Trading, along with waiver wire pickups and weekly line-up selections, is a key element to winning your fantasy championship. Trading requires a target, strong negotiation skills and an instinctive nouse for a bargain. In this age of fantasy resources, prying targets away from your league mates becomes increasingly difficult but, with this article, we look for those under the radar players and the price that you should be playing for them.
Remember, trading is a fine art and it can seriously hamper your fantasy performance, or even long-term success in dynasty, if you end up paying too much for a target. By all means target the below players, but ensure you pay what you can afford when doing so.
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Odell Beckham Jr. – Wide Receiver
It was a slow start to the season for OBJ – finishing as the WR77 in PPR leagues. Cleveland, as a whole, weren’t in the game against Baltimore and Odell, particularly, wasn’t at the races. He brought in just 3 of his 10 targets for 22-yards and, already, trade rumours shroud his future in Ohio. On his day, OBJ is one of the best receivers in the league and I’m still optimistic that he can achieve the numbers that he did when he first entered the league. His fantasy future may currently look bleak, but trades in both real life and fantasy could turn the tables extremely quickly.
In the next three matchups, Cleveland play Cincinnati, Washington and Dallas – none of whom conceded a great deal of fantasy points to wide receivers in week 1. There, even waiting a couple more weeks could lessen OBJ’s fantasy value further. In dynasty leagues, I’d be looking to trade a rookie wide receiver such as Justin Jefferson or Jalen Reagor and a late 1st or early 2nd round pick for Beckham. In redraft leagues, take advantage of Chris Carson’s 2 TDs in week 1 to try and prize OBJ away from his owner.
Austin Ekeler – Running Back
Los Angeles Chargers
It wasn’t a great day for fantasy owners as Ekeler finished as the RB36 in PPR leagues. PPR was the main reason that you drafted him this offseason. With Philip Rivers gone, Tyrod Taylor threw the ball Ekeler’s way just once – a target he caught for three yards. Things were different on the ground as Ekeler rushed 19 times for 84 yards. Anthony Lynn knows Ekeler’s receiving capabilities and, when the touchdowns come too, Ekeler will become a strong RB2 – just like he was drafted to be.
It’s a mixed bag for Ekeler in the coming weeks with matchups against Kansas City, Carolina and Tampa Bay. All 3 gave up fantasy points to running backs in week but, for Kansas City and Tampa Bay in particular, a lot of these were through the air. Ekeler will need to start receiving the ball to make this trade pay off.
In dynasty leagues, it’s important to remember that Ekeler is still only 25 so can provide you with value for some years to come. I’d be looking to trade him for an older veteran such as Zach Ertz, who’s fantasy value will deplete as time goes on.
J.K. Dobbins – Running Back
On paper, it was a dream start for Dobbins owners. Although Ingram out-carried him 10-7, this split was a lot closer than many anticipated for week 1. Most importantly, Dobbins got the goal line work and finished the day with 2 rushing touchdowns. Neither running back managed even a target but that shouldn’t be looked into too much after 1 week. Dobbins will fully claim this backfield from Ingram, and I think that this will a lot earlier than many envisaged.
At this point, I’d consider trading somebody like Le’Veon Bell straight up for Dobbins in both dynasty and redraft leagues. Something I never thought I’d be writing, even just 1 week ago.
Finally, we take a look at the players who will win you your championship – the ultimate aim of the fantasy football player. They may not necessarily play every week for you between now and then, but their week 15 & 16 matchups can’t be ignored. It may be early days for looking at fantasy points allowed, but there certainly are some good indicators around.
Tom Brady – Quarterback – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although, statistically, Patrick Mahomes currently has the best matchups in the playoffs, you’d have to trade your entire team to bring him over. Therefore, we turn our attention to 43-year old Tom Brady who threw a pick-6 for his third consecutive game on Sunday – something only 2 quarterbacks prior to him had done. Are you sold yet? Joking aside, Brady has a wealth of weapons around him and matchups against Atlanta and Detroit will likely be shootouts with all 3 teams vying for the playoffs.
Miles Sanders – Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles
Sanders didn’t suit up this weekend and nobody stepped up to take his place in the backfield against the Football Team His fantasy owner may just be getting the jitters about his health so it could be a great time to strike whilst the iron is hot. With matchups against Arizona and Dallas in weeks 15 and 16, Sanders, statistically, has the best run-in at the position.
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