Thanksgiving week…

The time of the year when NFL teams want to be hitting their stride as the playoff picture begins to take shape, while also being the time of the year where your fantasy squad needs to be hitting its stride as the fantasy playoffs are just a few short weeks away.

This week’s article highlights some players that’ll help with your playoff push this season while also including a few players that are more so meant as pieces that’ll help you down the road.

We’re short on time this holiday week, so let’s jump into some quick details regarding each of this week’s trade candidates!

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Gallup is back, Amari Cooper is on the COVID list and CeeDee Lamb is very questionable for Thursday with a concussion. Not only should Gallup see an uptick in targets this week (after receiving 10 last week) and likely over the rest of the regular season, but he’s also fairly likely to end up on a new team next season where he’ll be either the team’s WR1 or WR2. This is a move that can help you now and into the future as Gallup is just 25 years old.

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

It’s been a rough season for Robinson as he sits as the WR67 in fantasy. This is not a move that’s going to pay dividends for you already this season – as Robinson hasn’t hit double-digit fantasy points in half PPR leagues all year – but if you think your dynasty squad is ready to compete for a championship already next season, I like this move for you. Robinson is only 28 years old and will either be out of Chicago next year, or will have had a complete offseason to build chemistry with Justin Fields.

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

Barkley returned from injury last week and produced just 31 total yards on 12 touches. Keep in mind that this performance came against the Buccaneers’ defense that has been stingy against opposing team’s running backs all season. Maybe there’s a chance your league’s current owner looks past the fact that he played against Tampa last week and is simply ready to move on after yet another injury-plagued season, and if so, be the one that pounces on the opportunity. Barkley is still just 24 years old and admitted after last week’s game that he wasn’t really in “game-shape” after missing the team’s last four games. Barkley will be fine and so will his fantasy production; both this season as we approach the fantasy playoffs and definitely the next handful of seasons moving forward.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

Despite just two double-digit fantasy performances since Week 3 (half PPR) Hockenson is still the No. 5 fantasy tight end on the season. Proceed with caution as the Lions’ offense will give you bubble guts if you watch too long, but Hockenson can be a player you can plug in yet this season (since the tight end position is pretty rough) and will be an especially enticing option at the position in years to come. Keep in mind that this is only Hockenson’s third year in the league and the arrow on him is pointing up as he continues to master the position while the team continues to grow and build around him.

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders returned to the lineup last week and Gainwell was the odd man out at the running back as a healthy scratch. Is your league’s current owner a bit impatient and quick to pull the trigger on a player that he/she feels has been demoted? Hopefully, because if you can turn your 2022 2nd rounder into Gainwell, I’d say that you won the week in your dynasty league. While it may take a bit more than just your ’22 2nd, I wouldn’t hesitate to attempt to make a move for Gainwell while he currently a bit lost in the depth chart. It’s just a matter of time (likely next year) before Gainwell rises up the depth chart and is seeing a healthy workload on a weekly basis; and who knows what happens to the Eagles’ running back situation once Sanders’ contract is up.

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