Fantasy Football: Keenan Allen is Top Trade Target

Keenan Allen

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Keenan Allen, WR

Despite being virtually invisible on Monday night, Keenan Allen is the top guy you should try to trade for right now in your league.

Some — including myself — didn’t really trust Allen as he entered his sophomore season, and one of the reasons for that was the Chargers’ brutal schedule to open the season with the Cardinals and the Seahawks.  Patrick Peterson, who is backing up his claim as being one of if not the best true cover cornerback in the league, shadowed Allen all night, as he held the second-year player to five receptions for 37 yards.  Right now is a great time to trade for Allen, who hauled in 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns last year, but are you ready for a spoiler alert?  Allen will head this list next week, too.

Unless the Chargers decide to move Allen around the field, it’s likely that he will go against Richard Sherman throughout the game, who has yet to see a pass come his way.  It is possible the Chargers take a book out of the Packers’ playbook, as Green Bay kept Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the opposite side of Sherman for the majority of the night.  If they don’t, however, expect a quiet game once again from Allen, and expect to find a panicked owner.  After the Seahawks, the Chargers get the Bills, Jaguars, Jets, Raiders and Chiefs in five consecutive weeks.

Delanie Walker

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Delanie Walker, TE

Another trade target to keep your eyes on is Delanie Walker.  Look, he’s not the sexiest name out there, but he does get the Dallas Cowboys this week.  Yes, the same Dallas Cowboys who made Vernon Davis look like more than a touchdown dependent tight end.  But if you’re trading, you’re looking for a long-term investment.

With injuries piling up to tight ends throughout the league, you should take a shot on Walker.  Last week, I confessed my love for Jake Locker, and last year, Locker showed that he has some feelings toward Walker, too.  I’ll try to hide my jealousy.  In the seven games that Locker played last year, he looked Walker’s way a lot.

In seven games with Locker, Walker saw 33 targets, which resulted in 21 catches and four touchdowns.  Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have their role in the offense, but even as Walker showed last week receiving four targets for 37 yards and touchdown, he still has his role on the team.  If you’re a Jordan Cameron, Jordan Reed or Tyler Eifert guy, you could do worse than Walker the rest of the way.

Rashad Jennings

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Rashad Jennings, RB

As far as running backs go, it’s usually a better idea to trade for a guy who is coming off of a bad game.  For instance, if you wanted Le’Veon Bell, you picked the wrong week to try to get him, as he is coming off what will be his best of the 2014 campaign.

However, Rashad Jennings is the exception to this rule.  On Monday Night Football, Jennings showed that he is the every-down back for the G-Men.  At the goaline, it was Jennings, not Andre Williams, that got the nod.  Despite the showing — which, to be fair, he only averaged 2.88 yards per carry against the stout Lions’ defense — people are still down on Jennings.

He’s one of the more polarizing guys in fantasy this year, but you should try to get him while his stock is still low.  Sure, he’s an injury risk, and while any running back is one hit away from being out a significant amount of time, Jennings is up there with Eddie Lacy and Arian Foster where their track record makes them more of a risk.  However, while healthy, he is going to touch the ball and touch it a lot.

The Giants offense looks completely lost in their new system, and they will be passing a ton this year.  Jennings hauled in four passes on five targets on Monday night for 50 yards and touchdown.  Expect him to get between five and six targets per game, which makes him a great running back to go after in all formats, but especially in PPR.

Some other trade targets:

Tom Brady — Look, I have faith in him.  Once Rob Gronkowski is back to 100 percent, you’ll see his numbers increase.

Michael Crabtree — Again, take advantage of the impatient owner!

Larry Fitzgerald — See Crabtree, Michael. He is, however, more of a low-end No. 2 receiver going forward.

Malcolm FloydPhilip Rivers trusts Floyd, and his issue through the years has been staying on the field.  He makes for a solid flex and a good bye-week replacement.

Tony Romo — The defense really is as bad as it looked on Sunday, but Romo isn’t.  Look, I can’t defend him for his play against San Francisco, because he was horrible.  He will fix it, and if you find an owner who is looking for other options, you’ll be happy that you took Romo off their hands.

Lorenzo Taliaferro — I’d give it a 50-50 shot that Taliaferro is owned in your leagues.  Whether he’s owned or if he’s a free agent, if you have the roster space, put him on your team.  The Baltimore running back situation is going to be a mess all year, and Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett are going to get the work early on.  However, by Week 8, Taliaferro could be the lead back in Baltimore.

Antonio Gates — Look, it makes no sense that the Chargers want to have Eddie Royal on the field over Ladarius Green, but for whatever reason, he’s still a Gates injury away from getting meaningful playing time.  Gates is still the guy in San Diego, and his 10 targets on Monday night showed that.


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