NFL FANTASY TRADE TARGETS

2022-11-23 · 5 min read · NFL/Football
Greg Dulcich of Denver Broncos, David Montgomery of Chicago Bears, Marcus Mariota of Falcons

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With the NFL fantasy trade deadline right around the corner in most leagues, this seems the perfect time to do a deep dive and produce a list of guys I think will finish the season strong. If you're struggling at one position and you have depth in another it's time to pull the trigger, here are some guy's to make a move for.
QB
Marcus Mariota (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mariota might be fairly frustrating at times in actual games but this isn't about actual games, it’s about fantasy. With regards to fantasy he's a borderline top-10 quarterback mostly due to his proclivity for rushing the ball. Despite one or two bad games this year he's been surprisingly consistent averaging around 20 fantasy points per week, and with the Falcons fighting for a playoff spot it seems more than possible his best weeks are ahead of him. Atlanta has a fairly soft schedule down the stretch and with Kyle Pitts seemingly out for the year it seems fair to assume more red-zone opportunities will go to Mariota’s legs than his arm.
Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Lamar is in a bit of a slump right now but even with his passing numbers taking a bit of a hit he's still been a top 12-fantasy quarterback the last handful of weeks, thanks to his rushing ability. On top of that he's got one of the best schedules among quarterbacks the rest of the way. Minus his matchup with Denver in week 13 he's got some really soft matchups including the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming week and the Pittsburgh Steelers twice, perhaps most importantly the second in the week that many people will be playing for a championship. The return of Mark Andrews and Gus Edwards is likely to provide a little bump to how dynamic the Ravens offence can be, this situation may be looking up overall.
RB
D'onta Foreman (Carolina Panthers)
  • Coming off a bad week against the notably stout Ravens run defense, there may be some understandable scepticism surrounding how good Foreman really is. I'm here to tell you not only is he darn good, but he also appears to have an iron grip on that backfield and a soft schedule the rest of the way. He's got Denver coming up this week and then a somewhat annoying week 13 bye, but after that his schedule is 10 ply facing off against Seattle, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Tampa and New Orleans. Hopefully the lack of QB stability and his struggles this past week has lowered his stock in the eyes of his fantasy managers. Go out and see if you can grab him for cheap and then plug them into your flex or Rb2 spot with glee.
David Montgomery (Chicago Bears)
  • As many predicted this past week with Khalil Herbert out, Monty definitely increased his workload, both in the passing and rushing game; even though Fields continues to command a good amount of touches on the ground. On top of this, new back up Trestan Ebner showed he's not nearly the threat to Montgomery’s touches that Herbert was, and thus is unlikely to get significant work. The last two seasons Montgomery has gotten hot down the stretch being the RB8 or higher in both. Especially with a good showing against Atlanta this past week it looks like he's gearing up to do it again, go ahead and try to grab him. Hopefully his struggles early in the season are still fresh in the mind of his fantasy managers and they let him go below value.
WR
Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Ja’Marr Chase is reportedly off crutches and the Bengals are hopeful he will be back this coming week, so be sure to jump on this before his fantasy managers know this; as we all know what Ja’Marr and Joe Burrow can do when they are healthy. On top of this the Bengals have a pretty good schedule the rest of the way and their lackluster defense means they are likely to end up in a decent amount of shootouts; meaning they will continue throwing the ball late into games. Simply put when he's on the field, which he should be soon, Chase is a WR1 with high upside. If whoever owns him in your league has forgotten that while he has been injured, it's a perfect time to go out and grab him.
Chris Olave (New Orleans Saints)
  • Olave put up over 100 yards and a touchdown against a solid if not spectacular Rams defense. With the rest of the Saints receivers finally healthy, namely Jarvis Landry, it will be hard for teams to devote more than one guy to covering him consistently. This likely means more 100-yard games are on the menu for the rest of the season. On top of this the Saints have a soft schedule the rest of the way, especially for wide receivers. Due to their struggles in multiple facets of the game they are unlikely to turn away from a pass-heavy attack in the game script. If you're really lucky they will also bench Andy Dalton for a hopefully healthy Jameis Winston. If you know don’t much about how famous Jameis likes to play the game, he's a noted fan of a deep chuck, even when it’s a jump ball.
TE
Greg Dulcich (Denver Broncos)
  • Since being activated off the IR in Week 6 Dulcich has been commanding around five targets a game. Now with Jerry Jeudy nursing an injury and Denver lacking quality receivers other than Cortland Sutton, there's a good opportunity here for Dulcich to command a lot of work, especially in the red zone. While I will admit I'm definitely hesitant to recommend basically anybody on the Broncos, they have a very soft schedule remaining and as everyone knows quality production at TE is hard to find.
TJ Hockenson (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Since arriving in Minnesota, Hockenson has quickly established himself at the top of the pecking order, with the notable and obvious exception of Justin Jefferson. He had nine targets in his first game, followed by ten in the next and then nine again in the most recent. He has parlayed these into an average of seven receptions for 50 yards so far. I think it would be higher if not for how the Cowboys dominated the Vikings this past Sunday. Hockenson actually led the Vikings in receiving yards despite registering a somewhat meagre 34 yards, his lowest output so far in a Vikes uniform.
Other Guys to consider
  • Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - A soft schedule and a proclivity for running the ball make Jones a pretty good play the rest of the way.
  • Jeff Wilson Jr. (Miami Dolphins) - Wilson seems to have become the lead back in a potent Miami offense; he has the trust of head coach Mike McDaniel and seems primed for a big finish. Look for him to command goal line work the rest of the way.
  • Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - At the very least Tampa Bay's backfield has become a committee, at the very best it's become the Rachaad show, which fantasy managers are likely to enjoy.
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions) - Now fully healthy again, St. Brown is an absolute target hog as he commands over 30% of targets when he's in the game; on top of this he could be underrated by current managers due to his injuries.
  • Josh Palmer (Los Angeles Chargers) - Just when you thought he was out he's right back in, as Mike Williams failed to make it through the first quarter this past week. Josh Palmer was the main beneficiary, scoring two touchdowns and hauling in a team-leading eight receptions.
  • Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) - Easily one of the top tight ends in the game, Andrews has struggled the past handful of weeks seemingly due to injuries that now appear to be behind him; try to grab him before his managers notice.
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