One week closer to the trade deadline…

Making some last-minute moves to better your odds of competing this year? Selling off pieces and acquiring draft capital in an attempt to get younger? Regardless of your situation, you’ve come to the right place as this is a location where we discuss everything dynasty trade related.

We have just a couple weeks left of this article as it relates to the 2021 season, but you can count on us each week leading up to your dynasty league playoffs with our top trade target nominees.

Here are this week’s top targets!

Darrell Henderson, RB, LA Rams

Not only is Henderson a realistic option at the running back position for you to potentially acquire as you make your run to the fantasy playoffs, but he’s also just 24 years old so he has some decent long-term value. He’s not a sexy option at the position and who knows exactly how he’ll be treated next year with Cam Akers expected to return as the Rams’ lead running back, but it’s this kind of uncertainty that potentially makes him available if your league’s current owner isn’t in contention to compete this year. He gets the Jaguars and Cardinals prior to the fantasy playoffs starting.

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

What in the hell happened to Metcalf and the Seahawks’ offense? Metcalf hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points since Week 8 and hauled in just one reception for 13 yards last Monday night in front of a national audience. The idea of acquiring Metcalf is for all dynasty players. Whether you’re competing now or building for the future (he’s just 23 years old), Metcalf is a player to at least get a price check on after a few disappointing weeks in a row. There’s definitely some uncertainty in Seattle with how things have gone this season, but Metcalf is a much better player and fantasy producer than what we’ve recently seen. He’ll be costly, but outside of this recent skid he’s proven to be a consistent player with boom potential.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

Gibson is honestly one of the top players I’m targeting in all of my dynasty leagues, regardless of how I’m doing record wise this season. He’s the player you’ll have to pay up for the most in this week’s article, but I believe he’s one of the top up-and-coming running backs that’ll be a monster fantasy producer for years to come. Washington hasn’t even come close to releasing his full potential, as he’s played less than 60% of the team’s offensive snaps in seven of 11 games this season, so there’s nowhere for the arrow to point other than straight up. I also like him more than any rookie you’ll be able to land in your 2022 rookie draft so I think trading whatever draft picks you need to make it happen is worth it. I know this can be debated and we still have plenty of time for the dust to settle in regards to the ’22 class, but I love Gibson as a player, I love his situation and I see an uptick in usage coming both for the remainder of this season and definitely into next season. He gets the Raiders and Cowboys in his next two matchups.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is strictly a win-now move only, so I’ve likely alienated some of you that are looking for long-term solutions, but I couldn’t leave Gronkowski off this week’s list. It sounds like Antonio Brown is going to miss another couple of weeks, and Gronkowski has once again proven to be Tom Brady’s go-to target when he needs to make a play, racking up 13 receptions for 194 yards in the two weeks he’s been back following injury. Gronkowski gets the Falcons, who he should feast against, and the Bills, who will be a tougher matchup, in the two weeks leading up to the fantasy playoffs; but if you need a reliable player at a position where there’s not too many consistent options available, go ahead and attempt to make a move for Gronkowski. A consistent option at tight end could easily be the difference between cashing and walking away empty handed this fantasy season.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

I’ve now seen CMC put on the trade block in two of my dynasty leagues. Let’s hypothetically say you’re in the middle of the pack in your standings this year and may just miss out on the playoffs, go ahead and float out your ’22 first and whatever else you may need to get the job done in order to acquire McCaffrey. The Panthers’ top playmaker is far from done, he’s simply run into a string of bad luck in regards to injuries. He’s being pushed farther down dynasty rankings as each week passes, but landing him now while his value is low is the most opportune time to make the move. I especially like this move in the hypothetical situation I described in the beginning of the writeup. CMC can be a huge difference maker for you next year and give your team the needed boost to be competing for championships as soon as next season.

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