Where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were all drafting our teams and saying "I don't know how my team loses a game this year!?" Well, that team is likely sitting at 2-5 or 5-2, there isn't much in-between this year. Week 8 is make or break time for fantasy football, so check out 5 trade targets that can help push you over the hump to a championship team.
Chase Edmonds - RB - Arizona Cardinals
The Edmonds manager in your league may be asking a king's ransom for Edmonds since Kenyan Drake has been ruled out 4-6 weeks with a partially torn ligament in his foot. (See the injury here) However, Edmonds is worth buying high on. In PPR formats, Edmonds has finished with double digit points 3 out of the last 4 games (15.00, 20.20, 3.90, 21.50).
With Drake going down, Edmonds is a locked-and-loaded high-upside RB2 in PPR formats with RB1 upside every week. The Arizona Cardinals are on a bye this week, so you may be able to get Edmonds on the cheap from a fantasy manager desperate for a win in Week 8.
Brandon Aiyuk - WR - San Francisco 49ers
By now you've likely heard Deebo Samuel is out 2-3 weeks with a Hamstring Strain. (See the injury here). Now is the perfect time to acquire Brandon Aiyuk in any league format. Aiyuk posted a juicy 17.50 PPR points in Week 7 WITH Deebo Samuel fully healthy and in the lineup. Aiyuk also posted 21.10 PPR points in Week 3 and 13.60 points in Week 4.
With Deebo Samuel continuously being hurt, look to acquire Aiyuk for your playoff push. He could quickly emerge as the WR1 in this offense (albeit George Kittle is the de-facto WR1). Make sure to acquire Aiyuk now if you're a contender and looking for a jolt in your WR core.
Ezekiel Elliot - RB - Dallas Cowboys
You may be thinking, who in their right mind is trading away Ezekiel Elliot? Well, hear us out for a second. Things have been falling apart ever since the Dak Prescott injury (Watch at your own risk *graphic content*). Zeke has picked up a fumbling problem this year, costing you points every week, and those points are precious considering he just posted 6.10 PPR points in Week 7.
This may be the only time all season you can buy-low on a Top-5 stud RB like Ezekiel Elliot. You'd be surprised how many Zeke managers are fed up with him after the recent offensive woes in Dallas. But you're a smart manager, so you know that all-world Offensive Lineman Zack Martin is returning next week, which is a huge boon you Zeke's value. You also know that the Dallas Offense can't throw the ball downfield without Dak, so where will they go? That's right, Ezekiel Elliot, as always.
Darius Slayton - WR - New York Giants
Slayton has one of the best fantasy playoff matchups out of any WR. He faces the dismal Bengals secondary in Week 12, the Seahawks (who surrender the most fantasy points to WRs in the league) in Week 13, and another cakewalk matchup with the Arizona Cardinals secondary in Week 14.
After posting a 4.30 PPR point stinker on fantasy teams in Week 7, now is the perfect time to buy-low on Darius Slayton. Slayton is a bonafide boom-or-bust WR. So far, he has Boomed in Weeks 1, 5, and 6, posting stat lines of 28.20, 20.90, and 11.80 PPR points.
We're not saying Slayton is going to ascend to WR1 status by the end of the year, but don't forget he is still the WR20 in PPR formats on the season, but people are acting like he should be dropped to the waiver wire. Slayton is the type of matchup dependent high-upside player you need to make a championship run. Championship teams are not built with just stud players, they need depth too.
Tom Brady - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We've saved the best for last, the GOAT. Who better to pilot your fantasy team to a championship in crunch time than Tom Brady himself?
Tom Brady went absolutely NUCLEAR against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7, who have a much better secondary than commonly believed. Brady torched the Raiders to the tune of 40.55 fantasy points. But, this is not the only time in 2020 that Tom has won his fantasy managers a week. In Week 4 against the LA Chargers Tom popped off a crisp 37.15 points, in Week 3 against the Broncos he had 26.85 points, and in Week 1 against the Saints he had 24.85 fantasy points.
"But Brady can't throw deep anymore, his arm is gone!" May I please point you in the direction of this play.
So, what's the point? Well, Tom Brady has done all of this without Antonio Brown. Say what you will about Brown, but he's a talented NFL WR. Worried about AB having some rust? That's fine, considering he only has to be the WR3 on the Bucs. You know, the spot that Scotty Freaking Miller currently occupies? With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans running the perimeter, opposing defenses won't have the luxury of being able to double-team every vertical threat on the team. Count in the revival of red zone threat Rob Gronkowski, the explosive Ronald Jones, and in-between-the-tackles runner Leonard Fournette, and the options for Tom start seeming endless. Tom Brady could easily be a Top 5 fantasy QB the rest of the season. Go get him now before everyone else realizes it.
As always, let us know what you thought of this in the comments below and good luck with the rest of your season!