On this week’s RB1 Podcast, Pete and Jon discussed NFL trades that they wanted to see happen to help improve players’ fantasy values. Here’s who they wanted to see traded.
Listen to the full podcast here. This transcript has been edited and condensed.
Jarvis Landry to the Giants
Jon: They’re hurting at receiving core and he’s with a group that’s hurting at quarterback.
Pete: You’d be reuniting... LSU guys, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, if I remember correctly.
Jon: They played together. He’s had good numbers, Jarvis Landry that is, he’s had 10, 12 and 15 under Yahoo standard scoring over the last three weeks. Giving Eli just someone else to get the ball to would be useful at this point and it would help Eli’s numbers and it would help Jarvis’ numbers and that would be great for any of us who own either of those.
Pete: It would be a good test run for the Giants as Jarvis’ rookie contract is up at the end of the year so they could see whether they’d want to resign him or at the very least want to replace what they tried to do with Brandon Marshall with a much younger receiver.
Mike Wallace to the Lions
Pete: Give Matt Stafford the speedster deep threat that he’s been missing ever since Calvin Johnson retired. The Ravens are a wasteland of fantasy talent [Editor’s note: this was prior to Thursday night’s 40 point display] so what do they do? They trade Mike Wallace to the Lions.
The Lions’ offense needs a receiver that can take the top off a defense and Wallace, despite the fact that he’s a little old, he still got legs under him. He went for over 1,000 yards last year in receiving and he’s got 15.5 yards per catch this year. The Lions’ offense is lacking that explosive play in the passing game and adding Mike Wallace would do a lot to opening up the underneath for Eric Ebron and Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.
Jon: I like it, I mean it’s interesting. I think Matt Stafford’s “cannon arm” is overrated to a degree. He puts so much air under it when it’s deep, but I think Stafford’s airy lofted deep balls is one of the things that slowed up and ended Calvin Johnson’s career early.
Pete: Hot take, I like it.
Jon: Yea. We also have to Darren Fells as a guy that would be helped. I think that’s a good take in terms of Wallace because none of the guys that the Lions have, do that.
Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Cardinals
Jon: Fitzpatrick is a solid NFL player, he came in part way through the [Buccaneers vs Cardinals] game, still threw 22/32, 290 yards, three touchdowns, brought them back from being blown out to almost winning that game.
He could fit very well into that [Cardinals’] system, he has a good arm, smart player. He would work very well with Bruce Arians. He would instantly just show up into a very good receiving core. I think a Fitzy to Fitzy matchup works very well.
Pete: Ah, I mean come one Football Gods, you gotta give us this!
Jon: Yes. And then of course J.J. Nelson, Jaron Brown and John Brown when he’s there. He’d have a speedy receiving core, he’d have a smart receiving core and a coach would let him throw the ball a lot. He’d put up great numbers and we need fantasy relevant quarterbacks this year because we’ve lost so many of them. It would also help those of us who own some of these Arizona receivers in several leagues.
Pete: I think the Fitz to Fitz is something that needs to happen.
Terrelle Pryor to the Bills
Pete: The hypetrain is dead. Mark your calendars, today is the day the hypetrain died, just like the music! The Washington experiment is dead. Clearly Washington has moved on from Pryor. They were using all their other wide receivers against the Eagles. So, where can Pryor go? Let’s get Pryor out of Washington. He still is a very talented receiver and what team needs that most? Bills.
Pryor is exactly the receiver the Bills have been missing since trading Watkins. He’s a big play guy and I think you can get him pretty cheap, he’s on a one year deal. Adding him to a decrepit receiving core in Buffalo instantly boosts Tyrod Taylor’s fantasy relevance, it boosts Pryor’s fantasy relevance and it even does a little bit for LeSean McCoy because no longer can you stack eight in the box.
Jon: The Washington group is weird. It’s not like one guy has stepped up and been amazing and that’s why Pryor hasn’t been doing stuff. Just look at the stats from last week. They didn’t get anybody with 70 yards receiving that game when their quarterback had 303 yards passing.
Pete: It’s all Vernon Davis’ fault.
Teddy Bridgewater to the Jaguars
Pete: This is my attempt to save a team down in Florida who for the first time have the slight taste of playoff football in their mouth. [Bridgewater] is coming back from just complete destruction of his knee, who knows what he’ll be able to do on the field, but Jacksonville is willing to take the risk. When he was with the Vikings, he was exactly what the Jaguars need him to be right now, which is just a game manager. Don’t make stupid plays, don’t make stupid interceptions, rely on your running game, get some play action and hit the open receiver downfield. Teddy Bridgewater can do that.
Jon: I’m not that excited about this idea. Teddy Bridgewater isn’t a particularly great deep ball thrower. When I watched him, teams were daring him to throw deep by playing short zones and one deep safety and there were guys running free and he couldn’t hit them and defenses knew he couldn’t hit them and they weren’t scared of him doing it. He hasn’t played in a year and a half, I guess I’m not sold.
Pete: Who would you rather have going into a playoff game: Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles?
Jon: Least I’ve seen Blake Bortles play with a team that’s winning right now. Slight edge to Bortles. [Bridgewater] didn’t excite me when he was [in Minnesota] I don’t know that he’s any better.
Pete: I understand you have no idea what Teddy Bridgewater is going to look like right now. I personally just think that what we saw at the tailend of the Vikings before Bridgewater went down, Bridgewater looked good, he had confidence, he felt to me like a [quarterback] who wasn’t going to lose you the game. I’m building this trade off of Bridgewater’s brains but we don’t know if the body can function.
I was just trying to figure out how to fix the Jaguars and turn them into a playoff contender.
Jon: Just leave them in the AFC South.
Bonus trade to fix the Jaguars: Philip Rivers
I didn’t talk about this on the podcast but post-podcast and post-Jon telling me my idea was stupid I thought about what other quarterbacks out there I could trade to Jacksonville to give them a better shot at making some playoff noise.
The Chargers have rattled off three wins—so the likelyhood this trade actually happens is zero—but I think it’s time the team moves on from Rivers and start building towards the future. Rivers gives the Jags a veteran quarterback who also will do stupid things in crunch time, but at least not as often as old Blake Bortles. It’s like replacing Blake Bortles with an older, wiser Blake Bortles. That’s a win in my book.