FF Swap Meet
The downside & upside of trading is that each owner equates value differently, especially when it comes to their fantasy teams.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is the exact reason that some trades can be appear to be so lop-sided at times. It’s also the reason that some incoming trade offers seem to be way off and it’s why some deals can be impossible to finalize.
Here’s a few players that you can target in your leagues and which side of the deal you want to be on.
GREG JENNINGS – WR – GREEN BAY PACKERS: I know this is going to infuriate some of the Jennings owners who have lived through this pedestrian start that Jennings has experienced but there’s hope on the horizon. As a result of surgery on a torn meniscus, Jermichael Finley is on the shelf for the next 3-6 weeks and his 6.5 targets per game have to go somewhere. Another added bonus is that the Packers’ schedule has a nice playoff grouping w/ the 49ers, Lions, Patriots, and Giants in weeks 13-16. While the Packers have a lot of receivers to throw to, I could see Rodgers leaning on Jennings for this next stretch of games. This is an opportune time to pry Jennings away from a very frustrated owner after a 2 reception 22 yard performance.
PIERRE GARCON – WR – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: I’m trying my best to get this guy away from owners that expect Austin Collie’s hot start to continue to be the norm in the Colts’ offense but I can definitely attest that this simply won’t be the case. Garcon has a defined role in this offense and he’s a much more explosive player after catch but by no means am I attempting to take anything away from Collie, who has excellent hands, I’m just looking at the skill set of Garcon here which is a perfect fit for the Colts offense. While Garcon does have some tendancies to lose concentration, he has a variety of moves in the open field and he also has tremendous deep speed to stretch defenses. He’s a player that owners might still be on the fence with and he’s a part of one of the best passing offenses in the league.
SHONN GREENE – RB – NEW YORK JETS: I know Tomlinson is the guy who’s shining now and taking all the touchdowns but it’s not going to last. It simply can’t last and while it’s been nice to see the rejuvenation of LaDainian Tomlinson, all I can think about is the player we saw the last two years in San Diego. The bottom line remains in New York is that they need two guys to do the work and Shonn Greene will be playing a major role in the team’s running game in the second half of the season. Even if LT somehow manages to stay in one piece, Greene will get more carries and hopefully (for Jets fans) it’s a situation of making sure Tomlinson is fresh for the playoffs. Either way I look for the Jets to get Greene going soon and right now he’s a classic buy-low because you’ll likely be dealing with a panicky owner.
DEANGELO WILLIAMS – RB – CAROLINA PANTHERS: If it weren’t for a rash of injuries and a non-existent passing game, this guy would be back on top of the fantasy football mountain but the Panthers have been snake bitten in more was than one this season. There are any number of issues to play the blame game with but the biggest reason for the Panthers slow start in the running game has been the absence of right tackle Jeff Otah from the lineup but according to beat writer Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, there’s a chance that Otah could return after the team’s week 6 bye. While replacement Geoff Schwartz is no slouch, he’s just not the same player and doesn’t impact the running game with his strength like Otah. Carolina’s inept passing game certainly hasn’t helped either, bringing eight man fronts into the box on almost every play. I’m expecting improvement in the passing game when Steve Smith returns and right now, you’ll never be able to get DeAngelo Williams cheaper. Now is the time before Carolina gets healthy and starts running at will on teams again.
CARSON PALMER – QB – CINCINNATI BENGALS: I’m not sure if this is sell high or sell period but I’m dumping Carson off for the best offer I can get at this point. While he’s been scoring points and he does have one of the better receiving groups he’s ever had, he’s just not getting it done at the clip he should be with the competition the Bengals have faced. Couple Palmer’s so-so performances with the schedule coming up after the Bengals’ bye week that features teams like the Dolphins, Steelers, Colts, Bills, and Jets. Palmer’s suspect accuracy as of late also brings up question marks for the rest of the season. If you can find another team desperate for QB help, then do your best to get what you can now.
DARREN MCFADDEN – RB – OAKLAND RAIDERS: Of course this is about a week late, after watching Michael Bush racked up 100 rushing yards in McFadden’s absence and, NO, I’m not telling you to unload an injured player here because he’s expected back soon. It’s just always something with McFadden and not only that, he’s a player that was taking advantage of a soft schedule against teams like St. Louis, Arizona, and Houston in weeks 2-4. On top of that, I still believe that Michael Bush is the superior ball carrier and I see Oakland utilizing more of a committee going forward w/ Bush being more of the Bell-Cow in the mold of a Marion Barber type, while McFadden plays the role of the satellite guy ala Reggie Bush. It doesn’t mean that McFadden can’t still be productive in some fashion, I just don’t see how it’s going to get any better with a healthy Bush now in the mix.
MALCOM FLOYD – WR – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: I didn’t really want much to do with this guy even after the news of Vincent Jackson but I did end up with him in two leagues just out of sheer value at that point in the auction/draft. All along Floyd hasn’t really impressed with three games of 3 receptions or less and while he may have three TDs on the year, I’m not convinced that he can do that on a regular basis. The amount of targets Floyd is getting fluctuates so much and the bottom line that remains clear in San Diego is that Antonio Gates is the go-to guy who’ll get the targets game in and game out. He’s a terrific sell-high coming after his career day against the Raiders, so deal him for a player that you really want and rid yourself of Floyd where possible.
RYAN TORAIN – RB – WASHINGTON REDSKINS: I know, I know. How high can you sell this guy? Well there are leagues out there that should feature a few owners with decimated RB corps thanks to injuries and byes but let me make this clear, this is a sell high after next week against the Colts. Torain and the Redskins welcome Indianapolis into town for week 6 in a game that I expect the Redskins to attack the Colts’ suspect rushing defense. If Torain has a huge game, don’t be afraid to unload him for an upgrade at another position because it’s very doubtful that he can stay healthy himself. Torain has a history of getting dinged up dating back to his days at Arizona State, so there’s no guarantees that he’ll make it out of October unscathed. Wait until the time is right and make your move.
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