2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Trade Targets

by Jason Weiss
2023 Fantasy Football Trade Targets

Welcome to our 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Trade Targets article.

This week marked the beginning of the second half of the fantasy season. There is still a lot of fake football left to play, but we have a sense of what kind of trade targets we are in the market for based on our records at this point.

If you have a winning record right now or only a couple of losses, you're looking to stockpile weapons of mass destruction for January. In other words, you already have a good team. You are looking to identify the players that will give you depth in case of a serious injury or those rising stars like Rashee Rice who aren't there yet, but are on a clear trajectory to be in a more prominent position in their offense.

Some of you have TOO much depth. Your lineup decisions are brutal. If you are in a position where you have too many good players and have a weekly decision on whether to bench Jordan Addison, DeAndre Hopkins, or Christian Kirk you need to make a trade to consolidate your weapons. This means you should trade 2 players for 1 higher-end player.

When you do this, you should also be scouting the waiver wire to see what you're going to purchase with your waiver wire gift certificate. You're not really making a 2-for-1 or a 3-for-2. You have to consider the "player to be named later" that you are picking up off the wire. If I know there are appealing options on the wire, I welcome the opportunity to upgrade to a stud and pick up a high upside option that hasn't popped yet off the wire.

Now we get to those of you who have losing records, some of you are in a deep hole. You may be on the other end of those aforementioned trades. Maybe not, you may be one trade like that away from acquiring the difference maker for you. But some of you may need to undergo an Extreme Fantasy Makeover (back off, that is a registered trademark!).

If you're in a bad place, I want you to consider the strategy of trading your best player. Your team is 2-6 and you have Christian McCaffrey. So maybe you have to consider trading him for 2 or 3 players. I've seen this move turn teams around. Of course, it depends on who you are getting back. I'm not telling you that you NEED to run out and force a trade to unload your best guy. You better have a good scouting department!

I'm saying if you are in a desperate place, it is an option to consider when you are trying to figure out how to dig out of this hole.

Finally, some of you have teams that aren't doing well, but it's just been dumb luck. You've had bad beats. You have great players and they just aren't putting it all together at the same time. You keep losing to the highest-scoring team of the week. Maybe you don't need to make the trade you're thinking about making. Many times, the best trades are the ones you don't make. The ones you realize later how thankful you are that you hung on to a particular player.

Now is the time to act decisively one way or another. Only you can decide what is best for your team. I will help you in how you should be thinking and, as always, tap into the anxiety that other owners are feeling right now. That's right, you're not alone!

I don't want to be too repetitive, so before we jump in, I will say that there are a couple of my trade targets from last week that you still should be focusing on: Chris Olave, Bijan Robinson, and Rashee Rice. I just profiled them last week, so they won't appear below.

Here are some trade targets you should be looking to acquire before Week 9.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Trade Targets

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Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

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He has been a big disappointment. Don't get me wrong, he has had a few solid games for sure. But the Pollard owner is not happy. His draft day price was aggressive. Pollard hasn't scored a TD since Week 1.

Pollard just had his worst game of the season with 12 carries for 53 yards and only one reception for two yards. His owners are chalking up this draft pick as a miss. The Cowboys' skill players haven't had great consistency because of how good their defense has been. There are games where the D/ST scores more points than anyone on the offense.

This week was a complete blowout and you would think that would be a favorable gamescript for Pollard, but it was CeeDee Lamb who went nuts in this game.

Next week is a pivotal divisional matchup on the road in Philly. I don't think his owners are necessarily looking at that as a get-right game. But you should be looking at this as a great buying opportunity, provided they don't look to make a trade before the deadline.

Keep an ear open, but start kicking the tires on what it would cost to land him. Pollard is my top trade target this week.

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