We’ve finally reached November and the biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner. Nope, it’s not Black Friday. Cyber Monday? Are you kidding me? C’mon folks, it’s trade deadline day.
If you don’t know when your league’s trade deadline day is, ask your commissioner. Hint – if you use Sleeper it will tell you at the top of the your league.
Many trade deadlines are in week 10 so you need to act fast. If you’re a contender, swoop in and get the best bargain deals to help you win your Championship. If you’re out of the race, then make sure to get as much out of the contenders as you can. Draft picks are SO important for rebuild mode in Dynasty.
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.
Jared Goff – Quarterback
Los Angeles Rams
It’s not sexy, but week 15/16 lineups so very rarely are. Scattered with waiver wire pickups from throughout the season, it’s nice to have some familiarity within your lineup.
Goff is having the most “Goff” season imaginable and is on track for 4290 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. On the plus side, he’s already matched his rushing totals from 2019 (40 yards, 2 TDs) so, although not known as a dual-threat QB, should be good for another touchdown or two.
The weapons around him are plentiful. Kupp and Woods are both top-25 wide receivers and Reynolds, Everett, Higbee, Henderson and Brown have all shown their receiving ability. The Rams are also firmly in the NFC West title race which will keep them honest until the end of the season.
However, the icing on the cake is the playoff schedule. He has tasty matchups against the Cardinals and the Seahawks before then (both must win, probable shootout, games) and finishes off his fantasy campaign with tilts against the Jets and the Seahawks. Goff should be good for 20-25 points in both of these matchups. Unless you’ve got Mahomes, Murray, Allen, Rodgers or Wilson, you should be going all out for Jared Goff.
Jerry Jeudy – Wide Receiver
This pick is geared more towards you dynasty players out there, but Jeudy has redraft value too.
The WR8 (PPR) over the last two weeks, Jeudy was the second most targeted player in the NFL in week 10 and has seen double digit targets in consecutive weeks. A hot prospect coming out of Alabama, Jeudy will naturally have taken time to adjust to life in the NFL and hasn’t had his main quarterback, Drew Lock, throwing him the rock for much of the season. Now the two have seemingly got that chemistry, the sky’s the limit for the pair.
Jeudy is playable for the next three fantasy weeks, but I’m leaning against him in weeks 13 thru 16 – thus more of a dynasty tip.
Jimmy Graham – Tight End
Who’s the 28th most targeted player in the NFL? Who has the 13th most receiving TDs in the NFL? Who’s the 5th most targeted redzone player in the NFL? Yup, you’ve guessed it. Jimmy Graham is the answer to all of these questions.
A late career resurgence for Jimmy Graham and the best playoff schedule that money can buy (Minnesota and Jacksonville) means that he is one of the best tight end prospects for the rest of the season. I’ll admit that the competition isn’t exactly great, but if you invested a high draft pick into Kittle, Ertz or Andrews, you’re probably is need of a solid TE option.
Honestly, there’s worse you can do than Jimmy Graham.
If You Can
Aaron Jones – Running Back
Green Bay Packers
This will be a tough buy. AJ is a top-4 back in terms of PPG and will likely have his fantasy manager in a playoff contention spot. However, he has missed time and didn’t exactly set the fantasy world on fire in his latest tilt against the 49ers. His manager may be shaky (or out of the playoff race) so this presents you with a perfect time to strike.
A fantasy run in of Detroit, Carolina and Tennessee is a fantasy manager’s DREAM and Aaron Jones is a top-5 back in this league. He will win you a fantasy Championship so you may as well go out to try and get him.
Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver
An unpopular opinion? Maybe. Ridley’s fantasy performance has been hampered of late due to injury – but that worries me in itself. He goose egged in week 4 against the Packers and missed week 9 against the Broncos. Apparently he was almost good to go, but with a week 10 bye, he was sat out. A foot injury is something that worries me as it’s something that we’ve seen players try and play through and just not look as effective.
Ridley has only seen double digit targets once since week 3 as Julio looks to reclaim his spot as the WR1 in the offense. It’s not like Ridley has a fantastic schedule to finish the season either. Fixtures against the Chargers in week 14 and the Chiefs in week 16 are tough and the middle game against the Buccs isn’t brilliant either.
A lot of this recommendation rests on Ridley not being entirely fit for the rest of the season, but I’ve a nasty feeling that he won’t be.
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James Robinson – Running Back
This is a simple one. Trade now whilst the price is the highest. This isn’t to say that I don’t like Robinson, I think he’ll be in the same role for the Jags in 2021 as he currently is now. But he’s currently the RB4 and with that comes a price tag.
Whether you’re a contender or not, Robinson has a horrible playoff schedule and I’d rather him be off my roster ASAP. Somebody in your league will be desperate a premier back and, without taking anything away from Robinson, his schedule has been so easy up until now.
The Jags have already made the change at the quarterback position and they’ll be doing everything that they can now to ensure they draft Trevor Lawrence in the Spring. Not fully unleashing JRob could well be a tactic deployed in helping to ensure this happens.
Deshaun Watson – Quarterback
This is not the time to get cute. Watson is a phenomenal quarterback and a top-5 fantasy option throughout the past 5 weeks. However, there are quarterbacks out there who will perform better than him in weeks 15 and 16 who have a lower price tag.
For example, refer back to my recommendation to buy Goff. I strongly believe that Goff outperforms Watson in the playoffs and, right now, you should be able to trade Watson for Goff and an additional piece.
David Johnson is looking doubtful for week 10 and, if he misses anymore time, this hampers Watson’s production further. Defenses certainly won’t be stacking 8 in the box against Duke Johnson, which gives them more ability to defend the pass.
If You Can
DK Metcalf – Wide Receiver
Now, this might be 1 step too far, even by my book. There are a LOT of factors in this recommendation – hence why it’s in the “If You Can” section.
- This is for redraft only. Do NOT sell Metcalf in dynasty
- You MUST have 2/3 wide receivers that you would instantly put into your lineup. These must have good playoff schedules
- The price you receive must be a good one
- Shop around for the best price
Now, let me (try) explain the method in the madness. Metcalf could not have a worse playoff schedule. The LA Rams (week 15) and the Washington Football Team (week 16) are giving up the 2nd least and the least fantasy points to the wide receiver position respectively. Metcalf does face off against the Rams this week, so we should have a better idea as to how matchup proof he is then but, in a lot of leagues, this will be too late for trading.
Additionally, the Seahawks will (should) have Carson back and firing on all cylinders soon. What do defenses not want to see at this stage in the season? A fresh pair of legs. As the weather turns, the Seahawks will look to take advantage of this in their bid for a
second straight NFC West title (sorry Seahawks fans, I couldn’t resist).
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