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8 Trade Deadline Candidates (Fantasy Football)

Nov 3, 2016

Tyrell Williams

Tyrell Williams’ role could increase with Travis Benjamin dealing with an injury

For many of you, your league’s trade deadline is approaching and this could be your last chance to land some major help for the stretch run.

It makes no difference if you’re in first place or clawing for a final playoff spot. If you’re looking to improve your team, which you should always be doing, then check out the advice below as we’ve asked our featured experts to name their top buy-low/sell-high candidates.

*Editors Note: Michael Thomas appears as a buy-low & sell-high candidate. These are the opinions of two different pundits.

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Q1. Who is your favorite buy-low trade candidate at this point in the season and why?

Tyrell Williams (WR – SD)
“Williams sits tied for 19th in the league in receiving yards so far. Yet among the top 50 in yardage, he ranks just 33rd in TD rate. Williams has gotten the red-zone work, tying for 9th in the league in RZ targets and catching 8 of those. Bad luck has brought no TDs in that range, however. With Philip Rivers playing solidly, Williams should be in for some TD correction over the 2nd half. Already having both Denver meetings out of the way will help. He has averaged 5.2 catches and 85.4 yards per game since Week 2 against opponents other than the Broncos. A schedule that finishes with Tampa Bay, Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland (in Week 16) adds further upside.”
Matt Schauf (Draft Sharks)

“One guy I am aggressively buying is Tyrell Williams. The Chargers have gotten through the tough portion of their schedule, including two matchups in the last three weeks against the Denver Broncos. Williams is the 23rd receiver in standard scoring, but over the last three weeks is just 47th. Travis Benjamin is dealing with a sprained PCL and seemingly on a snap count over the last few weeks and could be up in the air this weekend. You can also potentially get a bye week discount looming in Week 11. From Week 13 and beyond, here are the teams he has: Tampa Bay, Carolina, Oakland, Cleveland, and Kansas City. Tyrell could be had for a flex type player and turn into a wide receiver two for you down the stretch.”
Anthony Staggs (Pyromaniac)

Doug Martin (RB – TB)
“I’ve been making deals to acquire Doug Martin. He’s been injured and unavailable since Week 2, so he’s clearly having difficulty getting healthy. He had a great 2015 season but never got going this season. The Bucs schedule during the fantasy playoffs features two matchups against New Orleans. By then, Martin should be back on the field and shredding defenses again.”
Tim McCullough (RotoExperts)

Michael Thomas (WR – NO)
“Thomas is a borderline WR1 and I’m not exaggerating. Since week 3 (when Thomas began receiving a full workload of snaps) he has led the Saints in targets (7.4 per game), receptions (6.4 per game) and yards (77.2 per game) along with three TDs. Since that week, Thomas is the league’s 14th ranked WR and needs to be treated as such going forward. The time is now to prey on an unsuspecting owner (I just stole him away for Jerick McKinnon).”
Jamie Calandro (Fantasy Team Advice)

Allen Robinson (WR – JAC)
“Robinson is my buy low candidate. He’s obviously not producing, the targets are there, though. With the firing of the offensive coordinator, I can see the team making a point to get him the ball.”
Chris Heil (Fantasy Sports Rants)

Q2. Who is your favorite sell-high trade candidate at this point in the season and why?

T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND)
“Hilton has had a couple of good games, but he’s also completely folded whenever facing a tough defense. Unfortunately, the Colts face the Steelers, Texans and Vikings after their bye, so I don’t expect much during the fantasy playoff weeks. Sell now while you can still get something for him.”
Tim McCullough (RotoExperts)

Matt Forte (RB – NYJ)
“Forte ranks 5th in the league in rushing attempts but an ugly 34th (among 39 qualifiers) in yards per carry. And he’s not getting the receiving volume to make up for it if the rushing TD rate dips (as it seems likely to do). Forte ranks 29th among RBs in receptions per game, and a quarter of his 20 for the season came back in Week 1. Combine his inefficiency with the shaky Jets offense, the fact that his bye still lies ahead and negative matchups with the Rams in Week 10 and Patriots twice and you get an old RB1 that you should move on from.”
Matt Schauf (Draft Sharks)

Christine Michael (RB – SEA)
“The time to sell on Christine Michael is now. Even with some subpar performances, he is locked into RB1 status based on the expected volume he should get (especially this Monday night against the Bills). Thomas Rawls will not return this week, but all indications seem like he’ll return to be the starter when he does. Even if Michael keeps it at least in a committee, the Seahawks’ remaining schedule is brutal against the run (games against New England and Philly the next two weeks and Carolina and Green Bay in the playoffs).”
Jamie Calandro (Fantasy Team Advice)

Robert Kelley (RB – WAS)
“Right now, if you are an owner of either Rob Kelley or Matt Jones, you are unsure of the situation going forward. Is Jones a starter when healthy? Is Rob Kelley now the man coming off a big performance? No matter which you own, now may be the time to sell. It could turn into a three-man rotation real quick, and with the bye this week and the upcoming schedule, I am trying to get out before the floor falls out. From Week 10 on, the Redskins RBs don’t have a game against a below average run defense until Week 17, and most of you won’t even be playing then. If you can find a believer in Rob Kelley or maybe sell him off to the owner of Matt Jones, you should strong consider it.”
Anthony Staggs (Pyromaniac)

Michael Thomas (WR – NO)
“The Michael Thomas hype is so high right now. Don’t get me wrong, I expect him to still produce, but if you need depth and someone is willing to help fill the holes on your team in return for Thomas, then moving him isn’t a bad idea while his value is as high as it is.”
Chris Heil (Fantasy Sports Rants)

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