Hey guys, welcome back! Week 8 is in the books and all of a sudden, I’m trying to slow the season down as we come to the halfway point of the fantasy season. The week seemed like the first on the season where there were no notable injuries, a couple of niggles to watch heading into week 9 but nothing major to mention in terms of buy or sell.
Tuesday 1st November was trade deadline day. What I would like to do with this bit is mention some of the significant trades, say whether I think they are a buy or sell and what I would value them at.
Hockenson has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings with Irv Smith Jr. Heading to the IR, I like this move for Hockenson and it’s not a massive arrow up but it is an upgrade in offense and QB. I think Hockenson is a cheeky buy at the moment and I would pay a late first.
This trade didn’t shock me if I’m honest. I felt Claypool was unsettled in Pittsburgh, the location has shocked me in my opinion. I don’t think Claypool is the winner of this trade; I think Justin Fields is a winner though he is given a better target to catch the ball which is a good sign that the team is committed to him going forward. I would be happy to flip Claypool for a 2nd.
Chase Edmonds was part of a package deal to the Broncos. I can’t see Edmonds being worth anything more than what he was at the Dolphins. If you could flip Edmonds based on this trade and some hype then i would be selling now for a 2nd or 2x 3rds
Calvin Ridley, even though he is suspended, has been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars and although he won’t play this season, I do like this trade. Jags throw the ball a lot more than the Atlanta Falcons which is a big arrow up. If I could flip 2x 3rds for Ridley then I’m smashing that.
Rhamondre Stevenson has had an opportunity to show what he is capable of in the last 3 weeks. With Damien Harris being injured, I feel Stevenson has done exactly that and grabbed the job by the scruff of the neck. In those 3 games he managed to get 55 rushing attempts for 276 yards and 3 TD, he also managed 15 targets catching 14 of them for 88 yards. Damien Harris won’t be at the New England Patriots in 2023 as he is out of contract and Stevenson, being a second year RB, is proving he is good enough to be a 3 down RB. Stevenson has some awesome stats, even though he had to contend with Harris for the first 4 games. He is #6 overall in rushing yards with 487 averaging (69.6 per game), he is #6 overall for receptions with 25 averaging 3.6 per game and better than all of that – he is #10 overall in fantasy points per game with 16.
Stevenson is tricky as he has flown up my rankings and so he is tough to value. I don’t think I would like to give a first for him but I’d be more inclined to do more of a package if I was contending and Harris was not back. I would smash a late first on him but with Harris looking to come back, I wouldn’t give it up. Maybe a late second and Kareem Hunt. As a rebuilding team I would look to maybe sell a big name player and package Stevenson with maybe someone like Austin Ekeler for Stevenson and a 23 1st.
After last week, I enjoyed putting stuff together where I’m trying to sell high value RBs if your team is not contending. So I looked through all my teams and found 3 RBs with high value where that team are not contending:
Swift has struggled with injuries the last few weeks, missing 3 game weeks and a bye week – this gets me worrying for Swift’s value going forward. Swift came into this year as the dynasty RB 2 and has moved down 1 spot behind Breece Hall in the last few weeks. Leading up to the injury, Swift was very efficient with his workload, having a total of 27 attempts for 231 yards and 1 TD and also getting 8 receptions off 12 targets for 77 yards and a TD. All these stats look great but as we have seen in the past, RBs are very injury-prone, so why not try and get maximum value for Swift now while you still can? Another injury next year could drop his value significantly.
I would be happy to sell Swift for an early first straight up.
Another high flying RB is Saquon Barkley, who is currently the RB2 on the season and showing owners why they held onto him all this time. However, if you are like me and have held onto Barkley for the last few years despite the injuries and a tough time struggling to get going, then now is the time to cash in. I think Barkleys value right now is at its peak again and currently my dynasty RB4. The worry with Barkley is that he is now 25 and will be a free agent next off season, so unless the Giants are going to give him the big contract then he will be with a new scheme, history will tell us that 26 year old RBs with big contracts don’t work that well, so get out while you can.
I would be looking to sell Saquon for a 23 first and Khalil Herbert – I think that would give you the pick and a future lead RB in the NFL.
Thanks, once again guys. Sorry I haven’t got many picks in – my hectic, sleepless life with our new puppy meant I never got round to asking the 5 Yard guys for their picks. Hopefully I’ll be more on it next week!
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