafc – Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers: Ask me a few weeks ago and it’s Guice (shudder). Now that guy is Deebo Samuel, his current injury will make him drop in drafts and will get you great value if he does. Remember this is dynasty, who gives a shit if he misses 2 weeks at the start of 20Covid.
  • Jared Clifton @unstuckintime82 – Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns: Although he’ll be RB2 relevant this season, it’s more about what he can be next season when he signs as the lead RB on another team.  He would have been a top 5 pick each season, before he got in trouble and the NFL is forgiving and he will get his shot next year to return to being the guy.  This may be the last chance to get a five round discount on a potential stud over the next few seasons.
  • Nick DaSilva @NickDizzle17 – Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles:  Dallas has all the makings of a star tight end.  The only reason he isn’t there already is because he is on the same team as Ertz.  I’ll take Goedert at his ADP and wait for him to get his shot whether in Philly or elsewhere.  Once he does get his shot I know I won’t be disappointed.
  • Blair Pierroz @BlairPierroz – Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team: He was the darling of dynasty last year, but is still being drafted around WR24 in startups. He will finish higher than that for the next five years while guys going ahead of him will be out of the league. Excellent speed, route running at all levels, and contested catch ability. There is nothing not to like, and he is only a sophomore. Sign me up!
  • Don Detwiler – Darius Slayton, New York Giants: I’m going to start this piece by saying I’m a huge fan of getting my RBs first and taking high upside WRs later and Slayton is perfect for this approach. He’s entering his second year coming off a 50 catch/750 yds/8td season in what could be a sneaky good offense that lives in a division with a bunch of bad passing defenses. With no clear WR stud he could easily finish the season as the Giants WR target leader and he’s hanging out in the 9-10th round.
  • Kyle Allen @kallen_4 – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: What’s not to like about Dak in a dynasty startup? In his 4 years in the NFL, he has never finished outside of the top 12. His receiving options have only improved with the addition of CeeDee Lamb. His #1 target in Amari Cooper, and backfield partner Ezekiel Elliott are both signed to Dallas long term, and it’s likely he sees an extension before the end of the season as well, keeping Dallas’s offensive core stable for years to come. I love his consistent production and projection to have one of the most stable and productive offensive units around him for the foreseeable future.
  • Matthew Walters: @M_Walt_10 Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans: Many people don’t realize that Tannehill was a top 5 QB after taking over the starting role last year. He has kept all his weapons going into this year. The team paid him quite handsomely to be the guy. This QB is being slept on and should not be. 
  • Josh Frey @freyj3773 – Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers: I know they have Deebo Samuel and are a run-heavy team, however, this is a WR that was hand-picked by head coach Kyle Shanahan who will likely start at “X” receiver – something that has often produced fantasy gold. Deebo will get a lot of plays designed for him to move the chains, but Aiyuk should be a great compliment and get a lot of deep shots. The upside is definitely there, even in 2020 as a rookie. 2-3 years down the road Aiyuk could be talked about as a top-5 WR. 
  • Blake Koppen @BlakeKoppenFF – Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars: This pick is mostly directed at those in Superflex and 2QB leagues, but it has its place in 1QB as well. Minshew has made a move up in ADP a bit over August, but I still see him as undervalued. Minshew was 18th in points per game among all QBs in his rookie season despite not starting in 2 of them. His 21:6 TD:INT ratio and 91.2 passer rating bode well for his future, and with the wreck of a defense in Jacksonville, Minshew will be doing a lot of throwing (and a bit of running). Also, don’t forget that as a young QB, Minshew has room to improve, and he could remain useful in fantasy for a decade or more.

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