Each week we’ll take a look at the top trade targets for each position. Trade targets can be any player at any time throughout the season. The objective (when possible) is to “buy low” and “sell high” acquiring and getting rid of players as they are hitting their peak or before they lose their value. This article will become extra handy once bye-weeks kick off next month.
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Quarterback: Justin Herbert (LAC) – His ribs are fractured and it’s clearly an issue right now. However, assuming he doesn’t suffer another huge hit to his ribs, he should only get more healthy and productive over the next month. Herbert won’t be cheap, but Russell Wilson or Tua Tagovailoa plus a bench piece might get it done while he’s in a slump. I want this Chargers offense long-term.
Running Back: Aaron Jones (GB) – 47 total yards in Week 3. Still RB7 in PPR on the season. Gets NE, NYG, NYJ, WAS, BUF, DET next 6 games. He’s essentially playing the slot and outpacing A.J. Dillon in fantasy points and opportunities. Vita Vea rocked Jones at the goal line creating a fumble, but if he scores there nobody is nervous. The packers are running (and throwing) through Jones right now. Capitalize off the 5.7 PPR points.
Wide Receiver: Chris Olave (NO) – You may be able to scoop him off waivers. If he’s already rostered though, go get him. Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry suffered injuries in Week 3. Olave has already carved out his own role and looks unguardable for the Saints. 13 targets in consecutive games after just three in Week 1 is a great sign for weeks to come. He still hasn’t scored but is still WR22 in PPR. He may be the best talent at this point of respective careers in New Orleans. He feels like an “Amon-Ra St. Brown” from last year. Get ahead of it.
Tight End: David Njoku (CLE) – His target share has increased each week so far. The Browns have limited options in the passing game. It’s been Amari Cooper and Njoku so far. Njoku’s talent is top-notch among tight ends. He just needs the opportunity. Boosting from one to five to 10 targets each week is a nice trajectory. If you’re streaming, he could be a nice steady option with upside and shouldn’t cost you much at all.
Quarterback: Carson Wentz (WAS) – If you still can… He was QB3 over the first two games. Wentz has the ability to post 30+ fantasy points any given week, but he’s obviously boom/bust and unreliable regardless of the opponent. Still the QB5 on the season, you may be able to use those first two weeks to push Wentz off to your league mates. I’d love Trevor Lawrence, Kyler Murray or Marcus Mariota and a piece in return.
Running Back: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – This could go either way, but I think as Kyle Pitts emerges and Tyler Algiere gets more work in the backfield, Patterson could lose touches. He’s not getting to targets we thought he would, he just crushed his work in the backfield. Once Damien Williams comes back and Drake London gets true WR1 looks Patterson might turn into a pumpkin. That said, he’s got the hype and production over the first three games after a surprising last year’s campaign. Patterson is QB6 right now. Sell while you can.
Wide Receiver: Marquise Brown (ARI) – Yes, 17 targets is amazing. However, 140 yards on 14 receptions for a deep threat is not. The Cardinals are decimated at wide receiver right now and Brown is the clear No. 1 which is great for trade talk, but the big plays aren’t there yet. His long reception each game so far is just 26, 24 and 20. We should be seeing 50+ yard bombs with Murray and Brown. I’d try for Courtland Sutton, Garrett Wilson plus, or maybe even Davante Adams to the frustrated manager who drafted him early 2nd Round.
Tight End: Tyler Conkin (NYJ) – Nobody wants him, but he’s TE3. If anyone has been playing the George Kittle game or has been struggling to stream weekly, give it a shot. Conklin may be on your waivers, but pick him up and try to trade him. Joe Flacco has played well for the Jets. When Zach Wilson comes back it could drastically change.