Dynasty Trade Targets: NFL Week 14

This is it – the final dynasty trade target article of the 2021 NFL season. It’s been a good ride with more hits than misses, at least in my opinion, but with the trade deadline on the horizon, this week marks the end of dynasty league trade season.

There are a total of five trade-target nominations this week with the first three geared towards teams looking to win now while the final two are for those that are in a position to potentially deal away a veteran for an up-and-coming player.

Appreciate everyone that’s read the articles and provided feedback throughout the season and best of luck to you as we enter the fantasy football playoffs!

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Hopkins returned from injury last week after missing the team’s previous three games and basically salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective by catching the game’s first touchdown. While you’re not often going to be very fantasy relevant when you only catch two passes in an entire game, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about Hopkins only seeing two targets in a game again this season. He’s another week back from injury and he won’t play in another bad-weather game the rest of the season. Hopkins is 29 years old, and with how dynasty owners like to deal players before they turn 30, your league’s current owner may see this as the ideal time to cash in on Hopkins while he’s still perceived as highly valuable. He gets the Rams, Lions, Colts and Cowboys over the remainder of the fantasy season, and most importantly, he’s reunited with a healthy Kyler Murray.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Another receiver in his age-29 season, Lockett has now strung together three straight weeks with double-digit fantasy points and either 90+ receiving yards or a touchdown. He’s a player you’re going to have to pay up for in order to land him for your playoff run, but he’s been the most consistent offensive player for the Seahawks during this unusual stretch of games they’ve been on. They get the Texans, Rams, Bears and Lions over the next four weeks, so that’s a fairly decent run of matchups for Lockett owners during the most crucial time in the fantasy season. Much like I said about Hopkins, Lockett still has plenty of good football left in him, but it’s worth checking with your league’s current owner in case he/she’s looking to maximize value prior to age 30.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions

If you’re in win-now mode and you need help at running back, Williams is likely one of the best options that won’t force you to break the bank. His long-term upside is obviously capped by D’Andre Swift, but that’s the least of your worries right now if you’re trying to cash this year. Swift remains questionable at best for the next couple of weeks, and even if you have some decent options at the running back position, depth is never a bad thing to have when making a championship run. He’s likely not going to win you any weeks, but his ability as a pass catcher and his current role as the team’s lead back gives him a fairly safe floor on a weekly basis (for now).

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Gainwell has been a bit more miss than hit this season, but that was to be expected after sliding a bit in the draft and being slotted behind Miles Sanders. However, he’s effective as a pass catcher and I personally believe it’s just a matter of time before he finds himself worthy of a flex role on a weekly basis. Plus, if you’re building for the future at this point in the season, it really doesn’t matter how productive Gainwell is for the remainder of 2021. If you’re holding onto that veteran player that can help a playoff team yet this year, see if you can move that player in a deal that involves Gainwell. It’s difficult to land impact running backs in dynasty, but selling off an aging player to a competing team that currently possesses Gainwell may turn into a move that benefits you greatly as you construct your rebuild.

Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals

We witnessed a Week-2 breakout from Moore as he posted a 7-114-1 stat line en route to a 20+ point fantasy performance, but outside of that game, Moore has posted just two double-digit fantasy performances (half PPR) during his rookie season. Not all rookies burst onto the scene already in year one, but I feel confident that Moore landed in a perfect situation to unleash his talents as he continues to learn and grow with Kliff Kingsbury, Murray and the Cardinals’ offense. Hopkins is about to turn 30, A.J. Green is a fossil and Christian Kirk’s rookie deal expires at the end of next year, so there may be a fairly clear path to more snaps on a consistent basis in the not-so-distant future. He’s soaked in big-play potential, so landing him now before he starts popping off big plays on a routine basis is the way to go.

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