Right around week three is where trading season really opens up.
We are far enough into the year that injuries have gotten to some teams, and we can start taking a stance on players. Whether that means realizing roles aren’t what we though, teams being not what we though, and players just being better or worse than expected.
I don’ think I mentioned it in the previous articles, but I try not to trade until after week three. I am not ready to just say everything I thought in the summer when I was researching was wrong. The only time I make a move is when someone else is ready to do that. For example: giving up on players I was still high on like AJ Green, Le’Veon Bell, etc.
Just remember before you go trading all your depth away – bye weeks are coming soon, and that depth will be needed. At the same time, don’t pass up getting a stud at the expense of giving up a bench player you might have to start in a bye week pinch.
I am always more willing to throw an extra receiver into a deal because I feel as though I can play the matchups and get just as lucky grabbing a waiver wire receiver on a given week to give me 60-70 yards and a TD as the third or fourth receiver I have on my roster.
If you have a question specific to a player or situation feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to help you out. You can also reach me on twitter – Follow @TheSportsGuy40
RB – Le’Veon Bell
It is so unbelievably obvious, but just because it is obvious doesn’t mean I can’t put it here.
If we drafted today I would still take him as the top back. I could be swayed if you wanted to take Elliott over him, but they are still the clear one-two punch at the top of the draft. I don’t care if they aren’t lighting it up yet.
If someone wants your Kareem Hunt for Bell, yes I would do that trade. I have seen it asked, offered and accepted many times coming into the week and I would still do it after this week.
WR – Julio Jones
Low is so relative when it comes to studs like Jones. He has 265 yards through three games, but no touchdowns and no blowup games.
If you have come into running back depth one way or another you can probably trade a low-end running back one and get Jones from a running back needy owner.
The only thing that would ever make Jones not a top-five receiver in a week is an injury.
RB – Mike Gillislee
This is what Gillislee is. A touchdown dependent second running back. On a team that is supposed to be leading in most games, and have a lot of scoring chances, he is going to get a lot of those touchdown opportunities.
I think you can get someone to panic if they see how few snaps he played and the fact that his 30-50 yards didn’t come with a touchdown this week.
WR – DeAndre Hopkins
Teams are trying to take him away yet he is still a target monster. He is up to 37 targets through three games; the yards and catches just haven’t been there yet.
The quarterback situation still isn’t ideal, but it is all about the volume of targets he is getting. Don’t wait until he has a big game to make the move.
RB – C.J. Anderson
I can see a lot of panic coming this week because of the carry split for the Broncos this week. But the snaps were in Anderson’s favor (49 of 70) compared to Charles (21).
There is injury risk with Anderson; he was likely the ultimate sell high last week because of that. But there are ebbs and flows with every week, and now he is a buy low.
RB – Jordan Howard
What shoulder injury? Well, he did appear limited by it from watching the game, but Howard was still great. The issue with Howard is I just don’t know how many games the Bears will win or be in this year.
Howard got a lot of work last season in blowout losses, but this year Cohen has been in there in late game catchup mode, and I don’t expect that to change.
RB – Joe Mixon
If you didn’t do it last week you missed the chance at buying dirt cheap. You can still get him relatively cheap because he didn’t blow up; he just went for 101 total yards, but this is your last chance for the year to buy anywhere near this low.
Mixon may well have been the most talented running back in the draft this year, he just needed the touches to become fantasy relevant.
RB – Todd Gurley
Yea, the schedule is going to get hard. Yea, his yards per carry aren’t fantastic – the stat is overrated anyway. But this is still an elite level running back. Gurley is going to get the volume and he is being used out in space this year, something unheard of last season.
He is as good of a bet as anyone else to get 20 touches in a week, and he is the no doubt goal line back, as well as the first option when they get down there.
I think you might be able to get a little better of a deal than you should because I think a lot of people will be on the sell high train with his upcoming schedule.
Gurley is in the conversation for top-five running back for the rest of the season, and you might be able to get him at close to top-10 running back value.
RB – LeSean McCoy
I was all over the place with McCoy this offseason. I had him as my number three player overall at one point and at another as a borderline top-20 pick.
There are a lot of red flags with McCoy – there were good things too.
Being on a bad team is almost always a killer at running back. When you might win five games in a season it is hard to be in enough good game scripts to get a lot of work. What offset that was McCoy is like the only good piece of this offense.
At the same time, does that mean teams will just stack the box? Make Taylor and some no name receivers beat them? I didn’t get to see a lot of this game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what happened this week.
This by no means is me saying sell for anything. I still think he is a borderline RB1, but you might be able to get more than that based on name value and someone needing a running back.
Looking for additional buy/sell trade advice or waiver wire pick-ups, head on over to Fantasy Rundown.