Trading in fantasy football is one of the best ways to get an edge over your league mates. When we are this early in the season many trades will happen following anger from fantasy managers. Their first-round pick has a bad game and they panic, regardless of the matchup they faced in week one. Checking fantasy football projections can provide a sense of how a player should perform in a given matchup. Let’s look into some of the best fantasy football trade values for Week 2 that could be league-winners with the right buy-low offer.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Buy-Low Trade Values & Targets
Damien Harris – RB – New England Patriots
As it got closer and closer to draft season Damien Harris’ average draft position continued to rise. With the release of Cam Newton, Mac Jones put Harris in a better situation for rushing success. In week one against the Miami Dolphins, Harris rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries, as well as having two receptions on three targets for 17 receiving yards. While having only three targets may not seem like a lot, Harris had seven total targets in 2020. It is quite likely this is the lowest price you’ll see Harris at this season. Unlike most years with the Patriots, this is not a running-back-by-committee system, as Harris had over 75% of the team’s carries. Try and get Harris on the cheap before he potentially has a huge game against the Jets this week.
Julio Jones – WR – Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans as a whole played terribly against the Cardinals last week. Aside from AJ Brown, every other fantasy-relevant Titan was a huge bust. Julio Jones had three receptions on six targets for 29 yards. Unless the Titans have fallen off the edge of the earth, then a bounce-back is certain for all the players. With Jones not being considered to be a top-12 wide receiver in fantasy drafts because of his “injury history” and old age, people may be quick to trade away Jones. Acquiring Jones prior to the game against the Seahawks could be the move. Though, if he has another subpar performance Sunday, the opportunity to buy the dip might be even greater.
Najee Harris – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris may have looked far from ready to be an NFL running back on Sunday against the Bills but most of that blame could be put on a low-scoring game. In that game, he had 16 rushes for 45 rushing yards, but only added one catch for four yards. Far from an ideal NFL debut for Harris. The most important aspect of the game was not his stats, it was his stranglehold over the backfield. No other running back got a single carry in Sunday’s game making Harris the clear workhorse back in Pittsburgh. Head coach Mike Tomlin breeds running backs that excel in fantasy football and that will be no different with Harris.
Kyle Pitts – TE – Atlanta Falcons
Going into the season, Kyle Pitts had sky-high expectations. This should be expected when you are a top-five pick in the NFL Draft and people compare you to Calvin Johnson. Pitts did not answer to those high praises against the Eagles in week 1 as he had just four receptions on eight targets for 31 receiving yards. The game started off strong for the Falcons but soon turned sour as they just could not advance the ball up the field. With Pitts falling outside of the top 20 in all formats, panic ensues. Especially when noting that only one rookie tight end has finished in the top five in fantasy in a decade. With that said, this game was far from what we should be accustomed to with Pitts. Russell Gage had zero impact on this offense and Pitts is essentially their No. 2 receiving option behind Calvin Ridley. With Pitts, it is a classic case of a rookie underperforming in Week 1, and typically when they have the draft capital like Pitts, they end up bouncing back.
Chris Carson – RB – Seattle Seahawks
On Sunday, the Seahawks rolled the Colts. While much of the reason why they won was a pass-heavy attack Chris Carson was still involved heavily. In the game, he rushed 16 times for 91 yards and caught all three of his targets for 26 yards — with a fumble. This seems like low-end production for Carson. He is the clear workhorse back in Seattle with no real threat behind him. Even if Seattle continues to be a pass-heavy attack, Carson is a safe bet to finish as a top-12 back on the season.
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