A few players to trade for
Here are a few players that make for good trade targets this week. Some are better ads if you are in position to wait a bit, but some make sense for any skilled negotiator regardless of your team’s record. I'll be adding a few more players this afternoon and then I’ll be working on an updated Watch List that will be out this evening or early tomorrow.
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
I’ll get a few head-scratching e-mails on this one, but I’m a believer in Brady’s ability to find the right formula over the second half in the in the fantasy playoffs. Things should really get back on track from Week 11 and onward. That’s when RB Shane Vereen returns. If he’s being given away because he’s not even a top 20 QB right now, then get involved and get him. This is obviously advice for teams that are, for one reason or another, struggling at QB. Don’t pay starter’s prices. Brady should be a deal or there is no deal. This is a buy low opportunity.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
This move makes a bit more sense for teams that are out in front of the playoff chase, because Spiller may miss one more week and he has a bad Week 9 matchup (vs. K.C.) even if he goes. That said, I love C.J.’s closing schedule and the fact that the Bills are getting him healthy enough to fully capitalize on it. If Spiller is on the roster of a team fighting to stay alive, the time for you to pounce is right now. His upside is still RB1 in all league sizes.
Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
He has massive upside as I’ve been saying, and, if you can wait it out with until Week 11, you will come out in great shape for the last six weeks of the fantasy season. Vereen is the player that can make the Patriots’ offense whole, because he is an incredibly diverse talent and can play a big role in both the ground attack and in the passing game. He’s worth more in PPR, but he has RB1 upside in any format. Go get this guy if you have a winning team looking for that final piece at tailback or flex.
LeVeon Bell, RB, Steelers
He’s been running pretty well but the stats don’t really show it, and that trend may continue for the rest of 2013 as the Pittsburgh OL is pretty weak. The thing about Bell’s fantasy value is that his yards per carry is not all that significant. Higher is certainly better, but he’s the guy and he’ll get the goal line. He’ll also get more and more involved as a receiver and his abilities mesh very well with Ben Roethlisberger’s. You will see a lot of dump-offs that go for big gains. Bell’s big frame makes him easy for Big Ben to locate and his hands and body control are outstanding for a man of his size. Bell is a very underrated play-maker--not just a bruiser. My assessment is that he’s worth more than his perceived value. If you can move depth at another position for LeVeon, you can solve your RB2 spot or flex. Bell is worth even more in PPR scoring.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
As I have been saying since August, Johnson’s 2013 is going to be a tale of two seasons, or half seasons. The sweet spot to get him is now and perhaps even next week if his owner lacks fantasy savvy. This week’s matchup with the Rams is tough, but things are pretty much average-to-good the rest of the way. He’s not going to score a ton of touchdowns but he’ll get some and he’ll be more active as a receiver with QB Jake Locker finally healthy and playing well. Johnson can be your RB2 the rest of the way in a 12-team league and he’s even better in PPR scoring. He's a good buy low opportunity.
Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
He had a down week and he hasn’t been as good as you’d expect on the whole, but things will pick up for the diminutive PPR machine over the 2nd half of the season. He’s still a solid RB2 in 12-team leagues, especially 12-team PPR leagues. The recent explosion of downfield scores should work to Sproles’ advantage in the coming weeks.
Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
It sure seems that they have made a decision to get Dobson more involved and he’s responding pretty well. The thing is, he can do better, and likely will. Get him now if the price is reasonable and he can be your WR3 the rest of the way. His Week 10 bye can work for you (in terms of his price tag) if you are a winning team and can afford to have him on the bench for a week. I think he'll finish strong. As I've said, the Patriots get Shane Vereen back soon and Vereen’s diversity is going to open things up for this offense, especially downfield.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
He has a horrid Week 9 matchup at Seattle and you might consider using that to your advantage if you are in position to make a win-later trade. After this week, V-Jax has enough plus matchups to be a very appealing player. I expect WR1 numbers the rest of the way, and, you never know, he could do something against Seattle. He has the talent and the toughness.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
He may be on the waiver wire in some leagues, but if he’s sitting on the end of a bench in a big league, I like him as a high-upside throw-in player. Markus has break-out ability and has been slowed by a broken pinkie finger that is close to being healthy. If not for that untimely injury, he might already be a hot commodity. He’s a sneaky guy to add in large formats, again, as a throw-in-type player.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
This guy is really flying under the radar. He’s been very good and has only a single poor outing all year. The injury to Jay Cutler is a concern, but not a huge one, because Josh McCown can play a bit and Marc Trestman’s there to help him through the tough times. There’s also word that Cutler will be back sooner rather than later. Perhaps even by Week 10.
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