It’s that time of the week again. Waivers have processed. You might have even snagged someone in free agency as well. But now, now is the least predictable part of the week. It’s TRADE TIME.
Whether you’ve been in talks for weeks about a certain player, or you’re just shooting over an offer to test the waters, trading in fantasy football is a delicate art. First, you must hunt for the player that best fits the needs of your team. Next, you must decide what you’re willing to sacrifice to get what you want. Do you try and buy low? Can you sneak a one-sided trade under a first-timer’s nose? Do you send a Godfather offer?
Bottom line, trades are awesome. And sometimes infuriating, sometimes dumb. But let’s focus on the awesome. Get ready for some players you should be making offers for heading into this week, and beyond.
Alvin Kamara – Running Back, New Orleans Saints
HANG ON A MINUTE. Alvin Kamara is one of the best players in fantasy football. He will be a top 4 pick next year. He was unstoppable in weeks 1 through 4. On the ground, through the air – it’s all the same to Alvin Kamara.
But people are afraid of Mark Ingram.
They see Ingram’s presence in the Saints backfield as a sign of the dreaded timeshare, a sign that Sean Payton is going to tank Kamara’s fantasy value by giving Mark Ingram the ball. They have forgotten what Kamara did whilst splitting touches last year, and they are afraid. You should take full advantage of their fear, and pry Kamara away from their trembling hands.
Shoot your shot. People do crazy things in fantasy, and you are in a prime position to rise victoriously from the chaos.
George Kittle – Tight End, San Francisco 49ers
Did I tell you to trade for George Kittle last week? You’re damn right I did. Am I telling you to trade for him again this week? You’re damn right I am. Here’s what you need to know.
The San Francisco 49ers are broken. Jimmy Garoppolo is dead. Jerick McKinnon is dead. Marquise Goodwin is hurt. Matt Breida is hurt. C.J. Beathard has only attempted 5 passes that have traveled 20+ yards through the air. The defense doesn’t exist. The 49ers might not be in full tank mode, but they are absolutely in full-blown check-down mode.
But here’s the big stat – 31.36% of their passing yards have gone to tight ends – that’s 3rd in the NFL so far (behind the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs). I don’t need to say anymore. Just get George Kittle on your fantasy team, and do it now. You have my permission to stop reading this article, send trade offers for George Kittle in any league in which you don’t own him, and the come back to this article. I’ll see you again in a moment.
John Brown – Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Welcome back. Now that you’ve sent off your offers for Kittle, it’s time to buy John Brown. Last year, the Baltimore Ravens passing offense was completely broken. That was partly because Joe Flacco’s back was also broken, but it was also a reflection of an aging receiving core that struggled to give Flacco anything consistent to throw to.
This year, after completely revamping the receiving room in free agency and the draft, John Brown has emerged as the best wide receiver on the Ravens – both in reality and in fantasy. There is no escaping how much Flacco loves throwing to his tight ends, so maybe this segment should be about Hayden Hurst instead. But healthy Joe Flacco also loves a deep shot, and Brown has been an excellent option down the field.
The biggest surprise with Brown has been his usage in the red zone – more specifically, in the endzone. Only 6 other players have been targeted in the end zone more than John Brown. It’s time to treat him as the versatile threat he’s playing like right now.
James White (PPR), Sony Michel (Non PPR) – Running Backs, New England Patriots
Here’s the deal. This is the first time in a long time that I have confidence in rostering – and playing – any New England Patriots running backs. Bill Belichick has made it his mission to shatter fantasy dreams, but he doesn’t have a choice this year.
James White is a PPR king. There isn’t a player on this team that Tom Brady loves more than White, with the exception of Julian Edelman. Indeed, when Edelman returned from his suspension in Week 5, I expected White to take a small step back. He did not. He posted his best-receiving numbers of the season.
Now let’s talk about Sony Michel. Did the Patriots draft him too high? Almost definitely. Has he earned a starting role in this Patriots offense? Absolutely. He has looked sensational in Weeks 4 and 5, and between now and Week 16, he gets to face the Chiefs, the Bills and Jets twice, and the Dolphins. In standard leagues, you’re getting an RB2 on a high-scoring offense – that sounds like a league-winner to me.
Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns
Fire every single member of the coaching staff for the Miami Dolphins. Whoever decided that Jarvis Landry can only run from the slot and should only be allowed 8.8 yards per catch should retire immediately. Let me lay out a list of stats that will convince you to buy Landry without hesitation.
- 99.1% snap share – 8th among WRs
- 57 targets – tied for 5th among WRs
- 30.3% target share – 5th among WRs
- 53.8% red zone target share – 1st among WRs
He only has one touchdown, I know. He only has 381 yards, I know. But the stats in that list should tell you positive regression is on the way for Jarvis Landry. Ned Stark said winter is coming – believe me when I tell you, in my finest Northern accent, that touchdowns are coming.
By Ben Barton – @Baron_Barton