Kenny Golladay was part of a Detroit Lions team that would like to forget the 2020 season. In fact, some might forget he was even on the Lions, considering he only appeared in four games for the team this year. Fantasy football team managers would also like to forget they drafted him. He was rated as a top wide receiver coming into this year. Although he didn’t pan out in 2020, Golladay is still a player to target in fantasy football dynasty leagues.
Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues: Buy Low on Kenny Golladay
Left a Bad Taste in Fantasy Managers’ Mouths
Coming into 2020, Golladay was rated as the WR7 and 25th overall player. In redraft leagues, he was going around the end of the second round, or early third. This was after Golladay had a strong 2019 season, where he finished as the WR5 in half-PPR leagues. On the year, Golladay had 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. Things were looking up for the young star.
However, 2020 got off to a terrible start for Golladay, who injured his hamstring in practice prior to week one. He ended up missing the first two games as he let the ailment heal. But Golladay returned Week 3 and put up at least 12.5 fantasy points the next four weeks.
But then things went south once again. In Week 8 Golladay left the game without a catch with a hip injury. This ended up being the end of his fantasy football season. The most frustrating part of the injury is that the Lions kept Golladay off of Injured Reserve. He spent the rest of the year continuously being initially designated as questionable, essentially preventing him from being stashed on fantasy football team’s Injured Reserve long term.
A New Regime in Town
There are a lot of question marks that can be used in negotiations for Golladay. First off, the Lions decided it was time to move on from head coach Matt Patricia. With Matthew Stafford also getting older, the new regime may decide it is time to move on from him. If they do, it may also mean the team goes for a full-on rebuild.
For team managers that have Golladay on their squad, it might scare them and make them more willing to move him. But even rebuilding teams need to have a few key pieces to build around. Golladay would be an excellent choice to go with. 2021 will be his fifth season in the NFL. This is an excellent balance of youth and a veteran presence.
However, this brings up another question that can be used as a bargaining chip. There are rumors that Golladay was in no hurry to return to the field due to him wanting a new contract. It makes sense for the Lions and Golladay to get a deal worked out that would keep him in Detroit. However, with all the uncertainty in the Lions organization, no one really knows what could happen.
At this point, Golladay at least hitting free agency is likely, which could add to the nervousness of fantasy team managers. No one really knows where he could suit up in 2021. Nevertheless, Golladay has proven himself as a top wide receiver in the league, so wherever he plays, he should productive in fantasy football.
Offers To Make for Kenny Golladay in Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues
Even with all of this uncertainty, those with Golladay on their roster aren’t going to give him up for cheap. Prior to 2020, Golladay had two 1,000-yard seasons. As noted, in each of the four games Golladay appeared in this year, he was productive. So, the deal will have to be fair for both sides. The advantage will have to be finding someone who is tilted at his production in 2020. Then, it will be up to the person trying to trade for Golladay to talk up the uncertainty that could affect his 2021 value.
As it stands, it would likely still take a 2021 first-round pick to acquire him, and that could still be a tough sell. Another option would be to find the teams who are trying to compete in 2021 and sell them an aging player. Julio Jones for Kenny Golladay in dynasty might work for name value alone, but then again, Jones dealt with injuries of his own 2020. For those that don’t want to part with a big name or a first, a 2021 second-round pick and perhaps someone that finished strong like Corey Davis could make it happen.
Whatever happens, Golladay is a player that dynasty team managers should target, because even after an injury-riddled season, he is just coming into his prime.
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