Fantasy Football: Trades You Must Make to Salvage Your Season

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIINovember 18, 2011

Fantasy Football: Trades You Must Make to Salvage Your Season

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    In order to salvage your season, consider trading for players like Eric Decker or Jimmy Graham. 

    As the season winds down, many fantasy football owners are in trouble. In order to make the playoffs or be successful in the playoffs, these owners must make some moves.

    Trading will be the most effective way to do so at this point in the season, if there is no trade deadline.

    Here are five trades that you must make to salvage your season.  

Brandon Lloyd

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    After his spat with the Denver Broncos, many people counted Brandon Lloyd out as a solid fantasy football player. 

    However, now that he is on the St. Louis Rams, things are looking up for him. He seems to have a real connection with quarterback Sam Bradford

    In the last three games, he has two touchdowns.

    As Bradford continues to become healthier and as they continue to mesh, he will only get better. 

Brandon Lloyd (Part 2)

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    While Brandon Lloyd is probably on a team in most leagues, don't give up too much for him.

    Many fantasy football owners have become frustrated from his lack of performance in Denver. 

    Since bye weeks are almost over, try trading a backup quarterback for him. There have been many injuries to quarterbacks in recent weeks. 

    Brandon Lloyd can turn out to be a steal, if you get him for the right price. 

Eric Decker

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    One of the biggest surprises of the season has been Eric Decker, the Denver Broncos wide receiver out of the University of Minnesota. 

    He is vastly underrated as a fantasy football player. 

    He has seven touchdowns this season and has a reception in each game this season. 

    Now that Tim Tebow is getting into a groove, Decker seems to be solid option for him, even though Tebow doesn't seem to pass much. 

Eric Decker (Part 2)

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    You will be able to get Eric Decker for cheap.  He is still relatively unknown and many fantasy football owners may be scared off by the fact that Tebow is clearly a run-first quarterback.

    However, Tebow does pass and Eric Decker will be catching a lot of those balls. 

    Look to trade a solid backup quarterback or two mediocre running backs for him.

    His numbers won't be going down anytime soon.

Jimmy Graham

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    One of the hardest things for a fantasy football owner to find is a good tight end. 

    One of the best tight ends is Jimmy Graham. He has six touchdowns this season and at least four receptions in each game that he has played.

    He has become the most stable receiver in the New Orleans Saints arsenal. 

    Trading for him probably won't be cheap, but it definitely will be worth it. 

Jimmy Graham (Part 2)

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    In order to get Jimmy Graham, you probably will need to give up a lot. 

    Fortunately, many fantasy football owners undervalue a good tight end.

    In Graham's case, he is as valuable as a solid starting wide receiver. 

    If you can lure them in with an above-average player and a decent tight end, things might not look too bad.

    Be careful not to give up too much, though. 

Darren McFadden

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    Before his injury, Darren McFadden was one of the best running backs in the league. 

    However, he has not played in the Oakland Raiders' last two games and he is listed as doubtful for Week 11.

    Week 12 may be a different story. When he comes back, he will be operating under a new quarterback, Carson Palmer. 

    Trade for him now while the value is low. 

Darren McFadden (Part 2)

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    If Darren McFadden is ready to go in Week 12 or even 13, he will be a prime player to help fantasy football owners make their final run and push deep into the playoffs. 

    Trade for him now, while his value is low due to his injury. If you can wait it out, he will pay off big in the playoffs.

    Look to trade something that the owner of Darren McFadden needs; don't be afraid to give him a starter.

    He could potentially be the high scorer on your team. 

Plaxico Burress

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    One of the biggest surprises of 2011 has been Plaxico Burress

    After returning from his stint in prison, no one really expected him to have the season that he has had. 

    He has six touchdowns this season and is one of the focal points of the New York Jets offense.

    The Jets have a weak schedule coming up, so trading for him now would be very beneficial. 

Plaxico Burress (Part 2)

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    Plaxico Burress will be a tough player to secure, as owners will be hard pressed to let go of him. 

    Getting him, however, is necessary for any struggling team. Each game he has potential to put up big points, as he is one of Mark Sanchez's favorite red-zone targets.

    Owners may be willing to part with him for a quarterback, if they are in need, or maybe a decent running back and an average wide receiver. 

    He will definitely be helpful to any fantasy football owner struggling in the wide receiver department.