Deadline Day – Fantasy Style

Written by Scott Mackay (@scottfmackay) – 20th Nov 2018

Sound the klaxon!

We are approaching deadline day, the last opportunity to secure your favourite stars that will help lift you to the championship game by way of trades! Waivers still are applicable right up until the final day of the season, but we all know the major players are stashed away in other teams in your league.

Now, we get that trading can be quite difficult, especially if you are in a league where some participants have merely given up but don’t let that put you off. In the words of Del Boy, ‘He who dares Wins’, so grab your Del Boy flat cap and get wheeling and dealing.

“But who should I pick up” I hear you cry. Don’t panic, I’ve taken a look at the teams who have the more favourable games in the final weeks of the season which could see their players be the different maker in the weeks ahead.

In position one I’m choosing the Broncos, with 6 games remaining, the middle 4 games comprise of Bengals, 49ers, Browns and Raiders. That is a big chunk of winnable games and Phillip Lindsay, Emmanuel Sanders will be rubbing their hands together with glee. They are the focal point of offense for Denver and are primed to post up big numbers. Go hunt them down and add them to your team.

The Ravens go number two on the list, hear me out here. Favourable last 6 games with Raiders, Falcons, Buccs and Browns ahead, all very winnable, John Brown could well be a boom situation and be the one to earn you those vital Ws. Psssttt… if you can grab Lamar Jackson on Waivers, go do that, a dynamic running threat that if Flacco is still side-lined, could be an absolute steal.

The Giants are starting to find some kind of rhythm and you could find some value in trading for OBJ, yes he is a star but some owners could be frustrated with the lack of consistency but with a nice set of games coming up he looks ready to bounce back and some owners could be looking to let go for other options, especially if packaged with other players. I doubt anyone will give up Barkley but the right offer may trigger the accept button, if you are looking for a RB1 he’s your man.

The Steelers aren’t playing their best but they are finding the results, I would look to trade for Big Ben, Ju-Ju or Conner if you need an upgrade in these areas. These players have a lot of value but deals could be made especially if you offer up value in return.

Of course I could advise you to go for Mahomes, Gurley or Brees but you all already know these are on your list and you’d love to have them. If you can manufacture deals for them then why not, but I got a feeling these players will already be sitting in playoff teams and no fantasy owner in their right minds would trade them. Would they?

Who do you think are trade targets ahead of the thanksgiving games? get in touch with my @scottfmackay or the podcast @full10yards and let us know!

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next week.

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 (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 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!


Podcast 53 – Week 8 Review and Trade Deadline Day!

Lots of trades on deadlines day! Tim and Lee bring you the latest from all the trades and go through the week 8 games.

We have a dedicated Jason Garrett Corner to the man who pushed Jason Garrett all the way to have their name grace this segment.
Stinkers/Stonkers and week 9 waivers to complete the episode.
No Quiz or Scott Mackay this episode, he will join us Thursday as will the draw for the NFL FREE JERSEY which ends on Wednesday.