Finders Sleepers- Week 9
The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, so for this week’s edition of Finders Sleepers, we are going to be doing something a little different. In addition to the sleepers you’ve all come to know and love, we are also going to take a look at some players that were moved at the deadline, as well as those that could see increased opportunity with old teammates gone. The trade deadline has heated up for the NFL in recent years, and this year was no exception, as several high profile names were moved. Let’s take a look at who has the opportunity going forward as we draw closer to the fantasy playoffs.
Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 9 2018
RB Josh Adams- Philadelphia
The Eagles were expected to make a big move at the deadline and they did, though no for the position some were expecting. It was thought by some that they would be the favorites to land Le’veon Bell from the Steelers, but that was not to be. Instead, Philly moves forward with the RB core of Adams, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. Adams has his best game of the year to date in the matchup against the Jags, as he piled up 61 yards on only 9 carries. Adams should be in line for some more carries, so keep an eye on him for after the Eagles’ bye week.
RB Aaron Jones- Green Bay
Green Bay made a minor move at the deadline, trading away RB Ty Montgomery to Baltimore for a 7th round pick. That move clears up some of the logjam that was the GB backfield, as only Aaron Jones and jamaal Williams remain. Jones had a breakout game last week, as he ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Far and away the most talented RB on the roster, Jones should have a chance to shine this coming week, and he will have RB2 upside if he can lock down the starting job for himself.
WR Kenny Golladay- Detroit
The first of two wide receivers we are covering today that will get more looks in the wake of their teammate being traded. Golladay was already getting some work in prior weeks, until he had a couple bad games by his standards. Now, with Golden Tate gone, Golladay is in line for much more work coming up for the rest of the season. Tate was averaging about 10 targets a game, and those have to go somewhere other than Marvin Jones.
WR Courtland Sutton- Denver
Courtland Sutton is in the same boat as Golladay: a WR who will step up into increased snaps with the departure of a veteran. Sutton is coming off his best game of the season where he caught 3 passes for 78 yards. With Demaryius Thomas off to Houston, Sutton and fellow rookie WR Daesean Hamilton should see a tick up in production. Hopefully you grabbed Sutton already, but if he happens to be on your wire, pick him up.
WR Golden Tate- Philadelphia
Golden Tate was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia at the deadline. He goes from the high flying attack of the Motor City to the high flying attack of the City of Brotherly Love. At first glance, it doesn’t look like this is much of an upgrade for Tate, but a closer look may say otherwise. Tate had not been targeted as often as it would seem heading into last weeks game, and he had only scored 22 points in PPR total the last 2 weeks, which is a low total for him. In Philadelphia, he will give QB Carson Wentz a dependable WR2 to go along with Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz. The bye week should help get him up to speed and he could be a quality WR2 in all formats for the rest of the year.
WR Demaryius Thomas- Houston
Demaryius had been a fixture in Denver for many years, and he was a reliable and capable number one receiver there. In recent years, Thomas has declined and Emmanuel Sanders has taken the reins of the job. Denver no longer thought him worth his big contract, and traded him to Houston. There, he should be able to slide right into the WR2 role opposite stud receiver Deandre Hopkins with the season ending injury to Will Fuller. A better QB situation awaits him there as well,, as he will be catching passes from Deshaun Watson instead of Case Keenum. Thomas has scored in the single digits the last 2 weeks, but expect an uptick in production in his new offense.
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