Traded away TE Antonio Gates (#14)
Traded away RB James Starks (#28)
Traded away TE Ladarius Green (#7)
Traded away WR Martavis Bryant (#68)
In week 6 of the NFL season RB Eddie Lacy started in the backfield for the Packers, but RB James Starks shockingly lead the Green Bay backfield with 53% of the offensive snaps - resulting in 10 rushing attempts and one additional catch. He finished Sunday's stat line with 112 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, and 1 receiving touchdown on a 5-yard reception. Eddie Lacy has let down fantasy owners across the globe due to ineffective gameplay on the gridiron. This appears to be a 2-part committee as we reach the midpoint of the fantasy season. Look for the talented third-year running back to return to his form after the bye. However, James Starks is a worthy waiver add due to his consistent performance and the potential for more carries as he already ranks in the top 30 running backs.
TE Antonio Gates has 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns over his first 2 games this season. He is already ranked in the top 14 tight ends despite missing the first four games of the season due to a PED suspension. He may miss another week after going down to an apparent knee injury last week. Reports lead to concern of the old man missing time. TE Ladarius Green has continued to see the field with the great one returning from suspension. Both TEs have played in each of the last two games and performed on 67% of the team's offensive snaps together. Green has 8 receptions on 9 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown over the two games with Gates. Look for Rivers to utilize both tight ends. If either misses a game, the TE to start will likely return high floor TE1 numbers. Gates is the TE you want to own, but Ladarius will continue to be a redzone and third down target.
Martavis Bryant was suspended the first 4 games and missed week 5 due to a knee injury from his first practice back with the team. In his first game of the 2015 season, Bryant rocked the audience catching 6 of 8 targets for 137 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. That totaled 26.5 fantasy points and keep in mind that he only had two targets from QB Michael Vick during the first half of the game. QB Landry Jones knew where Bryant was going and made sure he got the ball there. Bryant should improve even more (in yardage, not necessarily fantasy points) with Ben Roethlisberger returning soon.
This trade is all about young talent and upside. Gates has a nice fantasy floor as long as Rivers is his QB. Starks is replacement level on an elite offense. He is never guaranteed double digit touches week to week. Byrant has shown the ability to score monster plays in the redzone and as a deep threat. The 6'7" jolly Green giant is always a 3rd down and redzone threat. Ladarius is currently running alongside Gates in over 67% of the offensive snaps, so there is no worry about Green's opportunity with the return of Gates. This trade is a win for Team A.