We’re in the thick of the 2019 season, and I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s been a great season so far. As your fantasy team is revealing it’s true colors, it’s important now more than ever to decide where you stand as a fantasy team in 2019. Are you a contender? Is this just a bad year for you? Either way, it’s OK. It’s going to be OK! However, look at your schedule and start to think about your chances of making the playoffs this year. If you’re 2-6, you might want to acknowledge that your team has disappointed. Similarly, if you’re 6-2…you should be going all-in this season.
Now is a good time to trade current assets for future assets. If you’re a losing team with very little hope for a rebound, try to load up on 2020 picks. I recommend going after 3rd round picks. This tends to be a sweet spot in terms of true value vs perceived value if you’re on the receiving end. Similarly, if your team is going to make a solid run this post-season, don’t hesitate to trade mid-round 2020 picks to further improve your team. The goal is a championship after all, right?
As always, these players represent my personal trade targets and trade ammo pieces. It always helps to test the waters for player value, but don’t force trades folks! Happy trading.
Sony Michel, RB Patriots
Michel is coming off his second performance in single-digit points. He also has the bye week coming up. The Patriots tend to run the ball more as the season progresses and the temperature drops. Additionally, Michel has just as good a chance as any other RB to score multiple TD on any given week. Furthermore, Michel’s playoff schedule is excellent (KC, @CIN, BUF). Those teams rank 30th, 31st, and 22nd in terms of fantasy points given up to opposing RB, respectively. I would recommend buying Sony at a flex price, if possible.
Darren Waller, TE Raiders
Waller has two weeks in a row with only two receptions. I’ll keep it simple: the TE landscape is disgusting and I think Waller will improve moving forward. I’d buy Waller, especially from an owner who has another TE option on his/her team.
Kenny Golladay, WR Lions
Golladay is the number one receiver for Matty snapback, who is on fire this season. Golladay is the sneaky WR7 on the season on a points per game basis, and he’s already past his bye. If you can buy Golladay at a WR2 value, I would do it. He has a decent playoff schedule which features a Week 15 matchup against the Bucs, who are giving up the most fantasy points (per game) to opposing WR through Week 9.
DJ Chark, WR Jaguars
Chark is coming off a dud and there is a likely QB change in progress for the Jags. Meanwhile, Chark has been terrific this season. I recommend floating out an offer for Chark due to his upside. Will Foles start Week 11 after the bye? Will he have the same rapport with Chark as Minshew? Time will tell…but the question marks around Chark put him into the potential value category. Also, consider Chark’s juicy playoff schedule, which features matchups against two opponents that rank 31st and 29th in points against opposing WR (Raiders & Falcons). I like to take calculated risks, and if I can buy Chark at flex or low-end WR2 value, I’ll do it.
Mike Williams, WR Chargers
I’m a Williams apologist. I own him in all of my leagues. He’s been a disappointment, and I can tell you that the owner has contemplated dropping him this season. Williams scored 10 touchdowns last season but has zero so far in 2019. Williams is a third-year player who is essentially in his second year due to injury. While Williams could continue to disappoint, he looked great Sunday and is worth a flier at his WR4 price. Don’t pay much for Williams, but why not take a flier on a player who has the potential to blow up? Although the odds are against him, I like the idea of buying him on the cheap since it’s possible that he takes a step forward. He was a first-round NFL pick for a reason.
Marvin Jones, WR Lions
Jones is a solid wide receiver on a team that features Matthew Stafford, who’s on fire. However, Jones has been up and down in 2019. He posted his second explosive game in three weeks, so I would trade him if (and only if) you can get a high-end WR2 return. Jones should be pretty good rest of season (ROS), but it’s worth trying to upgrade RB or TE if you can sell high.
Kenyan Drake, RB Cardinals
Drake was a STUD this week against a stout 49ers defense. There are a lot of storylines that could come out of his productive week…like (1) The defense didn’t prepare for him, so of course, he went off OR (2) Drake is the real deal and can overcome the best defenses in the NFL. Regardless, David Johnson should be back soon. DJ has excelled as a Cardinal for several years, and he will absolutely get the majority of touches even with the good talent behind him. On that note, Chase Edmonds will likely be back at some point in the season, so where does that put Drake? I view Edmonds and Drake as players with similar skill sets that are competing for the #2 role (~10 touches/game). I would personally sell Drake at RB2 value, as I view Drake as a player that will be difficult to start unless the RB ahead of him on the depth chart are inactive.
Tyler Lockett, WR Seahawks
I could be wrong on this one. Lockett has five games with six or fewer targets. He also has three games with 12+ targets. He provides a pretty safe floor of low double-digit points and always has the potential to explode. However, he has only logged two great games through nine games of the season. I think the ceiling is higher for those around him in rankings. Additionally, Josh Gordon and developing rookie D.K. Metcalf could eat into his workload as the season progresses, although that will probably be minimal. I would trade Lockett at mid to high-end WR1 value, if possible. For example, I’d trade Lockett for Keenan Allen plus another solid player, if possible. Lockett is WR4 on the season, but I bet he finishes just outside the top-10.