NFL players who should be traded before the deadline

The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29, and if recent seasons are any indication, there could be plenty of wheeling and dealing. These 25 players are top trade candidates as we get closer to the deadline. 1 of 25

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Falcons

The Falcons defense has been a dumpster fire through six games, and head coach Dan Quinn’s job could be in jeopardy. After leaving Atlanta for New England last year, Clayborn has returned to the Falcons but the stats haven’t followed (one sack). As a pending free agent, Clayborn could be made available if there’s any market for him at age 31. 2 of 25

Vernon Davis, TE, Redskins

Davis is the de facto starting tight end in Washington with Jordan Reed suffering from a concussion, but Davis has had concussion issues of his own. He’s missed the last two games, though his play in recent years shows he can still help in his mid-30s. Washington has nothing to play for after a 1-5 start to the season. 3 of 25

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

Diggs seemed unsatisfied in Minnesota earlier this season, getting fined for missing team activities. Things might have changed after a spectacular game vs. Philly, with 167 yards and three touchdowns, but the market for his services should be lively if the Vikings do opt to trade their star wideout. 4 of 25

Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins

Drake is seeing part-time snaps on the NFL’s worst team and has 60 touches through five games. Now in his fourth season, the versatile back is being wasted on the Dolphins and would likely fetch some draft capital for a team that’s tanking. 5 of 25

Bud Dupree, OLB, Steelers

Trading their first-round pick for Minkah Fitzpatrick would indicate that the Steelers aren’t yet throwing in the towel after Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, but they still have reason to consider moving Dupree. They should be able to find decent value for the pending free agent, as he already has three sacks in six games, and the Steelers would be trading from an area of strength. 6 of 25

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

Eifert has been extremely injury prone during his career and is no longer the red-zone threat that he was early on, but he’s still a gifted pass catcher. Now in his seventh season, Eifert is doing little for an 0-6 Bengals squad and would make a nice addition for a team like New England, which is craving tight end help. 7 of 25

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

Green is nearing a return from his ankle injury, but the Bengals haven’t won without him. Now a pending free agent, he’s one of the faces of the franchise but has been a problem recently, missing significant time in three of the last four seasons. When healthy, Green remains an elite wideout, so the Bengals should be able to find nice value for him as they likely go into a rebuild. 8 of 25

Chris Harris, CB, Broncos

Harris didn’t seem enthused with the Broncos franchise in the offseason and has been the subject of trade speculation already. The four-time Pro Bowler remains a solid cover corner at age 30 and will be a free agent after this season. There are plenty of teams that could use his services down the stretch with the Broncos in poor position to make the playoffs. 9 of 25

Xavien Howard, CB, Dolphins

Howard had a league-leading seven interceptions in his 2018 Pro Bowl campaign, and he remains a capable cover corner. Miami has been willing to trade anything that’s not tacked down early this season, and Howard is certainly a candidate to be moved despite missing Week 6 with a knee injury. 10 of 25

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Giants

Jenkins signed a monstrous five-year deal with the Giants in 2016, and he hasn’t played as well as hoped. Still, the almost-31-year-old corner has proved to be a decent player at times and a willing tackler. He’s signed through 2020 but could be moved with teams hungry for secondary help and New York struggling for wins. 11 of 25

Trumaine Johnson, CB, Jets

Johnson signed a five-year deal with the Jets under a different front office and coaching regime. Injuries have been a storyline early in his contract, and the Jets are already effectively out of the playoff race this year. If anyone is willing to take on Johnson’s contract, the Jets should happily oblige. 12 of 25

Reshad Jones, S, Dolphins

The relationship between Jones and the Dolphins hasn’t been harmonious recently, but he remains on the roster. He missed time early this year with an ankle injury but remains one of the only quality players on a tanking squad. If Miami can find anyone to take on his salary, it’s probably time to move on. 13 of 25

Markus Golden, OLB, Giants

Golden is doing a great job reviving his value after some injuries late in his tenure with the Cardinals. Through six starts, Golden has five sacks and a scoop-and-score. Signed for a low price this year, he should be an attractive trade candidate unless the Giants opt to sign him long term. 14 of 25

Josh Norman, CB, Redskins

Norman has never lived up to the hype after Washington gave him an outlandish five-year, $75 million contract in 2016. To Norman’s credit, he has been relatively durable. He has one full year remaining on the deal after 2019 but could make a nice addition for a contending team with cap space. 15 of 25

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins

A former first-round pick with a world of talent, Parker simply hasn’t put it all together in the NFL. He’s now in his fifth season with Miami, and the results have been predictably disappointing. Still, there are plenty of contending teams in need of receiver help, and a change of scenery certainly couldn’t hurt with Parker’s contract expiring after this year. 16 of 25

Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins

Like last season, Peterson has become Washington’s starting running back due to Derrius Guice’s injury. However, the 34-year-old is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and clearly has no future on a 1-5 Washington team. It’s unclear how he really helps the team significantly over a younger option, aside from being a veteran leader. 17 of 25

Brian Poole, CB, Jets

Poole came over from Atlanta in the offseason, now in the final season of his contract. He’s seen regular snaps at safety, but the Jets have all but fallen out of contention already.

