8 Players to Trade Now (Fantasy Football)

Oct 5, 2017

Lamar Miller may be the starter, but D’Onta Foreman isn’t going away

Every time a buy low / sell high article comes out, the question that always comes to mind is, what would you be willing to give up or get in return to make that trade happen? Now before we get any further, it should be assumed that trades are highly dependent on your own league. The team that has one of the players listed below may not be in a position to trade. That’s simply how it is. If you’re fortunate enough to find an opportunity, then it’s time to consider making one of the moves below.

We asked our featured experts to name who they’d buy and sell right now before it’s too late and just as important, what it would take to make that trade happen. See what they had to say.

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Q1. Who are you trying to sell right now before it’s too late and what kind of players are you looking to get in return?

Lamar Miller (RB – HOU)
“I really want to try to move Lamar Miller at this point. He’s been solid, but I wonder if his name value will carry him to a better return than he would actually provide to a fantasy team. Coming off a 2-TD game is a great time to try to move him, especially since he’s gotten fewer than half of his team’s carries in each of the last two weeks. D’Onta Foreman is not going away. I’d love to move him for a package headlined by a solid WR2, like a Keenan Allen type.”
– Joseph Dolan (Fantasy Guru)

Sammy Watkins (WR – LAR)
“Watkins isn’t coming off his best game, but hopefully fantasy owners still have his 106-yard, two-touchdown performance on Thursday Night Football fresh in their minds from Week 3. That game showcased Watkins’ potential to deliver top-five fantasy numbers, unfortunately, consistency hasn’t been part of his NFL resume. With his upcoming schedule (SEA, JAX, ARI, BYE, NYG, HOU, MIN), the Rams top wideout will be hard-pressed to deliver as a fantasy starter over the next 7 weeks. You should look to move him immediately for players like Emmanuel Sanders, Pierre Garcon, Randall Cobb, Adam Thielen, Tevin Coleman, or Latavius Murray.”
– Justin Boone (theScore)

Jordan Howard (RB – CHI)
“Howard is a sell while he still has the two-game scent of 41 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns – and more importantly for the pitch, eight targets. The passing game work is not sustainable as Tarik Cohen gets up to speed, and in forthcoming poor game scripts. The Bears next face the Vikings, Ravens, and Panthers with an untested rookie quarterback. I’d be happy to take back Leonard Fournette, Carlos Hyde, Melvin Gordon, DeMarco Murray, or Dez Bryant and would settle for Joe Mixon.”
– Patrick Thorman (Pro Football Focus)

Julio Jones (WR – ATL)
“This kills me to say, but Julio Jones is my sell. Jones has all the talent in the world, enough to be considered one of the greatest of all-time, but there are a few issues. One, he simply cannot stay healthy. It’s like a Ferrari that’s being asked to be an every-day car, can’t happen. Two, he’s not targeted enough to compete with guys like Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, or A.J. Green. And three, he’s not targeted in the red zone, as he’s seen just two targets inside the 20-yard line through four games. I’d try to package Julio and get two starters in return, so someone like a Michael Thomas and Joe Mixon package or on the flip side, give up Julio along with someone like LeGarrette Blount to get an elite RB in return such as Le’Veon Bell.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Q2. What underperforming player are you trying to buy right now and who would you be willing to give up to get him?

Brandin Cooks (WR – NE)
“There will be a lot of people frustrated with Brandin Cooks now that he’s bombed three of four weeks this season. Keep in mind that he’s done that while Tom Brady has thrown for 1,399 yards and 10 touchdowns through four weeks. Think about that – do you really not think Cooks will be involved in that? Do you think Chris Hogan will score 16 touchdowns like he’s on pace for? It’s going to take some time for Brady and Cooks to get their timing down, but when they do, you’ll want him on your team. There just aren’t many receivers who are consistent at WR and I think people forget that. I’d be willing to trade away Tyreek Hill, Emmanuel Sanders, or a C.J. Anderson type player to get the upside that the Patriots offense and Cooks offers.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
“In an opening month where several rookie running backs broke into the league as instant stars, Joe Mixon stumbled out of the gate while splitting carries over the first two weeks. Since the Bengals’ coordinator change, however, Mixon has seen 20-plus touches per game with one strong outing and one disappointing effort. He also has yet to find the end zone, which is good news for savvy fantasy owners, who can still capitalize on his buy-low window. Mixon will only get better as his debut season progresses and he gets more reps in practice and on Sundays. Make sure you’re part of his rise by acquiring him for players like Marshawn Lynch, Ameer Abdullah, Jarvis Landry, or Terrelle Pryor.”
– Justin Boone (theScore)

Mike Gillislee (RB – NE)
“Gillislee is a buy while folks are worried about the Patriots’ defense, game scripts, and unsettled backfield. It is a bet on Bill Belichick straightening out communications issues in the secondary, and a softening schedule in which New England hasn’t yet played a divisional opponent (five of their final games). I’d start by dangling any combination of Cam Newton, Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell, Sammy Watkins, Tyrell Williams, and Devin Funchess.”
– Patrick Thorman (Pro Football Focus)

Dak Prescott (QB – DAL)
“I think it’s a good time to try to get Prescott in a deal. I don’t think he’s necessarily “underperforming” for fantasy — he’s actually been a top-12 QB in each of the first four games of the season — but his efficiency is way down from 2016. Frankly, anyone who expected him to be as good and as mistake-free as he was as a rookie, in a perfect situation, was foolish. But with the Cowboys’ defense looking like a colander and Ezekiel Elliott‘s success in the run game down because of a shakier-than-usual offensive line, Prescott may have to throw the ball more than he did last year. He’s also been producing with his legs on the zone read. He’s going to throw a LOT more picks, and his accuracy has been spotty, but often times “worse” real life play translates to better fantasy play. If you have an extra RB or WR lying around (like a LeGarrette Blount or a Rishard Matthews), try to build a package if you need a passer (maybe you had Derek Carr).”
– Joseph Dolan (Fantasy Guru)

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