Players to Trade for With Favorable Fantasy Football Playoff Schedules

Jason Schandl
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For most fantasy football leagues, the trade deadline is coming up this weekend, and that means you're not going to be able to capitalize on any more buy-low opportunities. The waiver wire will be your only route to improving your team.

If your team doesn't need any improvements at this stage, and you're comfortably in line for a playoff spot, you can start looking ahead to the later part of the schedule. The fantasy football playoffs generally go from Week 14 to 16, and making deals for players with soft matchups in those weeks can give your team a boost at just the right time.

Here are three players who fit the bill, that you should trade for now, while you still can.

Fantasy Football Trade Targets

1. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins

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It remains to be seen how well Terry McLaurin will mesh with rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, but they'll have a few weeks to sort that out before a couple juicy fantasy playoff matchups. The Washington Redskins get divisional games in Weeks 15 and 16, taking on the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. Those two happen to both be giving up top-six marks in fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Averaging 6.5 targets per game in 2019, with fewer than six targets in only one of eight, McLaurin should get more than enough volume to exploit these matchups.

2. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Marlon Mack's 178 rush attempts are tied for the fifth most in the NFL this season, and he's only failed to hit 16-plus carries once. There are few players who will get more opportunities to take advantage of a matchup with a soft run defense, and that's something he'll see in the fantasy championship. Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints aren't easy matchups, but just in time for the championship round in Week 16 Mack draws the Carolina Panthers, who rank dead-last in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings while giving up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

3. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

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Le'Veon Bell's schedule is easy even before the playoffs, getting the Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals in the next three weeks. He then gets a divisional matchup with the Miami Dolphins to open the fantasy playoffs in Week 14, and Miami has allowed the sixth-most PPR points per game to opposing RBs. Next is a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, and while they're having a terrific season, they only check in at 28th in run defense DVOA. Bell is having an underwhelming year, but his average of 15.9 carries and 6.1 targets per game still has him seeing elite volume, and the Jets' soft schedule means he can help you get to the postseason and then make the most of your opportunity when you're there.

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