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Fantasy Football Trades

I, like just about every football fan, love fantasy football. It truly makes me see the game in a whole new way. I have been playing fantasy football since I was in 5th grade. I cheer for the Titans, Steelers, and even (on occasion) the Lions, even though I am STRICTLY a Green Bay Packer fan.

However, despite all my love for fantasy football, there is one thing that bugs the hell out of me about the game: no one ever trades. Every one is to chicken shit to part with certain players that they drafted. For example, in one of my leagues, I have Chris Johnson, Stephen Jackson, Kevin Jones, AND Pierre Thomas, but I can only start two of them. I am trying to trade for some wide receivers and no one will freakin’ deal anything to me. I have proposed easily 10 or 11 trades this week and gotten nothing. Here is some help. The following are three players you should get rid of if they are on your team and three players that you need to get if they aren’t.

GUYS TO TRADE AWAY

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo

The man has been a monster in the first three games, running for 291 yards and adding another 134 yards receiving with a touchdown. However, that was all while franchise back Marshawn Lynch was serving a suspension. Lynch returns in week 4 and will likely steal a lot of the carries from Jackson. A one-two punch is gold for NFL franchises but poison for fantasy owners. Dump him. Trade him for anyone with upside.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina

Stewart had a promising year in 2008, despite being the number 2 back behind DeAngelo Williams. However, this year he doesn’t look to repeat. It’s not his fault, but the Panthers line sucks, there is no threat of the pass with Jake Delhomme chucking all those interceptions, and there is still that pesky little Williams ahead of him. Barring a Williams injury, I don’t see Stewart’s production improving.

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas

This guy has had his ups and downs already. Barber has been banged up by numerous injuries, but has managed to preform nevertheless(203 yards and 2 touchdowns in two games.) However, he missed week three, and even when he comes back he has to look over his shoulder at Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. The Barber name is still worth something though, so trade him for a number 2 wide receiver, or maybe even a better quarterback.

3 GUYS TO TRADE FOR

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans

He missed the first two weeks with an injury, but Thomas picked up where he left off, rushing for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns in week 3. There was quite a fuss about Mike Bell after he ran hard in the first couple weeks, but New Orleans is Thomas’ team. And the way Drew Brees is throwing the pigskin, the run game will be wide open. He’s probably sitting on some guy’s bench right now too.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis

I don’t trust Jackson 100%, but he is on his way up. He is, after all, all that the Rams have, so he will get plenty of touches (69 total touches this year.) This is a guy you buy low and risk as little as possible. Jackson has yet to score, but has back to back 100 yard season. When you do get him, use him in a flex position or when he is playing a favorable matchup.

Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota

Believe me, I HATE the Vikings. But, Harvin has quietly been having a solid year. He has scored a touchdown each game and is quickly becoming one of Favre’s favorite targets. He touches the ball in a number of ways, from running, to receiving, to returns. And he has the ability to take it in for 6 every time he has the ball. He is being started in only 42.5% of the leagues on ESPN.com, so pick him off a guy’s bench.

Highway Robbers of the NFL

The New England Patriots steal. They steal draft picks and players from teams that don’t know what they are getting themselves into. The Pats have always been known for there thriftyness in trades. However, with the recent Richard Seymour trade to the Oakland Raiders, it doesn’t feel like thriftyness as much as it does straight ripping teams off.

For the 29 year old defensive tackle, the Raiders traded a 2011 first round pick. That first round pick is likely to be a high one. In the last 5 first round picks the Raiders have had, 4 have been a top 7 pick. The Pats have ripped off the Raiders before. In 2007, the Pats traded a 4th round pick for Randy Moss.724seymour

To put the crime into perspective, consider this: The Green Bay Packers received a 3rd round pick for Brett Favre from the Jets a season ago. Brett Favre, a first ballot Hall of Famer, has started every game since Week 3 in the 1992 season. Richard Seymour has started all 16 games in a season once in his career and that was in 2002.

I cannot, however, be mad at the Patriots. I would want my team to make every trade that they have made. Hell, the other team (in this case, the Raiders) also has to agree with the trade. There is a reason why teams like the Pats are Super Bowl contenders year in and year out and teams like the Raiders are the bottom feeders of the NFL: intelligence. Some organizations have it, others don’t. Oh yeah and, if it were possible, fire Al Davis.

On the Clock: Miami Dolphins (#25 Overall)

Needs: WR, DL, LB

   The Dolphins were one the surprise teams of 2008, winning 11 games and the AFC East division. The Dolphins are solid at every position on offense EXCEPT wide receiver. The starting receivers? Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Camarillo. Uh-uh, ain’t gonna cut it. On defense, the Dolphins could use help at defensive line. Matt Roth led all Dolphins defensive lineman with 5.0 sacks last year. Someone other than the linebackers need to put pressure on the QB.

Choice #1: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolinanorthcarolina_hakeem_nicks

   Nicks could be the big time receiver the Dolphins hoped Ted Ginn Jr. was two years ago. In 2008, Nicks grabbed 68 balls for a whopping 1,222 yards. That’s an 18.0 yards per catch average. Nicks also added 12 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown in 2008. One slight against Nicks could be his size. At 6 foot 1, Nicks is an average receiver as it goes for height. Which could steer the Dolphins away, seeing as they already have Ginn. Be that as it may, Nicks is a big time player and a chains-mover.

Choice #2: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois

   Not a whole lot has been said of English, perhaps because of him coming out of Northern Illinois. However, English is a DE/OLB tweener that would be a great fit for a 3-4 defense. English is quick, 4.78 forty time, which will play to his advantage in the NFL. Questions about his size may hurt his draft value though. At 6 foot 2, English only weighs 245 pounds. However, this 2008 MAC Defensive Player of the year can disrupt the backfield, with 14.5 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks. English is another player from a smaller school with great upside. 

