The trade deadline has passed and that means it’s time to evaluate these players in their new homes and determine how this affects your Dynasty going forward. We’ll start looking at the notable offensive player trades, then look into the IDP.
Amari Cooper (WR) | Oakland Raiders -> Dallas Cowboys (Buy)
We’ll start with the first trade that occurred a week back when the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper. This was a big trade for Cooper owners, and if you own stock, I would hold on to it. He’s being placed in an offense where his targets should be more consistent then what we’ve seen so far this year and the Cowboys have one of, if not the friendliest WR schedule remaining this season.
Considerations: With Lynch going on the IR at the same time the Raiders move Cooper, you can expect to see more results from Doug Martin and Jalen Richard catching check down passes.
Golden Tate (WR) | Detroit Lions -> Philadelphia Eagles (Sell)
Tate owners, if possible, I would jump ship and try to off-load Tate. Unlike Cooper, there’s no reason for the Eagles to force feed him the ball, which means he’s likely going to lose targets to start as he learns a new offense. Not to mention, the Eagles do not have the friendliest schedule remaining.
Considerations: Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay owners should be happy about this move, particularly Golladay, who has had few targets as of late. Expect a little uptick in their games.
Demaryius Thomas (WR) | Denver Broncos -> Houston Texans (Push)
Thomas owners probably don’t need to react to this trade in any way. I would say it’s more likely that he’ll be more productive in Houston, simply having a better Quarterback throwing the ball, but that could also be a selling a point if you’re able to cash in on this trade for some future assets. Whichever way you go is fine, I would base it more on your standings in your league than anything. If you’re in the hunt, he’s a good flex option most weeks, if you’re out, he’s a decent trade chip.
Considerations: It was only a matter of time before Courtland Sutton took over the role of Thomas, this just quickens the process. If you can get your hands on Sutton, I think he’s a great Dynasty piece to own. Don’t rule out DeSean Hamilton either for upcoming seasons. He’ll look to take the route running slot role once Sanders’ time is inevitably up in Denver.
Defense is always trickier to evaluate because it’s based solely on how your league allocates points. In the leagues I run, defense accumulates a good amount of points and big plays are rewarded more than tackles.
Eli Apple (CB) | New York Giants -> New Orleans Saints (Buy)
Apple has been a decent contributor in his young career with the Giants, but I fully expect his production to increase now that he’s playing in a high scoring offense. Simply put, his opportunity numbers are going to go up because his opponents will be forced to throw the ball far more.
Considerations: If Apple is a free agent in your leagues, he might be worth storing on your roster for the remainder of the season. Not only will he see more actions as a result of the Saint’s offense, but teams will likely go after him as a result of being on a new team and to avoid fellow Ohio State standout, Lattimore.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S) | Green Bay Packers -> Washington Redskins (Sell)
Clinton-Dix has been a solid IDP contributor and particularly this year where he’s accumulated 3 picks, 3 pass defenses, and a forced fumble in 7 games with the Packers. I think with the Redskins Defense his productivity should maintain this season and likely find himself in on more tackles. However, he’ll be competing with D.J. Swearinger for big plays. There’s no harm in holding onto him, but you may be able to sell him for a reasonable tradeoff if you can afford to let him go.
Considerations: D.J. Swearinger might see an increase in his already productive year with the addition of Clinton-Dix. If he’s an available trade piece somewhere, he could be worth grabbing, if the price is right.
Dante Fowler Jr (Edge) | Jacksonville Jaguars -> Los Angelas Rams (Push)
In terms of a football move, this was great for the Rams. In terms of fantasy, I don’t know if it’s going to make much difference in the inconsistency in Fowler’s scoring. He’s going from 1 talented defense to another, and though he’ll have big games, I’m just not sold enough to consider picking him up for much.
Considerations: Fowler does have a few good matchups to close the season, notably the Seahawks week 10, the Lions week 12 and the Cardinals week 16. If you’re a Fowler owner, these may be good games to plug him into your lineup.
There you have it, a quick look at some of the notable trades on both sides of the ball. In summary, I would say the following: