Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 9

Jason Schandl
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We're halfway through the fantasy football season, meaning you should have a solid grasp of 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 and think you need 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 ahead of Week 9.

Fantasy Football Trade Targets

1. Trade For: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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Keenan Allen's production hasn't really impressed since Week 3. He's averaged 42.6 receiving yards on 4.4 catches per game over his last five, with no touchdowns during that stretch. Even in PPR leagues, that's a huge disappointment. There was a stretch of decreased volume in that time, with five, six and six targets in Week 4, 5 and 6. That has picked up in the last two games though, with 11 and 10 targets, respectively. If fantasy owners are panicking and looking to sell Allen, now is the time to take advantage, because he's not going to keep that zero in the TD column much longer while his volume is this high. He also apologized to his fantasy owners on Twitter so a true breakout game could be in the cards.

2. Trade For: Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Josh Jacobs didn't impress with 81 scoreless yards in Week 8, but his role remained highly encouraging. He continues to rack up plenty of rushing volume, with a 15-plus carries in each of the last four games, and his expanded receiving role is a great sign too. After catching just one pass in the first three games of the season, he's caught at least two in each of the last four. That's a big deal on an Oakland Raiders team that is often playing from behind, as it allows Jacobs to stay on the field while trailing – he's played at least 53 percent of the team's offensive snaps in each of the last four games, after playing less than 50 percent in Week 2 and Week 3. This workhorse role is going to keep him in play as a fringe RB1/RB2 every week. See if someone is selling, as he's worth buying right now.

Fantasy Football Trade Values

3. Trade Away: Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions

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Kenny Golladay bounced back from a Week 7 dud with a pair of touchdowns in Week 8. There were still some reasons for concern in that game though as Danny Amendola once again saw an expanded role, matching Golladay with a team-high eight targets, playing more than two-thirds of the team's offensive snaps for the second straight game. Golladay has only accounted for 13 percent of the Lions' targets in the last two weeks, compared to 25 percent for Amendola and 23 percent for Marvin Jones. With three mouths to feed in Detroit, Golladay isn't likely to post many more fantasy scores as impressive as he did last week against the Giants' weak secondary.

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

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Another player whose concerns were covered up by finding the end zone, Melvin Gordon only notched eight carries and three targets in Week 8. Those 11 opportunities are the fewest he's seen in any of his four games played this season, and over the last two weeks he's been outsnapped by Austin Ekeler too. Gordon has a touchdown in each of those last two games, but his workload suggests we shouldn't be too optimistic. If you can find someone who thinks these solid fantasy scores have solidified Gordon's value, it's time to jump ship and trade him away.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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