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Immediate Fantasy Football Trades You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 8

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football trade targets in Week 8, including Amari Cooper.
Fantasy football trade targets in Week 8, including Amari Cooper. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Seven weeks into the NFL season, we've got a pretty good idea of how things are shaking out this year. We have a lot more information to help us figure out which players' big games may have been flukes and which are signs of more big games to come in the future. On the other side of the coin, we also get a better idea of which disappointing players can still be counted on to bounce back and which ones fantasy owners should cut their losses on.

With those fantasy football buy-low and sell-high opportunities in mind, here are four fantasy football trades worth pursuing immediately as we look forward to Week 8 of the 2020 season.

Trade for Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: The fantasy manager in your league with Amari Cooper on their roster is probably panicking in a big way right now. Dak Prescott is done for the year, and now Ben DiNucci is probably starting at QB for the Cowboys. It does sound like Andy Dalton is progressing toward a return from his concussion, however, so it shouldn't be the DiNucci show for too long. In Dalton's lone full start this year, he targeted Cooper 10 times, which translated to 7 receptions for 79 yards and 1 touchdown. Cooper is good enough to produce big fantasy numbers with Dalton at the helm, so you should try to take advantage of the panic.

Trade for Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals: This is a bit of a buy-high situation, as Kenyan Drake is now sidelined, but Chase Edmonds' fantasy outlook could be set to skyrocket. He's already flashed plenty of value while playing alongside Drake, catching 5-plus passes in three of his last four games, and now he could emerge as a true workhorse. He had one opportunity to work in that role before getting hurt in 2019, but when he did Kliff Kingsbury gave Edmonds 27 carries and 4 targets, which he turned into 150 yards from scrimmage with 3 touchdowns. Edmonds could emerge as a true RB1 option.

Trade away Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett is an absolute monster, no doubt. He clearly has the potential to single-handedly win you your fantasy football matchup. His inconsistency can also lose you a game, however. His last four weeks highlight this rollercoaster ride perfectly. He had 37.0 PPR fantasy points in Week 3 and 53.0 in Week 7. Between that he had just a combined 14.3. This wasn't just fluke inefficiency dropping his numbers either — he had just 4 targets in Week 4 and 5 targets in Week 5. If you can get a more consistent top wideout in exchange for Lockett, that's a swap you should make.

Trade away Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills: If you can't bring yourself to drop Devin Singletary, you might as well at least "sell low" here. Singletary's fantasy value really looks like it's going to be shot for as long as Zack Moss is healthy. He got a strong 18.0 opportunities (14.0 carries plus 4.0 targets) per game with Moss on the shelf, but that falls to 13.5 opportunities (9.3 carries and 4.3 targets) per game with a healthy Moss. Moss also played a season-high 47% of the Bills' offensive snaps in Week 7, which barely trailed Singletary's 54%. That kind of workload is just never going to make Singletary an exciting option at this point.

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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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.