20 Last Minute Targets for Your Fantasy Football Trade Deadline

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The fantasy football trade deadline is here, and it's time to make that last move or two to prepare your roster for the fantasy playoffs. Some of the usual fantasy stars may not be as reliable as you think, but there are a handful of players at each position worth trading for or stashing off of waivers. Weeks 14, 15, and 16 are the fantasy playoffs and those weeks matter far more now. Here are 20 last minute Buy Low options for your trade deadline.


Newton gets three home games for the playoffs, which should mean good weather and nice scores. He's put up a top three fantasy point total among QBs but fantasy owners want nothing to do with him. Big Ben is coming off his best three games of the season and his first 30-point game. His Week 15 and 16 matchups are both against bottom three defenses against QB. He could be great if he can avoid weather issues. Mariota is not a guy you can play in your Week 16 Super Bowl but he can get you there the next four weeks against the Colts, Texans, Cards, and Niners. Bortles is your long shot if desperate or in a 2QB league. He'll have no weather problems and has a cake schedule left outside of Week 14.

Running Backs

Hunt and McCoy are the big guns to go after if you have the ammo to land a top ten RB. Hunt has really gone flat after a huge start but he gets three home games in the fantasy playoffs all against bottom ten rushing defenses. McCoy's schedule is even better. Both could be helped by inclement weather in their games. McCaffrey is coming off his best two rushing games of the season with a trio of TDs and gets three home games. He has a high floor in PPR leagues. Johnson and Ajayi are wildcards if you need a cheap target with big upside. Both have great remaining matchups and could see their role increase as teams rely on them more in the weeks ahead.


The Miami WRs have fantastic matchups remaining if they can find a QB and stay away from bad Buffalo and Kansas City weather. The Chiefs and Patriots have been worst in the league against receivers. Oakland's WRs have been wildly inconsistent but may have finally lost their name value, and either of them can have a big game any week. Allen had his biggest game of the season Sunday so you may have missed your window, but he's been a consistent WR2 and has a great closing stretch. Funchess and Smith-Schuster are the two young guys breaking out before our eyes. Each of them will be Week 15 and 16 must starts with some of the best schedules in the league if you catch a league mate selling high.


  • Jacksonville: Sea, Hou, @SF
  • Baltimore: @Pit, @Cle, Ind
  • Detroit: @TB, Chi, @Cin
  • Washington: @LAC, Ari, Den
  • Chicago: @Cin, @Det, Cle

You should make a trade offer for Jacksonville's defense. They're that good and that liable to put up a monster game any given week. You still get games against Gabbert, Brissett, Savage, and Garoppolo. Baltimore has awesome Week 15 and 16 matchups and is averaging over 15 points per game with some monster games. They're worth trading for too. If you can't get either of those two, Detroit is a steady backup choice. They've been steady all season and face a bunch of pushover offenses. Washington and Chicago might be defenses to grab if you just don't see any other good options. Neither is a great defense but the matchups are delicious and that's what you're really looking for with defenses anyway.

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