Trade Deadline in review
The trade deadline has come and gone, and we’ve now had some time to see the moving pieces get some time in their new systems. So the question is, what does this mean from a fantasy perspective? While many expected some big moves at the deadline, players like AJ Green and Trent Williams remain with their teams.
Dolphins trade for Aqib Talib
Talib was already on IR, and is likely done for the year. Nothing to note here.
Eagles acquire Genard Avery, LB
Not an impact player on an already bad Eagles D. This move shouldn’t have much fantasy impact.
Giants trade for Leonard Williams
Williams is a solid run stuff, but doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Gives a slight boost to a bad Giants D, that needs much more help in other positions.
Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals
This is a big move and possibly the most important trade made before the deadline for a fantasy perspective. Drake goes to a beat up Cardinals RB room. This bodes well for Drake, even though David Johnson should return this week. Drake had his foot out the door in Miami, and played well in his debut against a stout 49ers D. He’s a upside guy as long as David Johnson is healthy, but if Johnson is to miss any more time this year, Drake is an RB2. This hurts DJ’s value slightly, as Drake could steal some carries.
Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks
Once known for their fierce D, the Seahawks have been Charmin Ultra Soft this season on defense. While this is an improvement, you shouldn’t be playing this team anyway.
Emmanuel Sanders from division loser to 8-0 49ers
Sanders has now played in 2 games in San Fran, and has managed to haul in 2 TD passes. While he operates in a similar area of the field as George Kittle, Garoppolo needed some more talent to throw the ball to. The 49ers schedule ramps up in the second half, and I anticipate them throwing the ball more. I believe this move only opens the field up for Kittle, and the Running backs, and only detracts from the other 9er WR’s, who you probably weren’t starting anyway.
Sanu is Tom Brady’s shiny new weapon
Sanu saw 54% of the Pats snaps against Cleveland, and 100% of the snaps against the Ravens in that great Sunday Night game. This is awesome news for Sanu owners, as he looks to be Brady’s #1 target on the perimeter. 10-81-1 with 100% of the snaps is just the upside you want in a WR. His stock went way way up. He’s got a bye this week, and expect him to come back even better as he gets another week in that offense. Hooper and Ridley have both seen a slight increase in target share in the one game since sanu’s departure.
Ramsey is a Ram
This is a slight boost the the Rams D, but more importantly, it makes you hesitant to start some of your lesser WR1’s against the Rams. Ramsey is one of the best lockdown corners in the game.
Peters to the Ravens
Peters has already had an instant impact on that defense, but more importantly with Jimmy Smith back healthy, the Ravens now have the best trio of Pass Defenders in the league at corner.
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