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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.

On the Clock: New York Jets (#17 Overall)

Needs: QB, TE, WR, DL, LB, S

   Despite going 9-7 last season, the Jets have a lot of holes to fill. The departures of head coach Eric Mangini and quarterback Brett Favre leave this team with little leadership. Quarterback may be the most pressing issue. The arrival of LB Bart Scott, S Jim Leonard, and CB Lito Shepard helps out the defense greatly, so I believe the Jets will look at their offense for help. One thing is for certain though: Jets fans everywhere will hate the pick.

Choice #1: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

   The Jets need a quarterback. They need someone consistent and in it for the long haul. Josh Freeman’s value is in his upside. Freeman has a huge frame, at 6 foot 6 and 250 pounds. In his three years at K-State, Freeman played well, but not spectacular. He threw for over 3,300 yards in ’07 and close to 3,000 in ’08, but only won 10 games in those two season. Only 4 of those wins came against BCS schools. On the flip side, Freeman hasn’t played with the high quality talent during his three years at K-State. To say Freeman is a risk would be an understatement, but after seeing the success that the Ravens have had with their last seasons first round pick Joe Flacco —who is similar to Freeman— the Jets should take that risk.

Choice #2: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

   After coming off an injury, Harvin has returned to the top shape that we are used to seeing him in. If the Jets are hellbent on keeping Kellen Clemens as their QB, then they need someone he can throw to. Harvin is excellent talent at the 17th spot. He is fast —4.37 40 time— and has outstanding hands. At Florida, he thrived in the slot, averaging 16.1 yards a catch. The Jet’s could use Harvin’s versatility in 2009 right away, putting in in the slot and having him return kicks.

Reaction to the National Championship Game

   In a hard fought game, the Florida Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 to win their 3rd national championship. Everyone predicted an offensive blow out, but the game was relatively low scoring until late in the 3rd quarter.

   The first half was won by Oklahoma, but they could not finish. Off two Florida quarterback Tim Tebow interceptions, the Sooners could not capitalize. Two red zone trips were also stopped by Florida’s stingy defense, once by a goal line stand and once by an unlikely interception by Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford. On that goal line stand, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops must have been too stubborn to use his Heisman winning quarterback because he ran the ball 4 times and turned the ball over. YOU HAVE THE HEISMAN WINNING QUARTERBACK, USE HIM! On the interception in the red zone, the ball was tipped by the wide receiver at the goal line and bobbled until it fell into the hands of a Florida defender. In fact, both interceptions were not the fault of Bradford’s but the fault of the receivers for not being able to hold on. 

   The Gators were very lucky to be in a 7-7 tie with the Sooners at half-time because the score should have been at least 13-7, if not worse.

   The second half started similarly with defense. Hats off to the Oklahoma defense, who no one gave a shotap_us_florida_football_champions_ncaa_09jan09_190 to stop any offense thrown at them. They forced two turnovers and held Florida’s offense, including Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, in check most of the game. This game was won on one play, however. On a 3rd and 10 mid-way through the 3rd quarter, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow scrambled 13 yards for a first down. Upon getting the first down, Tebow popped up from the tackle, yelling, and fist pumping. This spurt of emotion woke up the dormant crowd and pumped up his teammates and proved why Tebow may be the best leader in college football. From that play on, Florida possessed a confidence that looked like they would never lose. And they didn’t. They didn’t even lose the lead from that point on.

   This game showcased some of the nation’s best talent. A lot of sunday players played outstanding, including losing quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford is a top-10 pick if he comes out, Florida players Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes are also first round picks, assuming they come out. As for that Tim Tebow guy? I think he’ll stay another year. He’s having too much fun in college to leave for the NFL. He is one of the best players in the league and Florida is the best team. What more could you ask for? Congrats Florida and Oklahoma on great seasons. See you next year, boys