Fantasy Football Trade Ideas for Each Position

Nick FContributor IIINovember 5, 2011

Fantasy Football Trade Ideas for Each Position

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    Some articles tell you which players to sell high. Some articles tell you which players to buy low.  However, what about specific trade ideas?

    "Buy low" and "Sell high" are relative terms. If you are looking for a specific trade to improve your team, look no further.

    Note: I am using ESPN standard scoring, and assume that the other owner will likely accept a trade, in which they receive the player with more fantasy points so far this season. 

    Also, please comment below to let me know what you think, even if you think I'm wrong.

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    Matthew Stafford (153 fantasy points) for Mike Vick (133 fantasy points)

    Stafford was outplaying Vick both in real life and in fantasy to start the season. Stafford is averaging just over 19 points per game, and is on a bye this week. Vick is averaging exactly 19 points per game, and has already had his bye week.

    Also, last week was the first time in the past four games in which Stafford had over 20 points (ESPN standard scoring). Vick has hit at least 20 points in three of his past four contests.

    Defenses are starting to adjust to Calvin Johnson and Stafford. Conversely, Vick is adjusting to defenses. He also has the benefit of a nice schedule the rest of the way. To top it off, Vick has yet to score on the ground this year, something which will surely change.

    If you don’t own Stafford—Don’t be afraid to trade a Rodgers, Brees or Newton for Vick if you can get an upgrade somewhere else in your lineup too.

    If Vick’s owner says no—Try nabbing Brady, who has a good schedule the rest of the way (other than the Jets). If that doesn’t work, you can always try to trade a decent receiver (or running back) and Stafford for Brees or Rodgers.

Running Back

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    Michael Turner (102 fantasy points) for Beanie Wells (92 fantasy points)

    Turner is definitely one of the best running backs in the game. He has averaged around 14.5 fantasy points per game this season. He is a big name and has been consistent for a few years now.

    Beanie Wells has actually averaged more points than Turner, as he has played in one less game. He is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game. Wells missed a game due to injury earlier in the season. He had a good game, though, while fighting through injury last week.

    Historically, Turner has slowed down in the second half anyway. Well is the back to own of the two.

    If you don’t own Turner—Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews and Maurice Jones Drew are all guys I would trade for Beanie as well.

    If Beanie’s owner says no—Wait until after Turner’s favorable matchup with the Colts. Then, trade him straight up for Gore. Or, add in another player and try to snag Matt Forte, Ray Rice or Darren McFadden (if healthy).

Wide Receiver

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    Calvin Johnson (142 fantasy points) for Steve Smith (111 fantasy points)

    One of these players has 47 catches on 74 targets for 804 yards. He has had over 100 yards five times, maxing out at 130 yards.

    The other has 46 catches on 73 targets for 918 yards. He also has had over 100 yards five times, and has topped 130 yards four times.

    The former is Calvin Johnson, and the latter is Steve Smith. I am not suggesting that Smith will be better than Johnson the rest of this season—just that he will be one of the best receivers in the game.

    Also, the gap between the two should continue to grow as much if Johnson cools off his crazy touchdown pace.

    If you can trade Johnson for Smith and a better second running back, then do it.

    If you don’t have Calvin Johnson—I would trade Wallace for Smith as well. Wallace has 16 fewer targets and over 100 less yards. With Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders emerging last week, I doubt Wallace will be seeing more targets than Smith.

    If Smith’s owner says no—Ask for different player in addition to Smith than the one you already asked for. There is most likely someone you could use who Smith’s owner is willing to part with to get Megatron.

Tight End

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    Rob Gronkowski (76 fantasy points) for Fred Davis (61 fantasy points)

    On a per-week basis, “Gronk” is outscoring Davis 11 to 9. If we look at the numbers from week four on, we get a different story. Davis has 35 points after week three, while Gronkowski has just 20.

    In fact, Davis has eclipsed 80 yards in each of his last three games on his way to scoring 32 points. Gronkowski has only hit 80 yards once after week three.

    Gronkowski might be the more talented receiver with a better quarterback. But, Davis is easily the number one option in Washington. Gronkowski might not even be the number one tight end target on his own team, with Aaron Hernandez stealing targets.

    John Beck needs Davis, his safety blanket. This is why Davis now has three more targets than Gronkowski. Tom Brady can make all the throws and doesn’t need to look to his tight end every play.

    If you don’t own Gronkowski—Maybe you can trade Jermichael Finley for him. Finley has had just one game with over 7 points this season.

    If Davis’ owner says no—Just hold on to Gronk. He is still one of the best tight ends in the league. Your other option would be to attempt to make a two-for-one trade for Jimmy Graham.