The trade deadline is approaching for NFL teams, and it’s already affecting player’s fantasy outlooks


Peyton Mullen

Eagles’ TE Dallas Goedert is only a backup, but is producing consistent numbers.

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QB Derek Carr

Carr has never been a top 10 quarterback when it comes to fantasy football, but his last couple of games haven’t been bad. Last week, he had 18 completion for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Texans who have a struggling secondary. In Week 9, Carr and the Raiders get a similar matchup at home against the Lions, who traded their young, hard-hitting safety to the Seahawks.

RB Derrius Guice

The Redskins just designated Guice for return on Monday after he’s been out for the last 2+ months with a right knee injury. He isn’t projected to play until Week 11, but the Redskins are struggling to keep their running backs healthy. When Guice returns, he should make an immediate impact even though the Redskins will most likely ease him back into playing time. 

RB Mark Walton 

With Kenyan Drake reportedly traded to the Cardinals and Kalen Ballage underperforming, Walton is the new starting running back for the Dolphins. Even though he struggled against the underperforming Steelers defense with 54 total yards, he has a much more favorable matchup in Week 9 when the Dolphins play a bad Jets defense at home.

WR Chris Conley

The last two weeks, Conley has started showing up for the Jaguars. In Week 7, he had 3 catches for 83 yards at the Bengals and then 4 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown at home against the Jets. With Dede Westbrook leaving Week 8’s game with both a neck and shoulder injury, Conley should be ready for a bigger role. On top of that, the Jaguars play the worst secondary in the league, the Texans, at home.

TE Dallas Goedert

Even though Goedert is behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart, he will still see plenty of opportunities which had been clear the last two weeks. He’s had a touchdown in each of his last two games, which were against the Cowboys and the Bills. Goedert and the Eagles will host the Bears, who’s secondary hasn’t been able to find that stride from last year, at home.

Honorable mention: RB Kenyan Drake

The Dolphins agreed to trade Drake to the Cardinals for a 2020 pick. This means that the Cardinals aren’t expecting David Johnson or Chase Edmonds to be healthy for their Thursday night game against the 49ers. Drake is possibly looking at a monster number of carries in Week 9, which outweighs the fact that the Cardinals are playing one of the top defenses in the league. He’s worth looking at.