Real Life Trades with Fantasy Implications

Written by Scott Mackay (@ScottfMackay)

Hey Football Fans, thanks for joining me for our latest look at the Fantasy world!

Have you had a look at the waiver wire over the last two weeks and just thought there is slim pickings out there? I have too and really think it’s a good time to look at bolstering your lineups through trading. Trading can of course be hit or miss if you’ve been placed in a league where half of the teams have been abandoned by their owners but I’m hoping that all of your leagues are still fairly active, in which case there is some movement and wheeling and dealing to be done.

I’m sitting down to write this article a day after the actual NFL trade deadline which has helped shaped some of the trade targets that should be on your list and included players that have risen in stock due to the moves that have been made.

So, let’s get moving, let’s take a look at the QB Position.

Cam Newton is my pick for number one target. To me, he is not firing on all cylinders at the moment, but I sense if the Panthers are going to get back in the groove it will be because of this man. Both a throwing and rushing threat (it’s a deadly fantasy combo) acquiring Cam could be the difference in the Fantasy Championship race. His bye week has passed so go get him! 99.1% owned on NFL.com (I need to know who the .9% are!) expect to pay a little premium but expect a deep playoff run with him as your QB.

Deshaun Watson is a number two target, the Texans made a smart move bringing in Demayrius Thomas as a WR2 after Fuller’s season ended against the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Watson gets another weapon in the impressive receiving corps that also includes Hopkins and Coutee. You may be lucky to grab him off waivers but expect to see his ownership rise over the next week or so as he looks to establish a consistent scoring base.

Running Backs is where the money is at, especially if you’ve got Gurley or indeed an under the radar star in Marlon Mack or Phillip Lindsay but I believe there are two currently injured players that are nearing returns that could have an impact for you. (Have you guessed them yet?)

Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette are risky plays but if you sitting pretty in the standings, why not make a push for one of these stars at a low price? They are due back soon and could make the difference on the run in so it makes sense to stash them for when you feel comfortable that they are going to produce more than your current RB2.

Don’t worry, I won’t just cop out and pick those two, I’ll throw in Aaron Jones as a potential trade target. Relatively low cost (could even pick him up on Waivers as 55% owned) he will look to benefit from Ty Montgomery being traded. He could be a good flex option in the weeks ahead especially if an Aaron Rodgers Packers team is still in the hunt for the playoffs with three weeks to go in the season.

In at WR I’d put the feelers out for Kenny Golladay. Golden Tate has left the Lions which means Golladay and Marvin Jones get an instant uptick in Fantasy Value. They are going to be targeted by the at times fantastic Matt Stafford more and with that, increased Red Zone chances. Golladay is ¾ owned in NFL.com and could help you grind out a couple of victories.

DeSean Jackson is my pick if you can get him, still putting up modest numbers and capable of a huge game. Winston and FITZMAGIC (he’s back, baby!) are fighting over the QB1 spot in Tampa and the only beneficiaries are the receivers. Both QBs will look to have a bigger impact than the other so expect D-Jax to get those big numbers over the coming weeks!

TE’s are a disaster at the moment but if you are desperate enough to want to trade to upgrade that spot. Look to Gronk to up his game over the coming weeks… that’s my wildcard for ya.

You’ve only got a few more weeks to get those trades moving before the fantasy deadline so go for your targets sooner rather than later.

How is your team shaping up and who are you going for? Let us know on our social channels, @full10yards & @scottfmackay.

Have a great fantasy week!