The majority of trade deadlines have past but, if you’re reading this article, then yours probably hasn’t. If it has and you’re here anyway, then thank you! If you’re still in the trading market, it’s because you’re gearing up for a Championship run or your season is dead and buried.
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.
Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled on Twitter (@F10YFantasy) for “Trade of the Day”. We’ll be taking a look at some of the trades that you put to us and, most importantly, will be getting the opinion from Fantasy Twitter.
Las Vegas Raiders
Carr is coming off the worst game (fantasy) of his season so far but, in all honesty, this says more about Drew Lock than it does Derek Carr. The Raiders won this one convincingly and Jacobs and Booker were able to take this game on the ground. Carr threw the ball just 25 times for 154 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His 7.16 fantasy points were enough to see him finish as QB25 on the week.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, if Carr isn’t on the waiver wire, you should be able to trade for him for practically nothing. Additionally, he’s got a great run in (including matchups against the Falcons, the Jets and the Dolphins) in games in which he should be forced to throw the ball more.
Honestly, you could do a lot worse than having Carr as your quarterback for the next 6 weeks so save your FAAB budget on Winston by trading for Carr instead.
Dave Moore mentioned this on the podcast earlier in the week and the more that I think about it, the more I agree with him. The playoff dreams in Carolina are surely over and with that comes the doubt as to whether we’ll see McCaffrey again this season. Matt Rhule has done a tremendous job in Charlotte this season and his job is surely safe for next year. With a franchise quarterback in Teddy, CMC and a plethora of receiving options, the aim will be to secure as higher draft pick as possible this year.
People will argue that “tanking” is a myth and, yes, I do agree that no NFL coach or player would go out there purposefully to lose a game, but, sometimes, an organisation will make decisions in order to better the chances of a team losing in order to gain a higher draft pick. Sitting CMC for the rest of the season would be the prime example.
In this scenario, the Panthers would remain competitive and Mike Davis would have the backfield to himself. Although not setting the world on fire throughout the last few outings, he was the RB2 in weeks 2 thru 6.
A tasty matchup against the Lions awaits in week 11 and Davis’ playoff matchups aren’t too shabby either. A week 15 tilt against the Packers is mouth watering and, in week 16, a date with a Washington team who have turned their attention more towards the pass in recent weeks.
San Francisco 49ers
It was a controversial pick for some for the 49ers to move up to take Aiyuk in the first round. In a draft class that rich with wide receiver talent, Aiyuk was considered the “worst” of the bunch. But, after week 10, he’s on pace for 900 scrimmage yards and 8 TDs.
With Kittle, Samuel and Hurd (to name a few) all injured, Aiyuk finds himself as the premier receiver in this 49ers team. His targets have increased week on week since week 6 and he’s seen at least 10 in his past two games (he sat out in week 9 against Green Bay). These have translated into 15 receptions, 166 receiving yards, 2 TDs and, most importantly, 42.8 PPR fantasy points.
The 49ers are on a bye in week 11 and play the Rams, the Bills and the Football team in the subsequent 3 weeks. Using this information, Aiyuk should be an easy buy at this stage and his playoff matchups against the Cowboys and the Cardinals will be well worth the investment.
The tight end position has been a disaster this year. Those of you that listen to the podcast will know that in the Full 10 Yards Auction League I lost 4 TEs to IR in the first 4 weeks of the season (RIP #AlwaysJarwin). High draft capital was invested into Kelce, Kittle and Andrews and whilst two of them have been ever present this season, only one has consistently put up fantasy production.
Andrews remains as the TE5 in fantasy due to playing every week and 3 big performances in weeks 1, 4 and 5. Andrews isn’t short of targets, garnering 9 of them for 7 receptions last time out. With the opportunity still plentiful, the tight end situation as desperate as it is and a nice playoff run, you could do a lot worse than Mark Andrews to finish the season. After all, the person who drafted him will be very keen to recoup back some of what they spent on him in the draft.
Green Bay Packers
Over the past two weeks, MVS is TOP in standard scoring leagues. PPR drops him down to fourth which isn’t too shabby either! For this reason, he’s a prime trade high candidate. 202 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns off 10 targets is completely unsustainable and I entirely expect that we won’t see numbers like these from MVS again this season.
To add to this, Allen Lazard has just been reactivated from IR so will be back in the lineup to compete for the WR2 role in the Green Bay offense. There are worse plays than MVS, especially considering his week 16 matchup against the Titans, but his value will never be higher than it is now and, for that reason, I’m OUT.
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