With three weeks in the books, it's probably time to start looking into the trade market. It's rare that a team is in such good shape where no trades need to be made. Now's the time to look at the marketplace and evaluate which depressed assets are worth acquiring.
Owners get frustrated when their players aren't living up to preseason expectations. They also look to trade certain guys they don't believe they’ll will maintain the production. Below is a list of players I'd target in trades over the next week. If you want me to review your trade offers, feel free to shoot me a note on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible).
Tom Brady (QB - New England) - Yahoo Original Rank: #2 QB, Yahoo Current Rank: #14 QB
Someone got upset at me on Twitter for recommending Brady over Andy Dalton as a starter in Week 3. If people are really considering benching Tom Brady then that means the market is down on him and you need to pounce. It'll help if the owner has another QB he feels comfortable enough to start or maybe you can offer him that piece in return as part of a package. The guy has thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back games. Just cause the touchdowns aren't there doesn't mean they won't come soon enough.
Philip Rivers (QB - San Diego) - Yahoo Original Rank: #11 QB, Yahoo Current Rank: #25 QB
Rivers had one of his usual duds last week, but owners should expect those every once in a while. He completed over 72% of his passes in his two previous games and the offense should be more explosive going forward with Ryan Mathews back at full strength. Rivers is still a low QB1, but it's better to have him than alternating mediocre QBs.
LeSean McCoy (RB - Philadelphia) - Yahoo Original Rank: #3 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #19 RB
You may laugh upon seeing this name, but McCoy surfaces on this list because of another Twitter comment I received. Andy Reid acknowledged he should've given McCoy the ball more last week, so there's no reason to doubt his workload. He's only grabbed one touchdown in his first three games and some of his owners are a little nervous. Don't doubt McCoy. I still have him ranked as the #3 RB to own and feel very confident he'll finish as a top-five RB assuming he plays the full season.
Ryan Mathews (RB - San Diego) - Yahoo Original Rank: #10 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #70 RB
Mathews returned to the San Diego lineup last week with 15 touches. There are rumblings that the Chargers may manage his workload because he has a tendency to fumble. If you look at the talent behind Mathews, you'll realize that's not a realistic option. They just need to give him some Tiki Barber training. Mathews has a chance to be a top-five RB for the rest of the season if he stays on the field for a change.
Doug Martin (RB - Tampa Bay) - Yahoo Original Rank: #16 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #20 RB
There was a lot of preseason hype around Martin. Some people exercised caution with LeGarrette Blount still on the roster, but Martin has dominated the carries through three weeks. The schedule eases up for Martin over the coming weeks so his production should increase.
Cedric Benson (RB - Green Bay) - Yahoo Original Rank: #45 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #25 RB
The Packers are a passing offense first and a running offense second, but Benson has still received a total of 37 carries over the last two games. He's clearly the primary RB for them and will continue to see consistent work for the rest of the season. You could do a lot worse at the flex spot.
Brandon Marshall (WR - Chicago) - Yahoo Original Rank: #7 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #26 RB
It's been an interesting few weeks for the Bears. The offense hasn't been able to get going despite the addition of Marshall in the offseason. His current fantasy owners had high expectations for him, so they might be looking to deal him. Marshall is still being targeted the 9th most of any WR in the league, so his numbers should rise as we move through the season and the Bears find their rhythm. He just needs to work on the whole drops thing and he'll return to being a top-10 WR.
Brandon Lloyd (WR - New England) - Yahoo Original Rank: #18 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #39 RB
Just ahead of Marshall on the target count through three weeks is Lloyd. He's tied for sixth in the league and just put up his best game with a 9 catch, 108 yard performance against Baltimore. He's the only deep threat for the Patriots, so he'll continue to see plenty of the ball. The big plays will eventually hit and he has the potential to finish the year as a top 15 WR.
Denarius Moore (WR - Oakland) Yahoo Original Rank: #30 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #57 RB
Injuries are mounting in Oakland. Darrius Heyward-Bey seems likely to miss at least one week after his concussion and neck sprain. Jacoby Ford is already out for the season. Options are few and far between for Carson Palmer, so look for him to focus on Moore, who seems fully recovered from his hamstring injury.
Kenny Britt (WR - Tennessee) Yahoo Original Rank: #38 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #103 RB
Britt's snaps keep increasing. We know he's a fantasy monster when healthy and he's gotten to the point where he'll be getting a full complement of snaps starting next week or the week after. After his 6 catch, 55 yard performance last week, you have to think the best is yet to come.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - New England) - Yahoo Original Rank: #2 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #8 RB
Those who drafted Gronk expected a beast. Instead they've gotten a TE who's only been targeted 18 times in three games. Gronk should take off as the Patriots' offense takes off. The Patriots just need to get the ball near the end zone more often so that they can look for Gronk in the physical mismatch situations. Touchdowns are a hard thing to replicate, so Gronk probably won't equal last year's total of 17, but he should be able to grab 10-12 and see his yardage totals increase as the season goes along.
Dennis Pitta (TE - Baltimore) Yahoo Original Rank: #29 RB, Yahoo Current Rank: #7 RB
Who's tied with Jimmy Graham for the most targets at TE through three weeks? The "move" TE from Baltimore is who. Pitta has developed a nice relationship with Joe Flacco so far this season and he seems like the team's second receiving option behind Torrey Smith. Look for Pitta to compete in that second layer of TEs behind Jimmy Graham and Gronkowski throughout the season.