Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 1

Jason Schandl
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The 2019 NFL season hasn't even kicked off yet, and already the fantasy football landscape is in turmoil.

No matter when you drafted, there's been some big news that has changed how things look. From news as recent as Ezekiel Elliott signing his contract extension to the older but no less impactful Andrew Luck retirement, it's been a crazy final few weeks of the NFL offseason.

Since sharp fantasy players can often get an edge by acting on some of the league's recent news, here are four trades that you should try to make before the 2019 season kicks off.

1. Trade For: LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

LeSean McCoy's average draft position (ADP) hasn't climbed much (to RB36) and Damien Williams' hasn't fallen much (to RB13) since the Kansas City Chiefs made McCoy their highest-paid running back. This contract means that Williams is not a lock to serve as the team's lead back in 2019, and McCoy's upside could be massive, if he ends up in that role. There's a real chance that McCoy and Williams' costs flip within the first couple weeks of the season, so now is the time to get out ahead of that by acquiring McCoy.

2. Trade Away: Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts' season-long outlook tanked as soon as Luck announced his retirement, impacting the entire team, and league for that matter. The likely reduction in wins is particularly concerning for Marlon Mack, who was outsnapped by Nyheim Hines in Colts' losses in 2018. The Colts draw a tough Week 1 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, and we could quickly see Mack's value plummet if they trail for most of the game and he doesn't dominate the team's backfield touches.

3. Trade For: Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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Jerick McKinnon landing on the injured reserve (IR) helped with the de-crowding of the San Francisco 49ers backfield, and Matt Breida heads into Week 1 ahead of Tevin Coleman on the team's depth chart. This is no guarantee that Breida leads the backfield in touches, but it does suggest that the 49ers aren't going to be shy about getting him involved. Like the last two situations, this is a case where the back that is currently cheaper has a real shot of being the most valuable throughout the season.

4. Trade Away: Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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We get situations like Melvin Gordon's every year. A player isn't likely to give us any fantasy production early in the season, but the promise of late-season upside entices us. Gordon's holdout could last as late as Week 10 though, and unless he's traded the back isn't likely to be back any earlier. The roster spot he takes up could also quickly become a hindrance when bye weeks kick in, so even though he carries plenty of upside, finding another owner willing to part with another top player in exchange for Gordon could potentially save you a 10-week headache.

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