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Each week I’ll explore the trade market, and who you should be either buying or selling as stocks rise and fall. After two disappointing weeks, Tom Brady’s value has taken a hit, creating a rare opportunity to acquire him in a trade.

Tom Brady

Week 2 line: 19/39 for 185 yards and one passing touchdown

Brady has been less than impressive this season, in part due to a depleted receiving corps that was inexperienced to begin with. The Patriots’ leader has 473 passing yards and three touchdowns combined in two games, which is less than Aaron Rodgers (480 yards, four touchdowns) put up in Week 2 alone. With tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola sidelined with injuries, Brady has tried to squeeze what he can from the likes of Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Aaron Dobson, and the results have been ugly. Brady’s fantasy owners have to be worried after two sub-20 point weeks, meaning now is the time to slide in with a trade offer. Gronkowski is set to return in the next week or two, and that will drastically change how defenses approach the Patriots. Brady will have a legitimate top target and a lethal red-zone threat. With Amendola expected to return as well over the next month and Brady’s best backfield receiver Shane Vereen back later in the year, the Patriots’ offense will find its form and Brady will return to the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. VERDICT: BUY

Matt Schaub

Week 2 line: 26/48 for 298 yards and three touchdowns

Schaub has been stellar in fantasy, thanks to two comeback victories over the Chargers and Titans. The Texans’ passer is averaging 322 yards and three touchdowns per game, putting him on pace for a ridiculous 5,152-yard, 48-touchdown campaign. Those numbers are sustainable for Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning, but not Schaub, and certainly not a quarterback in the Texans’ offense. Schaub attempted 45 passes in Week 1 and 48 in Week 2, something he did only twice all of last season. Arian Foster is getting his legs back under him and once he hits his stride, the scheme will shift back to a run-heavy approach. Schaub’s schedule also gets much more difficult with the Ravens, Seahawks, 49ers, Rams and Chiefs, five defenses that are looking tough in 2013. Don’t be fooled by the bizarre game scripts that have developed in the first two outings, and see if another owner wants to take Schaub off your hands before he comes back to earth. VERDICT: SELL

David Wilson

Week 2 line: 7 carries for 17 yards

When Andre Brown went down with a preseason injury, Wilson was anointed the next big thing among fantasy running backs. His value skyrocketed and owners drafted him without reservation, knowing he would be unchallenged for carries. What a difference a few weeks makes. Through two weeks, Wilson actually has negative fantasy points in most leagues. His Week 2 output was better than what he came up with in Week 1, considering he lost two fumbles in the opener. At least he doesn’t play in a city that blows every tiny element of the game out of proportion…yikes. While Wilson withers away on another owner’s bench, jump in and take a chance on the young rusher. He is the Giants’ only true weapon in the backfield and head coach Tom Coughlin has no choice but to let him out of the doghouse. Yes, Wilson only saw the field on 24 snaps last week, but Brandon Jacobs and Da’Rel Scott are not going to keep him off the field. Before Coughlin forgives him, find the Wilson owner and buy him at pennies on the dollar. VERDICT: BUY

Knowshon Moreno

Week 2 line: 13 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns, three receptions for 14 yards

Moreno has looked like an excellent draft value as a player you were able to get late and has quickly become the lead back in his offense. A Montee Ball fumble helped Moreno seize control of the Broncos’ backfield and he responded with a major fantasy day. Before you start patting yourself on the back, think about turning that draft value into a more established player, and think about doing it now. The competition for carries in Denver is far from over and Ball will continue to work himself into a bigger role (teams don’t give up on second round picks this fast). Ronnie Hillman may be out of the picture at the moment, but there is some buzz surrounding C.J. Anderson, who is working his way back from injury and may be the most complete back the Broncos have. Don’t be satisfied with Moreno’s production so far; flip him for a player with a more proven track record. VERDICT: SELL

Roddy White

Week 2 line: 3 receptions for 21 yards

White owners must feel deceived after the Falcons hid the receiver’s injury until the morning of Week 1. To make matters worse, instead of sitting him, the team has kept White in the lineup, forcing owners into very tough weekly decisions. Until he puts together a regular week of practice, White can’t be started in fantasy, which will have his owners frustrated and hopefully looking to alleviate the headache that he has caused them. If you have a team that you’re confident is going to make the playoffs, make a low-ball offer for White and let him sit on your bench for the next few weeks, because once he returns he’s a top 15 WR. VERDICT: BUY

DeAndre Hopkins

Week 2 line: 7 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown

If you are short for time and you already read the Matt Schaub section (including the part about the Texans’ brutal upcoming schedule), then feel free to skip ahead. After watching Hopkins erupt after halftime, finishing with an outstanding stat line including the game-winning TD, it might sound crazy to recommend trading him, but hear me out. Andre Johnson seems like he will play this weekend, despite suffering a concussion last week and missing the end of the game (which led to Hopkins’ numbers). With Johnson in the lineup, Hopkins will be relegated to fighting with Owen Daniels for targets. Yes, the rookie is talented and will have a solid NFL career, but he will not be a consistent performer this season, so make a move while the spotlight is on him. VERDICT: SELL

Tony Gonzalez

Week 2 line: 4 receptions for 33 yards

It has been a quiet start to the year for the veteran tight end, but as we’ve learned in recent years, you can’t count out Gonzalez. The Falcons have a difficult matchup this week with the Dolphins, who have a strong run defense. With Steven Jackson ruled out, Atlanta will have to turn to the pass and one area Miami has been weak is defending tight ends. The Dolphins have allowed a tight end to score in both games this season and Gonzalez is primed to make it three in a row. While he isn’t going to give you the 100-yard upside of Jordan Cameron or Jared Cook, Gonzalez will end the year as a top-seven tight end. VERDICT: BUY

Antonio Gates

Week 2 line: 8 receptions for 124 yards

Fresh out of his time machine, Gates shredded a sub-par Eagles’ defense en route to a big day that was only missing a trip to the end zone. There are plenty of people, myself included, who are surprised about the Chargers’ offensive success in the first two weeks. Philip Rivers, who is another member of the time travelers’ club, has a familiarity with Gates and their chemistry was once again evident this past Sunday. Gates isn’t the player he once was, and when you see an aging star produce like this, it’s normally the perfect time to capitalize and get something of value for them before they break down. Keep in mind that the Eagles’ linebackers and safeties are a big reason why Gates was able to get open and not because he is “finally healthy” which we have heard a million times. Find a worthy trade and be happy you got to see one more vintage performance from Gates…unless of course you believe in time travel. VERDICT: SELL