Business Value Of Fantasy Football – Is Now Time To Go For Kyle Pitts?
One of the building blocks of a great fantasy football league is trading. This is also one of the principles with the draft, the waiver thread, and roster management that you need to be good at in order to claim your league championships. As the season progresses, it’s important to be like a chameleon and adapt to changes in the NFL. The good news is that we have a ton of resources to help you with your decision making in these areas.
Before I dive into this week’s recommendations, I’d like to share some tips on how to set up a successful trade. The first may seem simple, but it’s important and is the place to start: analyze your team. You need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team before you can trade. For example, if your team is strong in RB but fragile in WR, you can make a list of RBs to add to the trading block. The second tip is to look at the rosters of teams in your league with the reverse situation, finding fantastic managers who might be willing to make a deal.
You can use Eric Karabell’s Trade Index and rankings from the rest of the season to better understand the value of trades. After you’ve done your research, it’s time to send in your business offer.
The third tip is simply to be proactive, open-minded, impartial and polite. Sometimes managers can overestimate or cling to players because they initially drafted them in the early rounds. It’s an easy way to miss out on a good business opportunity. Plus, the other managers in your league don’t want to deal with someone foolish. It’s crucial to “be nice” – just like John Dalton (played by the great Patrick Swayze) in the 1989 cult classic “Road House”.
The ESPN league trade deadline is December 1st and I’m here to help you with some trade candidate nominations. Below are three players you should acquire now when their values are perceived to be low, as well as three you should part with to strengthen your roster in other areas.
Go get them
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts: He’s been a disappointment this season. Taylor is currently RB28, which is surprising considering he won the Fantasy Football League last season. Taylor went nuclear in Weeks 11-17, averaging a whopping 24.3 PPR fantasy points per game. In three games in 2021, he averaged just 10.7 and is outmatched by teammate Nyheim Hines (11.8). There are, however, a few reasons for optimism. The Colts offense is expected to improve as quarterback Carson Wentz grows healthier and more comfortable in the program. Indianapolis also has the seventh most favorable schedule, according to our own NFL schedule for the remainder of Mike Clay’s season. The young running back is in an intriguing low buying candidate with games to come against the Dolphins, Ravens and Houston; all three defenses rank in the top half of most fantasy points allowed per game.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots: The Patriots offense and rookie quarterback Mac Jones have had their ups and downs like the S&P 500. New England ranks 22nd in total yards per game, although Meyers was a bright spot. He leads the team in targets (29), receptions (19), receiving yards (176) and receiving air yards (293). Meyers is the only WR in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards without a touchdown, according to Pro Football Reference data. It’s a touch away from being on the fantasy manager’s radar, and now is the perfect time to acquire it. The Patriots face the Buccaneers, Texans and Cowboys in their next three games, and those defenses have allowed wide receivers an average of 44 points per game this season. For reference, the Buccaneers (59) allowed the most points per game at the post.
Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons: You might want to avoid the Falcons’ offense in fantasy like gas station sushi. Even so, I wouldn’t forget Pitts. The hype surrounding him this summer was spiraling out of control. This was reflected in his middle draft position. Pitts is the TE15 and caught 11 of 17 targets for 139 yards. If the much-vaunted rookie had a touchdown he’d be in the top 10. Quarterback Matt Ryan has a 101.8 passer rating when he throws him and the report will only get stronger as he throws him. the season is progressing. The Falcons have the 12th most favorable schedule going forward, which also bodes well for more Pitts production.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants: He just had his best performance of the season last week against the Falcons, and word on the streets suggests Barkley has returned to his pre-injury role. He had 23 chances, but Devontae Booker was a healthy zero so that has to be factored into the equation as well. It should be noted that the Barkley break-up did not fully return; it’s something Barkley had in spades before the injury. The ability to create pieces of yardage on rushing attempts or after catching is what we’ve all been waiting to see. While Barkley averaged 22.6 chances per game in his 2018-2020 rookie season, it’s possible the Giants can still manage his workload as he returns to 100%. Barkley (0.65) ranks 39th in fantastic points per opportunity this season, tied with Mike Davis of the Falcons, and that ineffectiveness could continue for the remainder of the season considering the Giants’ upcoming schedule. ; New York has the toughest schedule down the stretch, and Barkley will have some frustrating days ahead in the Giants’ offense.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: He’s caught 23 of 32 targets for 322 yards and a touchdown this season. Is it good? Well, Deebo Samuel (334) and Cooper Kupp (367) are the only other receivers with more yards than Cooks. In addition, he manages all receivers with 428 aerial reception sites. What’s even more impressive is that Cooks doesn’t have a drop. It’s a perfect sales window for the WR6 fantasy. Cooks is one of five active receivers to exceed 1,000 receiving yards in at least five seasons since 2015, and he’s accomplished that feat with multiple quarterbacks and teams. The Texans’ absence of a viable No.2 receiver could negatively impact Cooks during the season, and defensive coordinators could take him in and force quarterbacks Davis Mills or Tyrod Taylor to find other ways to beat them.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins: He’s been in 50 games since 2018 and last week against the Raiders was only the second time Gesicki had 12 targets. It was only the fifth time he had more than 10 targets in a match, in fact. Did you know that 31% of Gesicki’s 86 receiving yards came on a single overtime reception? He saw more targets with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center, but that dynamic could change once Tua Tagovailoa returns. Gesicki may also have to fight for targets in a passing game that includes talented wide receivers DeVante Parker, Will Fuller V and rookie Jaylen Waddle.