We found success again last week with the trade recommendations of Saquon Barkley, Mark Andrews, Brandon Aiyuk and Justin Herbert, so let’s see what we can muster up for this week.
I’m cutting the intro short this week since I’m busy training to tryout to become an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins (sorry, disgruntled fan here), so let’s jump into the players I’d recommend considering making trade offers for as we head into Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans
Cooks has been fantastic so far this season currently sitting as the WR6, so while you may have to pay up a bit to land him, it may just be worth it if you’re looking to make a push yet this year. Why I think you may be able to land him via trade is due to the fact that he plays for one of the league’s most unsexy offenses. While he’s been a fantastic option for fantasy lineups, I’d be willing to bet that your league’s current owner is chalking his success up to fools gold and may be looking to sell high. Cooks has seen at least seven targets, recorded at least 78 yards and has finished with at least 15 fantasy points in each of the first three weeks of the season; and I’d expect his success to continue as the season goes on as he remains the team’s only reliable pass-catching option.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
Another unsexy option that’s been getting the job done so far this fantasy season is Cole Beasley. Despite just four targets in a Week 2 route against Miami, Beasley saw 13 targets both Week 1 and Week 3 and turned those opportunities into 10 and 15 fantasy points, respectively. I expect Beasley to remain a heavily-targeted option for Josh Allen and the Bills as the team uses Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders as their big-play options while Beasley works the middle of the field as the team’s security blanket. Plus, the Bills’ offense is going to remain one of the best in the league, so acquiring a piece of it is never a bad thing. I wouldn’t break the bank on the 32 year old as he’s clearly on the back nine of his career, but he’ll be a consistent flex option throughout the season if you’re currently in your window to compete.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Have some draft capital and/or young players that you’re willing to part ways with? It’s going to take a pile, but if you want to make a splash in your league, get a price check on Ridley. He’s yet to top 64 yards in a single game and is averaging under nine yards per reception this season, but it’s just a matter of time before Ridley and the Falcons’ offense breaks out and produces more points for fantasy owners. He’s got Washington and New York (Jets) before his Week 6 bye, and we’ve seen those two teams give up some solid fantasy production to opposing team’s wide receivers through the first three weeks of the season. As I mentioned, you’re going to have to go all-in on a trade offer, but it won’t be long until Ridley is producing high-quality fantasy numbers this season and he’ll remain an elite player at the position for years to come.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Harris’ fantasy production has been fairly meh so far this season, but the injury to James White may lead to more snaps and opportunities for Harris to produce. He’s seen his percentage of snaps played decrease each week (53%, 41% and 31%), and while he’s been a bit of a liability in pass protection so far this season, he remains the team’s safest option when it comes to fantasy production. Additionally, your league’s current owner may see his lack of playing time as a sign that it’s time to sell, so this week may be the week to take the gamble and make a move for Harris. I’ll admit that it’s the trade that I feel least confident in this week – I think I still have PTSD from former Patriots’ running backs playing in a committee – but if the price is right you should consider trading for a 24 year old that plays arguably the most important position in fantasy football.
Yea, I know I only gave you four options this week compared to my usual five, but I don’t want to give you advice that I don’t personally believe in. Good luck with your trade proposals this week and feel free to reach out either in the comments below or on Twitter with any trades you’re considering.