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Offseason Dynasty Targets Targets (2024 Fantasy Football)

by Matt Kelley

With the 2024 NFL Draft and your dynasty league rookie draft behind us, the stage is now set for a new season. These drafts have brought in fresh talent and reshaped your league’s dynamics, making it an exciting time for all. 

With the dust settling from rookie drafts, it’s time to strategize. We can identify potential trade targets by assessing your team’s standing and that of others in your league. These strategic moves can help you strengthen your team or let go of players who might not be as beneficial to your team in its current state.

Here are my favorite offseason dynasty trade targets to buy low or sell high ahead of the 2024 fantasy football season.

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Offseason Dynasty Targets Targets (2024 Fantasy Football)

Win-Now Squads

Trade For: Isiah Pacheco (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

Generally, in fantasy football, especially in dynasty leagues, I wouldn’t recommend giving away assets to acquire an RB with low NFL Draft capital. However, as the kids say, Isiah Pacheco is “built differently.”

The Kansas City Chiefs have further featured Pacheco as his tenure has continued. In 2023, Pacheco saw 249 total touches, 44 of which were receptions. Pacheco has proven time and time again to be a tough-nosed runner, gaining extra yards and extending plays, all the while being active all 17 games of his rookie season and 14 (plus the NFL Playoffs) of his sophomore season.

This offseason, the Chiefs brought back backup Clyde Edwards-Helaire (CEH), and that’s about it. It feels like the Chiefs are again all-in on their star back, taking a workhorse role. With this Chiefs’ offense looking to regress to their mean and scoring more points in 2024, Pacheco could stand to take yet another step forward and push your team to title town. 

Trade Away: Stefon Diggs (WR, Houston Texans)

Suggesting trading away a player who – over the last four seasons – has had at least 155 targets, 103 receptions, 1183 receiving yards and eight touchdowns is a risky proposition.

The fact remains, however, that Stefon Diggs is heading to a loaded Houston Texans team for his age 30-31 season. While I view this as an excellent football move for the Texans, Diggs will need to find a way to ensure his alpha status in this offense. WR Tank Dell looked explosive throughout his rookie season, and Nico Collins had a breakout campaign, earning him a significant contract extension.

In Weeks 12 through 17 last season, Diggs finished as the Points Per Reception (PPR) WR45 or worse in six of seven contests. Per PlayerProfiler, Diggs was outside the top 30 WRs in yards per route run, yards per target and yards per reception. Diggs has become less efficient and will have a smaller piece of the pie in this Texans offense. Diggs also can walk away from the Texans as early as 2025, creating more uncertainty in his stock.

Cash in on the name of this dynasty trade target while you have the chance. 

Rebuilding Squads

Trade For: Justin Herbert (QB, Los Angeles Chargers)

This particular trade target broadly applies to Superflex or two QB leagues but can be used in all leagues. 

Los Angeles Chargers fans rejoiced when Jim Harbaugh was named head coach. Fantasy football managers, however, are facing a significant dilemma in deciding if Justin Herbert will continue to throw the ball at the same pace that led to him having a QB2 overall finish in his rookie season.

The concern is genuine, as the Chargers also moved on from WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and are left with some combination of Quentin Johnston, Josh Palmer, DJ Chark and rookie Ladd McConkey.

While the combination of receiving options and a Harbaugh offensive philosophy may stagger some of Herbert’s volume in 2024, he is an elite talent in throwing the football. I like to have as many elite, difference-making players as I can on my roster, and I still believe that Herbert fits that mold.

Don’t forget Herbert rushed for over 300 yards in his rookie season. He was banged up with a rib injury in 2022, so the rushing was down, but last season, Herbert ran for 229 yards and three scores before fracturing his right index finger. If you’re rebuilding, take the lump this year and be confident you have a stud QB heading into 2025. 

Trade Away: Aaron Jones (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

If you are rostering Aaron Jones on a rebuilding squad, Jones did you a ginormous favor at the end of the 2023 season by rushing for over 100 yards in five straight weeks (NFL Playoffs included). I hate to say this because Jones has been one of my favorite players to roster in fantasy football throughout his career. Still, he’s switching teams, heading to the Minnesota Vikings, in a season in which he will turn 30 years old.

Since 2020, three RBs have finished as an RB1 in half-PPR scoring during their 29 or later season. Derrick Henry and Raheem Mostert last year and Cordarrelle Patterson in 2021. While Jones doesn’t have to finish in RB1 status to help a fantasy football team, he’s coming off a season where he missed six contests and played 37% of snaps or less in an additional three.

The Vikings themselves enter a new era with rookie QB J.J. McCarthy or veteran Sam Darnold under center. Minnesota could struggle to find their way downfield with either option, limiting Jones’ scoring opportunities. Jones can be a plug-and-play flex to a contending team and earn your squad youth and additional assets in your rebuilding efforts.

Thanks for reading my dynasty trade targets for the 2024 NFL offseason. Looking for more fantasy football advice? Follow me on Twitter @ThatMattKelley.

*Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin – USA TODAY Sports*

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