Week 9 of the NFL fantasy football season means that the trade deadline is creeping closer and closer. There are some big names that you should be targeting if you want to make a push for the playoffs or to add some much-needed depth for a championship run. Fantasy trade targets like Antonio Gibson, Jonathan Taylor, Davante Adams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Myles Gaskin should all be on your radar to either acquire or try to sell for some added value. Our fantasy football NFL trade analyzer takes a look at each of these guys to try and provide some much-needed clarification moving forward.
This is an interesting one. Antonio Gibson is very raw as a running back and, in many ways, is learning on the fly at the highest level of football without the benefit of things like a normal training camp and preseason. As much wide receiver as he was running back at the college level at Memphis, Antonio Gibson has a massive upside as a receiving back.
But that might take some time, and Gibson just has 19 receptions in his seven games as a professional. In the meantime and for redraft reasons, Gibson should be used plenty in the screen game during the second half of the season, and if he gets some daylight, Antonio Gibson will often take it to the house.
He is powerful and extremely explosive, especially as a straight-line athlete. As a pure ball carrier, Gibson never rushed for more than 55 yards in his first six games but abused the Cowboys for 128 yards the last time we saw him. That is great, and Washington’s offense has clearly picked up after Dwayne Haskins was benched, but Gibson destroyed a hapless Dallas defense that allows gaping holes in the run game and frankly, doesn’t show great effort chasing the ball – especially late in games.
Take this opportunity to shop Antonio Gibson, but for dynasty reasons, he is someone to hold onto. Gibson is a great guy to own…in 2021.
What does the presence of Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines in the Colts backfield mean for Jonathan Taylor?
When Marlon Mack went down, Jonathan Taylor looked like a league winner. After accumulating 560 combined yards over his seven NFL games, that simply isn’t playing out. What’s worse? Taylor isn’t passing the eyeball test on film either. He isn’t making many yards on his own. But Jordan Wilkins is. In fact, thus far, Wilkins has clearly been the more potent runner and Nyheim Hines is going to remain a constant in the passing game, a phase that Taylor is still very much learning.
Hines and Philip Rivers have developed nice chemistry in this regard. Jonathan Taylor has an awful lot of ability as a runner – think Nick Chubb – but he just hasn’t found his footing and hasn’t yet adapted to the speed of the game at this level.
Frank Reich mentioned that Jonathan Taylor is battling an ankle injury and who are we to play doctor, but that felt like a coach making an excuse for his prized rookie to take some heat off of Taylor. His time could come any week now, and he could produce in a big way from that point on, but the Colts have to win now. Wilkins is giving them a better chance to make that happen. Jonathan Taylor isn’t someone you can trust right now, unfortunately.
Adams is the most valuable wide receiver in fantasy football and is absolutely one of the highest fantasy trade targets right now. No one is better at getting off the line of scrimmage. He is an elite route runner vs. man coverage, zone, or even double teams. Adams consistently gains separation but also excels in contested catch situations. He has great ball skills and reliable hands. And for all these reasons, Aaron Rodgers trusts Adams far above all others.
Plus, the Packers – who were rumored to be interested in trading for Will Fuller and probably should have – are extremely light on other threats besides Adams in this passing game. Despite missing two games, Adams leads the Packers in receiving by just under 200 yards and has found the end zone seven times in five games.
He’s a superstar and is in the perfect situation for fantasy production. It should take an arm and a leg for someone to pry Adams off your roster if you were smart enough to draft or add him via trade during the year. Our NFL trade analyzer is as high on Adams as the rest of the fantasy community.
Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire do enough to get back into Rookie of the Year consideration and become a fantasy trade target?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire shook the fantasy world when the high-powered Chiefs made him the only running back drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Then, on opening night for all to see, Edwards-Helaire was outstanding as he ran for 138 yards against the Texans. Many probably didn’t realize then just how terrible Houston’s run defense truly is, and Edwards-Helaire has only run for 65 yards or more once since Week 1.
That one occasion was a 161-yard outing against the Bills, and that can’t be ignored, but overall, Edwards-Helaire looks like a high-quality prospect, but not a special one. He isn’t a pile mover in short-yardage situations, and that role now goes to Le’Veon Bell.
The rookie was also a liability in pass protection at LSU – something Bell also excels at. Kansas City’s signing of Bell hurts Edwards-Helaire in a big way. Edwards-Helaire is a very good receiving option but has only been targeted 4.75 times per game on average and only four times since Bell arrived.
Everyone wants a piece of the Chiefs offense, and Edwards-Helaire still brings a lot of valuable name recognition in fantasy circles. If you can get something resembling what you paid for him or even 80 cents on the dollar, moving Edwards-Helaire is a good move right now.
Does our fantasy football NFL trade analyzer think now is the time to try and acquire Myles Gaskin while he is out with an injury?
Gaskin is out this week with an MCL injury and could be out of the lineup for as long as three games. He has been a nice find in the fantasy world because he runs the football as well as catching passes every week as a true every-down back, despite not being overly talented.
He doesn’t have good size, speed, or explosion. But Gaskin has had the opportunity and, for the most part, has made the most of his chances. He runs hard and with great competitiveness. Gaskin has gotten four or more targets in every game this year, and 10 or more carries in his last five. He will never be a big touchdown producer though, which really hurts Gaskin’s fantasy ceiling. But it could be enough to make him one of our fantasy trade targets.
The Dolphins also are only one of six offenses that aren’t averaging at least 100 rushing yards per game even though their defense has been excellent and keeps them in games week after week. Miami’s offensive line has a lot to do with that, but that group won’t drastically improve until maybe next year.
Matt Breida should be in line to take over Gaskin’s role, but Breida didn’t practice on Wednesday and is tough to count on from a health standpoint. Jordan Howard is just a plodder now with zero pass-catching acumen. Miami did trade for DeAndre Washington, and he could get thrust into action sooner than later, but overall, the move to make with Gaskin is to just hold on and hope he gets back soon or make a lowball offer to acquire him.
Once healthy – and it isn’t that long of a wait – Gaskin should go right past these other running backs to a heavy workload once again. But don’t think he is going to blow up. Gaskin’s ceiling certainly isn’t very high.
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