 

On the Clock: Atlanta Falcons (#24 Overall)

Needs: DL, LB, S, CB

The Falcons nabbed the offensive rookie of the year last season in QB Matt Ryan, what does this years draft hold for them? A defensive player, for one. The Falcons offense is solid at every position (but, could use a little more help at receiver) therefore, the Falcons should look to replenish their defense that gave up nearly 350 yards per game.  

Choice #1: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

   Jerry is excellent value and can lend a hand with rush defense. The Falcons gave up 127.5 rushing yards a game last season and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Jerry is explosive and can be an interior lineman or could be moved outside to be a pass rusher. Either way, the paring of Peria Jerry and sackmaster John Abraham could turn to be a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Choice #2: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michiganlouis_delmas_300_250

   If the Falcons are satisfied with their current defensive line, their secondary is the next place they should look to build upon. The Falcons pass defense was ranked 21 in the league last year. Louis Delmas is the highest rated safety in the draft and should be available at pick number 24. Delmas plays bigger than his 5 foot 11 size, notching 111 tackles in 2008. Delmas was also named All-MAC first team in 2008. The fact that he played for a mid-major school brings in the question: was his competition up to par?

On the Clock: New England Patriots (#23 Overall)

Needs: CB, S

   The Pats draft better than anyone else in the league and find the best players to fit their system. Because of that, the Pats don’t have many flaws on their roster. Age, however, is always a factor. The Pats should look to improving their secondary and linebackers first. First round pick from 2008 Jerod Mayo has turned out to be a real gem. Since the Pats run a 3-4 defense, they may look to boost their linebacking corps. They may also look to take the best player available if someone from the secondary or a linebacker doesn’t catch their eye. Either way, there is a method to the Patriots madness, we peons just can’t comprehend it yet.

Choice #1: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

   Davis is the best talent at the corner position at this point in the first round. The Pats need a corner back. If you look at their depth chart on espn.com they don’t even have a name at one of the starting cornerback positions. Now, the Pats could probably play one of their receivers or returners at that position and be fine, but they may also want actually pick up another cornerback. Davis is a good fit, but I don’t know if he has the Patriots “attitude” that the team looks for.

Choice #2: James Laureinaitis, LB, Ohio Statelaurinaitis-2

   The only reason why I don’t think the Pats will take Laurinaitis is because they took an inside linebacker in last year’s first round. That being said, Laurinaitis is the Patriots type of guy. He is productive, hard-nosed, and hard-working. He is a perfect fit for the 3-4 system and would make a mean tandem with Jerod Mayo. The Patriots other inside linebacker is Tedy Bruschi and he is 35. It would be smart to draft another inside linebacker, especially a player of Laurinaitis’ caliber. But, the fear of redundancy may get the best of the Pats (even if they are the best drafters in the league.)

On the Clock: Minnesota Vikings (#22 Overall)

Needs: QB, WR, TE, OL

   True: the Vikings would win more games if they played the entire season without a quarterback and just directly snapped every down to RB Adrian Peterson. However, the Vikings do start a quarterback, and they all suck. That is their first need, but don’t expect any of the top QBs to be available here. Instead, look for the Vikings to help out their QBs (which will be Tavaris Jackson or Gus Ferotte) with some receivers. The Viks should be looking at offense on this first round pick, their defense is solid at every level. 

Choice #1: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, MarylandMaryland Wake Forest Football

   Heyward-Bey was the talk of NFL Combine after he ran a 4.3 forty, which was the fastest in the draft among all receivers. Heyward-Bey has the physical tools to become a monster in the NFL, at 6 foot 2 and 206 pounds, however scouts have questioned his route running skills. The Vikings don’t have that star receiver and haven’t had one since Randy Moss departed some years ago. Heyward-Bey played in a similar offense at Maryland that favored running the ball, which could make the transition to the Vikings easier. 

Choice #2: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

   If the Vikings think Heyward-Bey is too much like the former Vikings top ten draft bust Troy Williamson, they could go after the big tight end prospect, Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew would be a great fit in the Vikings offense because he is a big target for a young quarterback and is an excellent blocker. No matter who the Vikings draft or pick up, it is obvious they will be running the ball a lot. Pettigrew would be a smart choice at the 22nd spot because he can aid the run game and be a receiver.

On the Clock: Philadelphia Eagles (#21 Overall)

Needs: OL, WR, LB, S

   The Iggles are forever one step away from a Super Bowl title. However, I can’t help but get the feeling that the window of oppourtunity is closing for Eagles. Donovan McNabb is 32 and Brian Westbrook will be 30 by September. The Eagles need to protect the cornerstones of their offense with an offensive lineman. The Eagles also need to replenish their defense which has lost CB Lito Sheppard and S Brian Dawkins during the off-season.  

Choice #1: Michael Oher, OL, Mississippi

   The best offensive lineman available at this point of the draft will be Oher. Oher can begin playing in the offensive line rotation within the first couple weeks and has the potential to anchor a line for the next ten years. The Eagles have always been known for having a solid o-line however, their current line is young and not very deep. Oher will add talent to a line that isn’t very talented.

Choice #2: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

   Philly’s secondary has fallen apart this past off-season. Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins, two Philly favorites, have left for other teams. If the Eagles are content with the state of their line, they could look to ultra-talented Vontae Davis to boost the talent of defense. Davis is 6 foot and weighs just over 200 pounds and runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash. He isn’t very tall, but makes up for it in speed and aggressiveness. Davis is experienced, having started all three years at Illinois, and an excellent tackler. The past two seasons, Davis racked up more than 75 tackles in each, which is more than most linebackers make in the NCAA. Whoever nabs Davis late in the first round, they are going to get a real gem.