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Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer: What to do with Austin Ekeler, Antonio Gibson, and Aaron Jones

With fantasy football trade deadlines approaching, the trade analyzer is here to help you with your final transactions of the season.

For most fantasy football leagues, this week is the last opportunity that you will have to make trades. The trade analyzer is here to help you make those decisions to take you to the promised land of the fantasy football playoffs.

Who should you try to acquire? Who should you trade away? Let’s make some late-season moves and go chase that championship. The playoff push starts now.

Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer Week 11: Three players to trade for this week

Let’s start with three players that you might be able to buy low on this week to help bolster your roster before the trade deadline.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers’ lead running back has been fine lately, but he hasn’t quite performed up to the expectations of fantasy managers. Austin Ekeler has been the RB10 over the last two weeks, in large part because of a decreased role in LA’s passing attack, which is where he makes his fantasy football money.

Between Weeks 2-8, Ekeler averaged 7 targets, 5.5 receptions, and 50.3 receiving yards to go along with his rushing work. Over the last two weeks, he averaged only 4.5 targets, 3 receptions, and 19 receiving yards. Those numbers aren’t going to stay so low. If you can trade for one of the best receiving running backs in the NFL for the playoff push, do so.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones went down with an injury on Sunday that looked horrible at first glance. Jones was crying, and there was a fear that his season would be over. Fortunately, an MRI on Monday morning revealed a low-grade MCL sprain that should sideline him for only a week or two.

If you’re sitting pretty to make the fantasy playoffs, trading for a lead back that will return to your fantasy roster before the playoffs begin is not a bad move.

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

I wrote about Jamison Crowder last week — he is perpetually one of the most underrated wide receivers in the league. Maybe it’s his lack of flashy plays, or maybe it’s the fact that he plays for the Jets, but Crowder is a slot receiver capable of getting peppered with targets in any given game.

Sunday was a horrible day for Mike White and the Jets’ offense, but Crowder led the team in routes run and has at least 6 targets in every game this year. You can probably acquire him — or even pick him up off waivers — for nearly free, and his potential volume could lead to some flex/roster depth appeal.

Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer Week 11: Three players to trade away this week

Now that you know who to trade for, let’s look at a few players to sell high. Here are three options you should think about trading away this week.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots

Jakobi Meyers finally got his first career receiving touchdown on Sunday, and the celebration by the Patriots bench was one of the highlights of Week 10. However, if you have Meyers on your team, you might try capitalizing on his first career score while packaging him in a trade.

Prior to Week 10, Meyers hadn’t topped 8.9 half-PPR fantasy points since Week 4. He hasn’t managed more than 56 yards during that stretch, either. With Tennessee and Buffalo coming up on the schedule, now would be a good time to trade Meyers away.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

Antonio Gibson has failed to live up to expectations this season, and he’s currently sitting at RB17 on the season. He hasn’t reached 70 rushing yards or received more than 3 targets since Week 1. Playing alongside J.D. McKissic, Gibson doesn’t get the usage that a top-tier RB needs.

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He managed to score 2 TDs against a tough Tampa Bay defense in Week 10. But other than that, he turned a season-high 24 carries into only 64 rushing yards. If you can trade Gibson coming off the big game, I would.

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins

Where did this Albert Wilson game come from? In a completely bizarre Thursday Night Football matchup between the Dolphins and the Ravens, Wilson found 87 receiving yards. This was the first game of the season in which Wilson started, and he saw 5 targets.

64 of those 87 yards came on one big play, where Baltimore’s defense completely busted their coverage and left Wilson unguarded down the left sideline. Nothing about Wilson is sustainable, as he’s received 2 or fewer targets in four out of six games this season. If he’s on your roster, I’d put him in a package and try to sell, using his Week 10 effort and the fact that DeVante Parker is on the injured reserve as leverage.

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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