Luck, with an 87 overall and star development, is surprisingly easy to trade for. If you start a franchise with a team needing a quarterback, the former number 1 overall pick is always a good option. Whether you plan on a sim franchise or playing every game, Luck has the accuracy and arm to make nearly every throw.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Jackson, considered by most to be the most athletic NFL quarterback since Michael Vick, is fairly easy to trade for considering the presence of Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ roster. Jackson should have very little value if you are in a sim franchise but is a great user quarterback.
Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins
I have found in the past that in a spread offensive scheme, Grant tends to flourish as a slot receiver. He will usually get over 1000 yards in that role, despite his 73 overall rating. With that production, he should develop into a 76 or 77 in the first year, and continue to develop from there.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Henry is one of the best tight ends in the game in that he is both a solid possession receiver and a great vertical threat. Other than Rob Gronkowski, he is the best blocker among the top tier tight ends as well. He is another player who is great in both sim leagues and player leagues.
David Bakhtiari, LT, Green Bay Packers
Bakhtiari is probably the most expensive player on the list so far, but he is worth the price. He is one of the best, if not the best left tackle in the league. Bakhtiari is a great pass blocker who has the ability to take on some of the best pass rushers in the league week in and week out. He is also only 26, so he should last a few years before he starts regressing.
Brandon Scherff, RG, Washington Redskins
Scherff is a high overall lineman who is only 26 and is an elite run blocker. He makes a great guard on either side and if you can improve his pass protection, he could be a good right tackle as well.
Richie Incognito, RG
I’m only including Incognito because he is a free agent, and therefore can be acquired for free. At an 85 overall rating, he can be a great addition to the offensive line for a year, but at the age of 35, he usually retires after the first season. If you are planning on making a Super Bowl push in the first season of the franchise, he may be worth a signing, but otherwise, he probably isn’t useful, as even if he doesn’t retire, he will regress quite a bit after the first season.
Quenton Nelson, LG, Indianapolis Colts
Nelson is a great player to add at the age of 22 with superstar development. Not only that, but he also is already an 83 overall. He can play all three interior positions and possibly even right tackle. At the moment, he is a mauler of a guard who is also an adequate pass blocker. He should develop into an elite lineman with a few seasons of experience.