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Old Wide Receivers Win Dynasty Championships
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I draft dynasty teams to win now. I believe you can compete every year. You’ll never see one of my teams “Suck for Luck”. Does Bill Belichick have “rebuilding” years? Hell no and neither should you.

One of the trends I noticed in start-up drafts is the “Old(er)” wide receivers present huge value. Cordarelle Patterson is currently being drafted in front of Brandon Marshall according to ADP from Dynasty League Football. This is just one example of how you can capitalize on the “youth first” movement in start-ups.

larryfitzgeraldsegwayThe Dynasty community, for the most part, strays from the near to or over 30 crowd. It’s often unwarranted. I drafted a 28 year old Jordy Nelson in the 5th round last May.

The Champion in my high stakes Dynasty league won with Andre Johnson, Roddy White and Anquan Boldin. Every year several of these “Old WRs” finish in the top 20 WR total points (PPR).

You know how great Boldin was last year. How many teams cashed in on a 34 year old Wayne in 2012?

Take a look at some of the best “Old” WR seasons.

 Player

Age

Rec

Yds

TDs

PPR PTS

Chris Carter

31

96

1163

13

290

Terrell Owens

31

77

1200

14

281

Reggie Wayne

31

100

1264

10

286

Rod Smith

31

113

1343

11

313

Jerry Rice

32

112

1499

13

340

Jimmy Smith

32

112

1373

8

297

Reggie Wayne

32

111

1355

6

283

Derrick Mason

33

103

1087

5

242

Tim Brown

33

90

1344

6

260

Hines Ward

33

95

1167

6

248

Jerry Rice

33

122

1848

15

397

Terrell Owens

33

85

1180

13

281

Jerry Rice

34

108

1254

8

281

Terrell Owens

34

81

1355

15

307

Chris Carter

34

90

1241

13

292

Rod Smith

34

79

1144

7

235

Reggie Wayne

34

106

1355

5

272

Tim Brown

35

91

1165

9

262

Chris Carter

35

96

1274

9

277

Rod Smith

35

85

1105

6

232

This list is distinguished but so are the players that follow. I believe these 30 something’s will still be getting it done in the twilight of their NFL careers. I’m buying at the current prices with full expectation that their windows are short.

Larry Fitzgerald (Age 31 in August)

Current Dynasty ADP: 4th-5th round, 22nd WR off the board

The Fitz love is waning. His work ethic is notorious and you can assume he’ll still stay in excellent condition in the coming years. Jerry Rice had his best statistical season at age 33. With a Cardinal offense trending up, expect Larry to have several more WR2+ years left in the tank. Fitz is a decent value at his current ADP.

 Roddy White (Age 33 in November)

Current Dynasty ADP: 5-6th round, 36th WR off the board

He wasn’t healthy last season. Some will point at this as the start of his decline. I’m not ready to write him off him just yet. The last two games of the year he scored 32pts and 23 pts. Roddy has bounce back written all over him and will likely have his name added to the list above soon.

Wes Welker (Age 33)

Current Dynasty ADP: 7-8th round, 48TH WR off the board

The concussion issue is real and so are the 5.7 receptions per game he’s averaged since playing with Peyton. Decker is no longer on the team. Those 136 targets are up for grabs. Wes has never put up less than WR2 numbers since 07. Welker averaged 20 PPR points per game the first 10 weeks of 2013. He’s worth the risk as your WR3-5.

Marques Colston (Age 31 in June)

Current Dynasty ADP: 11th-12th round, 60th WR off the board

Colston finished as the 26th best WR in 2013. It’s his worst finish since 08. He may turn into more of a possession receiver at this stage of his career. Sproles and Lance Moore are gone. Brees is going to rely heavily on Colston for at least two more seasons. Don’t be surprised to see Marques in the 80 catch range as he’s done the majority of his career.

Greg Jennings (Age 31 in September)

Current Dynasty ADP: 13th-14th round: 70th WR off the board

With Cassel under center, Greg averaged nearly 6 receptions per game. Projected over 16 games, that would be 90+ receptions with 1100+ yards. Someone in your league will swing for the fences with Patterson as early as Round 2. Jennings is the most likely to lead the team in receptions.

Draft your dynasty team with a mix of Old and Young players. I picked up Keenan Allen in the 13th round of that same start up last May. Some Rookies will be value opportinites as well.

If you own the “Old” players correctly, no better than WR3, their age shouldn’t hurt your team.

Ride them until the wheels fall off, at which point those rookies you’ve been sitting on will be coming into their own.

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