Unlike trade deadlines in recent memory, NFL teams were busy moving and acquiring new players. Here’s the fantasy fallout from Tuesday’s trade deadline.
More targets for Emmanuel Sanders & Courtland Sutton
The Broncos decided to send their longtime number one receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans for two draft picks. Thomas has been a mainstay in the Broncos offense since he was drafted in 2010, racking up 60 touchdowns and over 9,000 receiving yards. However, the Broncos have a capable replacement to succeed him in rookie Courtland Sutton. Sutton has flashed big play potential so far in his rookie campaign, with eight of his 17 receptions on the season going for 20 or more yards. He’s most likely available in your fantasy league, as he’s only taken in 12.3% of leagues. As for Emmanuel Sanders, there’s no doubt that he’s now the Broncos top target. Sanders is the 10th best scoring receiver in PPR leagues, and is set to see even more work in the passing game with the departure of Thomas. Sanders leads the Broncos in receptions and receiving yards – including 11 catches of 20 or more yards, and could see his workload continue to grow.
Golden Tate’s fantasy stock could decline with the Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles, needing help on offense, acquired Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate for a 3rd round pick at the trade deadline. Tate, who lead the Lions in receptions, yards, and targets, can contribute to the Eagles right away. Tate has had six games this season where he was targeted 10 or more times with the Lions, but it’s hard to tell if that production will translate. Unlike the Lions, the Eagles have a fantasy presence at tight end in Zach Ertz, who happens to be the top rated tight end in fantasy this season. There’s also receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor to potentially take away from Tate’s production. I believe that Tate will still be fantasy relevant in the Eagles offense, but it will only take a week or two to see how big of a role he carves out.
Ty Montgomery adds to an inconsistent Baltimore backfield
Although the Ravens backfield has Alex Collins, Buck Allen, and Kenneth Dixon, the Baltimore Ravens decided to add to that group at the trade deadline, acquiring former Green Bay Packer Ty Montgomery. Although Montgomery is not very relevant when it comes to fantasy, he’ll take away some work from Alex Collins and Buck Allen. Collins is a predominantly touchdown dependent player, who only averages 45 rushing yards per game, and under 4 yards per carry. His six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) make Collins a viable starter or flex play. As for Buck Allen, he does most of his damage in the passing game. He’s racked up 188 yards on 30 catches, and has 3 rushing touchdowns to his credit as well. The addition of Montgomery won’t hinder the production of Collins and Allen that much, but it’s another mouth to feed for the Ravens backfield.
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