Fantasy trade deadlines are around the corner, meaning it’s time to get active since this will be your last chance to make significant changes to your roster.
In this week’s edition of the Trading Post, we get ready to cut ties with a very productive quarterback, and we seize the opportunity to dump an unreliable running back.
SELL: Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has taken us on a great ride thus far in 2012, but there are dark clouds looming ahead. Dalton currently ranks 12th among quarterbacks with 145 standard fantasy points this season. He’s been very consistent too, scoring less than 10 points just twice. It just so happened that both of those games came against top tier pass defenses in Pittsburgh and Baltimore (before the Ravens lost Lardarius Webb).
The bad news for Dalton and his current owners is that his schedule in the fantasy playoffs is absolutely brutal. Most leagues begin playoffs in Week 14, when Dalton and the Bengals host the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie Morris Claiborne and free agent acquisition Brandon Carr have revamped the Cowboys’ secondary, giving them the seventh-ranked pass defense in the league. In Week 15, Dalton will travel to Philadelphia, where Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the 12th-ranked Eagles secondary figure to make his life hell.
In Week 16, when most leagues are holding their championship game, Dalton will face his rivals from Pittsburgh. In their first meeting this season, the top-ranked Steelers pass D held Dalton to just 105 passing yards and only six fantasy points. If your league extends the playoffs into week 17, you’ll find another date with Baltimore awaiting Dalton and the Bengals.
This is a pretty drastic situation and you should act accordingly.
Players I would target when trading Andy Dalton: Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, and Matt Schaub
SELL: Jamaal Charles
Charles has been somewhat of an enigma thus far in 2012. The concerns aren’t related to how he has responded from off-season ACL surgery. They are more to do with his usage rate. Jamaal’s touches have fluctuated wildly throughout the season, and I wouldn’t want to enter the fantasy playoffs with that uncertainty.
Charles’ 23 carries for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers will provide you with an opportunity to sell-high. That game is by no means an indication of things to come, as this coaching staff hasn’t been giving Charles the chance to succeed on a regular basis. Against Oakland and Buffalo – two of the ten worst run defenses in the league – Charles posted a total of 11 carries. For some reason, Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll only gave his most dangerous offensive threat 11 carries against two terrible rush defenses. It’s inexcusable, and makes me nervous about Charles’ playoff potential.
Kansas City’s fantasy playoff schedule includes a few tantalizing matchups, with Indianapolis and Oakland on the slate in weeks 15 and 16, but don’t fall for that trap. Charles isn’t reliable, and you should try to use that favorable playoff schedule to dupe another owner.
Players I would target when trading Jamaal Charles: Willis McGahee, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, and Alfred Morris
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