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