Dynasty Buy Low: Don’t Miss Out on Jalen Richard Just Because You Like DeAndre Washington
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The Oakland offensive line returns three Pro Bowlers, including First-Team All-Pro Kelechi Osemele. I’m buying the whole backfield. One of my favorite dynasty buys is 2016 fifth round pick, DeAndre Washington. Despite a number of excellent articles touting Washington this offseason, he’s become dirt cheap since the signing of Marshawn Lynch. However, many analysts are convincing themselves to dismiss his backfield mate Jalen Richard, which I think is a major error. Richard may not only have the better short term value in the passing game, he may be the better prospect overall. A mistake that fantasy players frequently make is forcing themselves into a false choice between players on the same roster. This is how many people gave up on James White last year, and how they missed out on Devonta Freeman in 2015. Just because Coleman was good didn’t mean Freeman was bad. Black and white thinking could have cost you a piece of Freeman’s league-winning season. Don’t make this mistake with Oakland’s backfield. You should buy DeAndre Washington right now in dynasty. But you should also buy Jalen Richard. By most measures1 Richard had a better rookie season than Washington, but he remains the cheaper player. There are two main reasons for this discount:
- Richard is perceived as a bad athlete
- Washington is seen as more valuable because of the role he saw on early downs
- Richard had more rushing yards, receiving yards, receptions, touchdowns, yards per carry, and games played than Washington, as well as winning the role of both kick and punt returner. (back)