Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 8
We're through seven games of the fantasy football season, and you should have a solid grasp on your team's strengths and weaknesses by now.
If you're sitting below .500 and looking to shake things up, or at the top of your standings hoping to make some smaller improvements, here are two players you should be looking to acquire, and two players you might want to trade away in fantasy football for Week 8.
Fantasy Football Trade Values
1. Trade For: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans' volatility could be frustrating his fantasy owners, especially if they're finding themselves in the bottom half of the standings so far. He's only one game removed from dropping a zero against the New Orleans Saints, and his massive three-TD game in Week 3 feels like a distant memory. He's still getting some huge involvement in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing game though, and he racked up 17 targets in Week 6. He hasn't been nearly as consistent, but he's tied with Chris Godwin for the most targets on the team, and Evans' catch rate is not likely to stay below 50 percent in the second half of the season, considering his 61.8 percent mark in 2018 and 54.4 percent career average.
2. Trade For: Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
The change has been subtle, but Josh Jacobs' usage in recent weeks is a terrific indicator for his fantasy value over the remainder of the season. He saw only three targets over his first three games, playing fewer than 50 percent of the snaps in the Oakland Raiders' two losses in that time. He seems to have earned more trust in the receiving game since then, though, with eight targets over his last three games and a 56 percent snap share in the Raiders' Week 7 loss. His rushing volume has also been excellent, averaging 21.3 carries per game over his last three. He's not going to be cheap to acquire, coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, but he's handling true workhorse volume at this point.
3. Trade Away: Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
On the other side of the coin, Sony Michel could see his receiving volume drop off for the New England Patriots as soon as Rex Burkhead gets closer to a return. Michel saw one target with Burkhead playing over the first three games, and has eight in his last three with Burkhead out. The Pats' schedule has also been incredibly soft to start the year, and Michel has still only managed 3.3 yards per carry. A touchdown-dependent rusher who stands to lose his receiving volume, Michel's trade value is unlikely to stay nearly as high as it is right now.
4. Trade Away: Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett ranks 16th among wide receivers in PPR fantasy points over the last four weeks, but he's done that on only 20 targets. He's happened to catch 18 of those, finding the end zone twice, but a 90 percent catch rate (versus 81.4 percent in 2018 and a 72.2 percent career average) and 10 percent TD rate (compared to 7 percent career average) are not sustainable. Lockett has only seen more than five targets in three of his seven games in 2019, and until he gets more consistent volume, his fantasy value is going to be at risk of falling off a cliff.
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