Week 8 is in the books and I hope you were all victorious! Most of you have a good understanding of where you team is right now meaning most of you know if its time to go for broke and make a blockbuster fantasy football trade! Before doing so I must advise letting us take a look at any offers you may submit or receive, after all we do offer 24 hour fantasy football trade advice! Below I have written about a few scenarios and players you may want to target for your playoff run.
Dead Last in the League -
It is officially time to go for broke. If you are sitting at dead last in your respective fantasy football leagues then odds are good you will need to win out. Being in such a position makes getting a deal to go through very difficult especially if your league allows a veto process. Regardless of the circumstances, you officially have nothing to lose so make a deal happen right away!
Players to Target -
If you are hurting at Quarterback why not target a disgruntled Michael Vick owner? You need to win right now and Michael Vick faces the Saints this week on Monday night. If Vick can’t get it done against the Saints he should hang up his cleats. Another Quarterback to target would be Eli Manning. Eli has a tough match up this week against the Steelers but he does have the talent tools around him to produce decent fantasy football numbers. Given the match up, I would not be surprised if this one ends with a shoot out. Eli Manning’s next three opponents are the Packers, Redskins and Saints. The Packers are 19th against the pass while the Skins and Saints are ranked 32nd and 30th respectively against the pass. I find the most successful fantasy football trades involving quarterbacks often involve one of two options; A) an owner giving up a good second quarterback after their weekly starter is past his bye week B) an owner who could use a little depth or a small boost at another position. Figure something like Peyton Manning for Ben Roethlisberger and Fred Jackson.
If you are looking for a running back now is a perfect time to nab Reggie Bush from a frustrated owner. Reggie Bush has posted two terrible games in a row but should go a nice run starting this week. The Dolphins next three opponents are the Colts, Titans and Bills. That would be the 27th, 28th and 31st ranked run defenses respectively. Buy now before it is too late!
Those in need of a wide receiver might consider Vincent Jackson. He is not as coveted as he has been in years past yet still produces in a big way. He had a monster game in week 7 followed by a dud in week 8. I am expecting an immediate bounce back this week against he Raiders followed by similar results against the Chargers and Panthers none of which are particularly scary against opposing wide receivers. If you can sneak into the fantasy football playoffs there is a tasty week 15 match up with the Saints.
In the Hunt or in the Lead - Time to gear up for the playoffs!
It is always important to be mindful of your surrounding and keep any eye to the future. Those who get comfortable often find themselves in a tough spot before to long. Stay on your toes and gear up for the fantasy football playoffs while you still can!
Players to Target -
When doing my homework for the fantasy football playoffs a big name quarterback that keeps jumping off the page at me is none other than Tony Romo. Yes I am aware Tony Romo has been a dumpster fire thus far in 2012 but the cowboys love to live and die by his arm. Many do not realize Tony Romo threw the ball 62 times last week! That is not only absurd but very appealing from a fantasy football perspective. I am making this recommendation purely from a fantasy football stand point but make a trade for Romo before he has a huge game! From week 11 onward The Cowboys will face a top 14 passing defense only twice. This stretch includes a week 16 match up with the 30th ranked redskins pass defense followed by a week 17 match up with the Saints who’s pass defense ranks dead last in the league. I am not saying gut your team to get him nor am I saying he should start right away, but if you can smuggle him away from an owner who is most likely sick of him the move could really pay off in the long run.
Those of you seeking a running back will find the sledding a bit tougher this time of year. Most owners are entrenched with their weekly starters at this point and therefore unlikely to come off their starting fantasy football running backs for anything less than a king’s ransom. A couple of running backs I have found to be easy targets are Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. Obtaining one of these two guys should be relatively easy and cheap given the current situation. 5 of the Colt’s next 9 opponents rank in the bottom 3rd of the league against the run including a week 16 fantasy playoff pillow fight with the Chiefs.
Another running back I have been targeting with the fantasy playoffs in mind is the ageless wonder Willis Mcgahee. The Broncos are getting better by the day and their running backs have a highly favorable schedule the rest of the way. 7 of their next 9 opponents rank in 20th or lower against the run including week 15 against the Ravens (26th) week 16 against the Browns (24th) and week 17 against the Chiefs (23rd) Go get Willis if you can.
For fantasy wide receivers, I am sticking with the Cowboys. No I am not a Cowboys fan but that playoff schedule is too tempting to pass up on. The week 15 tilt with the Steelers is a little scary but week 16 and 17 against the Redskin and Saints makes acquiring either Miles Austin or Dez Bryant very tantalizing. Don’t bet the farm on either of them but it might worth it to throw an offer at one of their owners especially if you get that coveted week 15 bye during your fantasy playoffs!
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