Bucs Fantasy Brief: Which Bucs Are Fantasy Trade Bait?

The NFL trade deadline is today at 4 PM. So, to get in the spirit of things, let’s talk fantasy football trades—more specifically, Buccaneers that might be worth putting on the trading block (or seeking out in a trade). Taking advantage of their points scored in recent weeks could improve your team at other positions in the long run.

Since Week Four, many Buccaneers have been making waves in fantasy leagues. With each 300+ yard passing game, 100+ rushing game, and receiving touchdown, the Buccaneers pile on more and more value. But with the overwhelming statistics that fill fantasy football leagues each and every week, there is a good chance that some of these Bucs don’t even make your starting lineup, leaving valuable fantasy points on your bench. So, in many cases, the best way to leverage the value of these players is by actually shipping them to someone else.

For instance, say that you drafted Tom Brady, and after Josh Freeman’s Week Six performance against the Chiefs, you decided to pick him up. If you started Brady every week, you left 74 points on your bench in the last three weeks. And, hypothetically, you’re rolling with Jermaine Gresham’s 41 total points at your tight end position. Boosting your points at the tight end positions (or any other for that matter) could be as simple as finding the owner in your league that needs a bit of a boost at quarterback, and trading Freeman for your new starting tight end.

Though Freeman’s point total is far higher than the tight end you will be receiving, your team is adding value as Freeman was merely filling a bench spot. And before you know it, voila! You have successfully gotten a Heath Miller or Owen Daniels, effectively improving your average points per week while not getting rid of any of your regular starters.

Buccaneer WR Mike Williams also falls into the “trade bait” category. With 64 points so far this season, Williams is tied for 22nd in total points scored at his position. Despite this, he is only started in 33 percent of fantasy leagues. If you own Williams, and find that he is consistently putting up high points from one of your bench spots, you can take advantage of his recent hot streak (11 points in Week Four, 17 in Week Six, 12 in Week Eight) and bolster a position that you are currently weak at.

The reverse of this strategy holds true as well. If another owner has Josh Freeman on their bench week after week while you are struggling with an inconsistent starter, making the offer for their bench player could be a great bet. By finding their position of weakness and giving them a starter, you can largely boost your fantasy numbers with a quarterback upgrade.

Because the QB slot generally adds the most points to your fantasy team each week, you can get a significant point jump by trading away a starting WR, for example. Say your QB is getting you 14 points per game. Josh Freeman is averaging 20 per game, 24 if you only count the last three weeks. So, if your starting WR averages 11 points per game, and your next best bench WR averages 9 points, trading that starter for Josh Freeman could actually boost your team’s average by 6-8 points per week.

By becoming active in the fantasy football trading game, and throwing a bit of trade bait out there, this time of year is one where you can easily improve your weekly point total with just a few mouse clicks. And because of their recent boost in success and numbers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offer a few great players to keep in mind as you make your initial fantasy playoff push.

Have a question about Buccaneer fantasy football? Leave your question in the comments and you can see the answer right here in the next Buccaneer Fantasy Brief.

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