Fantasy Football trading deadline: Who to trade, who to trade for
The idea of naming players fantasy owners should trade and trade for sounds simple enough, but there are rules of the road. All value is relative to the price of what one receives in return. In other words, don't deal Pierre Garcon straight up for any receivers on the "trade for" list, don't target Chris Ivory for any RBs on the "trade " list. Seek out disgruntled owners or those in a bye week/injury pinch and swoop in with an enticing proposition. When you do, here are some names to ponder, though not Christian Ponder.
TO TRADE FOR
WR Roddy White, ATL – White is close to returning after missing the past three games due to injury. Though the prospect of trading for him seems dicey due to his season-long injury struggles, White's upside ought to be enticing enough for some to take a gamble on. When healthy, he's one of the better receivers in the game; and given the Falcons' recent passing woes, Matt Ryan won't think twice about making White the focal point of the offense upon his return.
WR Terrance Williams, DAL – If there is one thing as sure as death and taxes, it's the Cowboys throwing the ball and throwing it a lot. Fortunately, the Dallas receivers have the third most favorable schedule according to FFToolbox, meaning Terrance Williams might be a guy to target. Williams has flashed throughout the year and over the past three weeks has been targeted 24 times. He's scored in four of the last five games, yet has maintained a lower profile due to lower yardage totals and the superstar presence of Dez Bryant. Despite Bryant being the unquestioned number one, Williams has shown the ability and consistency necessary to earn a weekly starting spot in most fantasy lineups.
QB Case Keenum, HOU – If you are quarterback-starved, Keenum is your guy. He has weapons (see Johnson, Andre and Hopkins, DeAndre). He has numbers (621 yards and four touchdowns though two games). He has the fifth easiest schedule for quarterbacks for the remainder of the season. This isn't a buy-low scenario - heck, he might be a free agent in shallow leagues - but the asking price isn't likely to be staggering for a player who could help any team that might be reeling from the Aaron Rodgers injury or the Matt Ryan regression.
WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG – It's not trendy to covet Giants players this year, but Nicks has been fairly effective despite having zero touchdowns on the year. He's tied for 21st in targets, averages a solid 65.1 yards per game and has the second easiest schedule for receivers per FFToolbox. That's not quite up to snuff, but Nicks remains a gifted receiver who sees plenty of passes come his way, so take him off his disgruntled owners hands and reap the benefits for the stretch.
TE Coby Fleener, IND – The Colts have been steadfast in their pursuit of re-establishing the dead ball era despite possessing the up-and-coming Andrew Luck. This has put a damper on the outlook for his targets, such as Fleener. However, Luck's favorite target -- Reggie Wayne -- is done for the season, leaving TY Hilton and Fleener to pick up the slack. Hilton blew up last week and now it's the tight end's turn. The Colts have the ninth easiest schedule for tight ends down the stretch, making Fleener a quality late-season addition for a team dealing with a lack of production from the TE.
Others: C.J. Spiller, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Jordan Reed,