Trading Post - Week 15

Team A:
Traded away RB Thomas Rawls

Team B:
Traded away WR Amari Cooper

Braxton's Take:
This is a keeper/dynasty league Trading Post. These two players have been not only some of the best rookies in the NFL this year, but some of the best players in the NFL this year period. It doesn't matter that they are rookies. WR Amari Cooper was the prized "NFL ready" wide receiver coming out of Alabama who went #4 overall in the draft. He ranks in the top 20 receivers and is approaching 1,000 yards receiving from Derek Carr. Despite only four touchdowns and a bad game last week, Cooper has the ability to take the Raiders to the playoffs and that means something. 

With a broken left ankle and done for the season, Rawls is an intriguing player because Lynch is in a contract year and will likely end up playing on another team in 2016. Thomas Rawls stepped in as the starter in 4.5 games with Marshawn Lynch out. He lit up the field like a dragon. He exceeded 600 rushing yards in those 4.5 games. Adding on more than 65 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns places Rawls as an elite option. It's almost set in stone that the Seahawks have found their replacement. 

The issue now is which option is better in a keeper or dynasty league? Watching Rawls run the ball behind the Seattle line was unbelievable. Nevertheless, the deed isn't done until Lynch is gone. Rawls is only a handcuff unless Lynch is no longer on the team. Overall, this trade is a win for Team A who would obtain Amari Cooper because Cooper is a sure fire, locked and loaded WR2 with upside to finish next year as a top 12 fantasy wide receiver. Now if Lynch is moved early in the offseason, Rawls would be the better option due to the scarcity at the running back position and the obvious potential we've seen this year. How did he go undrafted?