I like to make fantasy football trades. Really, who doesn’t? We all look at other teams’ rosters, checking out who we might be able to snag without giving up too much, who can make our teams better, who someone might be too low on, etc. Fantasy football trades are fun. Each week, I’ll be writing a column describing some guys I’d be trading for and why. Usually, they’ll be “buy low” guys, but sometimes they’ll just be guys that I might be higher on than most. I’ll also be giving you some sell high guys who you should try to trade away while their values are high. We’re now two weeks away from the trade deadline, so start making moves to improve your team while you still can!
Eli Manning (QB, NYG) – So, call me a homer. Yes, I’m a Giants fan, but I also know what Manning is capable of. He has 32 points over the last four games. That’s just eight points per game, which usually doesn’t even merit being a backup on most teams. Take into account, though, that he faced the 2nd, 30th, 5th and 1st (San Francisco, Washington, Dallas and Pittsburgh) ranked passing defenses the past four weeks. In that week seven contest against Washington, he did put up 13 points, which isn’t terrible. Over the rest of the season, Manning doesn’t face another defense currently ranked higher than 14th (Atlanta). There’s no doubt in my mind he will still finish in the top eight at his position, and if you can give up a similar quarterback while also gaining a coveted piece for a playoff run, then take advantage of it.
Ryan Mathews (RB, SD) – Owners have to be VERY frustrated with Mathews by now. A first round draft pick by most fantasy owners, he started the season off injured and missed the first two games. Then, in his six games that he’s played in this season, he has averaged less than nine points per game. What gives? Well, for starters, Norv Turner wasn’t very fond of his fumbling struggles earlier in the season. There’s also the fact that the Chargers are just plain terrible. They’re almost always playing from behind, which means they end up throwing a ton, and Mathews ends up taking a back seat. The good news is that he seems to have solved his fumbling issues, and in the carries he has been given, he’s run very well (4.4 yards per carry). I’d bet on him having a big game soon, and you might want to have him on your side before it happens.
First and foremost my thoughts and well wishes are with those bunkering down on the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. I have family there myself, and I pray for the safety of them and all others who are about to be forced to endure the difficulties that may lie ahead. Sports can be a fine place to find solace in disaster but it does not relieve many of the destruction that can be caused. I am fortunate to be void of worry to my own well-being on the west coast, but the lack of direct effect does not leave me without heaviness on my heart and mind. Please be well my East Coast crew.
As we look upon that solace we look back to the week that was; a few great performances and many leaving more to be desired. It seems that week 8 was a little down on the average. None the less, there are still a few talking points worth noting. Also, as a heads up, once tonight’s game is in the books we will have reached the halfway point in the season. Later on in the week I will release my mid season fantasy awards with a quick look-ahead preview to the second half. Check back soon for that. Week 8? Here it is.
Note 1: Injuries
- Calvin Johnson- While we do not seem to have any serious injuries to report following week 8, Megatron leads the way in the minor category. Johnson is nursing a sore knee which he says played a large part in his 3 catch 46 yard effort. I didn’t have the guts to rank Johnson lower before the season because he truly is in a class by himself, but he is not on any of my own teams because I secretly can’t take a player on the cover of Madden. I pledged my allegiance to this cause following Shaun Alexander’s misfortune years ago. If continues to amaze me. Megatron only has 3 double digit scoring games and has scored one touchdown. I don’t care what people say, that is not what a top 5-6 pick at wide receiver should be doing when looking for an “advantage” at that position. Darn you John Madden.
- Trent Richardson played great week 8 and has been reported no worse for wear going into week 9. He should be safe to resume counting on in your line ups.
- MJD has already been ruled out for week 9 in case you were curious.
- Pierre Garcon is still not expected to return from his foot injury until after the week 10 bye at the earliest.
- Not injury related, but there is a lot of buzz about Nick Foles starting over Michael Vick this week. For those of you in QB troubles, or bye week issues, Foles could be an interesting addition should he get that job. The Eagles have weapons and a pass happy offense should Foles get acclimated quickly. Oh, and he plays the Saints defense this week. Just a heads up.
Note 2: The Lions