GM’s Office: Fantasy Football Trading Tips – Week 1

When I think of making trades I have a singular purpose in mind. I want to make my team better. I was forced to become an advanced trade artist in my oldest dynasty league of three years, “The Superfriends Dynasty Football League.” This was necessitated by my ill-timed love affair with the “Zero RB” strategy right before the most recent RB explosion. Sure, I was stacked at wide receiver, but I was awful at every other position. After about 50 trades (approximately) I’m finally in a position to contend. If not for the art of the trade I would be a perennial bottom dweller with no hope for my fortunes to change. And with that, I bring you my first in a long line of weekly trade advice.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT

Bell owners have to be terrified right now. Contract negotiations are going nowhere. Pittsburgh Steelers’ management is essentially signaling that the only move for Bell is to sign his franchise player contract. Bell wants a multi-year contract similar to, if not more than, what Todd Gurley signed this off-season. Now, with the season fast approaching this Sunday, Bell is still a no-show and his owners currently have no idea when he will actually play. In 2018, Bell also started slowly out of the gate after holding out all preseason and savvy owners cleaned up on the early panic by scooping him up. This is your opportunity to strike. Send Bell owners a message and start a dialog to see how nervous they are. Find out this owners biggest weakness and make an offer. I would suggest you send a starter at that position of weakness as well as a starter at RB to replace Bell. Make sure you do not send a “low-ball” offer or they may put you on a “do not trade with” list. You may get blocked on social media if you take that route.

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Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL

Coleman is a guy who has been overshadowed the last couple years by Devonte Freeman. Freeman has operated as the number one RB with Coleman the number two. And really, who wants a number two running back? I’ve seen Coleman terribly devalued in dynasty leagues, sometimes used as a throw in to sweeten larger trades. If your Coleman owner in your league devalues him and is looking to sell, don’t waste time and buy right now. Coleman will be a free agent after this year and I promise you he will be one of the hottest commodities in all of fantasy. Freeman got paid, the Falcons are unlikely to re-sign Coleman and tie up salary cap money with two large contracts at RB. The Jerrick McKinnon hype train was so loud that he eventually was being drafted in the 2nd round of early season drafts. His draft stock came down a bit with his preseason injury but it just goes to show you how fast players stock can rise because of new scenery or a new system. Imagine what round Coleman would come off the board if he were to land in Pittsburgh after Bell inevitably leaves in free agency. Don’t let all of this landing spot talk take away from how talented Coleman is. In the last two years as a number two running back, Coleman has had at least 940 yards from scrimmage and 19 total TDs. Coleman is a back that will give you borderline RB2 value with an opportunity to really explode for your dynasty team next year.

TY Hilton, WR, IND

All TY does is make big play after big play when Andrew Luck is his QB. A lot of fantasy owners may still not completely buy into Luck’s health at this point and this in addition to Hilton’s lackluster 2017 might just make him available at this moment. Strike now. From 2013 to 2016 (omitting Hilton’s rookie year and last year without Luck) Hilton has averaged a robust 1250 yards to go with 5.75 TDs per season. With the Colts running game led by 5th round rookie Jordan Wilkins and Marlon Mack battling injuries, Indy will once again have to lean on the passing attack to win games. With Ryan Grant and Chester Rodgers as the only other viable WR options, I feel great about Hilton’s 2018 target volume. Trade for Hilton now before he goes off in Week 1 at the fast track in Indy and the trade window closes for the next few years. Hilton is in his prime and is primed to win you your fantasy league this year.

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Mark Ingram, RB, NO

Unlike some of my other trade targets, Ingram is not somebody you need to trade for right this instant. You do, however, need to have a conversation with his fantasy owner in your league right now. Find out exactly how much they love Ingram and check their trust in him weekly. If that team starts out 0-2 or 1-3 they will begin to sweat his ownership. If that team is losing because they are weak at RB, even better. Only the strong survive in the game of fantasy football. Strike a deal in this moment of weakness and you may just have acquired an RB1 for the stretch run. A mid to low-level RB2 will probably get the job done. If it is a dynasty format, throw in a 2nd or 3rd round pick. If you can place Ingram in your lineup as an RB2/flex you will destroy the competition weekly. Will Kamara get more touches this year? Absolutely. The thing is, though, coach Sean Peyton’s system has always called for at least two backs because the coach likes to keep his backs fresh for the entire season and playoffs. With an average of almost 1300 yards from scrimmage,45.75 catches and 37 total TDs in the last four years Ingram is gonna go off in the second half and the fantasy playoffs, all on fresh legs. Be the first in line to obtain his services from an unhappy owner.

If you buy low on each of these players your fantasy team will be one step closer to fantasy glory. Take advantage of owners questioning the viability of each and every one of these guys. This is why I have a rock solid policy to not trade any of my players at the lowest point of their value, or “sell low.” When you sell a stud with a proven track record at a time when that stud is playing below their usual standard the move will always come back and bite you in the butt. There is a guy in the aforementioned league who sold a guy who was the model of inefficiency. After a great rookie season, he failed to get 1000 yards along with five single-digit PPR performances and eleven games with less than 15 PPR points. So he traded him for Spencer Ware, Marvin Jones, and a 2nd round rookie pick. The traded player went on to mash in 2017 and win his new owner a championship. That player was Todd Gurley. Don’t ever sell low on your best players.

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