By: Seth Trachtman

Start’Em, Sit’Em for Week 4

Written by David McKraken at Bleacher

There is never a clear choice when making a decision on the flex position in fantasy football. For fantasy owners, putting a player into the flex is the ultimate wild card. If he does bad, the expectations of a flex weren’t that high to begin with.

But if that player does well? It’ll feel like you just won the lottery.

To find a good flex, you must look under every rock. There are some opportunities for flex players on the waiver wire if you can get them, such as Terrelle Pryor, who is owned in just 58 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues—up 36 percent in one day.

But if you weren’t fortunate enough to pick up Pryor on the waiver wire (curse you, waiver priority), don’t fret. There may be some hidden flex gems for Week 4 who are right under your nose, usually sitting on your bench.

Start ’em: DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

DeVante Parker hasn’t established himself as a starter in fantasy yet, but he might be on his way to a No. 2 wide receiver designation if he continues this type of play.

While he has been dealing with a hamstring injury, he was a full participant at Dolphins practice on Monday and Tuesday, according to the team.

After missing Week 1, Parker impressed in his season debut against the New England Patriots with 106 yards on eight catches. The most impressive part of that game? He had 13 targets, which means he is going to get a lot of opportunities to make an impact this season.

Going up against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, Parker could easily score more than his projected 8.79 points in Yahoo leagues.

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Fantasy Sleepers for 2016

Written by Timothy Rapp at Bleacher

The Olympics rage on, European soccer has returned and college football is right around the corner, but let’s be honest: Your mind is on fantasy football.

Hey, I don’t blame you. My mind is there, too.

So let’s embark upon one of August’s most time-honored traditions: obsessing over potential sleepers and busts for the upcoming NFL season.


Fantasy Football Sleepers
Position Player Team
QB Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans
QB Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
Position Player Team
RB Duke Johnson Cleveland Browns
RB Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers
RB Wendell Smallwood Philadelphia Eagles
RB C.J. Prosise Seattle Seahawks
RB Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions
RB Paul Perkins New York Giants
Position Player Team
WR Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns
WR Sterling Shepard New York Giants
WR Sammie Coates Pittsburgh Steelers
WR DeVante Parker Miami Dolphins
WR Torrey Smith San Francisco 49ers
WR Marvin Jones Detroit Lions
WR Kevin White Chicago Bears
WR Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints
WR Dorial-Green Beckham Philadelphia Eagles
Position Player Team
TE Coby Fleener New Orleans Saints
TE Clive Walford Oakland Raiders

We won’t be going over each and every potential sleeper in great detail, but we’ll try to offer a brief look at why several of the players listed above are sleeper candidates.


Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota each flashed major potential in their rookie seasons, so it’s hardly a stretch to think they’ll show improvement in 2016. Winston is the better passer, so his floor is higher. Mariota is a danger on the ground with his legs, so his ceiling is higher. Each has plenty to overcome to be considered a true fantasy option—Winston has to scale back the turnovers, Mariota has to stay healthy—but each could make a lot of noise in 2016.

Colin Kaepernick is the deepest of sleepers, but if he wins the starting job in San Francisco and adjusts to head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, he could be a fantasy monster given his ability on the ground.

Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders continue to look better and better with each passing year. He had eight games with 17 or more fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues a year ago. Look for his consistency and output to continue to improve. Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtreeand Clive Walford give Carr a nice arsenal to utilize.


Running Backs

Here’s your theme for running back: look for younger players who could end up winning the starting job due to a lack of talent in front of them, injury-prone players ahead of them or a specific skill set that should give them a solid role in the offense.

I love Duke Johnson this year, but don’t be surprised if he goes off the board in the middle rounds. Even then, he has the ability to be an RB2. Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon should earn the early-down work in Detroit and San Diego, respectively, while players such as Paul Perkins are probably already the best players on the depth chart and should be the starters soon enough.

Wide Receiver

Few positions are as deep as wide receiver, so finding sleepers here is probably less important than at positions like running back or tight end. But pay attention to four groups of players:

  1. Proven veterans due for bounce-back seasons (Torrey Smith).
  2. Young, talented players primed for breakout campaigns (DeVante Parker).
  3. Rookies or young players in excellent systems where they’ll get plenty of opportunities (Sterling Shepard, Michael Thomas, Sammie Coates).
  4. Josh Gordon. Because why not?

Tight Ends

Coby Fleener gets Drew Brees. Not a ton else needs to be said there.

Walford, meanwhile, showed signs as a rookie last season, and another year working with Carr should help him immensely. Every young quarterback needs a safety net. Walford could be a nice one, assuming he stays healthy.

Finally, Eric Ebron has been a bust thus far, but with Calvin Johnson gone, more red-zone targets should be heading his way. In general, players like Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Ebron should get a bump with Matt Stafford not having his favorite target in Detroit any longer.

The operative word is “should,” of course. But that’s always the operative word when it comes to sleepers.

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