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These 3 Trades Will Give Your Fantasy Team a Big Boost in the Opening Month

The Strength of Schedule Streaming app helps you make all of the best buy-low and sell-high decisions to maximize your roster. It’s never too early to boost your 2019 fantasy football results with a well-timed trade.

Dave Caban has put together a fantastic SoS tool that allows us to focus on any section of the schedule. For a fuller understanding of his advanced SoS metrics, Dave explains his methodology and gives you units to target and avoid. We’re going to explore the tool today and make three key redraft trades.

The Streaming tool has a lot of flexibility. You can focus on each position individually, and you can choose the upcoming week, the rest of the season, or a custom range. In this example, we’re going to start with a look at the first month schedule for the running back position.

Running Backs

This is the full heat map. We see a couple of strong options at the top, and a few of our favorites like Arizona (David Johnson) and Minnesota (Dalvin Cook) are at the bottom.

Let’s see what it looks like from a total value perspective over the first month.

The Trade

Kerryon Johnson is going at no. 27 in our most recent FFPC ADP, 11 spots after Cook. Both players were among the few early-round runners to avoid my RB Land Mines list. If you swap Cook for Johnson before the season, he’s likely to bring in a solid secondary piece from the trade and outscore Cook over the first month.

Wide Receivers

The Trade

T.Y. Hilton’s price has been dropping, but Matt Jones recommends grabbing him at the discount. I agree with that analysis, but I’m also looking for ways to get out of Hilton when and where it makes sense. His ADP has plummeted since the news of Andrew Luck’s retirement, but he’s still going ahead of a RotoViz breakout favorite.

D.J. Moore begins the season with one of the best schedules, while Hilton’s run with Jacoby Brissett will have an extra schedule-related hurdle. Make sure to ask for a solid throw-in when you make the offer for Moore. It’s important to get all you can for Hilton and to signal that you’re not desperate to dump your stock.

Tight Ends

The Trade

I have a large gap between Evan Engram and Hunter Henry in my rankings, but the staff has made a number of strong arguments for Henry this summer. His advantageous early-season schedule only adds fuel to that fire. You should be able to land a solid secondary piece in the trade, potentially even a second TE like Mark Andrews or Delanie Walker, both of whom have strong early schedules.1

Image Credit: Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Hunter Henry.

  1. You might not need a second TE with a good early schedule, but both Andrews and Walker should rise in value and hold serious trade value after the first month. They’re good acquire and spin targets.  (back)

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