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Trades We’d Like to See Happen in the NFL…for Fantasy

Fantasy scoring is down a bit compared to most years and there are several times who either have a limited amount, or a log jam, of talented weapons that are frustratingly not fulfilling their potential. With the NFL trade deadline coming up soon, we look at a few trades we’d like to see happen:

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos

Cat Vasquez (Gato): It's been interesting, seeing how the Russell Wilson era has gone terribly for the Broncos. Before the season a number of fantasy analysts, including myself, saw Jeudy as the more complete receiver when compared to Courtland Sutton. And we saw it all coming together for Jeudy this year with competent quarterback play seemingly entering the fold. Wilson has been a big part of Denver's disappointing season thus far and that extends to the performance of Jeudy as well. He has a season line of 24/386/2 while Sutton has posted 34/454/1. Jeudy is better than those numbers and I'd like to see him get a chance elsewhere.

Preferred Teams: Packers, Chargers, Cowboys Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns

Sam Bissett: I’d love to see someone pick up Hunt. He’s in the final year of his contract with the Browns who currently sit at 2-5. Although he’s been held to just nine carries for 16 yards and one reception over his last two games, it’s clear the Browns are going with Nick Chubb or bust. Hunt could still have RB2 potential and be a factor in the passing game.

Preferred Teams: Rams, Falcons, Bills A.J. Dillon, RB, Packers

Gato: Here's another player I think could flourish in a better situation. The Packers have issues and it's unfortunate that there aren't enough positive plays to go around. Dillon has the talent to be an RB1, but he's hovering around low-end RB2 territory right now. Aaron Jones takes most of the touches, but if Dillon could find his way to a team that ever plays with a lead, he could be a monster. Problem is there aren't a lot of teams in that situation that need a running back.

Preferred Teams: Chiefs, Rams, Bills

Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans

Bissett: As a Texans fan it hurts, but Cooks could really use a change of scenery. He’s lost his spot as the WR1 on a struggling Texans team that doesn’t push the ball downfield often. In his last three games, Cooks has hauled in 15 of 18 targets to the tune of 123 yards and a touchdown. The efficiency is still there but getting him to a team that works down field more or lacks a consistent WR option would help Cooks go from fantasy bust to a weekly WR2/WR3 again.

Preferred Teams: Packers, Chiefs, Giants

Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins

Gato: The fifth-year player has had some solid seasons at the position, and that's really all you can ask for when finding a tight end in fantasy. Gesicki is right on the edge of TE1 status this season, and that's with having a pair of goose eggs this year while playing alongside Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Finding a place where he can be a second-best target might do wonders for his production.

Preferred Teams: Giants, Buccaneers, Bills

Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers

Bissett: A little selfish with this one, but I think moving Chase Claypool is a 2-for-1 special in terms of fantasy. Claypool looked like a star his rookie season and a pretty consistent deep threat. However, with Big Ben’s decline and the inconsistent QB play in 2022 Claypool has amassed just a 28/266/1 line. Part of the reason is because Pittsburgh is trying to get George Pickens (26/338/1) more looks, which needs to happen. Both guys are young, massive receivers with game-breaking talent, but Claypool just has the remainder of 2022 and 2023 before free agency. Steelers should get what they can for Claypool and let him try to become a team’s top receiver for a couple years.

Preferred Teams: Titans, Ravens, Packers


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