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Which players may well be involved in trade discussions in your leagues after week one?

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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?

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panther7
15 days ago

Good article, thanks! One thing I’d comment is the Chiefs are not a 3 headed monster yet in my opinion. Pacheco had 2 touches before the last two drives when the game was over. It was CEH and McKinnon. Now, Pacheco did produce when given the chance, so maybe that changes going forward. But for at least week one, he wasn’t really involved when the game mattered.

Erick Reppe
Reply to  panther7
14 days ago

Exactly. Pacheco played most of the 2nd half of this game, when the outcome was decided. With a Thursday game coming, this was a smart move by KC. CEH should be fresh and will receive a much higher percentage of snaps than vs. Arizona

Scott deVilleneuve
Reply to  Erick Reppe
14 days ago

Not to pile on, but I have to agree with the above comments. I’m not a huge CEH truther but am a KC fan (wasn’t really excited about the CEH pick when they made it to be honest) but watching the game it looked like CEH is the back to have. This game was over in a hurry, and I didn’t get the sense there was much of a true timeshare. I went back and looked at the snaps/plays, and CEH handled 35% of the actual touches of all players for the Chiefs on the 1st 3 drives. He had his 10 touches (11 if you count his recovery of PM’s fumble) by the end of the 3rd quarter, at which time McKinnon had 6 touches (4 on 1 hurry up drive) and Pacheco had 2 touches. CEH didn’t see the field in the 4th quarter while Pacheco wracked up his totals. CEH is only 23 years old, even with a supposedly stacked incoming class, I’m not sure that selling him for a couple of future 2nds isn’t going to be a losing proposition.

Robert Woolmer
14 days ago

Great article thanks. I’m thinking it’s time to sell high on Darrell Henderson before Akers comes back into things?

Jeremy Humenik
Reply to  Robert Woolmer
14 days ago

I have Akers and I’m worried he isn’t coming back

Robert Woolmer
Reply to  Richard Cooling
14 days ago

Interesting thanks. Don’t think I’d get that at the moment so will hold until someone gets desperate. Hope you have a good week 2.

Chris Madden
13 days ago

On Clyde– I’m not sure resting your lead back in a blow out before a Thursday night game is indicative of much. He’s been injury plagued, but I’d pay two 2nds everyday of the week! Did I mention he’s 13 months younger than Najee Harris?

Richard Craven
12 days ago

Would you trade two late 23 1st and one late 23 2nd for Michael Carter, Breece Hall, early 23 3rd and mid 23 3rd?

I am the champion from year before and have JT, JK, Sanders, Monty, Patterson, and James Cook as my rbs right now

I have plenty of young wrs as well.

Plus. Lamar, Herbs, Z Wilson, and D Jones at Qb.

2QB. 10 man league.

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