Fantasy Football Trade Advice: Week 7 Discussion

Joe Mixon

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

We have reached a pivotal part of the fantasy football season. After six weeks your team likely falls into one of the following categories: title contender (6-0, 5-1), playoff chaser (4-2, 3-3), and desperation time/rebuild mode (in dynasty) (2-4, 1-5, 0-6). Regardless of where your team falls, making a trade should be at the forefront of your mind. Title contenders can help solidify depth for a late-season run, playoff chasers can add short term boosts, and those in desperation/rebuild mode have to be honest with where they are at and make a move to save their future.

This column seeks to do just as the name suggests: talk trade. I will reflect on trades submitted to me, and dig into how you can best exploit trends occurring in the NFL to improve your rosters in the short and long term. It is not purely a buy/sell article, because the content is primarily crowdsourced from you, the readers.

Joe Mixon

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Trend: Buy

Recommendation: Sell

Joe Mixon, despite having an early-mid second-round average draft position (ADP) this offseason, has disappointed fantasy football players who bought into the flashes of success he has displayed previously in his career. After six weeks, he is RB31 in PPR formats. His past flashes make him an attractive buy for contenders and playoff chasers.

I am not buying into Mixon, though, unlike @EJDeMers11. Eric did mention in a later response that his real target in this trade was Sutton (who I support trading for) but he gave up a lot to get Mixon along with the budding Broncos star. Mixon has compiled just 252 yards through the first six weeks of the season. He has yet to break the 100-yard rushing mark in a game and has rushed for more than 62 yards just once. He has also been non-existent in the passing game, catching more than two passes in just two games so far. Most concerning: he has yet to find the endzone.

The Bengals offense looks overwhelmed. It is clear that the loss of AJ Green and injuries along the offensive line have doomed first-year head coach Zac Taylor from reaching his innovative potential. Mixon is currently running behind the second-worst run-blocking offensive line in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. Eric got some good value here, so I do not dislike the trade, but I saw a lot of submissions for Mixon and for the majority of them I do not believe he is worth buying.

N’Keal Harry

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Trend: Forgotten About

Recommendation: Buy

N’Keal Harry is back to practicing with the Patriots this week. The first-round draft selection for New England was placed on the IR, with the designation to return prior to the season. He will be eligible to play again in Week 9. This can be beneficial for redraft and dynasty players alike. While you may be able to scoop him off waivers or buy him real cheap in redraft, you will have to pay a bit more in dynasty.

I think this trade from @2345Jonte nails Harry’s value. Harry seems to be forgotten, even in dynasty, after his preseason struggles and practice and with his health. This is still, however, an extremely versatile playmaker who was taken with high draft capital because of his athleticism, ability to gain yards after the catch, and strength. He was a consensus top 5, if not top 3 rookie draft pick in dynasty, because of his previously listed attributes and phenomenal landing spot, so Jonathan does well to pay a mid-round pick and an “add-on” player like Lindsay for this versatile playmaker.

Once Harry hits the field again, fantasy football players will be reminded why many draftniks have been hype on Harry for a few years now. The Arizona State standout is bound for big things in the NFL and we should not let a less than ideal preseason deter us from believing in the playmaker Harry can be.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Trend: Sell

Recommendation: Buy/Hold

Much like the Steelers offense as a whole, Smith-Schuster has been struggling to produce this season. He has not yet hit 100 yards receiving or have a multi-touchdown game this season, which were staples of his game while finishing as PPR WR23 and WR8 in his first two seasons, respectively. It has led many to be confused on his value, and add him into package trades like this:

I have seen a few deals like this one offered to @rjniehoff, where Smith-Schuster is an add on. I like the Smith-Schuster side of this trade, but not significantly. Still, it shows how you can invest in him at a much cheaper rate than you would have earlier in the season, or in the offseason for dynasty players. The third-year veteran is still just 22 and has been battling through sub-par quarterback play to try and produce this season. He caught just one of four targets with Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges at quarterback in Week 6.

With Mason Rudolph, though, he has been more successful. In Weeks 3, 4, and 5-when Rudolph has taken the majority of snaps-he has 13 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. For dynasty purposes, Ben Rothlisberger has been adamant that he intends to return next season. Sliding JuJu into a package deal may be a great way of stealing high upside value in the short term for redraft players and in the long run for dynasty players.

Tevin Coleman

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Trend: Sell

Recommendation: Buy

Since returning from injury, Tevin Coleman has assumed the bulk of the workload in the backfield of the red-hot San Francisco 49ers offense. He has found the endzone both in Week 5 and Week 6 and has rushed for a total of 142 yards on 34 carries. Last week, he saw 55% of snaps, compared to Breida’s 36% and Mostert’s 6%. The perception of the 49ers offense is that they have a bevy of weapons, suggested that the work could easily move away from Coleman at any time. This makes him a prime “trade-high” candidate.

I don’t mind what Derek, a fellow writer here at Gridiron Experts, did in this trade since it was need-based. Most of us are on the other side of this, though, and need a running back. So if you are like Derek’s trade partner, you could find yourself a weekly RB2 with some nice scoring upside in a creative offense. It is also an offense that, despite having options in the passing game, relies on the run. They have thrown the ball 146 times this season, through 5 games. They have run the ball 169 times. Seven of their touchdowns have come through the air, and seven of their touchdowns have come on the ground. Through five weeks they have outscored their opponents 147-64, allowing for a run-heavy flow in positive game scripts. I love the idea of buying Coleman at a reasonable price right now.

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