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Dream Scenarios: 5 Fantasy Football Players You Should Think About Trading Immediately

Submitted by on October 3, 2011 – 9:26 amNo Comment

So, you’re at the top of your fantasy football league, huh? Good for you. If you want to make the FF playoffs, you have to play well at the beginning of the season. And now that you’re at the top, you want to stay there. In order to do that, you have to make the right transactions. That means picking up valuable free agents, but that also means making trades with those players in your league who need help with their teams and might be willing to part with that wide receiver you’ve got your eye on or that running back who would look so nice listed next to your current group of backs.

But, let me stress this again: You need to make the right trades at this point in the season. What exactly does that mean? Well, for starters, it means that you need to trade players who have peaked or have already had their best games of the season. You know who I mean. That wide receiver who miraculously has 10 TDs through three games or that running back who has been amazing so far but who has been stuck on your bench because you weren’t expecting him to do much. It’s time to try and trade those guys away, because there’s a good chance you won’t be able to rely on them later on.

So, who are those guys? Well, I don’t know. But I’ve definitely got a few guesses. So with that in mind, here are the five fantasy football players that I would try to trade away for a premium if I had them on my team. Because while you’re at the top now, there’s still plenty of work to be done if you want to finish there. Time to work some trades!

The Player: Matthew Stafford

What He’s Done So Far: Nine touchdowns and almost 1000 yards passing

Why You Should Consider Trading Him Now: If there’s one big knock against Stafford, it’s that he always gets hurt. There’s obviously no way to predict whether that’ll be the case again this year, but don’t overlook the guy’s reputation. Instead, try and trade him to a team that needs a quarterback badly in exchange for an upgrade at one of your other positions. Chances are you snagged Stafford in one of the later rounds of your draft anyway, so you’re pretty much guaranteed not to get hurt if you trade him. Which is more than we can say about him.

The Player: Maurice Jones-Drew

What He’s Done So Far: One touchdown and just under 300 yards rushing

Why You Should Consider Trading Him Now: Things looked bad in Jacksonville for the Jaguars last week and they’re only going to get worse. With a rookie quarterback, teams are going to focus on the run against the Jags and key in on MJD. But MJD is still a big-name player and there’s a good chance that someone in your league wants him right now. If you need a solid second QB or wide receiver, I’d try and unload him before the Jags run him into the ground and cause one of those knee injuries that have plagued him before to pop up again.

The Player: Ryan Fitzpatrick

What He’s Done So Far: Nine touchdowns and more than 900 yards passing

Why You Should Consider Trading Him Now: Like Stafford, there’s a pretty good chance that you picked up Fitzy is one of your draft’s later rounds. So you’ve probably got at least one other quarterback on your roster that’s a bonafide starter. With that in mind, there’s not going to be a better time to unload him. He’s been slinging the ball all over the place and putting up big numbers. You might want to hang onto him just in case your starter goes down—or just in case your starter is, say, Matt Cassel—but you could probably get some pretty good value from Fitzpatrick. Find the guy who drafted a handful of wide receivers in the early rounds and get to work!

The Player: Mike Wallace

What He’s Done So Far: 21 receptions, two touchdowns, and almost 400 yards receiving

Why You Should Consider Trading Him Now: Something about the Pittsburgh Steelers this year just seems…off. But despite that, Wallace has had a good start to his season and most fantasy owners would probably consider him their No. 1 wide receiver. However, you’re really relying on the deep ball if you’ve got Wallace on your squad. Some folks like that, but we could easily see Wallace struggling to put up points, especially since the Steelers have a gang of young WRs who are moving up the depth chart right now. So try and trade him for a better value.

The Player: Wes Welker

What He’s Done So Far: 31 receptions, four touchdowns, and more than 450 yards receiving

Why You Should Consider Trading Him Now: Welker can’t possibly keep this up, can he? I’ll be honest: I’ve got Welker on my squad and I’m willing to take a chance and keep him on my roster. But I also realize that Tom Brady is throwing to him so often that teams are going to start keying in on him in order to stop him. For that reason and that reason alone, I’d suggest you try and move him if you’re shallow at other positions. Chances are he’s not technically you’re No. 1 receiver (though he’s certainly playing like it!) so you’ll still have WR options. But as hot as he’s been, he could yield some great trade results.

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