As expected, we had a triumphant trade deadline in the NFL. The names that we were seeing at the end of the night yesterday aren’t necessarily the big names that ended up being moved. The Colts ended up staying put with their offensive weapons that were being brought up. The Dolphins didn’t move Jarvis Landry as expected. Calvin Johnson will stay retired, at least for the remainder of 2017. Now, Martavis Bryant will be back in the game plan for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kelvin Benjamin traded to the Buffalo Bills for a 3rd and a 7th round pick

Kelvin Benjamin has had a decent WR2 season in Carolina, which is about what we expected. Devin Funchess has emerged as the same style of player which has caused a predicament as the Panthers have decided to get away from the “twin towers” approach to their receiving corps. The Panthers continue to want to get Christian McCaffery the ball through the air. Curtis Samuel has recently seen some targets and Carolina views him as an explosive playmaker who can pay dividends in the future. Russell Shepard has caught a ball or two in recent games as well.

Greg Olsen is just two games away from returning to action and he has always been Cam’s most coveted target alongside Benjamin. Going forward, I expect Curtis Samuel to be brought along incrementally into fantasy relevance and Russell Shepard might even be radar-worthy in deeper leagues. If Greg Olsen is hanging around on your waiver wire, use a lot of FAAB this week or put him at the top of your waiver priority if that is how your league does things. Devin Funchess is now a must start this week against Atlanta. Cam Newton isn’t the same Cam from a couple of years ago, but Olsen and Funchess should flourish anyways for the rest of the season.

The Buffalo Bills are dead last in receiver receptions and receiving yards from their wide receivers so this move makes a lot of sense for them. Simply put, before trading Sammy Watkins in the preseason, the Bills didn’t think that they had a chance to compete in 2017 and now they are sitting at 5-2 and management figures that no time is like the present. The Bills acquire Kelvin Benjamin and still keep the 2nd round pick that they got from Los Angeles for Watkins. This should be viewed as a win. I don’t think that Kelvin Benjamin’s fantasy value changes drastically in either direction, but I think this helps Tyrod Taylor’s value. Tyrod has recently hit a groove and this does nothing but emphasize the potential for a second half explosion.

Jay Ajayi traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th round draft pick

The Miami Dolphins have a bad offensive line. Besides generally being a boom or bust running back, the offensive line play is a big reason that Jay Ajayi was struggling badly this year to accumulate yardage despite his heavy work load. Kenyon Drake is the running back that I would like to own from the Miami Dolphins following Jay Ajayi’s departure. Assuming that waiver wire options are running thin in your league, I think Drake deserves high priority. If Alex Collins is on your waiver wire, I’d rather have Alex Collins, but at the same time I would rather have Kenyon Drake more than any running back in Seattle’s backfield.

The Eagles have announced that Legarrette Blount is still the starting running back in Philadelphia for the time being. I highly doubt that lasts long and Ajayi should still be in your line up this week, although I doubt you have a choice as an owner. I made a joke on twitter today (my jokes are usually bad, I am a dad, after all) that Jay Ajayi can now be bad for the Eagles as well. In reality, that is simply not the case. Philadelphia is a much better situation for him even after the injury to Jason Peters. This offensive line is much better and the passing game is useful to in opening things up for Ajayi to do some damage. I also think the Eagles look forward to using Ajayi in the passing game in a way that he wasn’t in Miami this season. While I don’t think Ajayi will end up living to his draft day value, owners who held on might be able to breathe a sigh of relief sooner rather than later.

 

  1. STeve says:
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    How much does Benjamin drop in this weeks rankings? Would you start D. Parker and /or D. Adams very him this week? Thx MB

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @STeve: I have him at like 28 or 29. Yes I would start both of them over Benjamin. Bills play tomorrow, he may even be inactive

      • STeve says:
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        @Mb: Forgot he played on Thur. Thx

        BTW who would you prefer ROS D. Lewis or A. Collins?

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @STeve: wow. Close. But probably Collins, Burkhead could be sneaking in some more snaps

  2. Allan says:
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    Looking ahead to week 10 when ertz is on bye I need to pick up a tight end. Is Dicksons value higher now at least until Olsen returns? Not really a lot of other options.

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      Mb says:
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      @Allan: yeah he could see a couple more targets his way, but not much more value.

