As we enter the second quarter of the NFL season, it’s time to look at a few slumping players that are worth trading for.
The key is to make the deal before the player gets hot.
First up is Andrew Luck. You know what I said about trading for a player before they get hot?
Well, your time may have ran out on Luck. Either way, it’s still worth a shot.
The Indianapolis Colts can’t run the ball and their defense is terrible. Like we’ve seen the last two weeks, the Colts are going to throw the ball a lot. And I mean a lot. Luck’s going to put up a lot of points thanks to garbage time.
For running backs, the player to target is Jamaal Williams, who’s clearly the most-talented running back in Green Bay. Even Aaron Rodgers has complimented him in the media, which is saying something.
Williams hasn’t done much yet, so get in an offer quick before he takes on the 28th-ranked fantasy defense against the run — the Detroit Lions.
After a disappointing week against the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Williams is a great wide receiver to target. The former first-round pick has great flex appeal in a pass-heavy Los Angeles Chargers offense.
And like Jamaal Williams, Mike Williams shouldn’t take too much to acquire.
As far as the tight end position goes, the whole group is pretty meh. But there is one player to target: Jordan Reed.
The Washington Redskins tight end hasn’t peaked at all yet and is full of talent. Put some feelers out to his owner.
However, just be aware that he’s a tad injury prone.
Must have: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
There’s a chance that Ryan wasn’t even drafted in your league, but after strong performances each of the last three weeks and in a favorable matchup against a dreadful Pittsburgh Steelers pass defense he has to be in your lineup on Sunday. In fact, Ryan will lead my daily fantasy lineup this weekend.
Pass: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes has taken the league by storm. But in a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I’m staying away. There are better matchups out there and it’s asking a lot to expect Mahomes to put up starter-worthy numbers against the best fantasy defense against quarterbacks, according to ESPN Fantasy.
Worth a shot: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
There’s a chance you’ve sat Roethlisberger the past couple weeks, especially if you paired him with someone like Patrick Mahomes or Jared Goff in your drafts. Roethlisberger is a comfortable start this week, facing a banged up Falcons defense.
Must have: T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Chiefs are bad on defense, especially against the run. With Leonard Fournette banged up again, Yeldon is a RB1. Set it and forget it.
Pass: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
It’s pretty clear Cook isn’t healthy right now and in a matchup against a stout Philadelphia Eagles defense, I’m not comfortable with Cook as anything more than a flex.
Worth a shot: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
This is the week Williams breaks out. Make sure you get your trade offers in before kickoff or the price will go up.
Must have: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
Smith-Schuster keeps the train rolling against a banged-up Falcons secondary. He’s in for a monster week, along with Antonio Brown.
Pass: Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
There’s a chance Watkins ends up getting ruled out due to a hamstring injury that forced him to exit early a week ago. However, he is listed as questionable heading into Sunday. Either way, Watkins should be out of your lineup this week. I’m staying away from the Jaguars.
Worth a shot: Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
Sanu is a borderline flex play most weeks, but in a matchup against the Steelers, he’s definitely worthy of a start in your lineup. I have no problem starting Sanu despite him playing third fiddle to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
Must have: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Truth be told, I’m not really in love with any tight ends this week. The position is so fluky. However, Andrews has been getting some looks from Joe Flacco and a matchup against the Cleveland Browns is pretty favorable.
Pass: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
You’re probably not benching Njoku, but just now that he’s playing the Ravens and they’re pretty good against tight ends.
Worth a shot: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars
A complete dart throw if you’re desperate. Has a favorable matchup.
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