Trade #10: From Zach
Zach Receives: Carlos Hyde and George Kittle
Zach Trades: Zach Ertz
Additional Info: PPR, 12 Teams
Outlook: There’s a considerable difference between Zach Ertz and George Kittle, as Ertz already has 21 receptions on the season, the most of all tight ends. However, the difference between them isn’t enough to stop you from trading for Carlos Hyde. Hyde is going to be a top-ten running back this season, as he’s been simply fantastic for Cleveland, scoring four touchdowns already. Running backs are scarce, and any time you have the opportunity to get a good one you have to take it, even if you have to give up a great tight end (you’re getting Kittle also so you’ll be more than fine there). There’s no doubt in my mind I’d do this trade if I were you.
Zach’s Team: 60%
The Other Team: 40%
Trade #9: From Cory
Cory Receives: Julio Jones and Will Fuller
Cory Trades: Saquon Barkley
Additional Info: PPR, 10 Teams
Outlook: I don’t think this is too complex of a trade, as there’s no way I’d trade Saquon Barkley at this point. After week three, it’s clear that the Giants are going to rely on Saquon Barkley every week in order to win game, and the guy’s getting an absurd amount of touches. Barkley is also third among running backs in receptions (21), which is huge for PPR. In addition, Saquon Barkley is going to be 20+ points per week in PPR leagues, and running backs are scarce this season. I wouldn’t just trade them away.
Yes, Julio Jones and Will Fuller are two solid receivers, but it seems as if the Falcons have forgotten how to get Julio touchdowns as he only had three in 2017, and has 0 this year so far. Will Fuller has been extremely solid the last two weeks, putting up over 100 yards and a touchdown in both, but I don’t think he’ll keep that up with Hopkins on the other side in Houston. Jones isn’t what he used to be for fantasy, and while Fuller could be solid, both combined aren’t worth a top-five running back. Don’t do the trade. Keep Saquon.
Cory’s Team: 40%
The Other Team: 60%
Trade #8: From Allan
Allan Receives: Todd Gurley, Jordan Howard
Allan Trades: Saquon Barkley, JuJu Smith-Schuster
Additional Info: My WRs are Hopkins, Thielen and Jones Jr.
Outlook: You have an awesome team and it’s about to get slightly better. We here at Sports Burd are huge fans of both Barkley and JuJu and if you were in a Dynasty league we would never recommend this trade. But this year, Barkley is playing behind a porous offensive line and you have enough WR depth to cover the loss of JuJu who, while he’ll still be great, is bound to lose some steam as Antonio Brown stats rise. The addition of Gurley, even at the expense of Barkley should net you an extra 5 to 10 points a week, and we project that Jordan Howard will only get better starting this week with a cake matchup against the Cardinals and next week’s contest against the Bucs, assuming that Trubisky improves to the point where defenses can’t stack the box.
You’re giving up a lot but getting a lot in return. Jones Jr. is no JuJu but since you’re short at the RB position, the boost of Gurley and Howard should offset the difference between Jones Jr. and JuJu.
Allan’s Team: 60%
The Other Team: 40%
Trade #7: From Felix
Felix Receives: Dalvin Cook and Doug Baldwin
Felix Trades: T.Y Hilton and Carlos Hyde
Additional Info: Standard, 8-Team
Outlook: This one’s tricky. You’d be receiving two players with a lot of upside, but both are banged up right now so why risk it? Carlos Hyde is hovering around 11 points per week, Dalvin around 8. Doug Baldwin hasn’t seen a fantasy point yet and is doubtful again this week, while TY Hilton is averaging around 11 and looks back to form with Luck back under center.
Don’t be fooled by the bigger names. Keep the performers you have and let the team with Cook and Baldwin deal with the injury headache.
