The trade deadline is this week in most standard leagues, and that means last call for fantasy owners who are in a need of a roster shake-up. The best targets to go after tend to be those No. 4 WRs and No. 3 RBs on the top teams. Usually you can have these players at a steep discount if you offer an upgrade at a different position, as owners are looking to solidify their hold on the top slots.
It’s also a great time to buy a starting quarterback as byes are coming to an end. Having Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco isn’t going to do someone who can only start one a whole lot of good. But don’t wait too long to make an offer, the clock is ticking.
Danario Alexander, WR, SD. Alexander has had a lot of buzz in the past week as he has started to become the player everyone expect Robert Meachem to be for the Chargers. Alexander had a strong game two weeks ago, with three receptions for 61 yards and this past week he exploded for five catches, 135 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was an 80-yard score in which he split two defenders. The Chargers are a team that will throw a lot, and while Philip Rivers is prone to mistakes, his connection with Alexander is one worth monitoring and taking a flier on.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI. The struggles of Michael Vick have been well documented. Now he has a concussion and Foles, who trotted on to the field to a standing ovation, will get his shot. It’s another case of loving the situation versus the player. Foles will be able to throw to DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Brent Celek and he also has one of the game’s top backs in LeSean McCoy. Last week he displayed a lot of inaccuracy, but his big arm plays well with Maclin, Jackson and McCoy as targets.
Laurent Robinson, WR, JAX. Though Cecil Shorts has evolved into Blaine Gabbert’s favorite target, a returning Robinson quickly made his presence felt last Thursday. In the first 19 minutes he accumulated seven targets, and altogether he had 15 on the night. He ended the evening with nine catches for 77 yards, but the sheer volume of targets could lead to more massive performances. It’s amazing to think that Justin Blackmon is now the third wheel in Jacksonville, but here we are.
Cincinatti Defense. Another week, another opportunity to pick on the Chiefs. It’s really that simple, the Bengals performed well against the Giants last week and the Chiefs continue to be an inept offense. Either they are stonewalled and unable to move the ball, or they are a giant turnover machine. Whichever Kansas City unit shows up will provide points to Cincinatti D owners.
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.