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.
Latavius Murray – Running Back
New Orleans Saints
This is probably the least sexy top buy I will ever recommend. Murray, a perennial backup, is currently backing up the best fantasy back in the league and I’m sure at this point that you are sold on Latty. Bear with me. Murray has seen 12-15 carries in 3 of his 4 games so far and at least 1 reception in his last 3. He got on the score sheet against the Lions with 2 on the ground and finished as RB5 in standard leagues and above Kamara in both standard and PPR. I also ask you to cast your mind back to 2017 when the Saints produced TWO top-6 backs in Kamara and Mark Ingram.
It’s a rough matchup for Murray this week against the Chargers, and then the Saints head into their bye week. However, awaiting them in weeks 7 & 8 are Carolina and Chicago. Tasty.
I must stress, at 30-years old (31 in January), Murray is a redraft buy only but can be obtained for a nice price right now. Try flipping across a Lions or a Rams running back, seeing as through I want zero part of either of those backfields.
Deshaun Watson – Quarterback
Fantasy quarterbacks are a funny one and we seem to overdraft them EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Yes, players such as Dak, Russ and Mahomes have hit, but plenty such as Stafford, Jackson, Watson and Ryan are not producing as we drafted… so far. I could pick any of these as my trade target, but Watson is featured here.
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Texans and Bill O’Brien has been the first coaching casualty of the season. Watson hasn’t been terrible thus far and he threw his first 300-yard passing game of the season in the weekend just gone. He’s multiple TDs in back-to-back weeks and didn’t throw an interception for the first time in 4 weeks. These are standard passing numbers for Deshaun and, if we can add the rushing upside that we know he’s got, he’s a top-10 fantasy option – particularly in the next 5 games.
Buy in both redraft and dynasty with Watson still only being 25. He’s worth a 1st and a 2nd pick in dynasty right now and I’d be looking to trade him in redraft for a player such as Gurley – I would, however, want an additional player back in return.
Le’Veon Bell – Running Back
New York Jets
Bell is eligible to return from IR in time for the Jets week 5 matchup against the Cardinals and boy do they need him. Ageless wonder, Frank Gore, currently leads the team with 174 yards (Dalvin Cook leads the league with 424 – yikes). Bell will get plenty of the workload upon his return and his fantasy owner will want shot of him right now.
I’m genuinely surprised that Adam Gase wasn’t the first coaching casualty of the year, and it’s clear that Le’Veon Bell doesn’t want to play for him. If we look at the options of Gase getting fired and Bell getting traded, both are equally as likely and equally as healthy for Bell’s fantasy production. One will happen this season and Bell will be a top-15 back once again.
Will Fuller – Wide Receiver
This pains me. Fuller, when healthy, is one of the best receivers in the league and only serves to help my Deshaun Watson buy take. However, healthy is not a word that Will Fuller knows. Through 4 weeks, he’s had 2x 100-yard games, 2x TDs, 3 double digit fantasy performances and a goose egg. The goose egg, of course, came in the week he flagged up on the injury report with a hamstring issue.
I love Will Fuller, but his trade value is currently at its highest. Trade now before we lose him for some games.
Finally, we take a look at the player who will win you your championship – the ultimate aim of the fantasy football player. He 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.
Noah Fant – Tight End – Denver Broncos
Yes, I love suggesting that you trade for players who are currently injured. However, Fant is currently TE4 in PPR leagues and not slated to miss much time. He’s had 5-10 targets in all 4 of his opening games and 2 TDs so far. The main reason that I’m trading for him is his incredible matchups against Buffalo and Los Angeles Chargers in weeks 15 & 16. They’re averaging 11.5 and 14.6 points (.5 PPR) to the position respectively.
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