Fantasy Football: NFL Trade Deadline Shakeups

The NFL trade deadline has came and gone. While the deadline usually brings about a big bag of nothing, this one brought fireworks. Two of the top 31 WRs in PPR scoring were dealt into arguably better offensive situations. The Packers also moved a RB that will *fingers crossed* clean things up in their backfield.

Who saw their value change?

Demaryius Thomas

The Denver Broncos have traded Demaryius Thomas and a 7th round pick to the Houston Texans for a 4th round pick.

This trade has a ton of fantasy applications. Obviously Thomas steps right into the hole voided by Will Fuller who is gone for the year. He should see volume right away but it will be interesting to see what types of targets he may see. Per Evan Silva, Case Keenum averaged 7.2 YPA to Thomas while the rest of the Broncos (DeaSean Hamilton 11.0 YPA (4 targets) Emmanuel Sanders 10.2 YPA (65 targets) Tim Patrick 9.3 YPA (6 targets) Courtland Sutton 8.8 YPA (37 targets)) see deeper looks down the field.

Can Thomas stretch the field and be a big play option anymore or was low depth of target a product of the Denver system. I think he will be useful either way and flirt with a top 20ish production the rest of the way.

Keke Coutee’s season long potential takes a hit with this acquisition, he still has the ability to help your squad. He will flourish in the slot of an offense with Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. The volume will be lower but he can be a fine flex option in PPR leagues with bye weeks and injuries.

Back in Denver, the biggest winner of this deal is Courtland Sutton who steps right into volume and should see his 4.5 target average jump significantly. He has already built a rapport with Case Keenum. Sutton becomes an instant starter on most fantasy teams.

In deeper leagues, Tim Patrick should fall into more targets in the role that was voided by Sutton. He found the end zone on Sunday. I expect a handful of targets to filter his way each way.

Lions Golden Tate

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Golden Tate

The Detroit Lions sent Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick.

This Philadelphia Eagles added a game changer at wide receiver who will be a terrific complement to Alshon Jeffery.

This move obviously impacts the potential of Nelson Agholor who will be a fringe flex play at best the rest of the way. Jordan Matthews obviously takes a big back seat as well.

I do wonder how much volume Tate will see initially. Wentz leans heavily on his TEs who have seen 105 of his 308 attempts. While I do expect Tate to be involved within the offense, it seems unlikely that he sees the almost 10 targets per game that he was getting in Detroit.

He should remain a PPR stud but he is likely closer to a top 25-30 option than the 15 option he has been thus far .

Speaking of Detroit, this move opens up everything to be funneled towards Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Both WRs should see more reliable targets on a week to week basis. Owners should feel better about using both guys on a weekly basis. The Tate trade should also allow Kerryon Johnson to see more touches on a regular basis including in the passing game where he has been impressive.

Packers Ty Montgomery

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Ty Montgomery

The Green Bay Packers traded WR/RB Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens for a 7th round pick.

This move is interesting considering it was Montgomery who fumbled the kickoff return with the Packers down 2 points. The fumble ultimately cost the Packers the game as the Rams ran the clock out.

For the Packers, this one less mouth to feed in the backfield. Hopefully Aaron Jones, who has proven to be the more productive back, gets the bulk of the work. The emergence of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and EQ St. Brown have helped to sure up the Packers WR core.

As for Montgomery, it will be interesting to see how he is deployed. The Alex Collins and Buck Allen duo has been fine but has left more to be desired. There is also a chance he can play WR for this team but with John Brown, Willie Snead and Michael Crabtree, it is hard to see him supplanting any of those WRs.

As of now, I’m not holding Montgomery is re-draft leagues. If he earns a legitimate role at either WR, RB, or some combination of the two then I will scour the wire to add him.


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