Top-8 Trade Targets: Flex Edition

By: Kyle Williams (Twitter: @betonthegame)

Was Halloween a frightening one for you or your fantasy team? For some, they would say it was a very spooky experience on Sunday, the aftermath of another bad beat and or losing week. While there remains some hope to be had, the trade deadline approaches quickly in fantasy and the NFL. In most leagues the trade deadline is this coming weekend, now is the time for you to get what you need for a run. In this article I’ll be diving into 8 of my favorite trade targets for your flex position, now let’s jump in.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

This is your absolute last chance, if you have the assets and want to win the championship this is the guy. Coming off a smoking hot 20-point game in which Gibson established himself he went into the bye this past week. Now with the luster off him from the buy, he will be a bit easier to buy up from an owner. That’s not only helped the price drop but you also buy a guy you don’t have to sit the rest of the season. Now that Gibson is healthy and rested he should tear up this lackluster schedule. Here’s what it looks like for the rest of the season.

Starting with a dream matchup versus the Giants on Sunday he follows up with teams like the Bengals, Cowboys, Steelers, and Lions who have all struggled to stop the run. The schedule as a whole is phenomenal, the screenshot below is what it looks like.

With Gibson finally breaking out and getting 20 carries last Sunday he is the clear best back in the rotation. The workload will come in the second half and the schedule will clear up. Gibson is a clear cut top 7 running back in fantasy formats for me in the second half of the season.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans

Cook’s s season started extremely slow and has picked up in recent weeks. In weeks 1-4 Cooks racked up 21 targets and only hauled in 13 of them for 138 yards and 0 touchdowns.

Now in the past 3 weeks, Cooks has been a monster, a Top 10 PPR WR. He’s racked up 30 targets and caught 24 of them for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s nearly doubled every stat from his first 4 weeks and it only took 3 weeks.

He’s also been a Top 12 PPR wide receiver for the season. The only thing that is a bit scary is the schedule, the Texans still have to play the Patriots once and the Colts twice. Both teams have upper echelon passing defenses. The good note is they do get to play the Lions, Bengals, Browns, and Jaguars who all couldn’t close a door on defense. I’m expecting a Top 15 performance for the rest of the season from Cooks.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Fransisco 49ers

After injuring his foot in week 6, the 49ers put Mostert on the injured reserve and were hopeful for a Week 10 return. Well, it’s week 9 now, and the whispers of Mostert’s return can’t come soon enough.

The 49ers have lacked a true pop on offense and especially in the run game. Main backs JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon combined for a stat line on Sunday of 22 carries for 28 yards. Less than ideal to say the least. 

The 49ers miss Mostert, his electric run style, big-play performances, and ability to catch the ball and make plays has left them in shambles. Now with Kittle and Garropolo on the injured reserve for several weeks the 49ers need Mostert more than ever.

When healthy he’s been a Top-10 running back in PPR formats. He’s scored in games when healthy the following points in PPR formats.

  • 25 points
  • 18 points
  • 14 points

If you can get a flex player that has a legit 20 point upside then please do yourself a favor and do it. Grab up Mostert and thank me when he’s winning you a fantasy championship.

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills

Can we all admit it? Moss is better than Singletary, it’s clear now. If you weren’t thinking it before you are after Sunday’s performance. His pure heavy bruising run style and goal-line work alone has already vaulted him ahead of Singletary on the depth chart. Here’s a look at one of the two touchdowns Moss scored in Sunday’s game.

Impressive to say the least. Considering Singletary has a whooping 3 rushing touchdowns in 26 career games, I would say Moss is a lock for goal-line work. It’s also great to note that Moss and Singletary split identical workloads on Sunday, both had 14 carries each in the win over New England.

Moss is a great candidate to buy on now or grab on your waivers for a flex play. He has the potential to steal the job outright.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

After being a bust for the first three years of his career, Davis has found a way to flip the script so far this season. He’s asserted himself as a clear cut must target guy in the offense above Jonnu Smith. He’s even pushing star wide receiver, A.J. Brown, for targets now in the offense. 

If Davis played the full amount of games allotted this season he would be a Top-12 WR in PPR formats. On Sunday, Davis had one of his best games as a pro where he went for 8 receptions, 128 yards, and a touchdown.

Davis is starting to heat up with Tannehill, in the past two games he’s garnered 10 targets in each. Davis also has yet to slip below 10 fantasy points so far on the season. It’s a good time to buy low considering the next 4 games are tough. However, the stretch run is filled with juicy plus matchups for Davis. Grab him now for your flex and ride him into a championship.

Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

He’s officially here to stay, Fulgham is a must trade for or a must-add if he’s somehow a free agent. In fact, Fulgham is leading the NFL in receiving yards since week 4. Crazy, right? He’s the main staple in the passing attack in Philly. He’s garnering close to 10+ targets a game. 

Fulgham is a monster in every sense of the word, he’s scoring a baseline of 12+ points a game just like Corey Davis above. Fulgham has also shown major floor scoring 30 points just a few weeks back. Here’s a clip showing you just how fantastic Fulgham has been so far.

Grabbing Fulgham is a good decision, his price will be lower considering the Eagles are on buy week in Week 9. The schedule ahead for Fulgham is beautiful as well. Once he’s back from the bye he squares off against the lowly Giants and follows up with several below average to just plain poor opposing pass defense. Teams like the Browns, Seahawks, and Cowboys remain on the schedule for Fulgham. Trading for him now is a smart idea considering the price will only go up. He’s the ultimate safe flex play with great upside. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

The Jets, yes, I know. Gross, right? But fantasy points are all the matters. And with the stock being so low it’s the perfect time to jump in. Even with the Jets being one of the worst passing attacks in the league if not the worst, there are still points to be had.

So far in games when Crowder has played he has scored the following:

  • 24.5 Points
  • 17.4 Points
  • 25.6 Points
  • 11.8 Points

Pretty good right? He’s a PPR machine, he’s getting peppered 10-13 targets per game when he plays. Sam Darnold feels comfortable with him, he’s getting the most work on the team and is the best wide receiver on the team.

Grabbing Crowder now after him being out for three weeks is a great idea. The stock is super low on a guy who has a 20 point upside and a 12 point floor. He’s arguably one of the best flex plays you can get for the stretch run.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, New Orleans Saints

Sneaky dart throw, that’s what Sanders is. It’s no secret the Michael Thomas is coming back sometime soon. And that’s fine, I believe that it actually helps Sanders. Thomas is the perfect complement to Sanders. He frees up the long ball which Sanders is great at and allows opposing teams to put weaker corners on Sanders.

Sanders in his own right is no scrub as well. Here’s what he’s scored on the season.

  • 10.5 Points
  • 2.9 Points
  • 15.6 Points
  • 15.3 Points
  • 24.2 Points

He’s putting up good numbers against the opposing team’s primary corners. Once he’s free to square up against the opposing team’s second option he could feast. I’m grabbing up Sanders for better days ahead, he hasn’t played in two weeks and the price is low. Grab him as a selling manager will think Thomas will hurt him and his lack of play in recent weeks will too.

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