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Buy/Sell/Hold candidates for IDP dynasty leagues: AFC North

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith (56) breaks off of the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With just one game left in the 2020 NFL season, many fantasy football dynasty players are already planning ahead for the 2021 campaign, deciding which roster moves will put them in the best position to field a championship-caliber team. One major way we can improve our fantasy rosters is through trades, so I’ve been compiling a list of the best buy, sell and hold IDP candidates for every team in the NFL.

While there are always going to be extenuating circumstances when it comes to trades (contract leagues, multi-player deals, offers too good to pass up, etc.), these are some names to consider for IDP on every NFL team. The series continues with the AFC North.

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The past few times I’ve covered Patrick Queen’s rookie season have been in somewhat of a negative light, mostly because of his poor overall grade (29.8) as a rookie. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think there can be value for him in IDP leagues. While Queen could be argued as any of a buy, sell or hold candidate, I want to cover the idea of him as one of the few buys on this Ravens defense.

Coming into the 2020 season, Queen was ranked as the clear rookie LB1 by most rankers because of the opportunity presented to him, his first-round draft capital and the success former first-rounder C.J. Mosley had in this defense as an IDP. While Queen is still not my favorite option among the 2020 rookie linebacker class, I think now might be the best time to buy low on the former LSU product.

There are a number of good sales pitches for a Queen trade, but the best reason is that he led the NFL in missed tackles this regular season, with 22 (tied with Zach Cunningham). You can probably sell a Queen manager on the notion that he’s not good, or not going to be good, based on that stat alone. If you add in his 29.8 PFF grade (172nd among all linebackers), you could get him for significantly cheaper than what his price was coming into this season, which was inflated by the hype.

With the excitement around Queen dying down significantly, I think there’s a chance to get him for a cheaper deal than most would expect. The reality is that this season was not easy on rookies —especially linebackers — but with a better chance to remain a starter in this defense for at least his rookie deal, his opportunity shouldn’t change much. Queen has a good chance to bounce back in 2021.

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