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.
Cooper Kupp – Wide Receiver
Los Angeles Rams
Kupp was a monster last year, finishing as the WR4 with 94 receptions, 1161 yards and 10 TDs. He was, in my opinion, under drafted this year as I thought he looked certain to get somewhere close to matching last season’s totals. However, it’s been a slower than expected start for Kupp as he finds himself as the WR23 having played 6 games.
There hasn’t been a lack of opportunity for Kupp, he’s seen the 19th most targets in the league and is the most targeted Ram in that offense. I’m fully aware that this isn’t how fantasy works, but if he’d have caught that touchdown against the Niners on Sunday night, he would have been bumped up to the top-15 in fantasy. The opportunity is there for him, it’s just taken a little longer than normal for the connection with Goff to come.
It’s another tough couple of weeks for Kupp, with matchups against Chicago and Miami. But, after the week 9 bye, it improves for the remainder of the season and climaxes in two tasty matchups against the Jets and the Seahawks.
Those who listen to the podcast or have read this article in previous weeks will know that I’m trying to shift Will Fuller V where I can. At this point, I’d do Fuller for Kupp straight up and I’m sure that Kupp’s owner would too.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Running Back
Kansas City Chiefs
CEH starts his NFL career with 26 carries. Week on week, his carries drop all the way down to 10 last week. Kansas City bring in Le’Veon Bell. CEH gets 26 carries against the Bills on Monday night. Go figure. CEH owners will certainly be panicky, which spells the perfect time for a trade.
Although without a TD since week 1, CEH has had at least 80 yards from scrimmage and 3 receptions in each of the last 4 games – a nice floor by anybody’s standards. He’s the RB11 and even with Bell sharing touches with him, will still have a nice floor. Andy Reid has assured us that he’s still the main guy.
CEH will be a difficult buy in dynasty with him being a rookie, but owners should be going all out to acquire him in your redraft leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – Wide Receiver
The biggest storyline coming out of the unbeaten Steelers right now is a wide receiver. Unfortunately, it’s not JuJu but the rookie Chase Claypool. Claypool has exploded onto the scene since the bye week and JuJu’s 3 TDs in the first 3 weeks are a distant memory.
You only have to go back to 2018 to see that Pittsburgh can satisfy two WR1 options. Smith-Schuster broke out with a whopping 111 receptions and 1426 yards. I’m not for a second saying that 2020 Ben is 2018 Ben, Claypool is Antonio Brown or Conner is Bell, but there’s certainly enough to bring JuJu back to a low-end WR2.
David Montgomery – Running Back
A season high of 82 rushing yards and a season ypc of 3.7 doesn’t fill me with confidence for the only running back on a team that is 5-1. In fairness, his receiving game has picked up in the absence of Tarik Cohen and has had 14 receptions in the past 3 weeks.
I could have forgiven his performances against the stout run defenses of the Tampa Bay Buccs and the Indianapolis Colts, but his 13.7 PPR points against the Panthers (who had given up the most points to running backs before this) wasn’t good enough. I can’t be sure if it is Monty or the Bears offense in general, but I’m getting out.
At 23, Montgomery is still a spring chicken so should carry plenty of value in both redraft and dynasty leagues. I’d be trading him for one of the rookies that came through this year (CEH, Dobbins, Swift, Akers etc) or for a couple of picks.
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.
Cole Kmet – TE – Chicago Bears
Kmet may not even be owned in your league, so could be one for James’ Hype Train Article but, in this age of tight ends, he may be. It always takes longer for tight ends to acclimatise to the NFL and Kmet started to show signs with his 2 receptions for 20 yards and a touch on Sunday.
Jimmy Graham will remain the principle tight end in that offense for the near future, but if Kmet can build on his trust with Foles then he has the potential to be the guy before the end of the season. With an extremely favourable matchup against Jacksonville in week 16 and the tight end landscape looking bleak to say the least, Kmet could be the most under the radar league winner come December.
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.