It’s fantasy playoff time for almost everyone now that Week 14 is upon us. However, if your league doesn’t have a trade deadline, look to make some deals to shore up your playoff roster. There have to be teams out there that are looking to fine tune rosters, and at the very least, making some buy-low, sell-high moves on the waiver wire is necessary.
Making a deal — or an add/drop transaction — at this time of year always comes with second guessing, but standing pat rarely wins fantasy championships Here are some names that could help you take the next step, both by adding or dropping.
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Fantasy Trade Value: Buy low
Doug Martin, RB, Raiders. It may not be sexy or very appealing, but Martin is getting the job as the bell-cow these past couple of weeks. He has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and has also had 50-plus yards in each. Martin has seen double-digit carries in six consecutive outings and has a very consistent role with this team. If you’re playing in a standard league and your running back corps is in flux — which is very likely right now due to injuries — you could make a move for Martin as a low-end RB2 or even a flex option.
Corey Davis, WR, Titans. I’m not touting Davis because Tennessee’s offense is high powered. That said, Davis scored his third touchdown in four games this past Sunday, and he’s now moved into the top 25 in both receiving yards and targets. The 35 targets he has had over the past five weeks is very encouraging, as well, and it appears that he is officially Marcus Mariota’s top target. Davis is a solid flex option for the remainder of the year based on the reliability he’s shown recently, especially in standard formats.
Week 14 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Trade Value: Sell high
Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers. Godwin benefited greatly last week thanks to DeSean Jackson’s absence, as he went over 100 yards receiving and also scored a touchdown. Godwin has been very popular on waiver wires for most of the year, and now many teams will be trying to add him (if available) or trade for him (if possible). A lot of teams could be looking for a WR3 for the rest of season, but there are so many mouths to feed in Tampa Bay. Godwin is the third or fourth option in the passing game when everyone is healthy, and that could even be fifth due to Jameis Winston’s rapport with Cameron Brate.
Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens. It’s hard to justify trading a starting running back seeing over 20 carries a game right about now, but when all of his touchdowns are being vultured, is it that crazy? Lamar Jackson has gone over 71 rushing yards in three straight games, and he has scored a rushing touchdown in back-to-back games. It’s no coincidence Edwards hasn’t scored in either. The volume is there and he’s producing a bunch of yards, but he could be worth dealing because his touchdown upside is limited with Jackson stealing all of the shine.
WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Fantasy Stock Watch: Moving up
Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals. A.J. Green has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season, meaning Boyd will slide in as the Bengals de facto No. 1 receiver. He’s already had a breakout season, as he’s just 62 yards away from 1,000. Boyd has seen eight or more targets in four of his past five games and has had 65 yards or more in all five. Jeff Driskel has shown he can provide the Bengals with competence at the quarterback position, as he’s thrown a touchdown in back-to-back games. Boyd could potentially be a low-end WR1 for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Moving down
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos. Since the departure of Demaryius Thomas, the Denver passing game has fallen off a cliff. It has been unfortunate for Sanders because outside of one good game against the Steelers, he has been under 60 receiving yards in the four games surrounding it. The Broncos have found a recipe of offensive success and it has been simply turning around and handing the ball off to Phillip Lindsay. It has led them to three straight wins, so why would they abandon that plan going forward? Sanders is still on pace for 1,000 yards and has five touchdowns, so the entire body of work can be sold, but he’s wasting space on our rosters right about now.
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