Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 2
The 2020 NFL offseason was a hectic one, bringing no shortage of surprises. Week 1 followed suit, with plenty of twists and turns 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 2020 season.
1. Trade for: Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
The knock on Josh Jacobs' fantasy football outlook has been a lack of receiving work while the Las Vegas Raiders seemed to favor Jalen Richard on passing downs. Those concerns were erased in Week 1, as Jacobs' 6 targets were second on the team (trailing on Darren Waller) and Richard notched only 1. Jacobs was a true every-down workhorse, ranking fifth among all running backs in Week 1 by playing 77.8 percent of his team's offensive snaps. Jacobs can be considered a top-five RB the rest of the way, and there aren't many players that wouldn't be worth trading for him.
2. Trade Away: Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Nick Chubb's value went in the opposite direction. He played 47.9 percent of the Cleveland Browns' offensive snaps while Kareem Hunt beat him out with 49.3 percent. Hunt also had Chubb beat in both carries (13 to 10) and targets (6 to 1). Part of this was gameflow related, as the Browns were trailing and leaning on the more versatile Hunt. Chubb being so gameflow dependent is a huge red flag, however. Now is the time to salvage some value while you can still get try to get a return that reflects his value as a second-round pick.
3. Trade for: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
It's not common advice to "buy high," but unless the fantasy manager in your league with Jonathan Taylor on their roster is completely enamored with him, you should try to pull off a deal. With Marlon Mack done for the year, Taylor is now the Indianapolis Colts' clear lead back on rushing downs. What makes him really interesting, though, is the receiving volume he saw in Week 1. Philip Rivers targeted RBs on 17 of his 46 pass attempts, and that's a tendency that we have seen throughout his career. Taylor saw 6 of those targets, barely trailing Nyheim Hines (8). Already showing flashes as an every-down threat, Taylor would be a legitimate first-round pick if 2020 fantasy football teams were being re-drafted today.
4. Trade Away: Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been a fantasy football stud for years, and now is the time to use that reputation to salvage some value from him. The Eagles are clearly very high on Dallas Goedert, who led the team in targets (9, to Ertz' 7) while playing just 4 fewer snaps than Ertz. Targets will only get harder to come by as DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor get up to speed, and it's looking like Ertz could be the odd man out in this offense.
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