The fantasy football trade deadline is upon us. Some leagues have already passed the trade deadline and many more will be passing it this coming week. This could be your last chance to bolster your roster for a nice playoff run.
It is time to seek out an owner who has lost players to injury or one that has had a second half slide.
I would trade any and all depth possible at this point, and I would want to leave at least one capable plug and play starter at running back or receiver on my bench. I also wouldn’t worry so much about keeping a backup quarterback or tight end.
Grab the handcuffs to your starting running backs if you haven’t as well as any high upside handcuffs that are still on the waiver wire, and check for defenses with good matchups down the stretch run if you want to platoon two defenses. This is crunch time for the middle of the pack teams.
Due to the fact that at this point the trade deadline is past for just about all leagues (other than custom leagues) this will be the last buy low/sell high article of the season. I will still be producing articles for Mondays, and we have a few ideas at the moment of what to go with, but if you have anything you would like to see on Mondays or any potential ideas, post them in the comment section below or let me know on Twitter.
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Good luck in your matchups, and happy trading!
RB – Todd Gurley
Gurley had a “bad” week for the second time in a row. There isn’t a lot of great insight to give on Gurley. If you can get him for anything less than a top-five overall player do it immediately.
Potential buy low offer: Allen Robinson and Mark Ingram for Gurley
RB – Darren McFadden
Tony Romo is set to return next week and it should help open things up in the running game. McFadden won’t get as many touches with Romo under center, but the touches should be of a better quality. The Dallas offensive line is still one of the best lines in the NFL, and as long as McFadden is healthy McFadden should be a top-15 running back.
Potential buy low offer: Rishard Matthews and Gary Barnidge for McFadden
WR – Dez Bryant
Bryant is getting further away from when he injured his foot which should mean his conditioning is getting better. With Romo’s return on the horizon Bryant should be back into the conversation for top-five receivers in fantasy. Since returning from the IR Bryant hasn’t done much of anything other than catch a jump ball on a crazy play in his week nine game. He should be able to provide similar value down the stretch to what was expected of him when he was drafted back in August.
Potential buy low offer: Brandin Cooks and Chris Ivory for Bryant
WR – Demaryius Thomas
Peyton Manning really has hurt Thomas this season. The Broncos have now lost back-to-back weeks and an undefeated team with a good chance at a bye is starting to turn into a team that looks like it could be fighting for a division by the end of the season with tough games left against the Patriots, Bengals, and Steelers. It might be time for Manning to get a phantom injury and Brock Osweiler to step in full-time. Thomas is the most talented receiver in the Broncos offense, probably the most talented player on offense period. With Manning and the run game struggling and Emmanuel Sanders dinged up, Thomas is going to need to be leaned on heavily down the stretch to carry the offense.
Potential buy low offer: Doug Martin for Thomas
WR – Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery reportedly tweaked his groin midweek and it led to him being limited in practice, and then not play the full complement of snaps on Sunday. Jeffery has shown signs of a top-five receiver when he is healthy and on the field; the downside is he hasn’t been healthy much this season. If you are looking good for a playoff berth I would go for Jeffery as a guy to help carry you through once this groin injury is out-of-the-way. I might look into trading for him if you are desperate at 3-7 or 4-6 and need to hit a home run – you could go for Jeffery now and hope that he isn’t limited in the upcoming weeks.
Potential buy low offer: Justin Forsett and Kamar Aiken for Jeffery
RB – Lamar Miller
Miller hasn’t done much on the ground in the past few weeks, although the fantasy production has been nice. Ever since he blew up back-to-back weeks against two bad teams (Tennessee and Houston) Miller has combined for only 103 yards on the ground over the next three games. Miller has managed to score four touchdowns and get 166 yards receiving in those games to overshadow his struggles in the run game. As Jay Ajayi looks better and better I think Miller starts losing more and more snaps, specifically in the redzone. You can probably get someone to buy Miller as a top-10, and possibly top-five running back because of his fantasy point production since the firing of Joe Philbin.
Potential sell high offer: Miller for LeGarrette Blount and Allen Robinson
RB – Charcandrick West
I think West will be a quality player down the stretch, but I don’t buy him as a constant double-digit performer like he has been over the past three games. If you can get top-10 running back value for West I’d jump all over it.
Potential sell high offer: West for Amari Cooper
RB – Alfred Morris
This is all about the Saints. Morris hasn’t been good this season and the Redskins haven’t been in many situations where they could just run the football with their big running back. If Morris was owned in your league sell him for anything you can get.
Potential sell high offer: Morris for Travis Benjamin
WR – Allen Hurns
I have to include him here for the second straight week. The touchdown production is so unsustainable it makes my head hurt that he keeps scoring. At this point someone in your league is going to buy into Hurns as a top-15 receiver. Pair Hurns with a running back to try to get a more stable running back situation going into the playoffs.
Potential sell high offer: Hurns and Ronnie Hillman for Matt Forte
RB – LeGarrette Blount
His value isn’t unbearably high right now after his game this week, but the Patriots offense is crumbling. Reports are saying Edelman has a broken foot and Brady did not have a lot of time to throw this week because of a beat up offensive line. I think Blount will be getting double-digit carries almost every week down the stretch, and in any given week Blount can have one of those three touchdown weeks that just carries your fantasy team.
I would take him over: T.J. Yeldon, Justin Forsett, Frank Gore, Latavius Murray.
WR – Randall Cobb
I really thought Cobb was going to be in for a big season after Jordy Nelson was hurt during preseason; luckily I only got Cobb on one of my teams. The Green Bay Offense has looked awful until the fourth quarter over the past two weeks. Devante Adams got 21 targets this week. One of the biggest appeals of Cobb preseason was he was going to get a lot of targets as the slot receiver in an offense run by one of the league’s best quarterbacks. I would still hold on Rodgers because I think Rodgers can still be a top-flight quarterback, but not the one people drafted as an unquestioned top-two preseason.
I would sell him for: Eric Decker, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Martavis Bryant.
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