It’s week 8, and you’re either marching towards the playoffs or your ship is sinking and you’re done for the year. However, to help your team keep the momentum or provide that late push for you to limp into the playoffs, trades can help you.
RB – Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
By now the Howard owner is upset with his production to date; 311 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 87 rec yards, and 0 rec TDs. This is mostly because Tarik Cohen is cutting into his playing time and production with his 184 rushing yards, solo rushing TD, 328 Rec yards and 2 Rec TDs. Trade for him while he is cheap and you will have a great backup running back heading into the last leg of your playoff run. Depth is key this time of year because bye weeks and injuries are piling up, so a little extra help won’t hurt. Get Howard now before he gets hot and you lose your chance.
WR – Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders
The big trade news of the week resulted in Amari Cooper leaving Oakland for ‘Jerry’s World’. For Oakland, this shoots Jordy up to the WR1 position. Nelson is the man in form at the Coliseum this season with his 31 targets, 22 catches, 323 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns. You should trade for him before his owner realizes what’s about to happen Nelson. More looks, more yards, more catches, more touchdowns, and more fantasy points are coming his way as the new number one in Oakland. He will now become more than just a bye week filler but a weekly matchup dependent flex option. I have no issues playing him weekly and he still has juice left to lead you to the fantasy playoffs.
WR – Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
100+ yards, 100+ yards, 5 more times – nope, they’re not the weekly receiving stats for Diggs, those are teammate Adam Thielen’s receiving yards for every game this year. Thielen is overshadowing Diggs causing owners to question themselves, “did I draft the right Vikings receiver?” Diggs still carries a name in fantasy with these stats, 73 targets, 48 catches for 468 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Add in the factor that Diggs is the Vikings deep threat every week. Send the Diggs owner a juicy deal that he can’t turn down and you will be going deep into your playoffs with Stefon.
RB – Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
Murray is the hot hand now in Minnesota. In week 6 he put up 155 rushing yards and a TD and week 7 he accrued 69 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately for Murray owners, that will soon change when starting running back Dalvin Cook comes back from injury and takes over a bell-cow role. Find the Cook owner, trade Murray to him, and get something in return that will contribute to your team for the rest of the season. The other guy will have Murray rotting on the bench.
WR – Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
The big trade of the week that saw Cooper head to Dallas will not benefit him any more than when he was in Oakland. Quarterbacks Derek Carr and Dak Prescott are in the same tier and performances have been average this season at best. Dallas does have a better offensive line and running game but Dak isn’t going to make Cooper any more fantasy relevant than he already is. Along with average quarterback play, it’s tough for a wide receiver to come in mid-season, learn the playbook, and get a good connection with the quarterback. Sure he will put a big game or maybe two for the rest of the season but don’t expect monster numbers. There will be plenty of people who will want to trade for him, so trade him away.
TE – Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
We’re now reaching the point where back to back seasons in which a monster fantasy season for Kyle Rudolph hasn’t materialized. With new quarterback Kirk Cousins and a high power offense Rudolph’s numbers should be much better than the 28 catches, 282 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns. Time to ship him out. Someone will want to trade on name recognition alone. Just make sure you get a productive tight end in return. This is such a disappointing season for Rudolph.
By Tyler Belawske – @TylerBelawske