  3. Brian says:
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    16 team ppr dynasty. currently in 2nd with most points scored. Wondering if I should drop either geronimo allison or jeremy hill for tre mcbride? could also drop 1 of NE or CHI def but planning to rotate them during the rest of the season and there aren’t really any other Ds on the wire to replace them if necessary.

    my other players are deshaun, tyrod, kizer, leveon, cja, hyde, tymont, james white, james connor, julio, DT, tyreek, tyrell, martavis, gronk, asj.

    thanks.

    • MB

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      @Brian: I’d drop Geronimo Allison for him. There’s a chance he has a nice career

  4. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    MB! Olsen is available on WW – drop Hunter Henry for him for ROS? (I have Ertz)

    And thoughts on Kelvin & Garcon playing this week?

    Thanks!!

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      Mb says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: yes I would do it! Fade Kelvin, I’d rather play Garcon

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Mb: No prob i have is i have both Garcon & Kelvin with all other WRs on bench on BYE…ughh

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @JohnnyBeGood: well I guess you don’t have a choice! Benjamin is a total crapshoot this week

          • JohnnyBeGood says:
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            @Mb: Yea,. i hear ya….Would you Drop Pryor for Terrence Williams, or roll dice on starting Kelvin ?

  5. Scott P says:
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    I have both Ajayi and Benjamin on my team this year. I will take the advice posted earlier and Benji to my bench in favor of D. Parker or Tate. My RB2 might come down to Ajayi in a new system facing tough to run against Broncos or Mixon and his uncertain usage versus the tough Jacksonville defense. Or, I slide Kamara into that spot and start both Tate and Parker.

    Stupid trades messing with my already over-achieving team.

    • MB

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      @Scott P: nice. Yeah I’d play Mixon, they’re run defense sucks. I’d be careful with Parker but not so careful that I’d play Benjamin over him

  6. Cookie Monster says:
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    Howdy MB!

    .5 PPR league, I have the opportunity to acquire Antonio brown he only wants my Melvin Gordon. Pull the trigger? Or will that kill my RB depth?

    My RBs are Gordon, hunt, Mcaffery, Aaron jones, AP, McKinnon, all Morris.

    My WRs we start 3 could be 4 w/ flex. Keenan Allen, hogan , Baldwin, tyreek hill, will fuller, Corey Davis.

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    2.) Or based on my team look to acquire shady McCoy by dealing Gordon? I do like browns schedule & he gets pats week 15 if I make it that far. If I get AB, would you turn around & deal fuller for kamara or even Lamar Miller?
    Basically comes down who do you like ROS: Gordon, AB, or McCoy? I doubt McCoy owner will move him since his gillislee has a bye too.

    3.) I added alf Morris this AM I clearly don’t own Zeke would you flip Morris to Zeke owner for Lamar Miller or
    Would I have to throw someone in? What about alf for Marvin jones, although he doesn’t need alf. He lost Zeke but still has gurley, Lamar Miller, gore, Duke Johnson

    4.) hold onto Corey Davis or drop for either: Vernon Davis,
    Sanu, Lockett, Terrence Williams, Dede Westbrook?

    Thanks!

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      @Cookie Monster:

      FYI 10 team league & it’s a keeper on espn we can keep Max 2 players any position just any two. Doesn’t matter on the round

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Cookie Monster: I’d for sure trade Gordon for AB. AB ROS

      I’d try the Morris thing but looking at his roster I doubt that you pull it off

      • Cookie Monster says:
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        @Mb:

        What about fuller fuller for kamara?

        Thanks as always!

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @Cookie Monster: they’re both ballers, I’d grab Kamara since you’ll get AB

  7. Gummy says:
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    I’m surprised you don’t have Kelvin moving up a bit, but fair enough considering the QB change.

    I am looking for trade advice. My receivers are Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Cooper Kupp, John Brown, and Tyler Lockett. My QB is Alex Smith, with Mariota on the bench. Would you trade Smith to get one of Golden Tate, Larry Fitzgerald, or Adam Thielen? Which, if any?

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      @Gummy: it’s the whole changing offenses mid season. I still think he will have a solid finish.

      I’d trade smith for either Tate or Thielen!

      • Gummy says:
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        @Mb:

        Thankee kindly. You like one better than the other?

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          @Gummy:

          It’s a PPR league, forgot to mention

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @Gummy: anytime! I like Tate in PPR.

  8. Norm says:
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    ROS, half PPR. Gronk side vs. Ertz and Tate side. Who would you rather have ?

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      Mb says:
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      @Norm: Gronk in 2 WR, Ertz and Tate in 3 WR

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