Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 12 Trade Deadline Analysis
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Trade Deadline Report
November 22, 2013
Stock Watch: Trade Deadline Deals
Last Minute Players to Buy
1. Ray Rice - The question Ray Rice owners are asking themselves at the trade deadline is, "is it time to pull off a last minute sale?" Rice finally had a big game, and now some fantasy owners may be looking to acquire Rice for the stretch run. If Rice can be bought for the right price, then he is well worth the gamble. Rice has a great fantasy playoff schedule as 4 of the next 5 Raven games are in Baltimore. Rice is getting healthier each week, and he showed some speed bust last week on a terrible field in Chicago. Fantasy owners are nervous about Rice because his breakout game came against a bad Bears rush defense, but all Rice did was what he was supposed to do. Good backs have big games against lesser defenses, and that is exactly what Rice did. Rice has a tough matchup this week against the team with the top rush defense, New York Jets, and fantasy owners looking to acquire Rice should take advantage and use this matchup as a reason to get Rice at a super cheap price.
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2. Keenan Allen - Allen has had a few slow games as of late, and fantasy owners that picked Allen up of the waiver wire may begin to think that his run as the top WR in San Diego is over. If there is an owner like this in your league, then make a deal to get Allen for a reduced price. The Chargers have a nice fantasy playoff schedule and Allen will be an assett to any team during weeks 14-16.
3. Jordan Cameron - Cameron has fallen off a cliff as of late, and that is why now is the time to acquire the big pass catching tight end. Cameron is a very good football player, and he has been successful with all his quarterbacks, but he has run into a bit of a funk here of late. The Browns offense is not very good, but Cameron is, and the Browns have great fantasy tight end matchups remaining on their schedule.
Last Minute Players to Think About
1. Chris Ivory - Ivory has been fantastic in 3 of the last 4 Jet games, but he was really awful in the one bad game. Ivory has come on as of late and has given fantasy owners a reason to believe in him for the playoff push. The problem for Ivory has been the inconsistency of the Jets all together. Ivory could be a force down the stretch, but given the Jets ability to implode and a week 15 matchup in Carolina, Ivory makes for a risky play down the stretch.
2. Dwayne Bowe - Bowe is definitely in the fantasy bust category, and there is really no reason to believe he will have a big rebound. The lack of faith in Bowe is why he is a risk and why he could be acquired for a very cheap price. The only reason to invest in Bowe is if you believe that Kansas City will continue to use him more in order to keep pace with the big offenses remaining on their schedule.
3. Danny Amendola - Amendola has been nothing but a headache all season, and that is why many fantasy owners want nothing to do with. However, he has great upside potential, and if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, then he could be the biggest bargain in fantasy football at this point in the season.
Last Minute Players to Avoid
1. Andre Ellington - Ellington appeared to have a lot going for him after his breakout game against the Falcons in week 8. After that game the Cardinals coaches were saying Ellington would get 20 touches a game, and that has not happened. The Cardinals are still using Mendenhall as their lead back, and that, plus the Cardinals Week 16 trip to Seattle, is why Ellington should not be a target at the trade deadline.
2. Rashad Jennings - Jennings fantasy value has been on the rise lately and it is getting even higher with rumors of him taking over as the lead back in Oakland even when McFadden gets back on the field. All signs are pointing up for Jennings, but the Raiders face 3 top 10 fantasy rush defense during weeks 14-16, and that is why Jennings should be avoided as a player to add at the trade deadline.
3. Lamar Miller - Fantasy owners have learned the Dolphins backfield is a terrible place to look for a fantasy starter, and that is why Miller should be avoided at the trade deadline. The Dolphins are a team in turmoil and their remaining schedule is very tough. It's possible Miller has another good game, and if you can figure out when that will be, then go get him. Otherwise, keep Miller off your fantasy radar for the rest of the season.
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