With the season underway, it is always important to be active in the trade market, regardless of your roster and whether you’re rebuilding or contending. It would be best if you were tweaking your rosters to ensure you’re building that long-term dynasty.
Without further ado, let’s dive into some players who could be exciting players on the trade market over the next week.
Breece Hall, RB NYJ
The consensus rookie 1.01 in ADP throughout the summer, Hall has already had some of the shine removed. A challenging preseason running behind a makeshift backup offensive line led into a week one performance where Hall was out-touched by sophomore running back Michael Carter, 17 touches to 12.
The shortsighted GM may be nervous that Hall isn’t the prized dynasty asset they hoped for in May after putting up only 10.1 PPR points. However, I view Sunday’s performance as a positive. Yes, Hall didn’t produce or flash as you would have hoped and the fumble was certainly not a positive. However, The Jets’ offensive line was not in a great place. After injuries to Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown, the Jets were down to rookie fourth-round pick Max Mitchell at right tackle. George Fant had to play left tackle after practicing all preseason at right tackle. The run blocking will only improve in the coming weeks. Also, while Carter out-touched Hall, the opportunities and snaps were much more even. Hall even saw more targets in the passing game than noted receiving specialist Carter.
I still believe Hall is an elite talent who will only continue to see more work in the coming weeks, and the situation will improve. If you can tempt the current Hall GM to part with him for a 2023 first-round pick or anything less, that has the opportunity to be a huge win.
Allen Robinson, WR LAR
Twitter was awash with people lamenting Robinson on Friday morning. Much hyped in the offseason, Robinson picked up exactly where he left off last year with a two-target performance and 2.2 fantasy points. However, while the box-score numbers were worrying, the underlying numbers are encouraging. Robinson was on the field for 65 of the team’s 67 offensive snaps with a route participation number of 96%. What also reinforced this positivity was in the immediate aftermath of the game, Sean McVay commented on needing to get Robinson more involved.
Robinson was the Rams’ big move this off-season, and with a sizeable financial commitment meaning the Rams can’t move on from him until after the 2023 season at the earliest, they need to make this new marriage work.
Given his uncertainty and increased age, I wouldn’t want to be acquiring Robinson with any future capital. However, if you can pivot from another player to still “buy low” on him, you could reap the rewards when he bounces back. While I’m confident he will bounce back this season with the Rams, and perhaps even this week against the Falcons, it’s worth pointing out it has now been 626 days since Robinson last produced a top-24 weekly performance (December 27th, 2020, vs Jaguars).
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB KC
I believe this could be the last opportunity to sell at peak value for the former first-round pick. His value is likely sky-high after a phenomenal week one performance when he finished as the overall RB6. However, he did so while only playing 27 snaps and receiving ten touches. Producing 22.4 points on ten touches is hugely impressive. However, I don’t believe this level of efficiency is something that will continue. Edwards-Helaire saw fewer targets than Jerick McKinnon and fewer carries than Isiah Pacheco.
Much has been made about Edwards-Helaire being a bust and not living up to the post-draft fantasy hype. A lot of that is fair, as he has undoubtedly underwhelmed. However, I feel like some people will view Sunday as a sign of great things for him and that the performance is now the norm. However, when considering player performance, I always look for those underlying numbers rather than just the points scored. This Chiefs’ backfield is a balanced three-headed monster. It just happened that Edwards-Helaire scored the TDs. Seeing an opportunity share south of 33% is a genuine concern, and I believe you should be using this as that opportunity to get out from him before the bottom falls out and he settles back into a middling RB2. I would hope you can get 2023 first. However, I would happily settle for receiving two 2023 seconds.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR CLE
This is less of a trade target and more of a situation to monitor. With the way the Browns structured their off-season, there was always going to be a secondary receiving option who could be relevant opposite, Amari Cooper. The biggest question was who would that second option be. It could be the third-round rookie David Bell. It could be David Njoku. However, through one week, the performance of Peoples-Jones was undoubtedly the one that stands out and the situation to monitor. The former five-star recruit fell to the draft’s sixth round and has the talent but has never really put it all together. With a large frame and an ability to win contested catches down the field, he has the potential to be a boom option in fantasy seeing those high-value deep and red zone targets.
On Sunday, Peoples-Jones led the Browns in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and air yards. If this is a sign of things to come, he could be a potential flex play, especially when Deshaun Watson returns. Right now, I wouldn’t pay anything more than maybe a third for him in a trade. But it will be worth monitoring if he continues to flash potential and carve out a significant role over the next couple of weeks. Currently the WR74 in August’s ADP, we could see him climb significantly if this week’s performance wasn’t an outlier.
Is there anybody else I’ve missed that you think you should be buying or selling in your dynasty leagues?