Fantasy football dynasty players know that the key to creating a championship-caliber team is to be active and to find value in the trade market to boost their team’s potential. Trading can often be a headache for some, but it's worth it if you can unearth value in your deals. To help figure out what the right moves are, I’ve been compiling a list of the best buy, sell and hold IDPs 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, continuing with the NFC West.
BUY: LB Isaiah Simmons
Isaiah Simmons suffered through a subpar first half of the 2020 season, as did his fantasy managers. He was relegated to a minimal role and never played more than 29% of snaps in a game before the Cardinals' Week 8 bye. During that first stretch of games, he appeared to struggle and didn’t show a lot of the versatility and play-making ability that made him a top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
After the bye week, though, it was a different story. Simmons got more of an opportunity for snaps, even starting in place of an injured De’Vondre Campbell, who took a back seat for a few weeks to get healthy. In that back half of the season is where we started to see Simmons showcase his talent, as he rushed the passer more often (52 attempts) and generated 11 pressures and two sacks. His 22.4% pressure rate was good for a top-five finish among linebackers (min. 25 snaps) during that stretch, which bodes well for his upside going forward.
Cardinals LB, Isaiah Simmons in 2020:
Pre-bye week (W1-7) ☹️
83 defensive snaps
Post-bye week (W9-17) ????
— Jon Macri (@PFF_Macri) February 16, 2021
There may be panic or frustration among fantasy players who drafted Simmons this past season when looking back at season-long numbers, and that is your chance to get in there and throw out some offers. It’s unlikely that Simmons’ price will be any lower than it is right now. With Campbell expected to part in free agency and Simmons expected to step into a regular starting role, you’ll want to buy him now before it’s too late.
I for one, am all-in on Simmons as a top-tier dynasty option heading into next season, which is why I have him as my No. 1 rookie linebacker going forward from this 2020 class.