Felix’s Team: 40%
The Other Team: 60%
Trade #6: From Joe
Joe Receives: Julio Jones and Kareem Hunt
Joe Trades: Stefon Diggs and James Conner
Additional Info: 12 Team, PPR League
Outlook: This is certainly a star-studded trade. Let’s start with the running backs in this trade. I’ve said that James Conner is a top-five running back while Le’Veon Bell is out. In my mind, he’s certainly a better fantasy player than Kareem Hunt as long as he’s the starting running back. In addition to outrushing Hunt by 30 points and three touchdowns, Conner also has nine more receptions than Hunt, crucial for PPR leagues. The main problem is that we have no idea when Le’Veon Bell is coming back. He can show up in week four or week ten. As soon as Bell gets back, Conner is obviously a backup again. That’s why I think that there is huge risk in keeping James Conner. Also remember that Kareem Hunt is playing in the most explosive offense in the NFL right now, so he’ll certainly get his fantasy points. He’s a safe bet.
Now let’s move onto the wide receivers. For some reason, Julio Jones can’t get into the end zone in Steve Sarkisian’s offense. He’s a safe bet to get a tons of catches and yards (15 for 233 so far this season), but not touchdowns. In terms of Stefon Diggs, he’s been tearing it up with Kirk Cousins at quarterback so far with 12 catches, 171 yards, and three touchdowns through two weeks. However, I don’t think that Stefon Diggs is going to end the year with more fantasy points than Julio Jones. Julio has been a consistent top-five receiver for as long as he’s been in the league, and even if his touchdowns are down, he’ll still make it up with yards and receptions. Trading Diggs and Conner for Julio Jones and Kareem Hunt seems great right now, as you can buy low on two proven fantasy studs. However, it’d be tough for me to part with Diggs and Conner. They’re playing that well. If you’re going for the risky, home run move, keep Diggs and Conner. If you’re going for the safe bet, trade for Hunt and Julio. It’s all about preference in this trade.
Joe’s Team: 50%
The Other Team: 50%
Trade #5: From aaa
aaa Receives: Russell Wilson, David Njoku, and Paul Richardson
aaa Trades: Matt Ryan, Phillip Lindsay, and Cooper Kupp
Additional Info: PPR
Outlook: This is a really close trade. Russell Wilson is significantly better than Matt Ryan. Ryan was an absolute disaster in week one, and with Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator, I’d get rid of any Falcon I have besides Julio Jones. However, quarterback is the least important position in this trade. Moving onto the other pieces in this trade, I would value Phillip Lindsay higher than David Njoku. While I’m not sold on Phillip Lindsay as the guy going forward (even after 15 carries for 71 yards and 2 receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown in week one), I think he’ll at least have a role in the passing game going forward. Njoku has all the potential, but is playing in a weak offense. Cooper Kupp is definitely a lot better than Paul Richardson. Richardson has potential as he got 4 receptions on 6 targets in week one, but Kupp is a proven commodity in a high-powered offense. Kupp is a PPR-gem also, and had 5 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in week one. I’m going to say that aaa loses this trade by the slightest of margins.
aaa’s Team: 47%
The Other Team: 53%
Trade #4: From Ad
Ad Trades: Allen Robinson, Phillip Lindsay
Trade #3: From Logan
Trade #2: From David
Trade #1: From Brady
Brady Receives: Doug Baldwin
Brady Trades: Alex Collins
Outlook: This is a tough trade to analyze. Alex Collins was an absolute beast at the end of the 2017 season. However, you don’t know what you’re going to get out of him this year. I think he’ll be a top-20 running back, but who knows if a guy like Kenneth Dixon will steal some carries along the way. With a guy like Doug Baldwin, you know what you’re getting with him. He’ll likely be a top-15 wide receiver, especially because Russell Wilson doesn’t have many targets in Seattle. In this case, I’m going to favor your team here, since you’re getting the “sure thing.” However, if your team isn’t deep at the running back position, I’d reconsider the deal. Make sure your team is prepared to move forward without a potential top-20 running back on your team. Running backs are scarce this year.
Brady’s Team: 55%
The Other Team: 45%