Trade, Drop & Hold: Deadline Week

We’ve officially made it to trade deadline week.

There was quite a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not we’d make it this far into the 2020 NFL season, but despite several COVID-related postponements, rescheduling, etc, we’ve made it far enough into the season where your league’s commissioner shouldn’t have to worry too much about how he/she will determine a winner due to a shortened/canceled season.

Speaking of your league’s commissioner, it might not be a bad year to be thinking about these people during the holidays. You know, a bottle of booze, a jersey of a player on their favorite team (use the link below, please), just something nice to let them know that you appreciate all of the time and effort they put into this season with all of the uncertainty that came along with it.

And yes, I did put that paragraph into this week’s article as a direct message to anyone that plays in a league that I commission. Buy me something, and make it good. I don’t want anything cheap. If you’re buying me booze, get the largest bottle you can find. Thanks in advance.

With that out of the way, I’m also letting the readers know that this will be the final version of Trade, Drop & Hold for the 2020 season since the trade deadline will have passed in most standard redraft leagues by the time this article drops next week; making it rather difficult to nominate players to trade away or trade for.

However, stay tuned as I may have something new for you next week. Just depends on how much energy I have left after watching Tua lead the Dolphins to a 3-0 record as the team’s starter after delivering a few body blows to Herbert and the Chargers on Sunday.

But enough about Tua and the hope he’s instilled in this deprived Dolphins fan, let’s go out with a bang as we make that final push for the fantasy playoffs!

Trade: Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Despite not reaching double-digit fantasy points three out of the season’s first five weeks, I still didn’t think Tyler Lockett was touchable since we all know he could pop off any given Sunday and win you a week. And while he’s had two of these weeks (Week 3 against Dallas & Week 7 against Arizona) this fantasy season, I think we may have reached a point where your league’s Lockett owner may part with him for the right price.

Lockett has put together back-to-back four-catch performances, and has failed to top 40 yards or find the end zone while teammate D.K. Metcalf has posted a 19-269-3 stat line over the team’s last two games.

The time is now to jump at the opportunity to trade for Lockett if your league’s Lockett owner is frustrated with the lack of current equality in the Metcalf/Lockett distribution.

Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 7: What to do with DK Metcalf, Tyler  Lockett - DraftKings Nation

I personally believe that Metcalf has solidified himself as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver and one of the most dominant players in the league at the position, but I also feel that Seattle’s offense is going to be in a position where they are forced to score 30+ per week in order to compete, and it’s just a matter of time before Lockett has another breakout game, and more importantly, becomes a consistent scorer as opposing teams do all they can to try to contain Metcalf.

If there’s a position in fantasy football where the majority of owners have depth it’s at wide receiver. This makes Lockett a bit more available than an impact running back, and I like the chances of Lockett being a weekly starter for the rest of the season that you may be able to sneak away from his current owner for a lesser player that’s had a recent hot streak.

If you’re in a position where you can afford to take a chance on trading for Lockett, shoot over an intriguing proposal and see if you can land him for your push to the playoffs.

Drop: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

As a fantasy player that turned to Matthew Stafford to replace Dak Prescott in numerous leagues, this one hurts.

However, if you’re still in the playoff hunt despite having to rely on Stafford as your starting quarterback, I think the time is now to look for another option to put you over the top.

Stafford has been an enticing play in three of the last four weeks since his bye, but has really only came through in one of those games (18 points against Atlanta compared to just 12 and 8 against Jacksonville and Minnesota, respectively). In fact, his best outing over the course of the last four weeks came in his worst statistical matchup, against the Colts where you likely found an alternative streaming option, as he scored 22 points.

Matthew Stafford opens up about his love of the city of Detroit

He’s now scheduled to face Washington (ranked 9th against opposing QB’s), Carolina (11th), Houston (29th) and Chicago (2nd) in the weeks leading up to your fantasy playoffs, so outside of the matchup against the Texans, it’s not like the road is getting much easier for him.

Now add into the mix that he suffered a concussion last week, and he’s still without top wide receiver Kenny Golladay, and you’ve got yourself a terrible quarterback situation as you try to make a run at your fantasy playoffs.

Hit the waivers. Add a player like Jared Goff, Tua Tagovailoa, Philip Rivers, Drew Lock, etc, and take your chances with one of them. Hell, if they fail you, you’ll likely be able to revert back to Stafford in a week or two because I doubt anyone in your league is going to be desperate enough, or have the roster space, to add and/or start Stafford.

Hold: Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

Savvy fantasy players will see the return of Nick Chubb and immediately check their fantasy app to see who owns Kareem Hunt and make a semi low-ball offer in an attempt to steal Hunt away as we approach the fantasy playoffs.

I’m doing two things here. First, I’m telling you to be that savvy owner if you’re able to get your hands on Hunt. And secondly, if you currently have Hunt, don’t be the fantasy owner that trades him away just because Chubb is returning.

Chubb hasn’t played since getting hurt Week 4 against Dallas, but prior to then he was out there winning weeks for fantasy owners putting together back-to-back 20+ point weeks in weeks two and three.

Fantasy football trade targets: Jalen Reagor, Kareem Hunt and more – The  Athletic

However, it’s not like Hunt was some random side piece in this duo during this time. He was also posting consistent fantasy weeks with point totals of 10, 23 and 13 over the first three weeks of the season, and proceeded to dominate with weeks of 19 and 17 fantasy points in weeks four and five.

While the return of Chubb is the main reason a fellow fantasy player may try to steal Hunt away, another reason is because Hunt hasn’t been making the headlines recently, giving him the feel of a player that may be available for trade.

He’s failed to reach double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three games, and the team had their bye week last week, so it’s felt like it’s been quite some time since Hunt has been a different maker in your fantasy lineup.

Ignore the last few weeks of lesser production, ignore the return of Chubb, and ignore any trade requests you receive for Hunt. Keep him on your roster, and keep him in your starting lineup as we enter crunch time of the 2020 fantasy season.

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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