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Which player traded before the trade deadline will have the greatest impact?
Joshua Johnson – Jay Ajayi looked great, but did so against an already defeated Denver run D. However is was Corey Clement who saw the goal line touches. Is the Eagle backfield becoming as messy as the New England one? I like Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills. I think this might be a reflection of Charles Clay’s health ROS. Benjamin will have limited snaps but a very high TD potential. Benjamin smells safer than the handsome face in the bay as well as Ajayi.
John Hogue – It’s a toss-up for the rest of the season. Long-term? I’ll say Jimmy Garoppolo. I wrote about “Jimmy G.” right after the trade. I did acknowledge there’s concern that he’s yet another Tom Brady protegé who won’t amount to anything away from New England, a la Matt Cassel.
Garoppolo is joining an offensive mastermind in Kyle Shanahan though and will see the same type of gains that Matt Ryan, andKirk Cousins realized. Even Brian Hoyer and Matt Schaub experienced greater production under Shanahan’s guidance. It’s a similar offense to the one he ran in New England, and will likely come with a bright, shiny new toy in the NFL Draft: an all-world pass-catching back by the name of Saquon Barkley. So there are certainly layers to this prediction, but Garoppolo has a chance to exceed his already mountainous expectations as the 49ers’ roster rounds into form.
Pete Lawrence – For the average fantasy player it will be Jay Ajayi. He’s going to a much better offense and a coaching staff that will use him. We might worry about his knee that may or may not completely explode on any given rush. The Eagles’ doctors and management felt confident enough in that knee to acquire Ajayi. Long term, it might not be great. For the 2017 season, it’s a win for fantasy players and Ajayi owners.
Look for Duane Brown to improve the efficiency of the Seahawks offense. This obviously wasn’t the case in Week 9 against Washington but give it time. Thomas Rawls is slated to take over the RB spot in Week 10 with the injury to Eddie Lacy. Improving the team’s offensive line to give Russell Wilson more time to pass and a cleaner pocket to throw from will also boost the numbers for the team’s receivers.
Which player – not traded – will benefit most from the deadline trades?
Joshua Johnson – Both Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake saw a healthy dose of touches in their first game without Ajayi. They complimented each other very nicely even though Miami was trailing most of the night. I am comfortable playing either in my flex going forward in PPR formats.
John Hogue – Most affected will be Carlos Hyde. The trade for Garoppolo signals the end of his stay in San Francisco. The greatest beneficiary of the deadline trades will be Cam Newton. It’s strange to think that losing a 6’5” wide receiver would actually open things up for a struggling offense, but this “addition by subtraction” angle actually has merit.
Devin Funchess already works the perimeter, waiting for jump balls to attack, so the redundancy with Benjamin was hindering the offense as a whole, and Newton, specifically. Curtis Samuel can fill the Ted Ginn, Jr. (circa 2015) role as the deep threat, opening up the middle of the field for Cam to look for his tight ends (Greg Olsen likely returns after the Week 11 bye, by the way) and Christian McCaffrey, or to take off and run. The entire playbook changes for the Panthers and brings a focus back to the things that Newton does best.
Pete Lawrence – T.Y. Hilton easily benefits the most for long-term dynasty value. There is the long-term worry about Andrew Luck and what his injury means to Hilton’s value. Keeping Hilton with Luck is best long-term for both players. Fantasy owners with Hilton prefer him paired with an elite quarterback and ideally on a team with a new coach next season.
Which player returning from injury/suspension will have the biggest impact?
Joshua Johnson – The IDPer in me thinks T.J. McDonald will be smacking fools en route to some beastly IDP stats very soon. The Raider in me wants Obi Melifonwu to make Reggie Nelson expendable. Nelson is old, slow and horrid at tackling. Melifonwu needs some tackling refinement, but he is a dynamite athlete.
However, let’s give it up for Teddy Bridgewater! Less than 18 months ago his career and leg were very much in doubt. Now he appears to be ready for game action. His Vikings did better than expected without him both last season and especially this year. Bridgewater steps into a situation with a team in playoff contention. He has young and talented weapons all around him. The Vikings also have a largely young and very elite defense. Bridgewater is a free agent at season’s end. He is practically the governor of Minnesota because he is such a beloved and good person, that I don’t see Minnesota letting him get away. His catastrophic injury might also mean his price is little lower than your typical veteran of his status. That could mean the Vikings will have more money to spend elsewhere, thus making the team around Teddy even stronger.
John Hogue – Danny Woodhead is going to win fantasy leagues. He’s the best pass-catching running back in the sport. Woodhead started his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens by catching all three of his targets for 33 yards, before a hamstring injury sidelined him the last 10 and-a-half weeks. In that time, Buck Allen has been heavily involved in the Ravens’ anemic offense; he has been targeted 42 times and caught 32 of them, which is sixth-best among running backs.
Allen hasn’t been turning the catches into yards (just 145 yards and one touchdown) though. Here’s the thing: the Raven’s don’t seem to care! All the Ravens want to do is get the ball into the hands of their running backs, so they’ll continue to pepper the pass-catching back with targets. In fact, they’ll do it even more when it’s Woodhead. Expect Woodhead to eat up yards and score touchdowns. He’s far more efficient and far more productive than Allen, so he will walk right back into the pass-catching role when he returns, and he will do more with the opportunities, for which he will be rewarded with even more opportunities.
Pete Lawrence – A lot of people are likely thinking Josh Gordon. The infamous darling of fantasy twitter. If you’ve held him this long in your dynasty leagues, I don’t see how you can move on with him now. He demolished offenses in 2013 while admitting in a GQ article that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while posting Hall of Fame caliber numbers. However, it’s 2017, and at best Gordon won’t be on the field till early December. Staying on the same team, look for Corey Coleman to start producing on a bad Browns team. The Browns offense needs production from the wide receiver position badly. Coleman was a high draft pick with big-time production coming out of Baylor. His best comparable on PlayerProfiler is Odell Beckham Jr. There is big time talent there, so look for him to produce as the season finishes up.