The Trade Report – Week 3 Buys & Sells
In this weekly series, I’ll be observing a few players each week that I would be targeting in trades and a few players that I would be trying to cash out on. We’ll start with 3 players for each category but will likely add more as the season goes on. These recommendations all assume a PPR format but would likely change very little in another format. This is purely coincidence that my buys are all receivers and my sells are all running back this week. If you have specific questions about trades then feel free to ask me on Twitter, at @ZakDewitt.
Devante Parker (MIA) – Go get Devante Parker now. We’ve only seen one regular season game with him and Jay Cutler but his usage was encouraging. He had four catches for 85 yards on nine targets but Cutler acted like Cutler and threw the ball up to let Parker go get it. Parker also showed that he had the ability to go up and win the ball. In the preseason, Cutler called Parker a “faster Alshon” and we saw how he used to target Alshon. Parker has always had the talent and athleticism to be a team’s true WR1 but there were always questions about his usage and work ethic. Well, it looks like those issues are finally behind him. I would expect this usage of Parker to continue as the chemistry between Parker and Cutler continues to develop. Trade for Devante Parker now before he has the breakout that we’ve all been waiting for.
Amari Cooper (OAK) – Count me on the side that’s been projecting a third-year breakout for Amari Cooper. He had the game we all wanted in Week 1 where he saw 13 total targets, including four red zone targets, however, he only converted one for a touchdown. He followed that up in Week 2 with a fairly disappointing game, where he only saw five targets and no red zone targets. However, his teammate Michael Crabtree posted six catches for 80 yards and three touchdowns. That being said, Cooper is still the WR1 on his team and his red zone usage in Week 1 was extremely promising and should normalize after he saw 0 red zone targets in Week 2. Additionally, Crabtree should come back down to earth after blowing up. Capitalize on people that are down on Cooper after a bad week and go trade for him before he has a monster game.
A.J. Green (CIN) – The Bengal’s offense has been a dumpster fire to start the season but that should change with the pivot to Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator. Green was visibly frustrated after the game last week and seemed fed up with the offense’s struggles. Lazor should rejuvenate this offense and make sure that his best player stays involved early and often. Green is likely to be force fed the ball and should see a resurgence in his production. As this offense improves, so will Green. The addition of Lazor as OC also bodes well for the running game, which again, will only open things up for Green. Buy A.J. Green now before he starts posting the elite numbers that he was drafted for.
Jordan Howard (CHI) – It may be time to sound the panic alarm for Jordan Howard. He has seen only 22 rushes and six targets through two games, as a rookie, Tarik Cohen has looked electric. Cohen has out-touched Howard 28 to 25 through two weeks but is much more involved in the passing game. It was well documented how poor of a pass catcher that Howard was but he even dropped the game-winning catch in Week 1. Consequently, he only saw one target in Week 2 compared to Cohen’s nine. This is important because Chicago is likely to be playing from behind all season and that could result in Howard being phased out of a lot of games. With how putrid the Bears offense looks, this also caps Howard’s touchdown upside. I would get out from under Jordan Howard while you can, as it may only get worse from here.
Demarco Murray (TEN) – Questions are starting to arise about Demarco Murray. He sat the whole second half of the game against Jacksonville with a hamstring injury and the Titans said it was the issue he had in preseason flaring up. Hamstring issues are never good but they’re more worrisome when they’re past issues that are coming back. Derrick Henry had himself a day in the second half and there’s a chance that they bring Murray along slowly and allow him to heal since Henry showed he’s more than capable of handling the workload. Whenever Murray is back to 100%, it may not matter, if Henry has already taken over the backfield. I will say there’s a chance that everything is business as usual with Murray as the starter and Henry as the backup. However, it’s worth testing the trade waters to see if you can get peak value for Murray before he suddenly loses his job.
Chris Thompson (WAS) – Chris Thompson has had two great weeks for fantasy but don’t expect that to continue. His production is near unsustainable. Thompson already has three touchdowns this season but has never had more than 5 in any given year. Thompson has also given you great production so far but on very limited work. Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden, said earlier this week that there is enough on Thompson’s plate already and that they need to be careful with him. We knew this though. Thompson has always been only a third-down back, albeit one of the best in the game. That caps his weekly production though, as he will never see the volume that we desire in fantasy football. Thompson will inevitably be involved in the game, but will likely not produce those big plays to buoy his production every week. If you can find someone in your league that is suckered into his production, then I would sell him at what is likely the highest his value will be all year.
Thank you for checking out my new article The Trade Report! I will be bringing this to you every Friday for the remainder of the season. If you have someone you feel would be a great fit for The Trade Report feel free to tweet me @ZakDewitt or email it to us at Trophytime@tffgurus.com. Until next week good luck and I hope they hit accept on your trade offer!