Fantasy Football: 10 Players To Trade While Stock Is High

Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2011

Fantasy Football: 10 Players To Trade While Stock Is High

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    Now, some of these trades that I propose may look absolutely ridiculous, but if you read my argument, I just may be able to persuade you to agree with me. I'm just here to help you out. Hopefully, I can get somebody a good deal.

    Some of you may have the players who are listed in this article and maybe some of you may not. If not, you can hopefully pick them up for a trade to help you out. I believe my reasoning is pretty strong, if not, let me know.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

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    Darrius Heyward-Bey has turned into the Oakland Raiders' No. 1 receiver this season. He has put together three strong games in a row, catching four balls for 115 yards against the New England Patriots, he then had seven catches for 99 yards with a touchdown, which he followed up with six catches for 88 yards.

    The problem is, he lost Jason Campbell, his starting QB for the season on Sunday. Heyward-Bey has been a slow starter, and it has taken some time for him and Campbell to develop a chemistry. Heyward-Bey is not one of those receivers who comes into the game right away and produces immediately. He is going to need some time to develop something with his new QB, whether it's Kyle Boller or someone else.

    Also, with the loss of Jason Campbell, the Raiders will probably be relying on their No. 1-ranked in the league rushing game even more.  

LaGarrette Blount

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    LaGarrette Blount or Earnest Graham will be good to sell high very soon; it all depends on when Blount comes back. Blount is a very productive back averaging about 11 points a week in fantasy, who could break out any game with multiple TDs because of his size and red-zone responsibilities.

    Due to a knee injury, Graham filled in for Blount and performed very well. Graham’s strong game, 17 rushes for 109 yards against the New Orleans Saints, hurts himself and Blount in fantasy.

    It’s good to have a two-man backfield in the real game, but in fantasy? Not so much. Graham showed that he can still get it done. So, next time Blount may seem to struggle, does the Bucs coaching staff sub in Graham for him? Do the Bucs just split carries between both of them, to keep them fresh? If they do, it may mean half the fantasy points for either back.  

Victor Cruz

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    Victor Cruz was an undrafted free-agent receiver who was a virtual unknown before this season. He managed to secure a spot on the team with a strong performance in the preseason. While the other New York Giants receivers were nursing injuries, Cruz flourished as a deep target.

    In a stretch of three games, Cruz put together three great performances of three catches for 110 yards with two TDs, six catches for 98 yards and eight catches for 161 yards with a TD. Now those are good stats for any receiver, let alone an undrafted one.

    The problem now is that teams know about him and are finding out how to cover him and neutralize him. Combine this to the fact that the other Giants receivers, such as Mario Manningham are getting healthier, and Cruz might be left as the odd man out.   

Jason Witten

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    Now, I know it may sound really stupid to trade away Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, just hear me out. First off, I’m talking about trading him for a starting running back or wide receiver.

    Witten started out the season strong with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. He then followed up with a 60-yard receiving game, a 98-yard receiving game with a TD and most recently a 48-yard receiving game along with a TD.

    But now, the Cowboys WRs are getting healthy and back to full strength. Miles Austin looked just fine last week against the New England Patriots and so did Dez Bryant. Bryant’s play should earn him more targets with each passing game while Austin is a great possession receiver who has been a favorite target of Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

    Then there is also the up-and-coming heir-apparent tight end Martellus Bennett, who also deserves some targets.

    With only one ball to go around, I just don’t think you can see the same production out of Witten that we are accustomed to seeing.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    After coming off a 136-yard rushing game along with two TDs against the New York Jets, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was in high demand. If you did not have him, you went to pick him up or maybe even proposed a trade for him.

    While Green-Ellis is the prototypical 5’11”, 215 lb, hard-running RB, he is just too inconsistent.

    His inconsistency may not even be his fault. The New England Patriots are simply not a run-first team. They rely, and wisely, on the arm of Tom Brady and the receiving corps of Wes Welker, Deion Branch and their two highly-talented tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

    Now, if you can somehow get Bill Belichick’s game plan before a given game and you are assured that Green-Ellis will get 20-plus carries, keep him to play in those specific games, if not, get all you can for him, now.

Devin Hester

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    If you are able to convince someone in your league to trade you something for Devin Hester because of his 22-point fantasy performance last week, do it as quickly as possible.

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler just cannot seem to get the ball to Hester—well except for last week. It’s easy to say why Cutler just does not have the time to wait for Hester to get down the field while he is running for his life, and it doesn’t matter how fast Hester is.

    As for Hester’s absurd production in the return game, can we really expect a coach who is dumb enough to kick to him for the rest of the season? Well, the answer probably is yes, but there are not too many, not enough to hold on to him.  

Jordy Nelson

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    Yes, Jordy Nelson plays for the offensive juggernaut that is the Green Bay Packers, and yes, he has, arguably the best QB in the league in Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, but while that can be a very a good thing, it may be a bad thing in fantasy.

    Nelson has the chance to have a big game on any given Sunday as we all saw last week when he had two catches for 104 yards with two TDs against the St. Louis Rams.

    Nelson, though, is just the Packers deep threat, which is a very hit-or-miss position. Then there is the Packers' absolutely loaded receiving corps which Aaron Rodgers takes full advantage of. In any game, the top wideout may be Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley or whoever.

    If you can get a legit No. 2 receiver for Nelson, it may be a good move.

DeSean Jackson

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    You may be able to trick somebody into a deal with explosive wideout DeSean Jackson because of the recognizable name and flashy game. But, if you look into Jackson’s stats this season, he simply has not delivered.

    Jackson’s breakout game this season has been against the San Francisco 49ers where he had six catches for 171 yards. Since then however, he has fallen on the depth chart.

    Michael Vick’s favorite target this season has become Jeremy Maclin. Maclin has 37 receptions compared to Jackson’s 24. Maclin is proving to be the more consistent receiver.

    The erradic play of the Eagles offensive line has also affected Jackson. Instead of scrambling out looking down the field for Jackson, Vick is just taking off running the majority of the time this season.

Cedric Benson

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    This one is hard and low. If you have a friend who does not really pay too much attention to around the league news, you might be able to catch him sleeping. Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson has not been too good this season, but he has been averaging nine points a game in fantasy, and he is still a No. 1 running back.

    Benson, however, is looking at a five-game suspension that is supposed to come down from the league very soon.

    In those five games that he will be suspended, I believe backup RB Bernard Scott will supplant him in the starting role.

Marques Colston

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    Coming off two straight strong games, the last one where Marques Colston had seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, it may be a good time to sell high on him.

    This just happens to do with my theory of when a team, like the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, have a loaded wide receiver corps combined with QBs who share the ball around; it just does not translate into consistent fantasy results.

    Colston is the Saints' No. 1 WR on the depth chart, but is he really in games? Drew Brees has a WR corps of Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and what seems to be his favorite target these days—tight end Jimmy Graham.

    Brees will look for Colston, but if he is not open, he is smart enough to not force it and just throw to the open receiver.

    This system leads to inconsistent fantasy play, and you will be better off with a receiver on a team that relies on just one or to receivers.

    If you can make a trade like that, do it.