In this article, Eric suggests some names to target and trade in your season long fantasy football leagues before the upcoming trade deadline. Have any other buy/sell targets? Drop them in the comments below.
Buy: Running Back Melvin Gordon
This could be a hard buy in your league, but coming from someone who got him for Lamar Miller, anything can be done. What else can be said about this guy? He’s been spectacular all year, and in week 9 demolished the Denver defense for a total of 261 yards and a touchdown. The workload that the Chargers are giving him is a fantasy lover’s dream, at this point nothing but an injury seems like it can slow him down. With a look ahead to the fantasy playoff schedule if one were to make it into the championship of their standard league, he has a mouthwatering matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Let’s just go ahead and say this guy could be your Fantasy MVP when it all comes down.
Buy: Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief
Coming off his second game since coming back from injury, Moncrief caught yet another touchdown, which was his third in four games this season. He looks like a legit WR2 behind TY Hilton in this offense that is in love with the passing game. With Andrew luck throwing the ball one can bet that he will continue to get looks in the red zone, with the Colts going to be fighting for their playoff lives in the end of the season Moncrief will not sit out any games going forward. Try to make a push for this underrated stud as he could be the missing piece to your fantasy playoff roster.
Buy: Tight End Tyler Eifert
One of the best tight ends in all of football last year is finally back healthy, and this spells trouble for the defenders who must try to cover him. He is a matchup nightmare with his size and speed, not giving up anything in the end zone. In the game against the Redskins before the buy he was second on the team in targets with 12, and tying for the lead with 9 catches for 102 yards and a TD. There is not much tape on him this season, but just based on last season alone it is clear that Eifert is one of Andy Dalton’s favorite red zone targets. With the bullseye on his chest for the stretch run Eifert can be considered one of the few tight ends who can consistently put points on the board.
Buy: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor
What he did against the Seahawks has not been done in years, this should not be seen as a one game fluke. The Legion of Boom has done nothing but shut down opposing teams all season averaging 15 points per contest. Against one of the best defenses he chewed them up like mulch all game, throwing for 289 yards and one score, while running for 43 yards and another TD. Another reason to buy this quarterback is the schedule he has during the fantasy playoffs. Starting with Pittsburgh, whose defense looks all out of sync, then finishing off with Cleveland and Miami. Let this man be the leader your fantasy squad deserves.
Sell: Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall
One has to feel bad this man, he has been consistently one of the league’s best wide receivers, only to have been thrown the ball to by QB’s that resemble those arm waving things outside of businesses. He has averaged only 5.5 points over the last 4 weeks in standard leagues with his highest yardage amount being 70. This just doesn’t warrant a start for someone who was supposed to be a WR1. The whole Jets organization has no clue what it is doing at the quarterback position, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been nothing but awful all season long. Now that he has an MCL sprain one can wonder if it is time that we see the Bryce Petty experiment, which would only lower Marshall’s week to week usage.
Sell: Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry
The run game has taken this offense over, and in doing so has taken the one receiver it can hold out of the fantasy picture. Having scored only 1 TD all year is not what we expected out of Landry coming into the season, but with Jay Ajayi taking the entire world by storm it is needed. Clearly the passing has taken a back seat to trying to run down the defenses throat. We would love to say that it looks great for Landry later in the season, but it’s just not true. In the fantasy playoffs he does have a good matchup with the Jets sandwiches between two pass heavy defenses in the Cardinals and Bills.
Sell: Running Back Christine Michael
All season Christine Michael has been up and down, in week 9 the run game came to a complete halt for the Seahawks. The only reason that he did not have one of the worst performances by a starting RB all year is that one of his runs went for a one yard TD, his only yard of the game. Thomas Rawls will more than likely be back by the time the fantasy playoffs start, so go ahead and try to pawn this guy off on somebody else in your league, even if it’s for just a slice of bread. Also with possibly one of the hardest upcoming schedules, he faces the Rams and Cardinals in the fantasy playoffs.
Sell: Tight End Kyle Rudolph
One has to wonder how Norv Turner’s resignation will factor in Kyle Rudolph’s production for the rest of the season. In Sunday’s 22-16 loss to the Lions he caught only 1 of 3 targets for a one yard touchdown. Sam Bradford is beginning to resemble what was expected when the Vikings traded for him, one of the most overrated QBs of all time. Rudolph had been consistent all year leading up to this nightmare, with it being deadline week it may be time to search for a new TE. Maybe you could get lucky and flip this guy for say, Zach Ertz who showed improved chemistry with rookie QB Carson Wentz on Sunday.