Trades I’d Like To See
The NFL trade deadline passes this Tuesday at 4pm EST. While a few moves have already gone down, there is likely to be a flurry of moves after this weekends games as bottom feeding teams try to acquire draft capital and contending teams try to fill out their rosters as part of a final push for the play offs.
Major moves that shift the dial in fantasy at this point are generally thin on the ground but here are five realistic deadline trades I think would create an interesting impact for the future:
AJ Green to The Packers
AJ Green remains one of the most under appreciated receivers of his generation. His career numbers are spectacular but being stuck in Cincinnati has likely meant a Hall of Fame talent won’t ever achieve the notoriety that he should have done.
That could be solved by by a deadline move to a contender and coupling Green with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay looks like a match made in heaven. After a slow start with Matt LeFleur, Rodgers is rounding into form and he’s doing that with a receiving core severely lacking in top end talent. Adding Green and a returning Davonte Adams to Rodgers offensive weapons could cement the Packers a legitimate NFC contender.
Robbie Anderson to The Eagles
Former Temple receiver Robbie Anderson has always been a personal favourite of mine. His performance for the Owls always seemed to me to justify a draftable grade and his play since arriving in New York has significantly over delivered that of an undrafted free agent.
The Eagles are in desperate need of more explosion on offence andthey are need a more reliable deep threat than the injury prone Desean Jackson. Anderson seems to make almost too much sense for Philadelphia. Bringing home a local product like Anderson might just be the boost the team needs and give make Anderson a more consistent fantasy option.
OJ Howard to The Patriots
New England has already traded a 2nd round pick to The Falcons for Mohammed Sanu but even with that there is little doubt that their offence could still use more weapons as we head towards the business end of the season.
When Howard came out of Alabama he was touted as one of the most exciting mismatch tight ends to come into the league in some time, but his development has stagnated in Tampa Bay and without a change of scenery it’s difficult to see him fulfilling his potential.
The Buccaneers are unlikely to sell cheap but if The Patriots can pry him loose he’s very quickly re-enter the top tier of tight end options.
Kenyan Drake to The Chiefs
LeSean McCoy has done ok since signing in Kansas City just before the start of the season but it’s still clear that The Chiefs haven’t adequately replaced Kareem Hunt after his release last season. With Patrick Mahomes unlikely to be at full strength for some time giving the running game a boost would be a big help for Andy Reid’s offence.
The Dolphins seem to be eager to move anyone with any value so shouldn’t be hard to deal with. If Drake lands in KC he’d likely vault into fringe RB1 territory.
Kareem Hunt to the Lions
Detriot’s season is slipping away and despite progress on the field the record doesn’t reflect the kind of return that Matt Patricia needs to avoid being under pressure after his 2nd season as a Head Coach.
Hunt’s lengthy suspension means that there will be little controversy when he reappears on the field but he’s likely to find himself stuck behind Nick Chubb in the Browns backfield so if the opportunity exists to acquire some draft capital Cleveland might take the opportunity.
The Lions are desperate at running back. Ty Johnson and JD McKissic will scare absolutely nobody and if Patricia wants his team to consistently run the ball he needs a more reliable runner. If he could land Hunt it would significantly improve his chances of ending with a winning record.