Trading in fantasy football is one of several ways owners can attempt to change the landscape of their team. Attempting to balance out a roster or taking a chance on a high risk/ high reward player that may change your fortunes. But what I am interested in today is how the NFL trades before the trading deadline effects certain fantasy relevant players. Some of these moves helped out the fantasy outlook of some players, while others were all but destroyed.
Golden Tate WR:
Golden Tate was traded by the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles 2019 third round pick. Golden Tate is a high volume player that has been consistently involved with the Lions offensive attack since he came over from Seattle before the 2014 season. While Golden Tate’s standard scoring numbers are only average, his PPR numbers are stronger because of his high target share and amount of catches he gets on a weekly basis. Golden Tate goes to a Philadelphia team that has more weapons and therefore more competition for catches. Tate goes to a city with a hot quarterback and a team that knows recent success so he should find more room to make big plays. With that being said, the target share rate is a risky endeavor at the moment and it will be imperative to Tate’s fantasy outlook to see how many times Carson Wentz looks his way. Overall I believe that his situation is a wash.
Thomas was Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans. Thomas was a former first round pick back in 2010 and a former pro-bowler. Between 2012-2015 Thomas was considered one of the best at his position. Recent struggles at the QB position in Denver, along with the emergence of Emmanuel Sanders as the go-to receiver, have led Thomas to fall from statistical graces and have made him a borderline waiver-wire/ bench guy. With the trade to Houston Thomas still has to deal with another receiver being the main target but there is room for optimism. Thomas leaves a situation with a team that is trending downward and likes to run the football. In Texas, Thomas has a QB in Deshaun Watson who likes to sling it around for a lot of yards and touchdowns. The Texans recently lost their number 2 wide out and Thomas now fills that void. I believe that in a much better offense and a much better QB that Thomas will see a significant boost in his value and fantasy production.