Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 2
After the NFL offseason wrapped up with a hectic last couple weeks of news, Week 1 greeted us with plenty of drama as well.
It's important not to overreact to a small sample size of information as we head into Week 2, but the fantasy football season is short. You can't afford to ignore a week's worth of info, especially when it was our first look at regular season action.
Here are four fantasy football trade targets worth pursuing immediately as we look forward to Week 2 of the 2019 season.
1. Trade Away: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
With 109 yards from scrimmage in Week 1, it may look like Todd Gurley had a promising start to the year. But he played only 70.1 percent of the Los Angeles Rams' snaps (despite reports from Sean McVay that he would not be limited), compared to playing 80 percent or more in 11 of his 14 regular season games in 2018 (including at least 90 percent in six). He also had only 15 touches in Week 1 after averaging 22.5 per game in the 2018 regular season. His efficiency may have hidden that severe drop in volume, leaving the trade window open while his fantasy outlook takes a big hit.
2. Trade For: Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
A questionable injury status throughout the week followed by a two-target 37-yard, zero-touchdown performance against the Atlanta Falcons has probably soured fantasy football owners on Stefon Diggs already. The Minnesota Vikings' Week 1 play-calling is not going to hold up for long though. They attempted only 10 passes in the win, which is five fewer than any team attempted in a single game last season. Yes, this is a sign that they plan on rolling with a run-heavy approach, but last year only one team called more run than pass plays, so even still, we can expect a big up-tick in passing volume. And with Diggs still commanding a big share of those looks, his fantasy value hasn't fallen nearly as far as Week 1 made it seem.
3. Trade Away: Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Gallup was incredible in Week 1, turning in 158 yards and seven receptions. Fantasy owners could find themselves chasing that high all season though, as that production came on only seven targets, and neither a 100 percent catch rate nor 22.6 yards per reception are sustainable marks. Yes, finishing second on the Dallas Cowboys in targets is an encouraging sign, but this is a team that can be expected to get even more run-heavy as Ezekiel Elliott works his way back to a full workload. Gallup's Week 1 explosion could have his fantasy value at an all-time high, creating a good opportunity to find someone willing to over-pay for the No. 2 WR in what could be a run-heavy offense.
4. Trade For: Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Already a trade target heading into Week 1 with Jerick McKinnon in the IR, Matt Breida's value is even higher heading into Week 2 with Tevin Coleman nursing a high-ankle sprain. Breida is once again the clear-cut lead back for the San Francisco 49ers — a role in which he averaged 12.8 touches per game in 2018. This 49ers team looks better than that 2018 squad, getting Jimmy Garoppolo back at QB and opening the year with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and more sustained drives should mean even more volume (and scoring opportunities) for Breida. Coleman is expected to avoid the IR, but this is an injury that could linger, giving Breida time to establish himself as the No. 1 RB in San Fran.
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