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Fantasy Football Advice: Week 16 Mailbag

What is the Dynasty Trade Value of Jake Browning? – @TexasTrojan2004

Has an offer for a 2025 second-round pick on the block.

In the ever-evolving landscape of dynasty fantasy football, evaluating the trade value of players is a key component. This week, @TexasTrojan2004 is pondering Jake Browning‘s dynasty trade value, considering an offer for a 2025 second-round pick.

Jake Browning (QB, Cincinnati Bengals)

Jake Browning’s journey in football includes being named the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014 during his high school years. While he had one standout season at Washington in college, throwing 43 touchdowns to just nine interceptions and finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2016, his subsequent years didn’t reach the same heights statistically.

As an Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA), Browning landed on the Vikings’ practice squad before being cut in August 2021, ultimately signing with the Bengals a week later. His opportunity to play came in relief of the injured Joe Burrow midway through Week 11, and since then, he’s been sensational, averaging 20.3 PPR points and ranking as QB8 on a points-per-game basis over the past month.

Jake Browning Dynasty Trade Considerations

Now facing a trade offer for a 2025 second-round pick, @TexasTrojan2004 is weighing the decision to move Browning. Several factors come into play, including Browning’s age, his current team situation and the potential future scenarios.

Jake Browning is heading into a stretch of tougher matchups, facing challenging defenses in Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Cleveland. The absence of star receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who is sidelined with a sprained AC joint, adds another layer to Browning’s situation. Without Chase, Browning’s supporting cast takes a downgrade, potentially affecting his performance on the field.

Additionally, Browning, who will be 28 before the NFL Draft next year, is at a point in his career where he might encounter challenges securing a starting role beyond this season. If he continues in Cincinnati, the likelihood is that he will serve as a backup to Joe Burrow. However, if he decides to move on, he may not have the same level of weapons as Chase, Tee HigginsJoe Mixon and Tyler Boyd or the overall scheme that he currently is seeing success in.

The only compelling reason to consider keeping Browning on your dynasty roster is the potential for a dynamic playoff run with the Bengals. If Browning gets Cincinnati to the postseason and delivers an exceptional performance in the playoffs, it could positively influence his future outlook, making him a valuable asset for your dynasty team.

Bottom Line

The decision to trade Jake Browning depends on your team’s immediate needs, your long-term strategy and your assessment of Browning’s potential. The 2025 second-round pick offers a future asset, but Browning’s current performance and supporting cast can’t be overlooked if you’re still competing for a title this season.

Ultimately, this decision should align with your overall dynasty strategy, whether you prioritize future assets or seek immediate contributions. Dynasty fantasy football requires a balance of present and future considerations, and navigating these decisions strategically can enhance your team’s competitiveness for years to come.

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