Most fantasy football trade deadlines are still a few weeks away, but there are some good deals to be made now. Week 8 trade advice includes looking into a couple of Raiders that should have big roles in an offense a lot of people are down on.
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Last Thursday night, Emmanuel Sanders threw a touchdown and caught a long touchdown against the Cardinals. He’s the No. 3 WR in standard scoring through seven weeks, as the talk of him looking great during the summer has translated to the regular season. He’s shown he can finish a season as a great WR1 option in fantasy leagues, but now might be a good time to sell him for another top receiver. Sanders might slow down as the season progresses, he has an injury history, and a potential quarterback change (that is if the Broncos still want to give Chad Kelly a shot after more off-field issues) if the team falls off could hurt the veteran receiver.
Verdict: Sell high for a WR1
With Amari Cooper being sent to Dallas, Jordy Nelson is now Derek Carr’s top wide receiver in Oakland. In a three-game stretch from Weeks 3-5, Nelson put up lines of 6/173/1, 5/48/1, and 4/43/1, showing that he still has major touchdown potential at 33 years old. He’s also shown he still has plenty of speed to get open deep down the field and take quick passes a long way. Nelson has been one of the NFL’s most productive receivers for several years, and he’s a No. 1 on an offense that’s tenth in passing yards per game this season. Jordy is a potential strong starting option for the rest of the season.
Verdict: Buy for a bench player or fringe starter
Jalen Richard is going to remain heavily involved in passing situations for the Raiders, but Doug Martin will take over as the lead ball-carrier with Marshawn Lynch (groin) on injured reserve. Lynch averaged 15 carries per game this season, and Martin is a good bet to get that much work or more down the stretch. The former All-Pro might be available in your league, and he’s certainly worth a pickup as at least a FLEX option moving forward.
Verdict: Pick up if available
Part of the reasoning for the Raiders trading Amari Cooper was the young receiver’s inconsistency. He’s a refined route-runner with good speed and acceleration, but it might take time to get acclimated in the Cowboys offense. Dallas clearly expects big things after paying a premium price for Cooper, but you might be better off using that to talk him up and trade him for a consistent receiver. Devin Funchess is a good target as someone that’s been solid all season.
Verdict: Talk-up and sell
Matt Breida is coming off his worst game of the season, as he re-aggravated his ankle injury and ended up with -1 standard fantasy points against the Rams. This could be the perfect opportunity to buy from an owner that’s angry about the performance. Breida might miss some time if the team wants to ensure he gets closer to 100%, but a healthier runner could equate to big performances in the second half.
Verdict: Buy low
The Dolphins lost Albert Wilson for at least several weeks, and Kenny Stills is dealing with a groin injury that has him out for at least this Thursday’s game in Houston. DeVante Parker has barely played this season, and Jakeem Grant has been more of a big-play guy this season. This means Danny Amendola could be the receiver Miami runs the passing game through. The veteran receiver has a combined 14 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown with Brock Osweiler the last two weeks, as the two appear to have a really good connection. Especially in PPR leagues, Amendola is worth a look as long as Osweiler remains under-center for the Dolphins.
Verdict: Consider picking up or trading for in PPR leagues