In this, our last trading post of the year, I’d like to start by congratulating all those who tried to carry out any of the suggestions laid out here. Owners that only build through the draft and the waiver wire are severely limiting the potential of their team.
We had some good times in the trading post – escaping the sinking ship named Darren McFadden and jumping on board the Doug Martin train a little earlier than most. However, those were countered by some very remorseful Sundays. Trading for Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning are two pieces of advice that continue to haunt me and my teams to this day.
Enough about the blunders of the past – with trade deadlines sounding all over the continent, it’s time to get down to business…
BUY Joe Flacco
Flacco came into the season with some lofty expectations placed on his shoulders. After four playoff road wins in his first four NFL seasons, it was fair to expect a lot. So far, Joe Cool has risen to those expectations, despite facing a brutal schedule. He’s averaging a very respectable 14.6 fantasy points per game, and the games where he performed poorly – Pittsburgh (six fantasy points), Philadelphia (nine), Houston (five) and Kansas City (six) – were all quite excusable given the quality of those defenses and secondaries.
Looking ahead to his upcoming schedule, there’s reason to believe Flacco could be a star in the fantasy playoffs, as long as your league doesn’t start playoffs in Week 13 when Baltimore hosts Pittsburgh in a rematch of Sunday night’s tilt. In Week 14, he faces the 29th-ranked secondary of the Washington Redskins. The Ravens take on the 12th-ranked Broncos pass D in Week 15, a game where Flacco will have to put up comparable numbers to Peyton Manning for Baltimore to win. Week 16 provides a potentially glorious matchup with the Giants’ 25th-ranked unit. If your league extends to Week 17, the Bengals 15th-ranked pass defense shouldn’t scare you away.
Player I would trade away to get Joe Flacco: Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Matt Stafford, and Josh Freeman
SELL Alfred Morris
It’s been an incredibly impressive season for the soxth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic, but Alfred Morris has hit the rookie wall. After never playing more than 12 games in a college season, it was natural to expect Morris to slow down a little before his 12th game in the pros. That’s exactly what happened, as Morris has failed to top seven fantasy points once in his last three games.
The road to the finish line isn’t much brighter for Morris. Of his six remaining games, he only faces one of the leagues ten worst rush defenses – the New York Giants, who have a formidable front four. Morris is never guaranteed touches in goal-line situations with Robert Griffin III present ,and he hurts his case by not being any sort of receiving threat out of the backfield. Morris’ season-high of 20 receiving yards isn’t impressing anybody.
It’s a different story for those in keeper leagues, but for owners in single-season leagues, we have seen the best of Alfred Morris.
Players I would target when trading Alfred Morris: LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Ryan Mathews, Chris Johnson
As always, feel free to post any trades you made or are considering making in the comments section and I’ll give you my two cents worth.
Also feel free to hit hit me up on twitter with any fantasy football or basketball questions. Best of luck in your quest for the playoffs and beyond!