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ARTICLE: Week 10 Trade Targets

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Our friends over at FantasyPros again invited us to participate in an Expert Roundtable, this time for Week 10. Below are the two questions asked to every expert on the panel, and below you will also find my answer to both questions. Enjoy, and good luck in Week 10, everyone!

Q1. Give us 1 player destined to be a playoff stud (weeks 14-16) that you would target soon in a trade?

“He is ‘sruggling’ for sure, given he has fantasy WR1-3 overall upside and talent. However, he is still on pace for 106 receptions for 1,468 and 6TDs. That’s kind of crazy considering how ‘down’ of a year he is having. Buy-low, because I think we’re about to see him explode down the stretch. And, if he doesn’t, that risk is built into his current trade value. It’s no-risk/high-reward.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q2. On the flip side, name a player you would consider trading since he could be a playoff disappointment? (weeks 14-16)

“Ok, this is not to suggest that he will bust, however, I think if the price is right, now is the time to cash-in on his top 5 receiver value. He is playing out of his mind, and sure, he could continue his elite play. Given his injury risk and the fact that he lost his QB, it’s just smart fantasy management to explore trade offers. Do not sell-low. Sell-high or don’t sell at all! Something tells me most could sell-high, super-high… Try!”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

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NEWS: Julio Jones says that he is 100 percent healthy for Week 10?

SMITTY: Folks, this is the best buy-low on the year, at least as far as studs go. Most consider him struggling, and sure, he is given how much upside he has… but ‘struggling’, he is on pace for 106 receptions for 1468 yards and 6TDs. That’s struggling for a guy like Julio. Buy-low! Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White and Doug Martin both inactive for Week 3; Bobby Rainey a RB1 this week and Harry Douglas a sneaky fantasy WR3?

SMITTY: Bobby Rainey is a fantasy RB1 against a Falcons rushing defense that gives up over 150 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Get Roddy White out of your line-up, and consider Harry Douglas as a spot play this week if you’re in need. Even if you don’t own White, Douglas is a sneaky start if desperate at your fantasy WR3. Julio Jones owners better get ready for a big Week 3! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White (hamstring) is likely going to sit out his Week 3 Thursday night contest against Bucs.

SMITTY: This report is from PFT, and it’s suggesting he is likely out. Clearly check back, and sign up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this, but White owners should start getting an alternative plan in place right now. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White ready to play Week 2.

According to reports, Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) is ready for Week 2 against the Bengals.

SMITTY: That Falcons attack will be ready to have another big game in Week 2. Julio Jones has No. 1 overall WR upside moving forward, and Roddy White, who had a strong Week 1 with five receptions for 72 yards and 1TD, is a fine fantasy WR3 assuming he stays healthy. This could be White’s last strong season, so if you’re in a dynasty league, consider selling high at some point this year. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you get alerted should White’s Week 2 status change.

NEWS: Julio Jones pulls in 63 yards and 1TD against Titans; Ryan tosses for 2TDs.

Falcons WR Julio Jones pulled in two passes for 63 yards and 1TD against the Titans tonight; Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

SMITTY: Yep, Julio Jones looks full-go alright… So does Matt Ryan. If healthy, and there still is some risk with the foot, I fully expect Julio Jones to make a run for this year’s top scoring fantasy wide receiver. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julio Jones ready to return to normal

According to ESPN, Falcons WR Julio Jones is “set to return to a normal practice routine” after his final day of rest on Tuesday.

SMITTY: All signs point to Julio Jones being ready to rumble — Unless he suffers a setback, he remains locked into my top 2-4WRs for 2014, and he sits at my #1WR in dynasty. No player since Randy Moss has had this kind of triple-threat upside in all three categories of receptions, yards and TDs. Looking for Week 1 Julio Jones Power Rankings?.

NEWS: Julio Jones wearing a custom shoe to protect foot.

According to, Falcons WR Julio Jones will wear a custom-designed pair of shoes in 2014 in order to protect his surgically-repaired foot.

SMITTY: While there is some risk when it comes to Julio Jones, he is by far No. 1 on my personal set of dynasty rankings if we’re talking about talent and max upside. Of course, in dynasty or redraft, I only select him, or trade for him, at his current value, which is around the 4th- to 5th-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the game. Being ranked in that 4-5 range makes him a great redraft value grab in 2014, and it makes him a strong buy-low candidate in dynasty. Looking for Julio Jones 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Julio Jones looks explosive and is stopping on a dime.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn Mcclure on Twitter, Falcons WR Julio Jones is stopping on a dime right now. “Every part of Julio Jones’ day has looked explosive. He’s stopping on a dime. Showing no ill effects,” Mcclure tweeted.

SMITTY: Julio Jones has the upside to lead the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns during any given season. He has Randy Moss like ability, meaning he can be one of the only receivers in the league that can pull in 100+ balls, pull in 1,400 receiving yards while snagging 15+ touchdowns. No one can do that season after season, but if anyone in the NFL can have multiple campaigns like that, it’s Julio. We will continue to monitor his health and report back to you on it, but he looks full-go and well on his way to becoming a top 1-4 fantasy wide receiver season in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on both Julio Jones and Roddy White?

NEWS: Julio Jones certain to return to explosive self?

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons “are certain” that Julio Jones (foot) will “return to his old explosive self.” McClure also writes, “At his best, Jones is probably one of the top two receivers in the league, along with Calvin Johnson.

SMITTY: I can’t argue with calling Julio Jones the second-best receiver in the league behind Calvin JohnsonJones is that good. In fact, if it weren’t for his foot injury, he’d be ranked as my No. 1 wide receiver of the future, even ahead of Calvin. While there is risk investing in Julio this year, and there is always risk with injuries such as Julio’s, he has the upside to league the league in receptions. Before getting hurt last year in Week 5, Jones was on pace to pull in 131 receptions for 1,856 receiving yards. No receiver in the league has more long-term upside (if healthy), and soon as we see proof that he is back on the field full-go, he will returned to my No. 1-ranked receiver in dynasty.