If you are 1-2 or 0-3, there is still time to turn your team around and make the playoffs, so don’t panic. If you are 2-1 or 3-0, great job – keep your head down, and keep pounding. Trades can help your team turn it around, or they can help add depth to get you through the bye weeks and keep you cruising to the playoffs. Whatever your situation is, here are three players that you should target this week to trade for, and three you should try to trade away.
NOTE – Julio Jones will appear in both the trade for and trade away. It will all make sense when you read the explanations.
QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Yes, the Texans are 0-3, and yes, Watson isn’t putting up numbers like he did last year. 871 passing yards and 5 touchdowns through three weeks is not what you were hoping for. However, now would be the time to go after him while he has value because he’s on a losing fantasy team. Stash him for bye weeks, stream him, or just keep him off other teams, because most likely the guy who drafted him in the first four rounds is tired of him and may want an upgrade.
RB – Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Sure, everyone knows he is a week away from returning from his suspension. However, if a below .500 team is desperate to improve their team right away, make an offer that won’t cost you too much to get Ingram. Remember though, he comes back in week five, and will probably only play half the game. The following week, the New Orleans Saints are on their bye. But if you are a 2-1 or 3-0 team, you just added a running back to help you get through the bye weeks. And you took that option away from your opponent. If you are a below .500 team, I probably wouldn’t be trading for him right now, he won’t be any good to you until week seven.
WR – Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
If you are one of the above .500 teams, now is your time to capitalize on Julio Jones. He has no TDs this year, and most people drafted him because they were hoping for a bounce back in this department and expected him to have 7 touchdowns by now. (he doesn’t). So try and sneak in with a trade offer to get him. The other team is probably getting frustrated with him and will bite, leaving you with a player who will fit in nicely during the bye weeks, or a consistent player who will go off one or two games, just in time to keep you in the playoffs.
QB – Eli Manning, New York Giants
If you have Eli rostered on your team, I would try and move him to the Jimmy Garoppolo owner. Jimmy G is done for the season with an ACL tear in his knee, Manning is coming off his best games this year (297 passing yards and two touchdowns), and he can only go up with the firepower he has on that offense. If you don’t have him, try and pick him up off of waivers and then possibly trade him, especially after a potential shootout this week vs New Orleans.
RB – David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
116 rushing yards and 1 touchdown, in three games. THREE GAMES!!! You invested a top 5 pick for him this year but he’s not producing. Unfortunately, he’s stuck in a stagnant offense with no future. Get out from underneath this mess and trade him based on his name value. There is a sucker in every league that wants to buy a big name player. Well, David Johnson is that big name.
WR – Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
His name is big enough to warrant a trade offer or two, but his fantasy production isn’t worth anything, as he can’t find the end zone consistently. You should have no problem moving him because of his name – try trading him to one of the above .500 teams. Why? Won’t it help their teams get better? Not necessarily. They will see the name and will want to stack up their team. However, they may not know that rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley is already cutting into Jones’ numbers for the season. Ridley had 3 receiving touchdowns week three. That’s the same amount as Julio had all last season. Which mean it may not help their team at all. Just make sure you get back a player (or players) back with upside to help your team get back to above .500.
By Tyler Belawske – @TylerBelawske