If you’re sitting pretty atop the standings in your league, here are some guys you might want to target to acquire them on pennies on the dollar. There’s always the risk of them continuing their sub-par performances, which is why if you need wins fast I wouldn’t recommend trading for these guys unless you’re making your overall starting lineup better.
Have to start with him after a horrible performance by the Miami offense against the Ravens. The Ravens came to play, and the Dolphins were lost on offense, and that offensive line looked terrible. However, I’m going to look at the touch numbers, and have to think that this offense improves over time. The Ravens were able to commit to stopping the run last night because they have very capable 1-on-1 corners. You might not think Ajayi can turn around, but if you can get a guy who should see around 25 carries most nights for super cheap, I’m doing it in the hopes that this offense improves and he starts scoring touchdowns. For the number of touches and opportunity he’s had, things usually start regressing towards the mean, and he should see better days. Don’t go breaking the bank on Ajayi; owners are done with him.
Trading for Montgomery is obviously a risk, but his perceived value is close to zero. There’s more of a chance that the Packers lean on Aaron Jones and become a running team with Aaron Rodgers out, all indications in the past few weeks have pointed to that. However, there are still questions, which is why most Montgomery owners are still holding onto him. Was Montgomery healthy? Will he have a bigger role after the bye once he gets completely healthy and those ribs are fully healed? The biggest question I have is whether the Packers defense will be able to hold opposing offenses, especially if the Packers offense can’t stay on the field. It’s possible Montgomery is used as the passing down back, and the back that will be on the field when the Packers are trying to work their way back in games, which I assume would be a bunch of games if this offense continues to struggle. I’m only interested in Montgomery in PPR leagues.
There’s no doubt he’s currently leading a 3-headed backfield, but he’s definitely the Broncos’ best back and the guy they need to be leaning on. The offense is a mess without Emmanuel Sanders, so owners are tilting. Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker both have injury histories, and Anderson is a good stash as decent depth for the second half of the season. Anderson has injury history himself, but if this offense can get right once Sanders comes back and team starts giving him 20+ carries again, it’s a recipe for success in combination with that elite defense.
Mixon is on a verge of a breakout, but he’s been on that verge for almost the entire season. I would try to get him ahead of this Colts game, as I expect him to get a season high in touches if the Bengals can get ahead in a great matchup for both the run and pass game. If you wait after this upcoming game, owners might not want to trade him. Last week was supposed to be a breakout, but the only limiting factor was the game being in Pittsburgh and playing from behind in the second half. The coaches haven’t quite taken the leash off of Mixon as far as giving him all the work, and that needs to happen in order for them to be successful. Trade for him if you need RB help.
The QB change in San Francisco can have a lot of owners worried, but I don’t mind Hyde as long as he’s not my RB1. He’s a good RB2 and a great flex option, and you might be able to get him cheaper than you would for a 3-down back. Now that he’s healthy, he’s really been seeing a huge snap share, and that should continue as of the 49ers best skill players on offense. He’s in on all 3 downs, so I’m not too worried about game script.
With a bye to rest, Murray should come back in Week 9 in role as the starting RB. There were many opportunities for the coaching staff to supplant him with Henry this year, but they refuse to do that, which gives me a lot of confidence that it’s not happening this year barring injury. Murray is very talented, but the offense hasn’t clicked yet. With Mariota getting healthy, I expect Murray to bounce back in the second half and be a back that can play on every down and a be a big reason why the Titans make a second half comeback. I’m not breaking the bank for Murray, but he might be a bit more expensive than the other guys because of his draft capital.
If you need wide receiver help, Snead should provide WR3 value the rest of the season. He was an integral part of the offense last year, and he should be fully healthy now, putting in a few full practices this week. He might start off a bit slow, but at worst he’ll be a good flex option going forward. He should be cheap, as owners are annoyed that they had to hold him for so long.
DT is coming off a really bad game in which he was supposed to be peppered with targets with Emmanuel Sanders out of the game. That didn’t happen, but he was shadowed by Casey Hayward, so the matchup was less than ideal. If I’m in a PPR league, I’m target Thomas as someone who can provide WR2 value the rest of the year, and owners might be tilting because of his inconsistent weeks. He is usually more consistent than his current value indicates. This week, he won’t see much of Marcus Peters, so he has the potential to blow up with no Sanders. I would try to get him before this game.
Shepard will see a ton of volume once he gets back next week, and he’s tradeable right now during his bye especially if owners are in need of a WR to start this week. He will compete with Evan Engram for targets, but they should both see heavy volume, enough to make Shepard a potential every-week WR2. Since owners haven’t seen him in the #1 WR role yet, they can’t picture it, but the volume is coming his way.
This really depends on who the QB is for the Dolphins. I believe that if Jay Cutler is back as the starter, Parker keeps his value as a WR2 if he’s healthy. If Matt Moore remains the starter, which is less likely after his debacle on Thursday night, Kenny Stills would be the guy to have. Parker’s injury status is still a reason owners are worried, so he’s a good target for the home stretch of the season.
Alshon Jeffery after Week 8
Jeffery has had some tough CB matchups this year, and that will continue. He has a great matchup this week, and if you own him, you better hope he takes advantage. A good game plus name value should let you trade him for another need on your roster. He’s a good package piece as well to upgrade a position. The target distribution is all over the place in Philly, and I can’t depend on him as a weekly start.
Have to trade him off of that monster game to people in your league who think “he’s back.” He had a great matchup and the Raiders chose to feature him with an unsustainable 19 targets. He had tough and very tough matchups before that, and he will continue to be very boom or bust for the entirety of the season. I would argue that E.J. Gaines is out on Sunday so Cooper will have another good game, which is very possible. If you have a solid lineup without him, you might want to trade him to upgrade a position.
Fuller is on fire, catching 5 TDs on 7 catches. Obviously unstainable, I would look for people in your league who are all about fantasy points and less about opportunity. The opportunity isn’t quite there, as he’s only seen about 4.5 targets per game. You can get some good value for Fuller, so trading him straight up for a RB or WR who is getting a solid 15+ touches or 8+ targets is very viable. We can’t chase fantasy points, and we have to take advantage of Fuller’s outburst.
How good is this Packers offense going to be? We can look at it two ways. The Packers are either going to become a run first team and Jones will get a ton of opportunity. The second way to look at it is that this offense will struggle, the defense will put them in negative game scripts, and Jones won’t have the opportunity to run the ball in the second half, limiting his upside. If this was an Aaron Rodgers team, Jones would be very valuable, but without him, Jones does in fact have limited upside. That combined with a possible timeshare with Montgomery after the bye once he’s completely healthy is a good reason to trade Jones high off of his good games and perceived RB1 value.