Re­ceiver trades change NFL fan­tasy land­scape

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nfl Week 9 - BY ALAN SATTERLEE Cor­re­spon­dent

It was an ac­tive NFL trad­ing sea­son this year with sev­eral mean­ing­ful moves.

The trades will im­pact the play­ers them­selves (and their new team­mates) while some trades also markedly change the value of re­main­ing play­ers who will have ex­panded op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Amari Cooper (Dal­las) will make his Cow­boys de­but on Mon­day Night and it would seem likely he will in­stantly plug in as the team’s No. 1 wide re­ceiver (not only has Dal­las needed some­one to fill that role since re­leas­ing Dez Bryant but it in­vested a first-round pick to ac­quire Cooper).

Adding Cooper to the of­fense boosts the value of Dak Prescott (Dal­las), and it could rise all tides in Dal­las, help­ing Ezekiel El­liott to also be more ef­fec­tive. El­liott could de­liver fan­tasy ti­tles down the stretch as the Cow­boys have three straight home games from Weeks 12-14, then play at In­di­anapo­lis in Week 15, be­fore re­turn­ing home to face leaky Tampa Bay in Week 16.

De­shaun Wat­son (Hous­ton) re­ceives amuch needed new wide­out in De­mary­ius Thomas af­ter los­ing Will Fuller (ACL) for the sea­son last week. Thomas only has a few days to learn the Tex­ans play­book, though he’s an in­trigu­ing play this week nonethe­less as he sud­denly will square off against his for­mer team.

Thomas’ depar­ture from the Bron­cos opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties for Court­land Sut­ton (Den­ver) who has been im­pres­sive in his rookie sea­son.

Sut­ton ranks third in the NFL among re­ceivers with at least 15 re­cep­tions on the sea­son at 19.1 yards per catch.

The last big trade saw the Ea­gles ac­quire Golden Tate (Philadel­phia). The Ea­gles are on their bye so we’ll need to wait a week, but the ad­di­tion re­ally adds ad­di­tional fire­power for Car­son Wentz, who has thrown mul­ti­ple touch­downs in five straight games.

For the Lions, Kenny Gol­la­day will move into an every-week starter role with big up­side. As a deep sleeper, the trade also opens things up for rookie Bran­don Pow­ell, who led the team in re­cep­tions dur­ing the pre-sea­son.

OTHER PLAY ’EM

●Cam New­ton (Carolina) showed last week against a tough Bal­ti­more de­fense that he is near match-up proof while this week he gets a Tampa de­fense al­low­ing 318.4 yards pass­ing per game (sec­ond-most) and a league-high 2.9 pass­ing touch­downs per game.

●Tom Brady (New Eng­land) should be safe for his usual strong per­for­mance at home -- in four away games this year Brady av­er­ages 242 pass­ing yards and 1.5 touch­downs ver­sus 308 and 2.5 touch­downs on av­er­age in four home games this year.

●Run­ning back coach Fred­die Kitchens has been pro­moted to of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor so per­haps that will trans­late to more op­por­tu­nity for Nick Chubb (Cleveland) and amore ef­fec­tive Browns of­fense in gen­eral, plus this week he goes against Kansas City who al­lows 1.2 rush­ing touch­downs per game (fourth-most).

SIT ’EM

●It’s a good week to find a Plan B for Ben Roeth­lis­berger (Pitts­burgh), who has av­er­aged just 229 yards pass­ing in his past four at Bal­ti­more, with just two pass­ing touch­downs, while Bal­ti­more ranks sec­ond against the pass this sea­son.

●LeSean McCoy (Buf­falo) will still be fea­tured but on a very poor of­fense and he’ll go against a Bears’ de­fense that still has not al­lowed a rush­ing touch­down on the sea­son.

●Un­til he pro­duces more con­sis­tently, Corey Davis (Ten­nessee) is hard to trust, but espe­cially this week against a Dal­las de­fense al­low­ing the sec­ond-fewest fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing wide re­ceivers.

Alan Satterlee is in his sixth year of writ­ing about fan­tasy foot­ball for The Char­lotte Observer. Find him on Twit­ter at @Speed­kill­s_DFW.

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