2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trade Targets

by Davis Peng
2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trade Targets

With an exciting first week of the NFL season officially behind us, it's time to take a quick look at our teams and our league rivals too. It's never too early to look at trading to improve your team!

That being said, I want to emphasize not to overreact to an underperforming player. Fantasy football is a marathon.  Don't let the opening week put you on tilt to make a bad trade.

So let's get this started and talk about 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trade Targets. I'll cover buy-low and buy-high targets as well as sell-high players.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trade Targets

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Buy Low Targets

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

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Montgomery suffered a preseason groin injury that was initially supposed to keep Montgomery out for four weeks. Considering he wasn't even supposed to play, 13 carries for 64 yards is not a bad start to his season. He also netted three targets in the passing game.

Remember that Montgomery was drafted with low overall draft capital coming into the season. People were legitimately worried about his injury and Tarik Cohen. The person who drafted him may not think highly of him. Therefore, target Montgomery as if you were targeting a low-end RB2/flex play. He has the potential to finish some weeks as a high-end RB2 and bolster your RB depth.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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This is going to be a running theme for me: selecting players who came into the season injured. Tyrod Taylor didn't play too great, but the box score of 69 yards for Mike Williams is rather good - especially considering that it was on four catches.

In the past, Taylor's best fantasy WR was Sammy Watkins with the Buffalo Bills. In each of this three years with Taylor, Watkins was always on pace for over a thousand yards. Taylor has a type of WR he wants to throw to and Williams fits that archetype better than the technician Keenan Allen.

Williams was targeted nine times with the majority of the targets being deep shots, so there is fantasy potential here - all for an overall low price. This is a robust WR4 buy that could be a WR3/Flex play every week.

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Do I believe you can swing a blockbuster trade this early in the season? Probably not, but Fantasy Football is unpredictable.

With the recent news that Michael Thomas will miss a few weeks, there's a good chance you can dump moderate value plus a bench player to get a possible season winning stash.

This is more likely because Fantasy Managers who currently have Thomas probably lost their Week 1 matchup and are probably panicking with this news.

As they say, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Buy High Targets

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Nobody wants to pay high, but if I had to pay, it's would be for Johnson. Ben Roethlisberger took a while to get into a rhythm, but when he did, Ben showed us that he hasn't missed a beat and that he once again has two Fantasy relevant wide receivers.

Johnson was targeted ten times, even considering Roethlisberger didn't throw the ball most of the fourth quarter. Johnson had a slow start to the game, but he played over 55 snaps, ran numerous different routes, and received the most targets on the team.

Johnson is probably going to cost Fantasy Managers decent trade capital, but you are looking at possible WR2 every week.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants

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Slayton got a bit of extra work with Golden Tate currently out, which is the excuse I would use to people while I am trading for Slayton.

He finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, one of the touchdowns was garbage time, but you have to think: "If Slayton can produce against the Steelers defense, what can he do against other teams?"

There is a chance we see Slayton usurp Sterling Shepard and Tate by mid-season. Treat him as a WR3 with upside when targeting him. But I'd project Slayton as a possible WR2 by the end of the season since Daniel Jones has clearly taken a step forward.

Sell High Players

New Orleans Saints (DST)

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You are looking at the highest-scoring defense of the week that just put the highest anticipated offense of the season (Tampa Bay) on their back.

They came out of Week 1 with five tackles for losses, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one scored touchdown. No, you cannot offer them straight up for a high-end player, but you can offer them as a sweetener to tip trades into your favor.

I do believe the Saints will finish as a strong defense, but the Buccaneers were clearly out of sync, which made for costly turnovers. I don't believe teams that have been together longer will make as many miscues as the Buccaneers did.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos

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Melvin Gordon had a strong game and he is a great player, but this is the best time to sell him. With Phillip Lindsay set to miss a few games, Gordon's value is at an all-time high.

Before Lindsay left the game, he and Gordon were on pace to share near equal snaps. Lindsay even saw a few goal-line touches.

If you were looking for an opportunity to dodge the headache of "when do I start Melvin Gordon?" today is the day to do it. He is also facing the Steelers for Week 2, who just got done slaughtering Saquon Barkley. His value may drop dramatically after this week if he puts up a similar performance.


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Week 2 Trade Targets - Fantasy Six Pack - FFB HUB September 18, 2020 - 1:34 am

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