Hey guys! So the trade deadline yesterday started with a bang and ended with a bang. Deadline day started with Jay Ajayi being traded to the Eagles for a fourth round pick, and ended with Kelvin Benjamin being traded to the Bills for a third and seventh round pick. There were some other trades that also went down but these are two biggest from a fantasy standpoint besides of course the Jimmy Garoppolo for a second round pick trade.
So lets break down the fantasy implications:
Jay Ajayi- According to Doug Pederson and the front office LeGarrette Blount is still the starter, and he and backup Wendell Smallwood will still have their same workload (Which for Smallwood was only two touches). They had also said that Ajayi and Blount will be on the field together a lot, this is because since Jason Peters went down the left side has had some issues stopping anyone and they get one of the best pass rushers in the league, Von Miller, this week so Ajayi will suit up and show his blocking ability this week. This being said I believe Ajayi is a sit in standard leagues this week until we see what his workload is and until he learns the playbook more, but I could see playing him as a flex play hoping the team audibles out of some run plays because of how stingy the Broncos have been this year. However, on the Dolphins side of this trade they now have two running backs that both have ppr upside after we see how the committee works out touch wise, but I personally like Damien Williams to be the back to own in this backfield.
Kelvin Benjamin- I will be focusing on the Panthers side of this trade. Right at the deadline we saw the Panthers seemingly give up on their season, but this trade was all about the future for them, they didn’t see themselves being able to resign him so they traded him and ended up getting two picks out of the deal. With the trade we would assume that Christian McCaffery’s touches and catches would sky rocket. I believe this trade hurts Devin Funchess’ value because he just doesn’t look like he’s ready to be a number one wide receiver. On the plus side this trade moves second round rookie Curtis Samuel up to the number receiver on the team. Samuel ran a 4.31 40-yard dash time, however the speed demon has only been targeted 14 times on the season before this trade so we will see how he does. However, my favorite pickup for season long leagues is 4th year wide receiver Russell Shepard. This season in his limited time Shepard has 11 catches on 19 targets for 133 yards and 1 Touchdown, he also has a 40 yard catch on the season. Shepard should be lined up in the slot so he will see easier coverage than Funchess or Samuel, and he could end up breaking out in the second half of the season. I will have some shares of Shepard in my season long leagues because he’s obviously shown a little bit of being the deep threat that Cam has missed this season without Ted Ginn Jr. there.
Jimmy Garoppolo- Jimmy G increases the value of everyone on that team, but there is word he won’t start this season so we have to see in the next few weeks how the qb situation in SF comes to shape.