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.
Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver
Los Angeles Chargers
Who’s the most targeted player in the NFL through 3 weeks? Yep, you guessed it – Keenan Allen. Granted, a whopping 19 (YES, NINETEEN) came in last week’s defeat to the Panthers, but, with Herbert under center, this trend has a strong chance of continuing. Allen’s fantasy production would have had an additional 2 points last week, had he not fumbled the football on a failed hook and ladder attempt to win the game with the last play.
Allen is the PPR WR7 on the year and I can’t see this fluctuating much with Herbert tossing him the ball. The icing on the cake is Allen’s week 15 & 16 matchups against Las Vegas and Denver.
Allen is still only 28, which adds to his dynasty value. He’s currently worth a top-3 1st round pick but I’d try to reduce this by offering a commodity such as Mike Williams. In redraft, I’d do Allen for Gurley straight up at this point as I look to reduce Gurley shares with Brian Hill lingering so closely behind him.
Kareem Hunt – Running Back
It hasn’t been the ideal start to Hunt’s career, but he still remains one of the most talented backs in the league. Many had reservations about Hunt’s upside considering he was backing up one of the league’s most talented rushers – Nick Chubb. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that they can co-exist in the same backfield and are both currently top-13 PPR backs. Hunt is also seeing 13 carries a game – something not to be sniffed at.
Hunt, 25, is one Nick Chubb injury away from being the hottest commodity in football. And, whilst we’d never wish for an injury, a handcuff that is currently performing as a top-15 is a fantasy dream come true. Try to prize him away for a high second round pick and, in redraft, I’d take him for Mixon at this point.
Chris Carson – Running Back
Carson is currently injured – the key reason why I believe that you should currently be trading for him. The knee injury that he suffered doesn’t appear (on the face of it) to be too severe and you were unlikely have succeeded in the waiver wire scramble to pick up Hyde. There’s even a chance that Carson could suit up this Sunday so the time to strike is NOW!
I’m not overly hyped about Carson in dynasty, as Seattle seem intent on bringing other RBs in to compete with Carson for the role. However, once fit, he should easily beat out Hyde and the backfield will be his for the remainder of the season. Try to flip one of the recent waiver acquisitions (such as Darrell Henderson or even Carlos Hyde) for Carson in redraft.
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.
Justin Herbert – Quarterback – Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert has been thrust unexpectedly into the fray and, bar a couple of fixable rookie errors, has looked good. He has a plethora of receiving options around him and should only improve with experience in this league. Couple that with some juicy matchups against the Raiders and the Broncos and he could certainly be a league winner.
Mike Gesicki – Tight End – Miami Dolphins
It’s going to be an up and down season for Gesicki and owners will have to take the rough with the smooth. It remains to be seen if Tua will be lobbing him the ball this season but I reckon he’ll need a trusty target in the middle of the field if he does. A week 16 matchup the Raiders is also a fantasy player’s dream.
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