The start of any football season always brings an element of overreaction. The QB and TE positions might be the biggest draw for that. For QBs, the spotlight on the position is so high, while the TE position is always highly emotive when it comes to fantasy football.
For the savvy fantasy player, those reactions breed opportunity. If you can spot those potential overreactions, you have the chance to take advantage for the benefit of your team.
Below you will find the QB and TE trade targets that could be the subject of a value overreaction heading into Week 2.
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What QBs and TEs Should You Trade for in Fantasy Football?
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Before you make a virtual face at me, I know it is unlikely that the Burrow manager is going to sell him after one bad week. This is more to remind everyone that Burrow is going to be fine.
Burrow had a Week 1 to forget, throwing for just 82 scoreless yards. It was also on the road, in bad weather, and he hadn’t played football in a month. Burrow didn’t just suddenly become bad.
I still fully expect him to be a top-six fantasy QB this season. In the unlikely event that you can buy him low, do it.
Sam LaPorta, TE, Detroit Lions
In his first career NFL game, LaPorta played over 80% of the offensive snaps. He caught all five of his targets for 39 yards. You really can’t ask for a better debut for a rookie TE.
As the season progresses, LaPorta is only going to get better. The Lions are in desperate need of a reliable second option in the passing game behind Amon-Ra St. Brown. LaPorta could be an every-week TE1 by October.
What QBs and TEs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?
Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns
I started fading Watson hard after seeing how unimpressive he looked in the preseason. His Week 1 QB1 performance looks good on paper, but Watson did not look fast running the ball and threw for just 154 yards. If someone is willing to pay near vintage Watson value for him, sell.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings
It’s tough to find a tight end to sell high on. None of them are highly valued. Hockenson is the best I can do, as he’s still likely valued as a top-five TE.
Hockenson did see an impressive nine targets in Week 1. However, he only managed 35 yards on eight receptions. Hockenson was primarily used as a checkdown option, with Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison seeing more downfield targets.
Hockenson is still firmly a TE1, but he’s likely closer to a random streamer than to Travis Kelce. If someone is willing to pay a top-five price, you can sell him.
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Should You Trade Deshaun Watson for Anthony Richardson?
I was very down on Watson entering the season. Meanwhile, Richardson looked like he belonged in his first NFL start. It would not shock me at all if Richardson wound up being the better fantasy asset.
I would not trade Watson for Richardson straight up, but if you could move Watson for Richardson and another useful player, that’s worth considering.
Should You Trade Hunter Henry for Dalton Schultz?
Every TE not named Travis Kelce is essentially the same. In Week 1, Henry sure looked like the better fantasy bet. His usage was superior, and his performance was superior. The Patriots offense isn’t anything special, but it’s going to be much better than the Texans.
Concerns about Schultz splitting the TE role, as he did in the preseason, were unfounded. He was the clear TE1, outsnapping Teagan Quitoriano 62-22. Even so, Schultz only saw four targets.
Robert Woods and Nico Collins combined for 21. I’d rather have Henry than Schultz.
Should You Trade George Kittle for Cole Kmet?
Kittle is going to have these games where he disappears. He’s been doing it his entire career. The volume is just never going to be there on the 49ers.
However, Kmet is not the answer. Kmet’s seven targets were encouraging, but there’s just no upside here. Kittle is going to have spike weeks that win you matchups. He’s going to score touchdowns. Kmet does not have that in his arsenal. Stick with Kittle here.
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