The trade deadline is always a bittersweet day in the fantasy world. It usually includes a few late flurries of offers, but I’ve often found that homer league players don’t really want to abandon anyone on their team at this point in the season. They’ve trusted their guys, and they know them. Your players are unknowns, and you must be trying to swindle them if you’re offering trades. But that shouldn’t stop you from sending offers out. Yes, you’re targeting one of their best players, so you better be giving up starters in return. Don’t be that guy… and yes, I’ve been that guy. But I’m working on it. Remember, if you want to talk a trade offer through, tag me on the Twitter machine, @MillerBadger. Anyway, I only have a few guys to look at this week.
Doug Baldwin might be the guy I’ve written about most in this column, but I feel that he’s really worth the look in the trade market. Baldwin finally snagged a TD this past weekend, and his route running against Jaire Alexander was tremendous. He had a triple move, (I believe it’s called the #SquirrelRoute), and looks like he’s ready to do what he and Russell Wilson do… win in December.
Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, and even Josh Reynolds, Harrison Butker and Greg Zuerlein are worth exploring in the trade market. I completely understand that many of these players are the tops at their respective positions, and might require a king’s ransom, especially for owners that are in the thick of the playoff push. For those owners just on the outside looking in, however, a win this week is a must. And having any of these guys on their bench, rather than an adequate pair of players in their stead likely results in another failed season. Don’t let them give up on their chance.
I’d also look at guys like Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski. The price for both is about as low as it will be… and each can be a strong contributor down the stretch. I’ll go down with Gronk.
And I might as well mention some other favorites:
- David Johnson is the cheapest of the true feature backs.
- Jarvis Landry sees WR1 opportunity but hasn’t produced to date. The time is now.
- Russell Wilson is a 2nd half QB. He’s cheap AF.
That’s it. Honestly, the deadline is about targeting the guys you love, so stop listening to me, and go make a trade.
As always, go tell your friends… or don’t.