2011 Fantasy Football: 10 Trades to Clinch a Postseason Berth
At this point in your fantasy football season, an injury like the one to Adrian Peterson may have just hurt your chances of making the playoffs.
However, that injury will give others a chance to clinch a spot.
No matter what situation you are in, your season is not over.
A last-minute trade has the ability to put your team over the edge.
Let's take a look at 10 potential trade targets that can help you clinch a playoff spot.
10. Trade High on Antonio Brown
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Antonio Brown has broken out for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past four weeks.
He has likely helped a lot of teams as a surprise stud third wideout.
However, this might be the time to trade him.
His matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs is not as good as you might think. Once the Steelers are up 21, they won't even be thinking about getting the ball in Brown's hands.
If you are struggling at another position, look to trade Brown.
9. Trade for BenJarvus Green-Ellis
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been terrible for the New England Patriots recently.
Last week, he showed some signs of promise with 81 yards on 20 carries.
You should never trust Bill Belichick, but it is clear he is still the top man in the Patriots backfield.
If you can get him for a cheap price, go for it.
8. Trade for Reggie Bush
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I know that there are some owners of Reggie Bush out there that still don't believe.
Pounce on them and grab Bush when you can.
Dallas might be tough, but he should dominate the Raiders.
Bush can make the difference at a cheap price.
7. Trade for Percy Harvin
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The Minnesota Vikings have struggled this year, but this might be Percy Harvin's time to break out.
He had a great game in Week 11.
Now that Adrian Peterson is hurt, Harvin has to be the leader of this offense.
Jump on the Harvin bandwagon now.
6. Trade Away Matt Forte
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Matt Forte has been a fantasy stud this year.
There is no question in that.
Still, if you can get a big-time wide receiver and a running back with an easier schedule than Forte's difficult playoff schedule, make it happen.
5. Trade for Cedric Benson
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For whatever reason, Cedric Benson is always undervalued as a fantasy player.
His two touchdowns in Week 11 showed that the Bengals still believe in him near the goal line.
His matchup with the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 provides an opportunity to help your team get into the playoffs.
4. Trade for Shonn Greene
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Everyone saw Shonn Greene get hurt on Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.
The best part was that it was on Thursday.
Greene should be back, and his value isn't that high.
Plus, he has a nice matchup against the Bills this week that can help you get into the playoffs.
3. Trade for Brandon Lloyd
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Brandon Lloyd has been very good for the St. Louis Rams since getting traded.
However, he hasn't been great, with only one game of 80 yards.
Still, he is a great wide receiver option in a bleak market.
Get your hands on him if you can and you might find yourself in the playoffs.
2. Trade for Nate Burleson
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Nate Burleson has been solid for the Detroit Lions over the past two weeks.
If you are looking for an option at wide receiver, he is one of the sneaky options that could help get you over the edge.
The matchup against the Green Bay Packers is sure to be a shootout.
Burleson could slide his way into a surprisingly great performance on Thanksgiving.
1. Trade for Wes Welker
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In three out of the last four weeks, Wes Welker has killed your fantasy team.
Still, if you have the proper assets on your roster, make a trade for him.
He will find holes in the Philadelphia Eagles' defense and turn elite once again.
Get him now at a cheap price and thank me later when you are in the playoffs.