Fantasy Football trading deadline: Who to trade, who to trade for
TO TRADE AWAY
QB Philip Rivers, SD – Call it a hunch, but it's tough to fathom Rivers closing out 2013 as emphatically as he started it (especially since the Chargers have yet to play Miami, Cincinnati and Kansas City twice). Aside from Sunday's game against the Redskins, his numbers had tailed off since back-to-back 400-yard games in Weeks 4 and 5 and the Chargers have seemed a little more focused on running the football. Obviously Rivers should command a hefty return, so be sure to get the right deal for what is still one of the more productive fantasy quarterbacks.
RB Zac Stacy, STL – It's tough to trade a back who has torn his way through two good defenses for 261 rushing yards the past two games, but it might be a good time to deal Stacy. The Rams don't have much in the way of offense with Kellen Clemens under center; and though they've been a tough out without Sam Bradford, it has become evident that Stacy is the guy to key in on. The Rams' strength of schedule for running backs also stands at 27th for the remainder of the year, making it unlikely he can continue his torrid pace. Sell high here and make the most of what was likely the high point of Stacy's season.
RB Chris Johnson, TEN - CJ2K has only scored four times this year and has just 14 touchdowns since 2011. Furthermore, the Titans frequently use Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle on the goal line, reducing Johnson's value significantly. Luckily for Johnson owners, he is coming off his first 100-yard game of an uninspired season. In fact, he ran for 150 yards and found the end zone twice to cap off his best performance of 2013. Those gaudy numbers will catch the attention of some fantasy players, so capitalize and sell high because it is tough to envision him with many repeat efforts. Johnson is certainly capable of big games, but his inconsistency makes him a shaky play (especially for any serious contenders).
RB Stevan Ridley, NE –When Ridley fumbled in Week One, he fell out of favor for weeks. On Sunday he was at it again with his second fumble of the season. The timing couldn't' be worse as Shane Vereen could be back following the Patriots' bye week, further clouding an already murky situation in New England's backfield. Granted Ridley has six touchdowns in his last four games, making him a likely front-runner, but the Patriots were high on Vereen before the injury and Ridley has been north of 20 carries just twice in his absence. Add the that the 23rd toughest schedule for running backs and Ridley might be a guy to deal before Vereen comes back to steal his thunder.
WR Danny Amendola, NE – Amendola appears to finally be injury-free and came off looking quite impressive against Pittsburgh, catching four passes for 122 yards to go along with his first touchdown of the year. With the Patriots racking up 600 yards of offense, everyone wants a piece of Tom Brady and Co. and given his lack of durability, Amendola is just the guy to deal.
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