Fantasy Football: Jamaal Charles is Top Trade Target

Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles

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Jamaal Charles is this week’s top trade target in fantasy football.

No, really.

Last week sucked from a fantasy perspective, with mediocre and star players dropping like flies.  From a football sense, it was fun to see (not the injuries) as you didn’t know what to expect with the outcome of games.

While last week I said that Keenan Allen would be the top trade target for this week as well, I lied.  Yeah, I’m sorry.

What you need to do is take advantage of the panicked owners of the fantasy stars who left with injuries.

A.J. Green — There is hope that Green may play this week, but since the Bengals have a bye next week, I wouldn’t bet on it.  Toe/foot injuries can linger, but if you can get Green for a RB2, do it immediately.  Even better, offer a receiver such as Golden Tate or Terrance Williams to give them an immediate fix.

Jamaal Charles — I really hope you have Knile Davis if you are a Charles owner.  The news out of Kansas City on Thursday was that Charles practiced, which was to the surprise of virtually everyone.  Like Green, the Chiefs have a bye week next week, which means I don’t expect to see Charles on the field.  Truth be told, I don’t expect to see Charles for 3-4 weeks.

If an owner is down on him, swoop in an get him.  They won’t and shouldn’t expect to get true value for him, but if you have a Terrance West, Bobby Rainey or Bernard Pierce, they might just bite.

Knowshon Moreno — One of my least favorite players heading into this year was Knowshon Moreno.  Like many, I had no doubts that he would falter in his new landing spot.  However, he looked like the real deal during Week 1, and I’m confident he would have led the Dolphins to victory had he not sustained an injury during Week 2.

Lamar Miller is healthy (for now) and playing fairly well, so the time is perfect to get Moreno if you can afford a bench spot.  And yes, you probably can.  Moreno’s upside is worth it.


Other notable trade candidates:

Mark Ingram — He was finally enjoying his breakout year before going down with injury.  It will be over a month before he is healthy, and while the Saints have a loaded backfield with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, Ingram is worth a stash if you can grab him.

Ryan Mathews — Look, I still don’t have faith in Donald Brown.  He’s like Philip Rivers to me.  He has one good year after two or three horrible years, and people automatically buy in to it.  I don’t trust Brown to be “that” good with the Chargers in Mathews’ absence, and while it’s a cop out, I think Danny Woodhead stays in his third-down back role.  Mathews isn’t great, but he can help down the stretch.

Roddy White — He’s a gamble with his age and recent injury history, but if I can get the No. 2 pass catcher in this offense, let me know where to sign up at.

Carson Palmer — It could be a week, or it could be a month.  Either way, grab Palmer in a deeper league or a shallow league with a deeper bench.  When healthy, he’s a top 12 quarterback for me easily.



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