Happy Thanksgiving week, you turkeys. With a short week before the Thursday slate of three games, there will be a ton of content getting pumped onto the PFN website to make sure your fantasy football rosters are good to go early in the week. Part of that comes by way of trades, and the fantasy football trade analyzer is here to help you form your decisions.
With three games on Thursday, there will be a lot more fantasy production early in the week than we’re used to seeing. What trades should you make to make sure your roster is gravy for Week 12? Get used to the puns, I’m dishing them out all week.
David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
David Montgomery and the Chicago Bears’ offense had a remarkably pedestrian performance in Week 11 against the Ravens. They scored 13 points (bad) while going 2-of-11 on third downs (really bad).
Montgomery saw only 14 carries and 1 target, but he should be expected to generate RB2 — or occasionally RB1 — numbers down the homestretch of the fantasy football season. If you can trade for him on the cheap because of the perception of Chicago’s offense, do so.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee is hurting, both literally and metaphorically, at the wide receiver position. With Julio Jones on injured reserve, A.J. Brown getting banged up, and Marcus Johnson suffering a hamstring injury, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine stepped up in a big way. He looks poised to have a role in this offense for the foreseeable future.
Westbrook-Ikhine had 7 receptions for 107 yards, leading the team in a shockingly bad performance against the Texans in Week 11. He’s a name that could pop over the next few weeks.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
Remember Jerry Jeudy? The second-year Alabama wide receiver with the nasty route running? Before the Broncos’ bye week, Jeudy led the team in receptions. While your league-mates are talking about Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick both getting contract extensions, you should be looking to acquire Denver’s best route runner on the cheap.
Jeudy has 17 targets in his last two games and is still working his way back from injury and building chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater. Coming out of a bye week, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Jeudy post his best game of the season, especially in half-PPR or full-PPR scoring formats. Jeudy is a major buy heading into Week 12.
Now that you know who to trade for, let’s look at some names to trade away while the turkey is still hot.
AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
The AJ Dillon experience has been fun while it lasted. Yet, with Aaron Jones potentially returning this week and the Packers’ bye the following week, I’d be looking to cash in for a player that can provide more immediate production.
In place of Jones, Dillon put up 66 yards on 21 attempts (3.1 ypc) and 62 receiving yards on 2 receptions. That was good for 15.7 fantasy points in half-PPR, which almost exactly tied his previous best this season. Yes, Dillon will continue to have a role in the offense when Jones returns. But you’ll be happy if he gives you 10 fantasy points going forward. Sell him high while you can.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints
Marquez Callaway was a preseason darling and was being hyped as having the potential for a breakout season. That just hasn’t happened. He’s currently the WR44 and has failed to log more than 37 receiving yards in all but two games this year.
Callaway has scored a touchdown in three straight games, despite having only 6 catches in that span. The fantasy points don’t match the reality of his usage, and it’s a bubble that’s waiting to pop. I’d trade Callaway for a leftover turkey sandwich if I could, but a depth/handcuff RB would be even better.
Before I get into the specifics of Terry McLaurin, let me be perfectly clear that I absolutely love him and his talent. Someone, please, for the love of mashed potatoes, get this guy a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Now that I have that out of the way, let’s chat about why I don’t want him on my fantasy rosters for the remainder of 2021. It comes down to one word: consistency. The reality is that McLaurin plays in a bottom-third offense that doesn’t provide consistent opportunities for him. Despite seeing the 11th-most targets per game, McLaurin has posted single-digit fantasy points in six out of 10 games this season.
Does he have the potential to win you weeks? Absolutely. He has four games of over 21 fantasy points this year. However, I would prefer a wide receiver that isn’t likely to lose me weeks, which McLaurin has undeniably done on more than one occasion this year. Trade him away fresh off one of his boom games.