The fantasy football trade market is the fastest way to upgrade your team and the most efficient one. You can take advantage of poor tendencies and logic from other owners in your league who tend to overreact to past performance.
Every week we’ll take a look at the top players to buy or sell in fantasy football. An elite fantasy owner is active in the trade market and always looking for value (plus ways to take advantage of his competition). We want you to become that elite manager and our goal is provide you with the players who you should be looking to trade for or away each week.
The Falcons passing game has been just a few steps and mistakes away from hitting big passing plays over the past few weeks and this was highlighted by Julio Jones’ wide open long touchdown drop in Week 9. No quarterback has earned a higher passing grade from us than Ryan over the past three weeks and his improved play will lead to bigger fantasy games down the stretch with a healthy Mohamed Sanu in the mix and a schedule that includes the Cowboys, the Buccaneers twice, and the Saints twice. Ryan has scored more than 16 fantasy points in each of his last three games.
Mariota and the Titans passing game showed serious signs of life against a very tough Ravens pass defense in Week 9 with a fully healthy Corey Davis in the mix in addition to Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews, and Delanie Walker. Mariota is PFF’s No. 2 quarterback overall since Week 7, head coach Mike Mularkey plans to use him on designed runs more often now that his hamstring has healed, and he still has matchups against the Colts, Texans, and 49ers.
Jonathan Stewart was pulled until the late fourth quarter in Week 9 after fumbling twice early and this gave McCaffrey an extended look as a true lead back. The rookie cashed in with a touchdown and should see more red-zone and total volume going forward. Over the past three weeks, McCaffrey has racked up more snaps than all but three running backs, and although he hasn’t turned that volume into more success as a rusher, the volume makes him a borderline RB1 every week in PPR formats.
Forte has quietly emerged as the lead back for a surprisingly efficient Jets offense in recent weeks under impressive first-year offensive coordinator John Morton. Forte has out-snapped and out-touched Bilal Powell over the past three weeks by a wide margin and he’s playing like the old-school Matt Forte. Over the past three weeks, Forte has racked up the best elusive rating of any RB in the NFL — he has forced 11 missed tackles on 40 total touches with a 3.92 yards-after-contact average over that three-game span.
The bye week allowed you an opportunity to buy in on McKinnon, one of the best-kept-secret every-week RB1s down the stretch. McKinnon plays in a surprisingly efficient offense thanks to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and he plays a lot. McKinnon racked up the sixth-most snaps of any RB over his past three games (not including Week 9 bye). Over that same span, he has the third-best elusive rating, having forced nine missed tackles on 37 total touches.
Use Collins’ down Week 9 performance as the opportunity to swoop in on buy low. Collins didn’t play much in Week 9 after the Ravens fell behind big and early, but he still managed 43 yards on 13 carries and he has a massive lead in total RB snaps for the Ravens over the past three games. Collins has the seventh-best elusive rating over the past three weeks, having forced 10 missed tackles on 44 total touches. With games against the Packers, Colts, Browns, and Texans still on the fantasy schedule, the game script should favor Collins down the stretch and he will return RB2 value.
A sneaky play might be to trade for Prosise now after he was close to returning to action in Week 9 but is now expected back this Thursday night in Week 10. Prosise could carve out a major role quickly now that Eddie Lacy is injured and Thomas Rawls continues to struggle in an expanded role. Although he’s been unable to stay healthy, Prosise has been elusive and productive when healthy. You can get Prosise for free at this point and he could be a sneaky every-week flex down the stretch run.
The Raiders wide receiver corps has flipped over the past three games with Cooper drawing the larger target share than Michael Crabtree and it should stay that way. Cooper is averaging more yards per route run and he has made bigger plays than Crabtree over that span. After two weeks down, you can buy Cooper low again, but this might be the last week.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Lockett has emerged as a major part of the Seattle passing game again now that he’s fully healthy and back in the mix. Over the past two weeks Lockett has totaled 15 targets and he’s making the most of them with 131 yards on eight receptions. The big-play touchdowns are on their way.
Ginn is making up for his early-season slow start and living up to the expectations from the “sharp” industry drafters in the preseason. Over the past three weeks, Ginn has caught 13-of-15 targets for 268 yards and a score — good for the third-best yards per route run in the NFL over that span.
Like Ginn, Thompson is a splash player and he has some boom or bust to him, but he’s consistently making the most of his opportunities. He’s tied with Ginn for the eighth-most yards per route run over the past three games and he has converted one into a touchdown.
The Jaguars have needed a No. 1 wide receiver to emerge following the loss of Allen Robinson and Lee looks to be that guy. Over the past three games, a finally healthy Lee has racked up 18 targets and he’s racked up the 10th-most yards per route run.
The volume is still there for Miller, and it likely will be all season, but the loss of Deshaun Watson has taken its toll. In the first game without Watson, Miller totaled 91 yards, but keep in mind it was against the Colts defense. As the matchups get harder down the stretch, Miller’s scoring output will drop with Tom Savage at quarterback.
The Mike McCarthy Packers offense does not look so strong without Aaron Rodgers, and as the collapse continues, it’s important to unload your Packers players while they still have value. Jones’ snap count dropped dramatically as the game script shifted and the Packers fell behind big in Week 9. Soon, we may be talking about him on the waiver wire. Deal him away before that happens.
Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Danny Woodhead is practicing again and due back off injured reserve within the next two or three games at most. Allen’s role was already falling off in games where the Ravens played with a lead and he could return a special teams or reserve role once Woodhead is back in the mix.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
The result of Forte’s resurgence is the drop off for Powell. In addition to dealing with Forte taking over the lead role, Powell has lost snaps to impressive rookie Elijah McGuire in recent weeks. Powell may have been your sleeper mid-round pick in the preseason, but if you haven’t dealt him yet, now is one of your last chances to do so.