It’s officially NFL trade-deadline week. If any deals go down prior to Tuesday’s deadline there’s a chance that a couple more names could find their way onto this list, however, it’s not too often we see many big-name, fantasy-relevant players dealt before the buzzer so the following four players will likely make up my complete list for the week.
Also, on a side note, I wanted to give a quick heads up that we will not have a Dynasty Trade Targets article next week. I’ll be floating between swim-up bars at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, so I highly doubt my fingers will be able to function well enough to type (or if I’ll be sober enough to find my computer).
I’ll be back to provide my trade targets for Week 11, but in the meantime, here are Week 9’s targets!
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Make what you will out of his season-high seven targets last week against the Bears, but based on his usage (season-high 88% snaps played) and what he showed last year once the ball is in his hands, the window to acquire Aiyuk at any sort of a discount is closing. Deebo Samuel has come back from injury on a mission in 2021 and shows no signs of slowing down, but even as the WR2 Aiyuk possesses plenty of fantasy relevancy in the 49ers’ offense. I’m also of the belief that Trey Lance will bring out the best in both Samuel and Aiyuk once he’s ready to take over as the team’s starter, so I’m banking on Aiyuk currently being at his floor in terms of production with a high percentage chance of succeeding in the not-so-distant future.
Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets
Social media is a wild place to be when quarterbacks like Mike White have days like he did last Sunday against the Bengals. Going 37-of-45 for 405 yards and three touchdowns is going to attract attention, but let’s keep the bigger picture in mind. Zach Wilson was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft for a reason. This organization isn’t going to play games with Wilson and make this some sort of quarterback competition with White (who is in his third NFL season). Your league’s current Wilson owner shouldn’t jump ship either, but in case there’s enough doubt in their mind, I like the idea of floating a 2022 third rounder his/her way and seeing if they’ll bite. Keep in mind rookie quarterbacks need time to develop. I can’t stress this enough. Wilson was thrown into the mix from day one with a fairly weak supporting cast and people expected the world from him. Despite the success we’ve seen from some rookie quarterbacks, that just isn’t the norm. Be patient with Wilson if you’re a current owner, and attempt a bit of a lowball offer for him if you’re not.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
This acquisition seems a bit unrealistic at first glance, but in the event your league’s current Williams owner has had him for numerous years now, I think there’s a chance you can land him via trade. While it’s still going to be an expensive acquisition, I don’t see Williams as being untouchable at this point. Like I mentioned, if your league’s current owner has had him for a while, they know how up and down Williams’ career has been in regards to production and availability (due to injury). He’s had back-to-back weeks with just two receptions, so if there was ever a time where some doubt may be creeping into the mind of the current owner, it’s now. This trade recommendation does come with some hesitancy, as Williams has never finished as a top-30 wide receiver in PPR leagues, but I think the risk is worth the reward if you can get your hands on a piece of this explosive offense. While the Chargers’ offense has looked fairly pedestrian the last two weeks, keep in mind the fact that they played against Baltimore and New England… two teams with defenses that historically make things challenging for young quarterbacks. Williams and the Chargers get the Eagles and Vikings their next two games.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
I feel a bit uneasy even making this recommendation, as trying to gauge another person’s mental state is next to impossible, but I’m going to venture to say that Ridley returns to football at a 100% capacity at some point. Will that point in time be this year? That I can’t promise. However, I don’t see him sitting out beyond the 2021 season, and once he returns we all know how dynamic he as a potential week winner at the receiver position. If you’re in win-now mode this recommendation isn’t for you. If you’re in complete rebuild mode this recommendation isn’t likely for you either. However, if your team appears to be in position to compete for a championship within the next 1-2 years, Ridley is worth looking in to. There’s 100 percent a decent amount of risk that comes with trading for Ridley since you’re not going to get him super cheap and there’s no guarantee he comes back – or is the same player when he does come back – but fantasy football comes with its fair share of gambling to it, and this is a calculated risk I’d be willing to invest in.
Sorry that I don’t have any specific running backs to target this week. If I were to add any, they would likely be repeats from the last couple of week’s recommendations (Fournette, Gordon, Mixon, Ingram – for cheap).