Fantasy Football Trade and Waiver Wire Targets for Later in the Season

Fantasy Football season is upon us. With Week 1 nearly done and dusted, the attention of fantasy players will shift to the waiver wire and to the trade market. Here’s a look at some trade targets (or waiver wire additions if they’re available in your league) that you should look into.

Some of these players may be candidates to buy low now on and reap the benefits later, but they’re all worth a look.

Michael Thomas

Thomas caught six passes against the Raiders for 58 yards in Week 1. Also, the Saints like to throw the ball—a lot. Thomas may not out-produce Willie Snead, but he could put up big numbers as a rookie in New Orleans. He’s a worthy flex play moving forward and could grow into a WR2.

Jimmy Graham

Yes, he isn’t 100% healthy yet, and yes he didn’t do too much in Week 1, but the Seahawks are going to throw the ball more, and that should generate in more looks for Graham. He won’t struggle like he did last season, and someone may be willing to sell low on the tight end.

Derrick Henry

If Henry takes over for Demarco Murray, the rookie could put up top-10 running back numbers as a starter. He’s that good.

Travis Benjamin

If you need a Keenan Allen replacement, this is your guy. The former Brown made seven catches in Week 1, and should get a healthy number of targets moving forward. He put up some big numbers for Cleveland last season, and could thrive with Phillip Rivers throwing him the ball.

Chris Hogan

Like Thomas, Hogan won’t overtake some of the other receiving options on his own team (Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski) in the pecking order for targets. However, he could easily settle into the New England offense as the number three option. As a flex play, he’s worth a look.

Tyrod Taylor

Taylor has the chance to be a top fantasy quarterback thanks to his ability to rack up points through the air and on the ground. You could get him for cheap following his struggles against the Ravens in Week 1.

Coby Fleener

Like Taylor, Fleener is a buy-low candidate after a quiet Week 1 (one catch for six yards). In a high-octane offense in New Orleans, Fleener could post elite numbers at the tight end position.

Thomas Rawls

Another buy-low candidate, Rawls could be back up to full speed in the not-too-distant future. Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise will be a part of the offense moving forward, but it will be hard to keep the talented Rawls off the field for the Seahawks. Buy low if you can.

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Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson Providing Team with Long-Term Quarterback Stability

In the NFL, “stability” is a funny word. However, that’s what the Seattle Seahawks have with star quarterback Russell Wilson.

Sure, Andy Dalton and Phillip Rivers provide quarterback stability. But unless they have superb, and I mean superb, supporting casts they aren’t winning much.

Russell Wilson provides that stability, and supporting cast or no, can win you something. The Seahawks have always had a strong defense during Wilson’s time, but the receiving corps hasn’t always been consistent. Part of that has to do with the Seahawks’ quarterback’s tendency to spread the ball around, but that’s not all of it.

As stated, regardless of the supporting cast, Wilson is good enough to put his team in a position to win.

This kind of stability is something that the Seahawks needed.

Everyone knew Matt Hasselbeck had a glass ceiling. He was fantastic when he played for the Seahawks, but he had an expiration date, and everyone knew that. Hasselbeck was always a good, but not great, QB.

Russell Wilson is a great quarterback. He was good last year, and he’s taken the step up to great this season.

Wilson brings a sense of long-term stability that we’ve never seen at the quarterback position before in Seattle.

Quarterback may be the most important and/or scrutinized position in sports. Period. Watching a Seahawks game with Russell Wilson and being able to say, “Ok, he’s our QB for the next decade. We’re going to win, we’re going to be fine.” That’s a nice statement to be able to say.

Throw in the fact that we’ve seen the likes of Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Flynn under center in Seattle and having Russell Wilson seems even better.