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Week 3 of the Fantasy Football season produced more dazzling results for those who rostered the Seahawks' prime offensive standouts. For the second time in three weeks, Russell Wilson was the top Fantasy performer on the Sunday slate, finishing with 36.8 points. After three weeks, Wilson is the No. 1 quarterback in Fantasy Football, as he is the only player with over 100 points at the position with 102.
Tyler Lockett led all Fantasy wide receivers in scoring in Week 3 with 37 points, and he is now the No. 2 overall player at the position with 73.9 points. DK Metcalf scored 19 points on Sunday, and he is WR6 overall with 57.7 points.
If you roster any three of those Seahawks, you may be fielding trade offers for them. We begin this week's Fantasy Insider with some key pointers on getting trades done, and when to simply keep the players you have.
Fantasy Football Trading Tips
When you roster players such as Wilson, Lockett or Metcalf, you will possibly receive multiple offers from other players in your league looking to acquire them. Or, you may receive offers for other top performers such as Alvin Kamara, Calvin Ridley or Josh Allen. When others are sending the offers to you for these players, that is just further confirmation that you have guys that everyone wants. When you have a good team, don't mess with success and start creating unnecessary worries that you have to trade away players because their appeal seems to be at an early peak.
You should always field offers to improve your team, but don't go actively seeking to trade your best players away unless you must fill a glaring need. You should send out offers when you have apparent holes to fill on your roster. Otherwise be satisfied with who you have now if the team is performing well.
If you need to make a deal to turn things around, the best way to complete one is to determine what your strengths are and then examine the roster grids in your league to identify the right trading partner. If your team is stocked well with wide receivers and you need running backs, locate other teams that have good depth at RB and need WR help. Thinking about the needs of potential trading partners will go a long way towards reaching your goals.
When you do make offers, you can always start out with ones that give you an advantage, but keep in mind you will have to make things fair to have the best chance of completing a deal. If you cannot win a trade, be prepared to make an offer that you would find reasonable to accept yourself if you were on the other side. If you keep getting rejections or offers are ignored, you must try to even out the package.
Always make trades with the goal of filling needs first and foremost. Trading two similarly valued players at the same position does not help you much. Trading should be a primary focus when you simply cannot be comfortable with a certain slot or spots in your projected lineups. Making deals is fun, but at some point you must stick with a roster that looks satisfactory. Be a judicious Fantasy GM, not a wheeler/dealer.
Week 4 Waiver Targets
Listed in order of preferred priority at each position
Carlos Hyde, Seahawks: He is rostered in only 5.5 percent of NFL.com leagues and should be an essential depth piece on many Fantasy rosters. It is always a smart move to keep running backs on your team who may become Fantasy starters right away when they see increased roles. Hyde is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career and can be an instant impact performer in situations where his workload may expand. Miami ranks 22nd in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to opposing RBs.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins: He is still available in some leagues, and is rostered in just 20.1 percent of NFL.com leagues. Gaskin has been a pleasant surprise as the most productive Fantasy RB for the Dolphins so far. He totaled 27 touches in Week 3. The Seahawks allow the third-fewest FFPG to RBs, but Gaskin is a viable flex option after this week's game.
Jeff Wilson, 49ers: He scored 21.9 points in Week 3, which was 10th best at the position. Wilson is a dual threat RB with proven results as a goal-line back. Injuries may force him into a larger role again in Week 4.
Jamaal Williams, Packers: We present Williams as a prime example of Fantasy running back insurance acquisitions. You should always roster the clear NFL backup to your top RBs in case of injuries if he is available on free agency. Aaron Jones is the No. 2 overall RB right now and Williams is his definite top backup right now. If you roster Jones, you must add Williams. These situations are not always clear, but when they are you must take advantage of them for safety's sake.
Justin Jefferson, Vikings: Only Lockett scored more than Jefferson's 30.5 points in Week 3 as the rookie came through with a breakthrough performance. He will be needed to maintain a strong pace in the Minnesota passing game and has matchups with the likes of the Texans and Falcons ahead.
Allen Lazard, Packers: He had a career day in Week 3, scoring 26.4 points and establishing himself as the other top WR target the Packers have been looking for. Lazard can benefit from Davante Adams commanding defensive attention when he is healthy and proved he can fill in capably when Adams is out.
Andy Isabella, Cardinals: Isabella scored twice and finished with 20.1 points in Week 3. DeAndre Hopkins is off to a historic start with his new team, and the complementary receivers around him can get opportunities to make significant contributions when defenses focus heavily on the superstar top target. Isabella has big-play potential and can score from anywhere on the field.
Devin Duvernay, Ravens: This is a forward-looking flier. Baltimore needs another playmaker to emerge in the passing game. Duvernay scored on a 93-yard kickoff return on Monday night and caught a 19-yard pass. He could see his role in the offense increase in the near future.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts: He scored in Week 3 after a 111-yard outing in the previous game. Alie-Cox is a very athletic matchup problem for opposing defenses and Philip Rivers has historically leaned on TEs often.
Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers: He was cut in some leagues after a slow start, so check to see if Gronkowski is available. His six catches in Week 3 are a signal he may be on the verge of regaining some of his better form.
Week 4 Defensive Streamers: Tampa Bay is a solid option against a rookie QB for the Chargers. … Arizona should bounce back against Carolina. … Cincinnati is a respectable pick vs. Jacksonville.
Week 4 Early Outlooks
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks WRs face a Miami defense that has allowed the most FFPG to QBs among AFC teams. They have allowed the third-most points among AFC teams to WRs. ... Devin Singletary faces Las Vegas, which has allowed the most FFPG to RBs. … David Johnson should have his best game so far vs. Minnesota, 25th vs. RBs. … Mike Davis is a quality flex option again for a good amount of receptions. …. Expect a Todd Gurley TD against Green Bay. … Odell Beckham Jr. is a strong play vs. Dallas. … If you add Lazard, he is an immediate play vs. Atlanta. … Will Fuller may explode vs. Minnesota. … Darius Slayton should find the end zone vs. the Rams. … Robert Tonyan is a sneaky TE play vs. the Falcons. … Dalton Schultz should be a good TE play vs. Cleveland. … Matthew Stafford will perform well against the Saints. … Joe Burrow deserves starting consideration as he faces the Jaguars.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 4.