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5 Immediate Trades to Make in Fantasy Football Week 8

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football trade targets heading into Week 8, including Travis Etienne.
Fantasy football trade targets heading into Week 8, including Travis Etienne. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Heading into Week 8 of the fantasy football season, managers have a better feel for their rosters and which holes need to be filled. Exploring trades is one way to improve your lineup, either by buying low on someone underperforming or selling high in order to bolster your depth.

Week 8 also brings a bye for several teams. Bye weeks can create a tricky roster construct for managers and may be the best opportunity to take advantage of a buy-low situation.

With that in mind, here are three players to trade for (and two to trade away) in Week 8.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Trades

1. Trade For: Travis Etienne, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

This one may be the toughest deal to pull off, but it's worth it. Travis Etienne is by far the biggest beneficiary of James Robinson's trade to the New York Jets. Robinson vacated 81 rushing attempts and 11 receiving targets, all of which are poised to fall into Etienne's lap. He's already raised his fantasy ranking from RB40 through Week 4 all the way up to his current standing at RB20. That number will continue to improve, and he's a great option if you're in need of a true RB1 on your roster.

2. Trade Away: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott scored a pair of touchdowns en route to an RB12 fantasy showed in Week 7, but that will likely be the highlight of his fantasy season. This was actually the first time that Tony Pollard out-snapped Zeke in the same game, which doesn't bode well for Elliott's usage going forward. This 2-TD performance also came against a Detroit Lions squad giving up the second-most rushing TDs in football. Take advantage of a fantasy manager who's not paying close attention to the important stats.

3. Trade For: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

Amon-Ra St. Brown is going through a tough stretch. He wasn't impressive in Week 5 and then played just 17% of the offensive snaps in Week 7 because of a concussion. Even so, he still leads Detroit's offense with 40 targets, which accounts for 19.7% of the target share. A couple of bad games could lead to drastic moves from St. Brown fantasy managers, so this is the perfect time to pounce and buy low.

4. Trade Away: Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

The other half of the James Robinson trade. Michael Carter's fantasy outlook has gone through some peaks and valleys in the last two days. This figure skyrocketed once we learned Breece Hall was done for the year, only to immediately crash after the Robinson deal. The early expectation is that Carter will split time with Robinson in a 50/50 workload, especially thanks to his 24 passing targets. Even so, Robinson will eventually take over early-down duties before long. This is a good time to take advantage of RB-needy fantasy managers and get that WR2 talent you've been searching for.

5. Trade For: Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

Call this the biggest wild card spot on our trade target list, but it's time to go ahead and grab Kareem Hunt. Currently ranked as RB25 in PPR formats, Hunt is one of the biggest names of the NFL's actual trade block. He's lived in the shadows of Nick Chubb for years but may find himself in a favorable RB situation before next week's deadline. Think Los Angeles Rams or Buffalo Bills. Those are the sort of situations that could explode Hunt's rest-of-season value, and this is a gamble that wouldn't be too pricey to pull off after Hunt's quiet performance in Week 7.


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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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