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.
Melvin Gordon – Running Back
If you’ve listened to either of the previous two F10Y Fantasy podcasts, it won’t come as a surprise to you that Melvin Gordon is my top trade for candidate this week. I wasn’t the highest on Gordon heading into the season but, with the toe injury to Phillip Lindsay, the keys to the backfield are Gordon’s. Lindsay will likely be sidelined for the next couple of weeks, which gives Gordon a golden opportunity to assert his dominance in Denver.
Gordon had a tough matchup against Pittsburgh on Sunday, but still managed to convert 21 touches into 84 yards and a touchdown. A solid RB2 performance against the league’s best defense is certainly not something to be sniffed at. It’s another tough matchup against the Buccaneers next week, which could only serve to increase your trade leverage.
In dynasty, Gordon is worth around a mid-first round pick – but it may be worth trying to get back a receiver such as Quintez Cephus. In redraft, it’s worth testing the water for a player that has just picked up an injury such as Raheem Mostert (try targeting Jerrick McKinnon in waivers) or James Conner (who, granted, isn’t currently injured).
Mark Andrews – Tight End
Andrews had a bump back to earth in week 2 after his 2-TD performance in week 1. In fairness, Lamar only threw the ball 24 times as the Ravens cruised to victory over the Texans. Andrews owners may be concerned at the dilution of Andrews’ targets last week or the fact that game scripts may not go in his favour – both of these create a perfect recipe for a trade.
Andrews’ stock is still hot property right now so he won’t keep cheap. You’ll need to equip your top bartering skills and be willing to part with a couple of dynasty picks or include a commodity such as Tyler Boyd or Jarvis Landry.
Matthew Stafford – Quarterback
Matthew Stafford was on pace to finish as the QB4 last year before injury cut his season short. 2020 hasn’t started with the same pizazz as last season, posting QB18 numbers over the first two weeks, but he’s been without his top wideout, Kenny Golladay. Golladay will certainly add a new dynamic to the offense and provide a much needed boost to Stafford’s fantasy numbers.
Stafford isn’t currently starting in any 1QB leagues so could probably be obtained for relatively little in redraft leagues. I’d even consider offering your waiver position for him if his current owner was hit by week 2 injuries.
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.
Jamison Crowder – Wide Receiver – New York Jets
It’s going to be a long old season for Jets fans and a top-5 pick in next year’s draft is almost a given at this point. However, Darnold will still want to prove a point in this league and his best chance of doing that this season (well, second to Adam Gase being fired) is through Jamison Crowder. Crowder had a big week 1 showing and has favourable matchups against the Rams and the Browns to close out his season.
Indianapolis Colts – DST
It was a rough showing for Indy in week 1 as the Jags shocked us all by claiming the win. However, they bounced back in style with 15 fantasy points in week 2 against the Vikings – that’s even with losing Malik Hooker to a season ending injury. Statistically, Indy currently have the best playoff schedule with facing Houston and Pittsburgh in weeks 15 & 16 respectively. It’s a long season to stash a DST, but they will perform well throughout the season too.
For the latest on each player’s trade value and for “Trade of the Day”, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.