The injuries are hitting fast and furious at this point, and plenty of middle of the pack teams need to be thinking of one-for-two deals to bolster the depth of their starting roster. Let’s take a look at some of the best options to target in what can be win-win trades for both teams.
Buy Jacoby Brissett
Brissett still doesn’t get a ton of respect, but is currently seventh in total expected points and importantly sixth in rushing expected points. Despite Tom Brady getting all the goal line glory on Thursday night, Brissett weighs 240 pounds and is going to get his own share of goal line looks as well. In one-QB redraft leagues, if you can flip a hot QB for a starter at another position while downgrading to Brissett, that’s a tempting move for those scuffling to make the playoffs.
Buy Tarik Cohen
In Dave Caban’s excellent strength of schedule column, he notes that Chicago has the most favorable RB schedule for the rest of the season. One thing that jumped out at me, however, is that the Chargers and Giants are their only two games against losing teams the rest of the way. In competitive or losing game environments, I’m interested in buying low on Cohen, who remains the seventh-best RB in both targets and receiving expected points (reEP).
Buy James White
White always seems to be treated like a second-class fantasy citizen, even as he puts up the exact numbers that are expected of him. Ranking second in receiving expected points (behind Austin Ekeler and just ahead of Christian McCaffrey), White has been extremely steady, scoring as at least an RB2 between 11.9 and 13.8 every week of the season.
A missed week due to the birth of his child has him slipping a little in total points, but this is a dependable weekly RB2 with RB1 upside as we saw last year. The Patriots receiving group is banged up, as is Rex Burkhead, so White is an appealing trade target as the extra piece of a one-for-two deal if your team is lacking starting depth.
BUY Dede Westbrook
Outside of a rough Week 2–which was Gardner Minshew‘s first professional start–Westbrook has caught at least five passes every week. He actually has more expected points than his touted teammate D.J. Chark.
I like him as an example of a player who shouldn’t be too expensive to acquire and is a startable WR3/4 with upside for more.
SELL Terry McLaurin
On the one hand, with both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis out and Case Keenum returning to the starting job, signs continue to point to McLaurin as a target dominator on this offense. The consensus around McLaurin being the only sure thing on the offense provides an opportunity to move him more easily than other young WRs who started hot. If I can move off McLaurin for a player like James White to escape what could be an excruciatingly run-heavy offensive failure under Bill Callahan, I’d probably do it.
BUY Greg Olsen
Olsen just dropped an untitled goose egg on fantasy teams last week and shouldn’t be too difficult to acquire. If you have a front-running team with a hole at TE, I like Olsen as a stash who could become usable again in the fantasy playoffs once/if Cam Newton is able to return from his foot injury.