The NFL trade deadline came and went without much noise, but the good news is that the fantasy trade deadline is much later in the season so there is still time to make a move if you need to. Because of the vast amount of emails I get with trade questions I get, I cannot go through each and every person you should look to trade away or trade for, but I will give you three guys to deal and three to deal for.
Byes: Ravens, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Seahawks, Titans
##### Send 'em away
Mark Sanchez: I knew Sanchez would struggle because all rookie QBs struggle. Braylon Edwards should help, but a rookie is a rookie and if you can find someone willing to take him, I would gladly let someone else deal with the headache.
Willie Parker:Parker has lost his job in the NFL and should be looked at as nothing more than a handcuff to Mendenhall owners. If you have him still, find the Mendenhall owner and convince him to take him as a handcuff.
Bernard Berrian: It is time to move on from Berrian. Favre doesn't like him because he isn't getting the looks and fantasy owners are the only ones suffering. With just 234 yards in six games, I doubt you will find many takers. But, if you do, send him packing.
Eli Manning: From the bench to the front of the line this Manning brother has gone. This week the Giants face the Cardinals and their 31st-ranked passing defense. I look for both Manning brothers to have a great weekend, but it will be Eli that has the bounce-back game.
Philip Rivers: I saw a good game from LaDainian Tomlinson last week and Rivers will benefit from that the most if LT can get the wheels moving on the ground. This week the Chargers face a division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, and they are terrible. I would have no problems whatsoever starting Rivers as my QB1 and you shouldn't either.
DeAngelo Williams:Another player that you have never seen on my start list is Williams. But, this week the helpless Panthers offense gets to play the league's worst run defenders in the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have managed to allow 181.8 rushing YPG and the third most rushing TDs at eight. The Panthers may try to get Steve Smith involved some more this week, but Williams and perhaps even Jonathan Stewart are must-starts at RB and the flex respectively.
Frank Gore: The Texans are 1st in the NFL against the run and Gore has missed the team's last 2 7/8 games with an ankle injury (he had just 1 carry for 4 yards in week 3, so that is the 7/8). So why do I say to start him? Because the 49ers are a running team and Gore will shred them up like a starving man with a Thanksgiving turkey!
Donald Driver: I'm not too keen on Driver personally, but I recognize he is a sneaky flex play this year. Last week he passed Sterling Sharpe to become the #1 all-time Packers receiver; but, that means nothing to us since we deal in right now stats. Cleveland is just terrible and I wouldn't be shocked to see him haul in another 5-7 passes for 90 or so yards.
Miles Austin: Not that he is EVER going to get you 250 yards receiving again, but Austin is someone I think will have a great game in week 7 against the Falcons. Atlanta gives up 241 yards in the air and Tony Romo is just chomping at the bit to get all the haters off his back. Play Austin as a solid WR2.
Owen Daniels: Daniels has one of the league's best QBs throwing to him this year and I have high hopes for him against a 49ers defense that is ranked 20th against the pass. He had two TDs last week so I am hoping he can score at least one this week, but his value may be more in yards than TDs.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts were on the waiver wire in about half my leagues, and with them facing the St. Louis Rams this weekend they shouldn't be. I snatched them up and so should you… I mean the Rams average just 277.8 total YPG.
##### Sit 'em
Donovan McNabb: This week the Eagles face the Washington Redskins 3rd-ranked pass defense. McNabb looked noticeably off last week against the Raiders as he failed to throw a touchdown and took an astounding six sacks. I'd find a different option this week.
Shaun Hill: So many people are going crazy over Michael Crabtree that they are actually considering starting Shaun Hill over guys like Carson Palmer or even Matt Cassel. Don't be one of the people chasing this fool's gold; Hill isn't worth owning, let alone starting.
Pierre Thomas: Miami is holding opposing teams to just 76.4 YPG on the ground, so Thomas isn't a great option. I have a problem putting him in here because if the Saints passing game shreds Miami then the team will run it late and Thomas could snag a late garbage TD. But, I still think the odds are against Thomas and he should be sat on most benches this weekend.
Matt Forte: Forte has quickly become one of the leading candidates for fantasy bust of the year. The Bears have no identity on offense and even though my friend Chris (diehard Bears fan) thinks that makes them more dangerous, I wonder who they are a danger to exactly… the other team or themselves? Sit Forte until you have a reason not to.
Roy Williams: With the emergence of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and all his shortcomings are starting to show. I'd play Austin over Williams this week even though it should be a high-scoring game indoors at home.
Santana Moss: I wanted to put Crabtree or Josh Morgan here, but there are only so many times I can tell you someone isn't worth owning or playing. The Redskins have problems. Jason Campbell isn't doing Moss any favors, so see if you can trade Moss based on his one good game this season.
Chris Cooley: Cooley is one of those guys that is truly all or nothing. One week he will get you 60 yards and a TD, then the next week he goes catchless or racks up a hollow 38 yards. I'd sit him this week against the Eagles because I don't think Campbell can get the job done anymore and the owner is starting to catch on.
Miami Dolphins: Miami has one of the better fantasy defenses, but so did the Giants and the Saints just decimated them last week. I wouldn't come near Miami's defense this week even if my Def1 has a bye and there are no other defenses on the waiver wire. Just take the 0 and move on.
Question of the Week
Q: I'm looking to trade MJD, if I could get Thomas Jones and Steve Smith of the Giants would I have gained more than I lost or if you had some insight to what I should ask for, it would be appreciated. (Jensen from College Station, TX)
A: I am not a believer in dealing MJD. I think he will still have a very good second half. Also, he leads all RBs with 8 TDs on the year. Thomas Jones still has skills, but he is the product of bad QB play and eventually teams will just start stacking 8 in the box and that will make Jones remember what weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5 were like. If it weren't for week 6, Jones would be a VERY different back in fantasy owners' eyes.
I think you will end up losing out on points in the end if you deal MJD for Jones and Smith. That is real talk, not some homer for the Jaguars either.