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.
Jonathan Taylor – Running Back
It’s not been the start that many were expecting from JT in Indy – especially considering that Marlon Mack went down in week 1 with a season ending achilles injury. But, did you realise that JT is actually RB13 in both standard and PPR scoring leagues? Yes, he’s not been prolific, but he’s been a safe floor with either 79 yards or a TD in every game that he’s played this season. He’s also had a reception in every week that he’s played and as many as 6 in week 1.
So, why are we buying? The Colts have the third easiest schedule for the rest of the season and, with Rivers seemingly done, the Colts should now be investing heavily in the run game. I expect JT to push on down the stretch and crack the top-10 RBs.
It’ll be a hard buy in dynasty seeing as though Taylor is a rookie, but his owner in redraft may be wanting to ship him for a flashier (less consistent) player such as Amari Cooper.
Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver
Am I going to recommend that you trade for the most targeted player in football each week? Probably. Opportunity = fantasy production and Allen Robinson is getting a LOT of opportunity right now. Over the past 3 weeks, he was averaged a WHOPPING 13 targets per game, which he’s turned into 9 receptions a game (this would make him WR55 alone in PPR leagues). He’s WR1 from week 3 thru 5 and Nick Foles is ready to take him to the stratosphere.
So, you’re already sold on ARob, but I’m going to throw one last nugget in anyway. He has the 13th easiest schedule to close the season and the 8th easiest playoff schedule including matchups against Houston, Minnesota and Jacksonville.
Somehow, Robinson is still only 27 so should be bought in both dynasty and redraft leagues. It’s not too late to try and flog Julio. So, go on, give it a try.
Christian McCaffrey – Running Back
Is trading for the RB1 last year a hot take? No. Will he come cheap? No. That being said, his price is currently as low as it will be for the rest of the season and the next couple of years.
Mike Davis has deputised well for CMC over the past few weeks and is the RB2 from weeks 3 thru 5. Not bad for somebody not drafted. CMC is likely out again this week, so his owner may be getting ancy. Strike whilst the iron is hottest (or coldest in this case).
Kenyan Drake – Running Back
Podcasting with Rob (@FFBritBaller) for 6 months has certainly rubbed off on me and here I am recommending that you trade Kenyan Drake. Sharpish.
A yards per carry of 3.7, a long of just 16 and 2 TDs on the ground is awful from Drake’s 85 attempts this season. Chase Edmonds has 30% of his rushing yards on just 22% of his carries. Drake has been targeted just SIX times compared to Edmonds’ 23 and Edmonds has outscored Drake EVERY week in PPR so far this year.
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.
Baltimore Ravens – DST
Another DST I hear you cry?? Whilst this isn’t strictly a “stash”, Baltimore have a BEAUTIFUL playoff schedule against the Jags and the Giants. Need I say more? This defense is feasting at the moment with over 12 points per game and I can’t see this slowing any time soon. They’ll need to be included in some kind of package deal, but go and get them to win your championship.
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.