Week 1 Trades (For/Away)

September 12, 2018


Week 1 is over, and everyone is overreacting. People are running scared because Alex Collins had 1 TD with 13 yards rushing and a fumble, and Kareem Hunt didn't catch a pass. Well you shouldn't be one of those people because that's what you have us for. So we can calm you down off the ledge and also help you take advantage of those people that want to get rid of the duds on their team after week 1 of the NFL season.


I won't only be mentioning players you should be trading for, but a couple you should be trading away.


Before I get started, I want to give out a little advice.


1 . Don't trade a player away thinking it's ok because you put in a waiver for a player that can replace the one you're trading away. Unless you're in a waiver priority rotation, and you're number one, I wouldn't assume anything.


2 . Don't let your trade proposal sit there. Ask the commissioner of the league to get people to reply to trades promptly. You don't want the values of the players in the trade to change while the trade sits there just to have the other owner take advantage of it.


Lets get started.


Trade Away...



Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots


If you took a late round flier on Dorsett, congrats. You now have some trade bait. His 7/66/1 (rec/yards/td) stat line was impressive. So impressive that people may think he could be a weapon for Brady the rest of the year. Although that may be so, there is no way we can be sure of that right now. Edelman is still going to return, and if the Patriots were happy with what they have, and this past weekend's performance, they wouldn't have signed Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler. The Patriots needed depth at that position anyway, but the only consistency in Dorsett's history, is inconsistency.



Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks


Here's a guy that has had opportunity knock at his door over the last couple of years, but for some reason, can't seem to open the door. He was projected to have a breakout season the last 2 years, but this year especially with the absence of Paul Richardson. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 59 yards and 1TD. That was his stat line in a game where Doug Baldwin had to exit due to injury. Brandon Marshall caught 3 of 6 targets for 46 yards and 1TD. Lockett saw 98% of the offensive snap counts Marshall was only out there for 65% of the offensive snap counts. Someone is high on Lockett breaking out. Sell to that guy for something good.



Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears


As a local Bears fan I want to see everyone on this team do good and be fantasy relevant, however, there aren't enough balls to go around. Cohen only played 40% of the offensive snaps per pro football reference. But the real problem is the action Jordan Howard saw in the passing game. It seems like Naggy wasn't lying when he said he saw Howard as a 3 down back. Howard also saw over 70% of the snaps on offense. Cohen is talented, there is no doubt about that. But he maybe a boom or bust week in week out. If you don't trade him this week, maybe you get lucky next week if he has a boom game.



DeSean Jackson, WR, Bucs


There isn't much to give you here on why you should trade Jackson that you don't already know. He's been boom or bust for years now, he's not always healthy (currently has a concussion), and he's a co-starter on the Bucs as the number 2 with Chris Godwin. The reason you trade him is to try and take advantage of the 5/146/2 stat line that he posted in week one.



James Conner, RB, Steelers


135 yards rushing on 31 carries for 2TDs while adding 5 catches on 6 targets for 57 yards. Amazing! But a lot like Kareem Hunt, his first game may be his best game. So his stock may not be higher than it is right now. But unlike Hunt, Bell can still return an ruin Conner's value. This is the time to sell because of the value and the uncertainty of Bell's return. You can keep him and take the chance of Bell returning late or not at all, or you can trade him for players that will help your team throughout the year.


Trade for…



Derrick Henry, RB, Titans


A poor performance by Henry (10 rushes for 26 yards) and a good performance by Dion Lewis (16 rushes for 75 yard and 1TD with 5 catches on 8 targets for 35 yards) has Henry owners headed for the hills. The titans want to be a running team, and if Mariota has any health issues, they're going to run the ball even more. This maybe Henry's worst game of the season. Go pick him off of the scared owners.



Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles


It seems like Agholor takes a step forward in production every year. This year looks like another year in the right step. He was targeted 10 times by backup Nick Foles and it seems like Alshon is never healthy. Even when Wentz comes back, Agholor looks to be very involved with the offense. The 33 yards receiving is the reason you should go get him. He never gets respect and his owners are more than likely looking to move on from him.



Mike Williams, WR, Chargers


He may have seen less work than Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, but he didn't drop the ball for what would've been definite touchdowns. Williams only saw 44 snaps on offense. Benjamin and Tyrell saw 47 and 62 (respectively). The Chargers were a mess this past week but Mike Williams was one of the bright spots. He maybe a hot name but he's a big talented WR that's better than his competition for more targets.



Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders


A combination of a bad season last year and a bad start this year is reason enough to trade Cooper away. He makes you angry for drafting him where you did and you'll want to get what you can for him now before he makes it any worse. That's what his owners are thinking. Monday night should be Cooper's worst game of the season. It's also your best chance at getting him at a low price. If you need WR depth, this is the high upside guy you need to go get now, before they force him the ball and his price goes up.


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