Week 1 of the NFL season was crazy, and there will be a lot of overreactions. It’s always important to take note of performances, splits, and opportunities. The dynasty trade market is always changing, and in Week 1, we can see some big swings in dynasty trade value. It is important to react. It is equally important to not overreact. Here are 16 players that either gained or lost dynasty trade value in Week 1.
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Dynasty Stock Report: Week 1 Dynasty Trade Market
Fantasy football players are not very patient people, even in a dynasty. People were making trades after the Thursday game and are already making trades this weekend. This offseason had a lot of drama, especially near the end. Injuries and holdouts forced big names like Cooper Kupp, Jerry Jeudy, and Jonathan Taylor to miss the first few weeks. We already have some injuries.
The biggest one is J.K. Dobbins, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles. There are some rumors that Kadarius Toney’s hands are broken, but those are not confirmed. Aaron Rodgers is now out.
Let’s look at some players who improved their stock and some recent trades on the market.
Jordan Love, GB (Age 25) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Jordan Love for 2024 1st + 2024 2nd / Jordan Love for a 2024 1st + 2025 2nd
Love played really well, especially on third and fourth downs. He was 8/10 for 141 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Packers scored 28 points in the second half, and Love played better as the game went on. It is the Bears, and I would need to see a few more games before I give up a 1st and a 2nd for Love. But someone already did, and if you are not in love with Love. You can try to make a similar deal.
Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (Age 25) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Tua Tagovailoa for Bock Purdy + 2024 1st + 2024 2nd / Tua Tagovailoa + Tyreek Hill for 2024 1st + 2025 1st + 2026 1st / Tua Tagovailoa + 2024 1st + 2024 2nd for Josh Allen
Tua’s play in Week 1 was second to none. He not only threw for 466 yards, three touchdowns, and one INT. Tagovailoa played with poise and confidence and passed all eye tests. His deep ball had power and was precise. The concerns about his health still loom, which could be a selling opportunity. But, if you are looking for a difference-maker at the quarterback position. Tua continues to show tremendous upside in this Mike McDaniel offense.
Honorable Mentions: Brock Purdy, Deshaun Watson, and Matthew Stafford
Week 1 QB efficiency and grading
– Only 11 QBs with positive EPA
– Only 10 w/ PFF grade > 70
Tua highest in both metrics pic.twitter.com/S4vFagpZML
— Kevin Cole (@KevinCole___) September 11, 2023
Kenny Pickett, PIT (Age 25) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Kenny Pickett + T.J. Hockenson for Travis Kelce + Matthew Stafford + 2024 3rd / Kenny Pickett for 2024 2nd + 2025 2nd / Kenny Pickett + Jerome Ford for Kyler Murray
Kenny Pickett looked great this offseason, and there was some hope surrounding him in year two. The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Steelers, and Pickett really struggled. Diontae Johnson left the game early with a hamstring injury, and Pickett threw two interceptions. He was under duress all day and was sacked five times. The hope is that the offensive line will improve as the season goes on, and they won’t face the 49ers again this year.
Sam Howell, WAS (Age 22) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Sam Howell + 2024 2nd for Nick Chubb / Sam Howell for a 2024 2nd
Howell’s performance was not much better than his last start. In two starts, he has one touchdown and one interception in each. In 2022, he threw for 169 yards against the Cowboys, and yesterday threw for 202 yards against the Cardinals. He saved both games with a rushing touchdown, but with tougher competition coming, there are concerns. There are enough concerns that Jacoby Brissett has been a popular waiver wire target.
Honorable Mentions: Kirk Cousins, Daniel Jones, and Justin Fields
Kyren Williams, LAR (Age 25) – Stock Up
Dyasty Trade Examples: Kyren Williams for a 2024 2nd / Kyren Williams + Cam Akers for a 2024 2nd + 2024 3rd
In case you missed the game, Kyren Williams was the starting back for the Los Angeles Rams. Cam Akers got the work in the fourth quarter, where the bulk of his carries came in closing out the game. Kyren had two touchdowns and also had two targets. Williams also looked better than Akers if you watched the game. This might have been one of the biggest surprises, and Williams will be a popular target.
Kenneth Gainwell, PHI (Age 24) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Kenneth Gainwell + 2024 2nd for Puka Nacua + 2024 3rd + Kayshon Boutte / Kenneth Gainwell + 2025 3rd for a 2024 2nd
The rumors about Kenneth Gainwell being the starter were not exaggerated. I personally did not see this coming with the team bringing in Rashaad Penny and D’Andre Swift. But Kenneth Gainwell was very busy on Sunday, playing 77% of the snaps. Gainwell cost you nothing, and you could move him right now for almost a 2nd round pick. He also led the running backs with four targets that Kenneth turned into four receptions and 20 yards.
Honorable Mentions: Joshua Kelley, A.J. Dillon, David Montgomery, and Roschon Johnson
D’Andre Swift, GB (Age 24) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: D’Andre Swift + D.J. Moore for D.K. Metcalf / D’Andre Swift for 2024 3rd
D’Andre Swift has been a top-five dynasty running back for multiple seasons. He lost a lot of stock when the Detroit Lions essentially gave him away. But no one expected him to be buried on this Eagles’ Depth chart. I believe in the talent, and if I can get him for a 3rd, I am doing that. An injury to Gainwell or just the Eagles turning to Swift in a few weeks would vault up his value.
