Trading is an important element of fantasy football. With Week 9 squarely in front of us, we are only six weeks away from the fantasy football playoffs. I know — it’s shocking to me too. The fantasy football trade analyzer is here to guide you through the trade market this week. Who should we be trading for and trading away ahead of Week 9?
Week 9 Trade Analyzer: Three players to trade for this week
We’ll start with the fun part, which is knowing what players to attempt to trade for. Which players are coming off underwhelming performances or extenuating circumstances that we can capitalize on in trades?
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
The Calvin Ridley situation is a very interesting one, with plenty of uncertainty ahead. After missing two of the last three games due to personal reasons, Ridley announced on his social media that he is stepping away from football and gave no indication as to when he will return.
First and foremost, I commend Ridley on doing what he determines is best for his mental health. I hope he can find whatever help he needs in order to take care of himself.
From a fantasy football perspective, he’s worth trading for if you can get him at a lowered cost from a manager that is panicking about the news. We have no idea for how long Ridley will be out. If his manager is looking for a player that can help immediately and you can afford to stash him on your bench, it’s an idea worth considering.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns backfield as a whole has been largely effective all season. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have both been RB1s on a fantasy-points-per-game basis. Additionally, D’Ernest Johnson has had two straight solid weeks in a fill-in role.
Hunt is on injured reserve through Week 9 but will be eligible to return in Week 10. While Johnson has filled in nicely, it would be shocking if Hunt didn’t return to his normal workload and production.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
Having a top-tier tight end is remarkably valuable in fantasy football, considering the position is such a wasteland. T.J. Hockenson is currently the TE3 and is averaging 10.4 half-PPR fantasy points per game.
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That might come as a bit of a surprise since he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2. Sooner than later, those touchdowns have to start to mount, especially given the target share Hockenson commands — he leads the Lions with 52 targets on the season.
It might cost you, but Hockenson is worth a look if you can get him at a reasonable cost.
Week 9 Trade Analyzer: Three players to trade away this week
Knowing who to trade for is always fun, but knowing who to trade away is half the art of the deal. Which players are we considering trading away?
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have had an RB1 over the last three weeks — Khalil Herbert. He’s looked fantastic and has seen a heavy workload in the place of injured starter David Montgomery.
But, that’s the problem. Montgomery is going to come back, although it’s reasonable to assume that the Bears will hold him out through their Week 10 bye and bring him back for Week 11. When he does make his return, he will return to the top of the depth chart, pushing Herbert into an ancillary role again.
I’d look to trade him now while he still has a couple weeks of solid value left.
Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Some things are unreliable, and trusting any option in the passing game of the Jacksonville Jaguars appears to be just that.
Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault … both inconsistent. Shockingly, tight end Dan Arnold led the team in receptions and receiving yards in Week 8, catching 8 passes for 68 yards. He hasn’t found the end zone at all this year, and his Week 8 targets, receptions, and yards are all essentially double his average weekly output. I don’t trust it. If you can trade him away on the good performance, do it.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This one is a little spicy. Chris Godwin has been a fringe WR1 for the last three years. He’s currently the WR7 on the season, but he’s made it there on the back of two straight elite performances. Over the last two weeks, he has 23 targets, 16 receptions, 251 yards, and 2 TDs. He’s been cooking.
However, he’s done so with both Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup because of injuries. Godwin went five straight weeks without topping 75 receiving yards and 7 receptions. He also didn’t catch a touchdown over that stretch.
The last two weeks have also coincided with a steep downturn in production from Leonard Fournette. The only reliable piece of Tampa Bay’s offense on a weekly basis is Tom Brady. The rest of the team seems to be either feast or famine, and knowing when it’ll happen for any of the players is a challenging task. I’d rather trade Godwin for a player that shows more weekly consistency.