In this week’s trading post, we take a look at one quarterback who is about to break out of a funk and a running back who has found his stride.

BUY: Eli Manning

The group of tier one quarterbacks currently stands at about 10 players. Eli Manning is still one of those ten. He is coming off back-to-back weeks against two of the best defences in the league and poor performances in those games may have created an opportunity for you to scoop Eli at a discount. His current owner is bound to be mildly frustrated after seeing two straight weeks of less than 200 yards and no touchdown passes.

These two most recent weeks should not concern you, as Manning and the Giants were facing the 5th ranked Cowboys pass defense and the 1st ranked Steelers pass defense.

Taking a look ahead to the fantasy playoffs and we discover something of a goldmine for Eli, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks (hopefully if he’s healthy) & Martellus Bennett. From weeks 12-17, the Giants don’t face one team with a top-12 secondary. They also face two of the five worst passing defenses in New Orleans and Washington.

That means the time is right for you to target this two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Players I would give up to acquire Eli Manning: Mike Vick, Matt Stafford, Andrew Luck & Ben Roethlisberger

BUY: Marshawn Lynch

“Beast Mode” is back! After posting inconsistent numbers for the first 6 games of the season, Lynch has caught fire in his last three. He only crossed the 100-yard rushing mark twice in those first 6 games, but he has reached that plateau in each of the last three.

The most impressive part about those past three games, is they came against some stout run defenses. San Francisco, Minnesota and Detroit possess three of the most respected defensive lines in football. The Niners and Vikings both rank in the top-10 for YPC allowed.

The key to Lynch’s improvement this season has actually been the development of rookie QB Russell Wilson. In the past 3 weeks, Wilson has 5 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. His progression as a passer, has forced defenses to take that 7th or 8th man out of the box and put him into coverage. This has created openings for Lynch. Things should only get better from here on out, as respect for Wilson grows around the league.

The fantasy playoffs are a bit of a mixed bag for Lynch as he faces the Niners, Cards, Bears and Bills. However, as we’ve seen in the past three weeks, Lynch and the Seahawks offensive line are good enough to put up numbers against any defense, if they are given some help from Russell Wilson.

Players I would give up to acquire Marshawn Lynch: LeSean McCoy, CJ Spiller, Matt Forte & Ahmad Bradshaw

As always, feel free to post any trades you made or are considering making in the comments section and I will give you my two cents worth

Comments (10)

  1. I just pulled off a blockbuster deal trading away Eli, Bradshaw and Owen Daniels for Cam Newton and Adrian Peterson. My three backs are now Foster, T Rich and AP, and I’m still left with Witten at TE and Big Ben as my backup. What do you think?

    • You’ve done well for yourself here. Newton has a high floor because of his rushing ability and the fact that Carolina are often playing from behind. It’s a good time to sell high on Owen Daniels because of this hip injury which appears to be quite serious. Having Witten definitely makes him expendable. Bradshaw has lost his goal-line duties to Andre Brown, which seriously depletes his value.

      Peterson is the gem in this deal and I think the upgrade from Bradshaw to AP is more than worth whatever the drop-off is from Eli to Cam and Daniels to Witten. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Eli / Cam have similar numbers and Witten / Daniels have similar numbers from here on out.

      Only thing I’ll say for the future, is you might as well take back a third player, since the other guy will be forced to drop someone. Just in case that player is better than what’s left on waivers

  2. What should I realistically expect in a trade for Arian Foster? Would Julio Jones and Doug Martin be asking too much?

    • I don’t think you will get Julio and Martin without offering a decent WR in return as well. With that being said, you should be asking for the world when selling Foster.

      It’s tough to place a value on the top few players at any position, which is why you will likely find someone willing to pay a boatload for Foster.

      I would try and land some sort of package including two of these guys. You will have to give up a middle tier WR to make this happen…

      RB’s: Martin, Peterson, Lynch, Rice, T-Rich
      WR’s: Green, Cruz, Marshall, V-Jax, Wayne, Decker, Cobb, D. Thomas, Julio, Calvin
      TE’s: Jimmy Graham, Gronk

  3. I have both Matt Ryan and Tom Brady and I want to unload one of them for a running back. What should I expect back? and who would you rather keep?

    P.s. I was offered Rice for Brady and shut that down in a hurry

    • I’m assuming that you only start one QB in this league cause otherwise you shouldn’t be in a hurry to trade.

      If you’re looking for a running back in return, I really think Ray Rice is about as good as it’s going to get. Rice is one of the handful of backs that has the potential to be the best fantasy RB from here on out.

      People are never going to give up a huge amount to upgrade a position. So anyone who is looking to upgrade QB, can’t afford to give up multiple players. It wouldn’t be worth it to them.

      So I think a one-for-one involving one of the 5 backs I mentioned in the comment above, is your best case scenario.

      No question, I would give up Brady before Ryan in both single-season and keeper leagues. In weeks 13-17 Brady faces MIA, HOU, SF, JAX & MIA. Ryan gets NO, CAR, NYG, DET & TB from weeks 13-17. Wayyyyy better sked for Ryan

  4. Thanks for the advice! I offered Vick for Eli a while back and was turned down. Read this thought i would give it another try and the guy accepted. I wonder if the last two games had something to do about it!

    • Happy that my post might make a difference for you. Best of luck the rest of the season and great trade!

      • Hold up, apparently it is close to getting vetoed because some believe it is unfair

        yes. my league is the worst…

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