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Fantasy football trade analyzer: WRs I should trade for or trade away now

We take a look at some fantasy football wide receivers that you should trade for while their value is low and players to trade away that while value is high.

Derwin James Jr. #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackles Marquise Brown #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Derwin James Jr. of the Los Angeles Chargers tackles Marquise Brown of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Week 7 of fantasy football brings about a massive bye week, taking out four major fantasy offenses in the Bills, Chargers, Cowboys and Steelers. That means a lot of adjustments and pivoting for managers, whether that be through the waiver wire or the trade market.

There’s some heavy variance at receiver this season, largely due to touchdowns. Some breakout production is real, while some of it is inflated due to one or two massive games. Receivers are always tough to get consistent production from but there is still some value to be had when trading for or trading away a pass catcher.

As always, know your team, opponent’s teams and your league. Don’t expect to get a player for cheap just because a manager is 0-6. Don’t expect a manager who is 6-0 to part with significant assets. Even though fantasy football is a weekly game, making short-term decisions in an effort to win one week could be detrimental in the long run.

Here’s a list of wide receivers that you should trade for in your fantasy football leagues.

WRs to trade for in fantasy football

Keenan Allen: WR32 (Current rank in FF leagues)

Eventually, the touchdowns have to start rolling in for Allen. He’s leading the Chargers in targets and should continue to do so as the season progresses. Los Angeles is going to be throwing the ball a lot after the bye week, with Allen benefitting from Justin Herbert’s continued rise. Expect a big second half for the receiver.

Jaylen Waddle: WR34

With Tua Tagovailoa back for the Dolphins, Waddle could be in for a massive back half of the year. Miami is going to throw the ball more with Tagovailoa back, which means Waddle could be the big beneficiary. Fantasy managers are likely to be able to snag him on the waiver wire in some leagues, and his current value is lower than what it should be by the end of the season.

Diontae Johnson: WR22

The Steelers are banged up heading into the bye week but should eventually emerge as a contender down the stretch of the season. Ben Roethlisberger looks washed, so there’s some risk here. Johnson is Roethlisberger’s top target and it really isn’t that close. He’s a complete receiver and could be the team’s top fantasy performer by the end of the season.

WRs to trade away in fantasy football

Marquise Brown: WR5

Brown’s season has been highly dependent touchdowns, which is expected given his skillset. He’s getting decent target share in a run-heavy offense but now the Ravens are getting Rashod Bateman back. Mark Andrews appears to be breaking out of his early funk. Brown will still have some big games. His scoring variance will be much higher though, which means managers should look to extract value for him right now.

Deebo Samuel: WR6

Samuel has been excellent this season, even with the quarterback situation in San Francisco becoming increasingly unstable. The speedy wide receiver is coming off a bye week and should continue to have a productive year, although his touchdown production might drop off. There’s a chance to get big-time value for Samuel if managers need help elsewhere.

Antonio Brown: WR14

Similar to the other two players on this list, Brown has benefitted from great touchdown production to start the year. The Bucs receiver has four touchdowns in five contests and while Tampa’s offense is humming, there could be a decline coming. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will eventually start getting more looks, and Rob Gronkowski will eventually return to take away some redzone targets. Brown’s value is probably at its highest right now.