Antonio Gibson GB (Age 25) – Stock Down
Trade Examples: Antonio Gibson + 2024 4th for 2024 3rd / Antonio Gibson for 2025 3rd
Antonio Gibson’s lack of usage was a huge concern, and then he fumbled the ball. This team and coaching staff obviously prefer Brian Robinson over Antonio Gibson. They also drafted Chris Rodriguez, and we could continue to see Gibson struggle. The Cardinals were a great matchup, and he was severely disappointed. Hopefully, he gets traded to the Baltimore Ravens or Miami Dolphins.
Honorable Mentions: Cam Akers, Rachaad White, Joe Mixon, and Khalil Herbert
Zay Flowers, BAL (Age 23) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Zay Flowers for 2024 1st + 2024 2nd / Zay Flowers + 202 1st for Amon-Ra St. Brown / Zay Flowers for Cam Akers + Drake London
Zay Flowers was clearly the number-one wide receiver for Baltimore. Flowers had a 40% target share. The only other player to do that was Puka. He also looked the part, creating a ton of separation and doing damage after the catch. Everyone that was able to scoop him up at the back of their rookie drafts can already start to put him in the lineup.
Puka Nacua, LAR (Age 22) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Puka Nacua for 2024 2nd / Puka Nacua for a 2026 2nd / Puka Nacua + Brandon Aiyuk + 2024 4th for Jaxon Smith-Njigba + 2024 2nd
There was a lot of love for Puka in the dynasty community, but no one really expected this. Puka had a dominating performance that could have been better. The Rams, in general, surprised a lot of people. Matthew Stafford looked healthy and was throwing darts out there. Kyren Williams played really well, and both Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell had great weeks. The offensive line allowed zero sacks, and with Kupp OUT, Puka is IN your lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Kendrick Bourne, Zay Jones, Mike Evans, Courtland Sutton, Jakobi Meyers, Romeo Doubs
PFF’s Top 5 Graded WRs:
— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) September 11, 2023
Drake London, ATL (Age 22) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Drake London + 2024 1st for Amon-Ra St. Brown / Drake London + Van Jefferson for Christian Watson
Desmond Ridder had more catches than Drake London. This team showed us that they will continue to lean on their running game. Ridder threw the ball only 19 times, and Drake London was only targeted once. This is a problem and does not look to be changing any time soon. London’s stock was down coming into the year and will continue to drop.
Christian Kirk, JAX (Age 26) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Christian Kirk for 2024 3rd / Christian Kirk + 2nd for Keenan Allen
Zay Jones ran the most routes on the team and was far more involved than Christian Kirk. Unless there was some undisclosed injury, this is a problem. Per PFF, Kirk played 43 snaps and ran only 24 routes. He received two targets on those 24 routes. In 11 personnel, he played on 37 of 38 snaps. But he was only in on 6 of their 12 personnel snaps and 0 of their 22 personnel snaps. This is a problem. Sell Kirk if you can, or hope he gets traded.
Honorable Mentions: Diontae Johnson, Mike Williams, Amari Cooper, Marquise Brown, Marvin Mims, Jayden Reed
Sam LaPorta, DET (Age 22) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: LaPorta + Brandin Cooks + 2024 1st + 2024 2nd for Travis Kelce + Tyler Lockett + 2024 3rd
LaPorta was more involved than people think. Jahmyr Gibbs was less involved. This could change with matchups, as the Lions and Chiefs were a close game, and Gibbs only played on 29% of snaps. But, the early involvement for LaPorta is very promising. He was in on 75% of snaps and caught all five of his targets.
Hayden Hurst, CAR (Age 30) – Stock Up
Dynasty Trade Examples: Hayden Hurst for 2024 3rd / Hayden Hurst for Jerome Ford / Hayden Hurst for Tyler Allgeier
We all should have stuck with our gut on this one. All off-season, we thought Hayden Hurst could be a sneaky play. The Panthers took some spare parts and put together a wide receiver room this offseason that scared people off of him. Hayden Hurst dealt with a groin injury for most of the off-season. Then Week 1 rolled around, and Hurst was the only healthy option available. He played great and already has good chemistry with Young.
Honorable Mentions: Donald Parham, Hunter Henry, and Durham Smythe
Gerald Everett, LAC (Age 29) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Gerald Everett for a 2024 3rd / Gerald Everett for a 2025 3rd
Gerald Everett played 15 more snaps and actually ran six more routes than Donald Parham. It didn’t feel like it because Parham was targeted just as many times (3), including two red zone targets, while Everett had zero red zone targets. Everett’s role in this new system is uncertain. Only three targets and 21 yards in a high-scoring game is a very bad sign.
Greg Dulcich, DEN (Age 23) – Stock Down
Dynasty Trade Examples: Greg Dulcich for 2024 3rd / Greg Dulcich for 2024 3rd + 2025 3rd
The rumors were that the coaching staff didn’t like Greg Dulcich as much as fantasy football Twitter. This became a reality when the team put Adam Trautman in as the starter. Trautman led the team with five receptions and 34 yards, while Dulcich went two receptions for 22 yards.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki, Juwan Johnson, and Trey McBride