On the NFL’s trade deadline day, we have a reported big deal that’s affecting fantasy football owners.
Per a report, Demaryius Thomas will be dealt to the Houston Texans, giving the team a replacement for the injured Will Fuller.
Here are the players involved and how their values change based on the trade:
It wasn’t that long ago that the now-ex-Bronco was a WR1, but in recent years, he’s had some less talented QBs throwing him the ball.
Now, he gets Deshaun Watson tossing him passes. That’s the good news. The bad news is DeAndre Hopkins is the top wideout in Houston and he’s in sync with Watson. There is a scenario in which Thomas gets more looks because defenses have to pay more attention to Hopkins, but in a few weeks, when Thomas has settled in, I bet he keeps about the same value he had before the trade – a WR3 who could have WR2 weeks and maybe a few touchdowns sprinkled throughout.
This is a bummer for Coutee owners – he was all set to take over the No. 2 role, although there were questions about his injured hamstring heading into Week 9. Now you have to downgrade him from possible WR3 to a bench stash in deep leagues. When he was healthy, there were weeks in which he received some of the volume despite the presence of Fuller, so that could happen again for the rookie.
Over to the Broncos, where Sanders has already emerged as the top option for Case Keenum. That means he’ll continue have some big weeks (102 yards and a score against the Cardinals) and some iffy ones (couldn’t he amass more yardage in his two games against the Chiefs?). Bump him up to a lower WR2 type, although we already know his floor and ceiling. The absence of Thomas gives him a boost the rest of the season.
Here’s the big winner in the trade: The Broncos took him with their second-round pick out of SMU earlier this year, and the rookie will jump into a huge role alongside Sanders. And one of his 37 receptions this season was this grab and toe tap:
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