The NFL trade deadline was pretty exciting and featured quite a few fantasy implications. We break down a few of them below:
Alex Collins, BAL RB
The Ravens have a soft matchup against the Titans coming up so you should feel comfortable rolling Collins out after he ran wild on the Dolphins. I wouldn’t expect much more than a solid week of production considering the Ravens are on bye the following week which will give the rest of the Ravens backfield enough time to get healthy.
Paul Richardson, SEA WR
The Seahawks just bolstered their offensive line by trading for Duane Brown, which will give Russell Wilson even more time to dance around in the pocket. Richardson is more of a home run play considering how the Seahawks like to spread the ball around, but you could do worse. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him with 2 catches for 30 yards or a touchdown and 60 yards.
Vernon Davis, WAS TE
If Jordan Reed doesn’t suit up, I’d be pretty excited to fire up Davis as my streaming TE option. Seattle just got run up and down the field by the Texans so it’s probably time we stop giving their defense so much respect.
JuJu Smuth-Schuster, PIT WR
Stash him on this bye week if he’s still sitting on your waiver wire. With the Colts, Titans, and Packers following the bye week, JuJu will have every opportunity to continue expanding his role in the potent Steelers offense.
Alfred Morris / Darren McFadden, DAL RB
T.Y Hilton, IND WR
Of course you know the Colts are having a terrible season, but if you’re at all familiar with Hilton you know he has a history of completely shredding the Texans. It is so tempting to roll him out thinking about the massive games he’s had that have single handedly won your matchup for the week. It’s time to delegate Hilton to the bench.
Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs
The rich get richer. The Eagles traded a fourth round pick for Jay Ajayi and will look to deploy him as their full-time back as they make their playoff push. Ajayi is strong in pass protection and will most likely leave few touches for Blount and the oft-mentioned Smallwood, but even that can’t be guaranteed. We’re looking at all Eagles running backs trending down for fantasy purposes, including the newly-acquired Ajayi, who will at the very least be looking at a more balanced distribution of touches than he did at Miami.