Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer Week 12: Trade for D’Andre Swift, Trade Away Josh Allen

D'Andre Swift, Najee Harris, and Josh Allen highlight the list of players to trade for (or away) in the Week 12 fantasy football trade analyzer.

Hopefully, your NFL fantasy football season is going as smoothly as you had imagined after drafting your roster. We have your back with wall-to-wall coverage as it’s time to start turning an eye toward the playoff race. That includes the Week 12 fantasy football trade analyzer, where we break down key players to trade for and away.

Week 12 Trade Analyzer | Players To Trade For

The arrival of Week 12 means there’s no time left to waste. There are players with a value that is too low for their opportunity — it would help if you tried to swoop in and add these two players at a reasonable cost.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

Looking at D’Andre Swift’s production when compared to backup Jamaal Williams, most would wonder why Swift would be considered. He has no more than seven carries in his six games since Week 1 and hasn’t eclipsed 20 yards rushing since Week 3. Williams is also leading the NFL in rushing scores despite being in a red-zone role.

Add in the fact Detroit plays one of the staunchest run defenses in the league in Buffalo this week and Swift is an unconventional trade-for candidate. But that’s why I’m on the hunt to acquire Swift from frustrated fantasy managers who will give away a talented player.

Swift has only 273 rushing yards on the season but scored two touchdowns over the last two weeks and has been a factor as a receiver all season. There’s a lot of reason for the current managers of Swift to be done with his experience, but I want him on my roster for the playoffs.

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Detroit’s schedule does get friendlier in the coming weeks, with Jacksonville, Carolina, Chicago, and the New York Jets offering favorable matchups. We’d have Swift right in time for excellent opportunities.

You can take Swift’s lower for props in his difficult matchup in Week 12 over on Underdog Fantasy, where you can include him on a Pick’em entry this week.

Ranked as RB32 on the season due to a slow start, Swift is a great value compared to what he cost in the draft season. I wish he had a higher touch rate, but his scoring increase means he’s making up for some of those limitations.

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

How often can you trade for a future Hall of Fame player without giving up the farm to do it?

Okay, so Cordarrelle Patterson is a Hall of Fame return man and only a solid running back. But the RB33 on the season looks like a potential steal as an addition to your roster.

Since coming back from his stint on injured reserve, Patterson’s totaled only 15 carries for 70 yards and three receptions for nine yards. You might be wondering why we’d trade for Patterson considering those numbers.

While his 103-yard kick-return touchdown was a nice boost for his scoring, Atlanta hasn’t given the full load of work to Patterson yet. If he continues to get stronger over the coming games, he might prove to be a must-start each week by the time December begins.

Atlanta has to play Washington this week, but after the Commanders’ elite run defense, they’re onto much easier opponents. Patterson can be a monstrous performer if he’s given the lion’s share of touches in Atlanta’s excellent running game.

It’s worth making the pre-emptive move on him to ensure your roster has a potential star in the backfield for the playoffs.

Week 12 Trade Analyzer | Players To Trade Away

It’s also time to cash in on some players who exploded in the first eight weeks but are unlikely to continue at that rate. That doesn’t mean these two players are bad or not worth having on your roster, but it’s worth exploring their trade value to see if you can land someone in a better situation to succeed through the rest of 2022.

Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

While I opined you should look to trade Harris much earlier this season, if you missed his peak window, you’ve just received a second chance. With 20 carries and 90 or more yards in each of his last two games — plus his first two touchdowns since Week 3 — Harris is now a usable fantasy player. His success could continue against Indianapolis and Atlanta in the next two weeks.

Despite some reason for optimism, I don’t fully buy into this resurgence from the Steelers’ efforts. Harris is still a volume-dependent player who hasn’t averaged more than 4.95 yards per carry in any single game this season. It’s more likely his value is based on his ability to reach the end zone.

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I’d rather try to turn Harris into either a more consistent or explosive piece that I can count on in the playoffs. Even players like Antonio Gibson or Devin Singletary have more upside on a weekly basis because they play in healthier offenses that can sustain their production. You might even get lucky with someone really valuing Harris in a redraft league with keepers and be able to pry someone like Travis Etienne Jr.

Thankfully, you won’t have to simply give Harris away thanks to his surge, but I also wouldn’t count on him being in your lineup again after the next two weeks. That means he doesn’t have enough value for you to hold onto when it matters most.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

While the Bills earned a tough victory in Week 11, ending their two-game skid, Josh Allen is clearly in a regression season. I was concerned this would happen for Allen while discussing preseason MVP odds, as he lost Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator and had seen a decrease in efficiency across several notable statistical categories, even in 2021.

People fell in love with Allen in his historical playoff run but forgot that he struggled in the regular season. Now, factor in his UCL injury, and Allen looks broken. His accuracy on short throws was off throughout Week 11 against the Browns. He’s second in the NFL in interceptions this season and leads the NFL over the last two years.

Allen is still a tremendously explosive talent, but the consistency hasn’t been there. He’s taking on too much responsibility despite being surrounded by quality playmakers. His last four games have been underwhelming, and he hasn’t looked the same.

Fantasy managers have to get off Allen if they still have him. Upcoming games against New England, the Jets, Miami, and Cincinnati aren’t favorable. You may be able to score someone like Justin Fields or Jalen Hurts because Allen is still ranked as QB2 in fantasy leagues.

But he’s fading fast. Give me someone trending upward instead.

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