With dynasty leagues in mind, here are some players to target in trades, and some players to try to offload if you can
Players to Buy
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Allen remains the overall WR15 in PPR leagues thus far in 2019, but nearly 1/3 of his seasonal fantasy points came in one blow-up game in Week 3 (13 catches, 183 yards, 2 touchdowns = 43.6 PPR points). In the six games following, Keenan has notched five catches or fewer in all but one, eclipsing 60 yards just once. If owners are spooked by this drought and worried about Mike Williams and Hunter Henry eating into his production going forward, I would pounce at the opportunity to buy on a potential top-5 fantasy Wide Receiver. Allen is still just 27 years old and remains one of the nastiest route runners in the NFL. Nothing has changed in his game during this rough patch, so I would expect him to right the ship sooner rather than later. The Chargers passing attack will have a chance to get right facing the worst pass defense in the league in Week 10 in Oakland, and if Allen goes off the buy window will once again slam shut.
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
Terry McLaurin aka Scary Terry aka F1 McLaurin started the season with a historic stretch, joining Anquan Boldin, Jerry Butler (who?), Stefon Diggs, Terry Glenn, and A.J. Green as the only Wide Receivers to amass at least 23 catches and 400 yards in their first five career games. T-Mac (feel free to steal that nickname if you so desire) has failed to surpass 39 receiving yards in the last three games, and owners may be forgetting the rarified air McLaurin was in to start his career. The change in Quarterback to the raw Dwayne Haskins may provide a buy window that didn’t exist a month ago. Could a contender be looking for more consistent weekly production for their playoff push, at the expense of the up and coming TMC? That is what I would be trying to find out in the coming days.
Players to Sell
Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers
Had I owned Gordon anywhere, I would have been trying to sell him in the offseason, with the contract uncertainty, potential future knee issues, etc. However, for those that hung on to Melly for too long, you now have a small window to sell for decent value after his recent 20/80/2TD game. Gordon obviously has only played five games thus far and may have needed to work himself into shape, but on a per game basis, he is averaging fewer fantasy points than Jamaal Williams, Devin Singletary, and Devonta Freeman, to name a few. Gordon’s upcoming schedule has a mix of tough run defenses in Oakland and Jacksonville (who was giving up just 60 rushing yards a game in the three games leading up to last week’s gashing) and some easier matchups (Kansas City), but I would be afraid of holding much longer and potentially losing even more value. Cut your losses and move on.
Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
After comfortably climbing into the top-3 dynasty Tight End discussion, Ertz has been relatively disappointing this season. Over halfway into the season, and Ertz has just one 100-yard game after notching five last season. He is still on pace for 130+ targets and 930+ yards, which would both trail only his 2018 campaign for career-highs. The issue is, most owners were anticipating a repeat of last season’s 1100 yards and 8 touchdowns, but that is looking more and more like an outlier. In order to sell, Ertz owners needed a breakout game and in Week 9 he delivered with a 9/103/1 line. With the Tight End position no longer looking like a complete wasteland, Ertz is no longer the hot commodity he once was. However, if you can find a team that is living the stream at that position and looking for more consistent production, Ertz may be the answer, and last week’s performance helps in recouping some of his value in a trade.