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Most leagues have seen their trade deadline come and go, but for those of you with one more week to make potential deals, it’s time to focus on the playoffs. In the final Trading Post of the season, we look at the players who can help you as the fantasy post-season draws near, starting with a surprising star in the Giants’ backfield.

Andre Brown

Week 11 line: 18 carries for 66 yards, 3 receptions for 27 yards (5 targets)

If you need help at running back and you weren’t proactive enough to grab Brown off the waiver wire a few weeks ago, you can still rectify that situation by trading for him. Often fantasy owners feel foolish paying a premium for something they could have had for free off waivers, but the landscape changes every week and you need to adjust. Brown has proven that he is the Giants’ lead back with 48 carries in his first two games and he even contributed as a receiving option out of the backfield last week. If he’s a RB3 on someone’s roster, don’t hesitate to make a significant offer, because he could be the piece that helps you win a title. VERDICT: BUY

Bobby Rainey

Week 11 line: 30 carries for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions for 4 yards and 1 touchdown (3 targets)

That stat line still doesn’t feel like it’s real. Very few people started Rainey in Week 11, but several owners stashed him away in hopes that he would emerge as the lead back in Tampa. Before you start popping champagne like the ’72 Dolphins, try to stay realistic about the player you have. Rainey had an outstanding game against a Falcons team that is in a nosedive as they try to cope with an uncharacteristically awful season. Rainey’s opportunity far outweighs his talent and while that can sometimes be enough to be a fantasy starter, I would much rather move the Bucs’ back while his value is at its highest point. You’ll thank me over the next three weeks when Rainey comes back to earth against some much tougher run defenses. VERDICT: SELL

Ben Roethlisberger

Week 11 line: 29/45 for 367 yards and 4 touchdowns

For the second time in the last three weeks, Big Ben threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns in a single afternoon. The first performance came in a blowout loss to the Patriots (hooray for garbage time), and the second took place in last Sunday’s win over the Lions. If you were holding onto Roethlisberger as a backup, this is the ideal time to move him. Aside from the eight touchdowns in those two games, Roethlisberger has only posted one other multi-touchdown game this season. The Steelers have three divisional games in their next four outings and the teams in the AFC North always play each other tough. The fourth game in that stretch is against the Dolphins, who give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to receivers. It was an exciting game on Sunday, but there is nothing to see here going forward. VERDICT: SELL

Aaron Rodgers/Jay Cutler

Week 11 line: Out due to injury

At this point in the season you aren’t going to be able to trade for a quality starting quarterback unless there is a major red flag associated with him. Rodgers and Cutler are both week-to-week with injuries that will likely keep them out until the fantasy playoffs in Week 14. Assuming they are back by then their matchups are favorable, as Rodgers gets the Falcons and Cowboys in Week 14 and 15, while Cutler gets the Cowboys and Eagles in Week 14 and Week 16. Regardless of their opponents, both quarterbacks are must plays when they are healthy, and if their current owners are struggling to make the post-season, you could acquire them as a high-risk investment. VERDICT: BUY

A.J. Green

Week 11 line: 2 receptions for 7 yards (5 targets)

That pathetic stat line can be attributed to one man – Joe Haden. The Browns shutdown corner has Green’s number this season and it led to a catastrophic day for fantasy owners. You don’t need me or anyone else to tell you to trade for Green, who is one of the elite talents at receiver. Instead, consider this a friendly reminder to test the trade waters whenever a top player has a bad week. If you catch their owner at a weak moment, you may be able to play off their frustrations and acquire an impact player. VERDICT: BUY

Michael Floyd

Week 1 line: 6 receptions for 193 yards and 1 touchdown (11 targets)

Despite dealing with a shoulder injury during the lead up to last week’s game, Floyd exploded for a career day. His veteran quarterback Carson Palmer looked excellent and the Cardinals won their sixth game of the season. However, all these amazing things happened against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and while that doesn’t make them irrelevant, it certainly makes them unlikely to happen again this year. Prior to Week 11, Floyd had only one game with double digit fantasy points and when the playoffs come around in the world of fake football, Floyd gets three tough matchups, including the Titans and Seahawks. VERDICT: SELL

Garrett Graham

Week 11 line: 7 receptions for 136 yards and 1 touchdown (13 targets)

Graham was supposed to be a serviceable fill-in for Owen Daniels, but he has barely been a TE2 since Daniels went down with an injury. His performance last week was a mirage in an otherwise barren couple months for Graham. With the Texans’ offense in complete disarray (Matt Schaub vs. Andre Johnson would make for a great pay-per-view), I think it’s best stay away from the problems in Houston. Regardless of who is throwing him the ball, Graham’s value could take a hit in a few weeks if/when Daniels returns to action. VERDICT: SELL

Jordan Reed

Week 11 line: 1 reception for 12 yards (1 target)

A concussion forced Reed out of last week’s game and now has him in doubt for Week 12. The Redskins play on Monday night, which gives him an extra day to pass the league’s concussion protocol, but he may miss the game. Before last week’s early exit, Reed had established himself as a TE1, averaging 6.0 catches and 71.8 yards per game over his last six contests. As I mentioned before, some owners don’t have the luxury of waiting a week as they battle for their playoff lives, so focus on the long view and make a play for Reed. VERDICT: BUY

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