Trade Targets for Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
We are approaching the halfway point of the fantasy football regular season, and it’s time to start building the best team you can to make a deep playoff run. When making trades, it’s worth looking at matchups for the immediate future or in the playoffs if you are confident you will make it. Look at your teams and see what may benefit you the most, but these trade options that I will go over will help teams pursue that Footclan Title!
Players to Trade For
Over the last two weeks, Davante Adams has been out-targeted by Jakobi Meyers. Adams has seemed like an afterthought in the Raiders’ offense, while Meyers has been heavily involved and scored a touchdown in the last two games. Just a few weeks ago, I put Meyers in as a buy because he was heavily targeted and producing, but I did not and still do not expect him to outproduce Adams for most of the year. The Raiders have some favorable matchups in the next few weeks, and I expect Adams to get back on track as the target hog of this offense. With Meyers’ recent play and the emergence of rookie tight end Michael Mayer, there is a buy window for Adams. There is also concern that Jimmy Garoppolo may miss time, and while that may be concerning, Adams will be fine with whoever the Raiders’ starting quarterback will be.
A few weeks ago, Jerome Ford was the number one waiver priority. Since then, the Browns have added Kareem Hunt back to the rotation, and while he is getting a good amount of volume, I think Jerome Ford is a player worth targeting in trades if you can get him cheap. Ford had a modest game against the 49ers’ tough run defense, rushing for 84 yards on 17 carries (five more carries than Hunt), and also had an unproductive game in Week 4. Ford is past his bye week and has plenty of plus matchups for the remainder of the season. I still believe he is the primary ball carrier, but Hunt will sometimes be a thorn in his side. However, he can be a solid RB2 for your team with RB1 upside in good matchups. He is getting solid volume and has proven to be a good running back, an excellent combination for fantasy points.
RB yards after contact and missed tackles forced per carry (min. 35 carries, PFF)
-Pollard and Zeke way too close lmao
-Raheem Mostert is good
-Breece Hall is good
-Najee hasn't been the problem
-Feed Jerome Ford
-Chuba vs. Miles
-Kamara getting by on that sweet, sweet volume pic.twitter.com/nWhQfepjbA
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) October 17, 2023
It’s been a tough year for DeVonta Smith managers. With only one top-12 finish and three finishes as the WR45 or worse, it’s hard to trust him in lineups. He hasn’t scored since Week 2, and AJ Brown has been dominant, hindering Smith’s production. Smith is coming off of a top-12 finish in 2022, so we know the talent is there, and he is in an offense that will score points. I trust the talent and situation and am going after Smith as a trade target. Like last season, I think he has a better second half of the year than the first half.
Players to Trade Away
I had Rhamondre Stevenson as a buy after the first week of the season, but sadly, he is now a player I do not want on my roster. It’s been an absolute headache rostering Stevenson, as he had a monster year in 2022 but is now part of an abysmal Patriots offense that is 31st in scoring. He is coming off a respectable 15-point performance in Week 6 against the Raiders, so I would try to sell. He is still targeted frequently, but the Patriots are not moving the ball, and I want no part of that offense on my fantasy team. Ezekiel Elliott also isn’t going away and could vulture any potential goal line touchdown if they even get an opportunity. Try to trade away Stevenson to a running back needy team or package with another player to upgrade a tier.
What Adam Thielen is doing is honestly so surprising to me. He is currently the WR5 overall, despite playing with a rookie quarterback in Bryce Young, who has had his fair share of struggles. Most drafters figured since Thielen was older and playing with a rookie QB, he would be irrelevant, but he has been anything but that. He has been a consistent target machine and is also a favorite in the red zone. I am listing him as a sell because I do not believe he will be able to sustain this success and production for the remainder of the season. He is on pace for 138 receptions for 1,442 yards and 11 touchdowns. Thielen has a bye in Week 7, which could make it challenging to sell, but there is a decent market for him out there that is well worth exploring.
With three consecutive games of at least ten fantasy points, Drake London may have value in the trade market. He is coming off of a WR7 overall finish in Week 6, and things seem to be looking up, but I still do not want to roster London, so I would package him in a deal to upgrade a position. Desmond Ridder has looked increasingly bad, and we know this offense isn’t going to throw the ball a lot consistently. Week 6 was his only week finishing higher than the WR21. Try capitalizing on his 125-yard performance and see what you can pull off.