Some dynasty and deep keeper leagues have owners who are too eager to sell off their stud players in return for prospects or young players with superstar potential.
However, there also comes a time when it’s best to face reality. As the trade deadlines approach across many Fantasy leagues, it is time to assess where your team stands.
If this year may have passed you by, and it happens to the best of us, you may be ready to sell off some assets.
The players below, to some degree, have not lived up to expectations and could be available at a discount. They are young and have plenty of upside but also may not key components of teams that are contending this season.
That said, here are some players who I would like to acquire in long-term leagues if I was selling off some of my biggest pieces.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Franco has shown his pop is no joke this season. He has essentially matched his HR/FB rate from last season and is on pace for 28 HRs on the season. His FB% is below the level of a true power hitter which is a downside for him. To be a top asset in power categories, he will have to up that mark in future seasons.
Still, his 17.5 K% should leave room for his average to improve. His counting stats should improve as well as the lineup improves. The Phillies have J.P Crawford and Nick Williams waiting in Triple-A, so that improvement could come in the near future.
As far as acquisition cost, Franco won’t come cheap. However, he should be acquirable from a contending team if you can upgrade their team elsewhere as he ranks just 23rd among third baseman on the ESPN Player Rater this season.
Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs
Russell was supposed to breakout this year. That hasn’t happened, but he has improved slightly across many peripherals. That may not be enough for some contending owners and they may get impatient and deal him for less than they should.
Even if owners recognize his Fantasy value, he could be a piece they are willing to part with.
Russell is still just 22 and has lost attention to other young shortstops such as Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and Corey Seager outperforming him this year. That makes him a nice buy-low target.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Polanco looked like he was heading for a massive breakout season but his performance since the All-Star break has been a letdown. He has battled an injury and missed several games because of it. The injury may also be affecting his performance. He has posted just a .255 average and .795 OPS post All-Star break. This stands in opposition to a .287 average and .862 OPS prior to the All-Star Break.
After a slow start to his career, this could be a final straw for some Polanco owners. At the very least, it may give them a reason to sell their share at a discount. Even with his slump, Polanco has a .496 Slugging % on the season, which is his career best by over 100 points. Similarly, his ISO is his career best by 88 points.
Polanco has taken a bigger step forward than either Russell of Franco so he will likely be tougher to pry away, but he is showing the price tag could be worth it.
Take advantage of any discount you may be able to get on Polanco.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins
Each of these players is different from the others as they are proven superstars.
Although each would take massive packages to acquire, they are probably both at their most acquirable level in quite some time.
They each come with some level of risk, especially given their price, but they are both capable of almost single-handedly carrying a Fantasy team.