Trade Targets for Week 10 (Fantasy Football)
We are approaching the start of Week 10 and inching closer to trade deadlines in fantasy leagues. Now is the time to bolster your roster for a playoff run. Consider matchups leading up to and also during the playoffs when targeting players to trade for. Here are a few trade targets to buy and sell to help you have an idea of what to look for in your leagues!
Players to Trade For
The time to buy Kyren Williams is now, as we hear he should be available for Week 12 in a great matchup against the Cardinals, just a few weeks before the fantasy playoffs start. Before his injury, Kyren was the RB6 overall in points per game. We did find out that the Rams are signing Carson Wentz. The team may be without Matthew Stafford for a while, but regardless, I want Kyren on my team, and he may be available for cheap if he is rostered by managers trying to claw their way into the playoffs. Kyren gets Washington in Week 15 and the Giants in Week 17, so he will have two good matchups in the fantasy playoffs.
For many similar reasons to Kyren Williams, De’Von Achane is a screaming buy as well. Achane potentially returns in Week 11, after the team’s bye week. Achane went nuclear during his three-game run before being placed on injured reserve. He had three top-4 performances, and while the Dolphins’ offense may split carries, he is undoubtedly the running back you want to roster from this team. Similar to Kyren, you may target Achane if you spot a manager who is struggling to get wins and needs scoring now rather than waiting on Achane to return.
I need to throw a player in here who can start scoring you points immediately, so let’s talk about Brandon Aiyuk. He is coming off a bye week and has some solid matchups leading all the way to the fantasy playoffs. With Deebo Samuel potentially returning and some concerns about Brock Purdy, there is a buy window for Aiyuk, and we should take it. Aiyuk currently sits as the WR22 on the season, but he has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 1 when he caught two of them. This stretch of matchups for Aiyuk could see him scoring a few more touchdowns, helping fantasy managers get some wins just before the playoffs.
Players to Trade Away
Sadly, newly acquired running back Cam Akers tore his Achilles again, leaving Alexander Mattison as the primary back now in the Vikings’ offense. Mattison had a solid outing in Week 9, rushing 16 times for 44 yards and caught a touchdown pass. While I believe in newly acquired quarterback Joshua Dobbs, I prefer to pivot off Mattison where possible. Week 9 was just his second top-12 performance, and he has yet to score a rushing touchdown this year. All three of his touchdowns have been through the air, but he doesn’t consistently stay involved in the passing game. Mattison is a player I would like to move with another piece to upgrade my running back room.
I believe that CJ Stroud and Tank Dell have a special connection, but I am not buying that he will be a consistent fantasy asset for the remainder of the season, so I am including him here. I think Tank Dell and Nico Collins will take away from each other, and while Stroud is balling right now, I don’t love the idea of trusting Dell in my lineup. I would sell to managers who may have become overzealous with the rookie connection between Stroud and Dell. While Dell could see an uptick in volume, he has only seen more than four targets in 3-of-7 games.
Somehow, Brian Robinson Jr is the current RB9 overall in half-point PPR leagues. While he is a talented back, he only has more than ten fantasy points in 5-of-9 games and only has one top-12 finish (when he scored 27.9 points in Week 2 against Denver). That Week 2 performance is a big reason he is the RB9, but if you can sell him to a runningback-needy team, I would try to do that. To pull this off, you will likely need the perfect storm of the fantasy manager who needs runningback help and only sees the “RB9” and not the context behind it, but it is well worth a shot, and I have seen crazier things happen. Robinson does have a couple of solid matchups coming up against the Seahawks and Giants, but after that, he will get Dallas and Miami and then a bye week. In the playoffs, he gets the Rams, Jets, and 49ers. I would love to be able to move him for a better asset, if possible!